The legalese pages

Subject: The legalese pages
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:42:27 -0400

As noted in another thread, it's become common to
open a product package and find that there are no
actual instructions, just a painfully thick brochure or
booklet containing endless cautions and warnings and
disclaimers. Often in multiple translations.

The first thing most people do is toss that aside. Some
of us old farts flip through the pages, not quite believing
that that many trees were destroyed to make a book
of absolutely, utterly, and completely no value to me
(the person who purchased and will use the product)...
then we toss it aside.

So my questions to tecwhirl are: do any of you have a
hand in those abominations? Or is it all the legal

Other than that one archetypical "engineer" in his
well-worn lab coat and his (it's always a he) bottle-bottom
eyeglasses - or a lawyer - does anybody know anybody
who EVER reads that stuff? Ever?

Have courts not yet caught on that nobody ever sees all
those warnings, so they have no value other than as
an item on a checklist?

Is there anything on record stating or implying that even
one of those dense little packets of non-information has
ever saved anyone from insult or injury, since they became
so common-place?

Google snickered at me when I asked...

- kevin
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