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« on: February 15, 2016, 01:05:56 am »

Amazon software adds zombie invasion clause
Posted on Thursday, 11 February, 2016




Zombie apocalypse ? At least Amazon's software can help... Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Andrew Braithwaite
The Internet giant has added a rather unusual clause to the small print of one its latest products.
In a peculiar move that hopefully doesn't mean that Amazon knows something that we don't, the company has decided that adding an exemption clause to cover the possibility of a zombie apocalypse is a necessary step during the release of its new game engine software.

The terms and conditions document, which all users are expected to agree to before using the product, features a statement indicating that it is not permissible to use the software to build "life-critical or safety-critical systems" unless the world has been taken over by flesh-eating zombies:

"This restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization."

Let's hope that nobody will ever need to put this particular loophole to the test.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/02/10/only-a-zombie-apocalypse-will-free-you-from-amazons-ts-and-cs/
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 01:06:35 am »


Only a zombie apocalypse will free you from Amazon’s Ts and Cs

Only a zombie apocalypse will free you from Amazon’s terms and conditions
A zombie clause has been spotted in Amazon’s terms and conditions Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Mark Molloy

10 February 2016 • 9:50am

You may not be prepared for a 28 Days Later zombie apocalypse scenario but internet giant Amazon may know something we don’t.

A zombie apocalypse clause for the “fall of civilization” has been spotted in Amazon’s small print for one of its new products.

Eagle-eyed Amazon users who actually spend time reading their terms and conditions, thus ensuring they are not actually selling their soul to the devil, spotted the unusual point about the threat of zombies taking over the planet.

The company has just released a new game engine (a software framework designed for the creation and development of video games) called Lumberyard on Amazon Web Services.

    Happy for friends at Amazon launching new tech, but why is no one talking about their zombie warning in the license? pic.twitter.com/UfLs9laA73
    — Will Goldstone (@willgoldstone) February 10, 2016

 

Amazon explains in its Ts and Cs that the 3D game engine software should not be used with “life-critical or safety-critical systems” but added that there was one notable exception.

The Jeff Bezos company’s terms goes on to explain that you can break them in the event of a zombie attack (just as long as it’s certified by experts in the field).

 

“This restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization,” reads the full clause.
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 A zombie clause has been spotted in Amazon’s terms and conditions Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures 
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 01:08:06 am »

So the zombies may be coming and Amazon has been contacted for comment about any potential inside information on a post-apocalyptic planet Earth.

Is the world prepared for a zombie apocalypse? A recent study used zombies to highlight how countries tackle the outbreak of deadly diseases

The academic study uses fictional diseases to highlight how different countries deal with the outbreak of deadly viruses.

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Meanwhile, Amazon has just announced plans to create 2,500 jobs in the UK this year.

The company is expanding in response to strong demand, and will employ 14,500 people in the UK by the end of 2016.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 01:08:28 am »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/02/10/only-a-zombie-apocalypse-will-free-you-from-amazons-ts-and-cs/
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2016, 01:10:49 am »

Is that a legitimate clause that the Amazon board really felt needed to be covered and included in they're contracts or a cynical but amusing inclusion to generate some airtime?

I'm guessing they did it for a joke. I've seen large companies do things like this before.
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