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This is Thriller

Thanks for all the submissions resulting from yesterday’s BoingBoing blast!

jacko thrilla yall halloweenerz 2k6I am hoping to gather as much as I can in the upcoming weeks as I begin taking it all BACK to the man for further review — do THEY even know what the EULAs say? At least their lawyers
will be happy to know someone’s reading them. I’ll do my best (within Cali. law) to gather what I can and bring it back, hopefully in soundbyte form.

That said — Happy Halloween. And thanks, anonymous sender:


Product: LASIK@Home — Do it yourself in-home laser eye surgery.

Lowpoints: It’s not really an EULA, just some fine print at the bottom of the page, but it’s pretty funny:

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Anyway, it’s a funny bit if you’re looking to take a break from the standard draconian EULA fare.

Highpoints: That it’s a joke! The whole site is pretty clearly a joke–the Four Easy Steps are hysterical and the “Order Now” button doesn’t work.

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I Got My Scion You

We’re all aware that nearly all cars made in the past ten years or so have a “computer” that helps the dealer prescribe you overpriced parts when flagged and enables Johnny’s Auto Repair around the corner to charge $150 to tap into this chip and run “diagnostics.”

But don’t you ever wonder what other functions our wired autos may be performing?

Thanks, John for this one:

Product: Toyota Scion xB

Lowpoints: The Scion, like most other modern cars, has a primitive “black box” that records data in certain situations — like when the airbags deploy. According to the owner’s manual, Toyota has the right to use the data as it sees fit. This includes product-liability lawsuits. So if you sue Toyota for an accident, your own car can effectively testify against you. And although Toyota sold you the car, it retains control over a key component.

Highpoints: Well, collecting and analyzing crash data should lead to safer cars in the future. The technology I like; but Toyota’s claims seem very invasive.

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