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Why are people freaked by this?
Authored by: Arturia on Jul 07, '06 01:37:31PM
quote: "But really, what's the big deal?"

* choice.

quote: "Hell, most third party apps now also "phone home" to check for updates."

* Great so lets them all phone home and say nothing.

quote: "The only thing that I think anyone has a legitimate reason to complain about is
that Apple didn't explicitly say that they were adding this, or maybe that they didn't make it
part of Software Update instead of a daemon running in the background."

* That's why I'm going to block this process -by choice- and express that Apple is wrong
doing this without giving me the choice. (À la Microsoft)

It reminds me that the same thing happened with iTunes. People did block the "feature" then
Apple reacted by giving the choice later with an update.

I think we must stop being bigots and protect Apple as if it were a Church.

amicably ;-)

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Why are people freaked by this?
Authored by: FenrisUlf on Jul 07, '06 05:29:16PM

The term "Phone Home" means that this process sends personally identifiable data back to some third party without your consent. The term's on the front burner of popularity recently because Microsoft is indeed phoning home your data to check on your valid licenses without your consent. They have since bowed to the pressure for now, but the cat's out of the bag over on the Redmond side of the fence.

This is nothing like that transgression. Not even if you squint. So being "angry" that Apple didn't give you a separate installer for the program is fine. Being angry for something perceived as an affront to your privacy (like WGA really is) is irrational. It's not nefarious. It's not required.

Coincidentally, WGA was required and was going to BE required to get updates for Windows. This is nothing of the sort. This is quite the tempest in a teapot.

Most people are not defending apple to the death (like it was a "church") in regards to this issue (and certainly this thread is nothing like some I've seen on this subject). We are merely pointing out the complete mischaracterization of the whole thing by people looking to lump Apple with the idiots in charge at Redmond. Claiming these two items as being the same class of privacy issue is indeed bigotry, and as Apple enthusiasts, we should be constantly ready to mention that.

There are far more important things to worry about than this with regards to privacy and the overreaching hand of corporations.

Just my $.02


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