I'd have a lot more sympathy for people from LA, if their representatives didn't vote against aid for people affected by Hurricaine Sandy. That would be Reps. Steve Scalise, John Flemming and Sen. Bill Cassidy. See: http://www.latimes.com/busines... for example. And I'd be more sympathetic if Sen. Cassidy wasn't a climate change skeptic. If the oil companies want to buy a themselves a LA senator, they can pay for protecting the state from climate change too.
While I appreciate that you are giving Bose the benefit of the doubt, I don't think they deserve it. Based on my experiences with other companies, and their bone-headed decisions, I would err on the side of caution and assume that Bose is probably doing just that.
It doesn't even need to be planned or nefarious. It's simply too easy to go from creating an app, to adding something in there that provides debugging information, to deciding that the debugging information is useful, to sharing that information with related companies.
It doesn't hide anything that you are doing, so the signal is still there, but it sure puts up a lot of noise. If you are technically minded, please consider improving the software / forking and trying different things.
The guy said: "I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores,” I'll ask you since I can't ask him. Like what? What low scoring movies (and we're talking below 30% on RT) did you actually like?
Rotten Tomatoes is an aggregator, and so it is very limited. You have to look at the individual reviews to figure out why the reviewer didn't like the movie. That said, if a movie is sitting at 27%, there is a really good reason. There is something wrong with a movie that is less than 50%. Maybe you will like it, but there is a flaw in there somewhere that caused most people that review movies to not like it.
My movie watching time is severely limited. My book reading, exercising, hobby and other time are severely limited. So, I have to decide pretty severely what I'm going to watch. Are there movies with a 30% rating that I might like? Maybe. But, why on earth would I bother going to see it, when there are movies with 70, 80, 90% ratings to go see?
By national law enforcement (FBI) and others (NSA, CIA), I'm sure it is. However, your ISP won't have access to it, so they won't be selling it. If the Feds have your browsing info, you are unlikely to get a popup saying 'Looks like you are shopping for a hooker, try these!' Or whatever it is that you've been googling for. And, more importantly, it won't be popping up when your significant other, parents, children, siblings are browsing.
The Feds are scary and we need to have better ways to prevent them from abusing civil liberties. But I think that commercial interests are really bad too, and are more likely to actually negatively affect your life.
Surprise due today. Also the rent.