Especially since it's the script for their web analytics platform. Which admittedly is Piwik, but it's still analytics which is literally snooping.
You know, you are probably also a Microsoft shareholder. I'd say practically every retirement/pension fund on earth has Microsoft shares in their portfolio, since they have decent dividends and almost never devalue.
So what does this mean for your original point?
You do realise that if the entire contract is null and void, then you also void the part of the contract that says "Subject to the terms of this end user license agreement, licensor grants you a nonexclusive right to..." which under copyright law means you have no rights to the work at all, right?
That doesn't make the EULA non-binding at all, it makes specific clauses of it non-binding. And considering the final clause is always "if any part of this agreement is held to be unenforceable the remaining parts will continue in force" it just means that the illegal bits are ignored.
It's basically your fast track through customs. Why it can't be added as an endorsement on your passport is a mystery, but... US. So I guess it makes sense when you put it that way.
Yup. I was only addressing the statement that "contracts can't make any arbitrary thing binding" which is a bit less cut and dried when neither party to the contract is a consumer.
Sovereign immunity. You'll probably find the government has not waived immunity for the actions of the patent office, so you could not sue it.
True, but as a general rule you'll find that while there are certain rights that consumers cannot sign away in a contract, the same protections do not apply to B2B contracts.
Sharepoint uses SQL Server as the backend, yes. Although it can use SQL Server Express as well (I wouldn't recommend it).
However, Exchange does not use SQL Server.
Here in NZ we had a phone company do it. They didn't like the attitude a guy gave them calling the customer service number, so they tacked a miscellaneous "Penalty for being an arrogant bastard".
Ouch, that payroll system sounds as disastrous as New Zealand's education payroll system Novopay. (Talent2. Even more incompetent than IBM!)
Or INCIS, the New Zealand police computer system (thanks IBM!)
Wait... why does everyone hire IBM again?
we want to do that...
oh wait no we don't... yes thats what centrelink etc are trying to do is catch fraud...
its not like they leave windows machines administrators full access to classified documents...
Er, that was Work and Income New Zealand, not Centrelink Australia.
I could believe that. And that's not even counting defending the lawsuit from Snapper because they didn't win the tender.
Well, that was Talent2 - an Aussie company. Can we claim that?
How come New Zealand's analogue switch off didn't make news? Boo!