[conspire] (forw) Re: GoogleEarth for linux

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Jun 12 18:20:59 PDT 2006

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From: Ben Stringer <ben at burbong.com>
To: LUV list <luv-main at luv.asn.au>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 10:03:17 +1000
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Subject: GoogleEarth for linux



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Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 17:22:52 -0700
To: luv-main at luv.asn.au
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Subject: Re: GoogleEarth for linux

Quoting Ben Stringer (ben at burbong.com):

> http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

1. USE OF SOFTWARE The Software is made available to
you for your personal, non-commercial use only. You
may not use the Software or the geographical
information made available for display using the
Software, or any prints or screen outputs generated
with the Software in any commercial or business
environment or for any commercial or business purposes
for yourself or any third parties.  You may not use
the Google Software in any manner that could damage,
disable, overburden, or impair Google's services
(e.g., you may not use the Google Software in an
automated manner), nor may you use Software in any
manner that could interfere with any other party's use
and enjoyment of Google's services. 

2.  [...]  As a condition of downloading and
using the Software, you agree to the terms of the
Google Privacy Policy at
http://www.google.com/privacy.html[1], which may be
updated from time to time and without notice.  [...]
You acknowledge and agree that Google may access,
preserve, and disclose your account information if
required to do so by law or in a good faith belief
that such access preservation or disclosure is
reasonably necessary to: (a) satisfy any applicable
law, regulation, legal process or governmental
request, (b) enforce these Terms and Conditions,
including investigation of potential violations
hereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address
fraud, security or technical issues (including,
without limitation, the filtering of spam), (d)
respond to user support requests, or (e) protect the
rights, property or safety of Google, its users,  and
the public. [...]

3. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS You acknowledge that (a) the
Software contains proprietary and confidential
information [....]  You agree
that you will not, and will not allow any third party
to, (i) copy, sell, license, distribute, transfer,
modify, adapt, translate, prepare derivative works
from, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or
otherwise attempt to derive source code from the
Software, unless otherwise permitted, (ii) take any
action to circumvent or defeat the security or content
usage rules provided, deployed or enforced by any
functionality (including without limitation digital
rights management functionality) contained in the

4. AUTOMATIC UPDATES The Software may communicate with
Google servers from time to time to check for
available updates to the Software, such as bug fixes,
patches, enhanced functions, missing plug-ins and new
versions (collectively, "Updates"). By installing the
Software, you agree to automatically request and
receive Updates. [...]

7.  [...]  You agree to comply with any applicable
policies or guidelines that Google may make available
from time to time in its sole discretion. [...]

10. INDEMNITY You agree to hold harmless and indemnify
Google and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers,
agents, and employees from and against any claim, suit
or action arising from or in any way related to your
use of the Software [....]

16. [...] You and Google agree to submit to the personal and
exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within
the county of Santa Clara, California.

So, it's basically DRM-corrupted binary-only proprietary software that
may be altered _on your system_ at the whim of its copyright holder,
which you receive under an agreement that the copyright holder may
_also_ alter on a whim, software that you are forbidden to try to
understand or modify.

If you object to any harm it causes to you or your system, you're 
required to foreswear any legal recourse.  If you insist on trying to 
pursue recourse anyway, you're required to do so in a foreign court.[2]

Thank you, Google, Inc., for reminding us of what open-source coders
worked so hard to get away from.  ;->

[1] Which basically says your private information is Google, Inc.'s 
commercial property that it can sell or give away to its business
partners so they can spy on your and advertise-blitz you more

[2] Foreign to you, anyway; for me, just those Bloody Right Bastards in
the next county south of me. <grin>

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----- Forwarded message from Andrew Chalmers <achalmers at westnet.com.au> -----

From: Andrew Chalmers <achalmers at westnet.com.au>
To: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Cc: luv-main at luv.asn.au
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 11:01:11 +1000
X-Mailer: Evolution 2.6.1 
Subject: Re: GoogleEarth for linux

Further to Rick's comments, good luck UN-INSTALLING this hideous piece
of crap, and it truly IS crap ... the uninstall script is very broken,
and there is no way to help them fix it.

So ...
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/google-earth

Well done google.


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