Sunday, May 28, 2006

Google and God

Today, I created a G-Mail e mail account.

For some strange reason, I felt compelled to actually read through their Terms of Service before agreeing to create my account. (I had heard rumors that Google reserved the right to save every single e mail you ever receive or send for their own purposes - which, if they do, they don't make mention of in their Terms of Service).

In any case, within the terms of service, I came across something rather interesting:

Without limiting the foregoing, under no circumstances shall Google or its licensors be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces, or causes beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, Internet failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunication equipment failures, other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, floods, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals, non-performance of third parties, or loss of or fluctuations in heat, light, or air conditioning.

I found it interesting that buried in the middle of this all encompassing list was "acts of God", for which, after conducting a Google search, I found the following definition:

ACT OF GOD - A natural event, not preventable by any human agency, such as flood, storms, or lightning. Forces of nature that no one has control over, and therefore cannot be held accountable.

This phrase denotes those accidents which arise from physical causes, and which cannot be prevented.

What I found to be quite amusing, was that "acts of God" appeared on the list well after "acts of nature", as well as appearing after "fires, floods, storms, explosions".

I am left wondering, what exactly can be Google be referring to when they mention "acts of God", if they already individually listed just about everything that could have been considered an act of God well before listing "acts of God" itself.

I think we can find the answer at the very end of their list of natral and unnatural disasters:

...or loss of... air conditioning.

Hurricanes and earthquakes pale in comparisson to the power of the Almighty God who sends Google running for protection with His ability to giveth and taketh away air conditioning.

How divine.




8 Comments:

Intersting blog you have here.
I can across it Via Joe settler.

I like how Google makes refference to God even though what they are talking about is obviously Natural disasters.
I also found it ammusing that someone actually went and read the Terms of service. Kol HaKavod.

By Anonymous Daily Tid Bit, at Sun May 28, 02:31:00 PM GMT+3  

Daily, thanks for the comment.

I can assure you, I don't make a regular habit out of reading Terms of Service...

I swear... really...

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Sun May 28, 04:14:00 PM GMT+3  

lol. maybe i should read terms of service more often if they are as funny as the one you just listed. i recently set up a gmail account too, so thanks for the warning. :-)

By Blogger bellanny, at Sun May 28, 07:24:00 PM GMT+3  

very interesting... so Google accepts the notion that G-d is responsible for "acts of nature." Isn't "nature" according to common sense and the English language responsible for "acts of nature"???

By Blogger Greg, at Mon May 29, 01:25:00 PM GMT+3  

ROTFL!

I'm a google fan, and I was expecting a different thrust to this post, something more like "at this rate, google will be second to God very soon..."

By Anonymous Gidon, at Mon May 29, 03:30:00 PM GMT+3  

Acts of God is actually a legal term common in all legal documents...
And by Air Conditioning they meant where there servers are stored...
loss of air conditioning causes them to slow down or die.

By Anonymous Noam, at Tue May 30, 04:55:00 PM GMT+3  

So there really is a G-d if Google said so, watch out you atheists!

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