That is my understanding too...its a great saw without the feature as its robust and tough...but it does cost a wicked amount of money.
As for the safety feature...I am on the fence about that. Yeah new technology can keep us safe, but to me way too many people depend on it. Just because you have a Saw Stop does not mean you won't get cut or have a kickback...a problem the Sawstop cannot address. Granted your chances are drastically reduced...but still there.
To me the tablesaw is just like a train. Very simple, big and heavy. As long as you stay 4 feet away from the tracks you will never get hit. Its not like the engineer is steering for you, or in this case the table saw blade steering for your hand. Keep it away and you will never get it sawn off.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"