I haven't given EA any of my money since the Need For Speed: Carbon fiasco. Going on 2 years old, and they haven't released a patch to fix video/audio syncing issues. No thanks EA, I'll pass.
I tend to trust what John Nack says, but YMMV.Short story: "Based on my analysis, I don't see any evidence that serial-numbers are being sent to either *.adobe.com or *.2o7.net." This info matches everything else I've been able to learn on the subject: the welcome screen SWF is not gathering/uploading serial numbers or other personal info.
Happiness is a positive cash flow.