Deconstructing TOS with Math

Schönes Feature beim Register, der sich detailiert an den absurden Details in Terms of Service abarbeitet und mal ausrechnet, wieviel Lebenszeit die Menschheit verlieren würde, wenn Leute den Scheiß tatsächlich lesen würden.

Adobe Flash anyone? In recent years, the company has claimed it had eight million downloads a day and, before we get on to the maths, have you ever followed that link that took you a second to ignore as you ticked the “I have read and agree…” box? […] Why don’t they just have a box that says, “Whatever, dude” or “I have read and understood… You’re kidding, right?”

Yet the tickbox convenience provided serves to reinforce the user attitude that, I’ll never read or understand any of this… can we just get on with it now?

So eight million people a day lie to Adobe. Or put it another way, 8 million honest people who all took at least ten minutes to read this licence agreement and, oh lordy, understood it, would, in terms of total time, eat up over 1,522 years in just one day. If we put that into man-hours: an 8hr day, 240 working days in a year, that becomes 6944 years in a day. Turn that into a 50-year working life and that’s 138 lifetimes a day… How about a year of Adobe Flash downloads with the licence agreement being read each time… that’s 50,694 working lifetimes per annum… Equivalent to populations of Macclesfield or Staines.

Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind – It’s all in the EULA fine print (via /.)