Subject: Re: testing kit conformance as a condition of distribution
From: Chuck Swiger <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 17:34:46 -0400

On Jun 30, 2004, at 5:00 PM, Chris F Clark wrote:
> Isn't the requirement of such an acknowledgement in the license to use
> the tool, thus an ipso facto restriction against the tools use in such
> circumstances.

No.  The acknowledgement says that the author of the code did not 
intend it to be used for high-risk environments where loss of life 
might result if the code failed.  It ensures that the person using the 
licensed software has been told that the code may not be completely 

However, nothing prevents someone at Chernobyl, or Seabrook, or 3-Mile 
Island from using the software for less critical purposes, nor does it 
prevent them from updating the software to be fault-tolerant and 
reliable enough to be certified for use in some more critical role, 
presuming they can get the software tested and approved by the NRC, or 


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