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Why are people freaked by this?
Authored by: mstoops on Jul 07, '06 11:17:37AM

I will second this question, this is all just stupid worrying. My computer already checks for software updates once a day (although I wonder why Apple didn't just put this widget check in Software Update), and any tool that automates this process is good in my book. Additionally, every time I open up FireFox, BBEdit, Flip4Mac, Growl, or Synergy (which does not even tell it's set to do this) and others, they do version-checking as well. Sure, most of them let me choose to turn this functionality off. But so what, they to could be just as "insidious" as everybody is claiming Apple could be (but is not), but you don't here everybody up in arms about this.

This is all just ridiculous.

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Why are people freaked by this?
Authored by: wgscott on Jul 08, '06 05:28:51AM

I don't want Apple phoning home without my permission. I don't like services started on my computer without knowing about them. The mail and web servers aren't started by default. I never use widgets and hate them. I don't need this service.

But on a more fundamental level, I worry that Apple it testing the waters for spying on its customers in a very Redmondesque way.

I don't like the fact that ATT logs this and all my internet traffic to the NSA either, despite the fact that I am not a terrorist.

I'm happy to share information on my terms, not on the government's terms, and not on the Apple corporation's terms.

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