Privacy, by the way, is the right to keep a lawful secret between you and the government.
No, it is not. Privacy is the right to decide what to expose and to whom to expose it. Governments should find proof of unlawful behavior without having to break into an individual privacy sphere. I'm sure that with 24/7 surveillance we could find a lot of illegal behaviors such as . This does not mean that a gov of a free country should do it.
How does that invalidate the AC's opinion? I haven't got a 3D TV but I don't go around telling people that their opinions of them are worthless because I haven't got one.
Because it is fair to assume that an XBMC is connected to an home (W)LAN. It is also fair to assume that an android phone running Yatse is also associated to your home WiFi network when you are at home. Using BT would instead require hardware support on the XBMC box, which is not very common for embedded platforms such as the RPI nor for recycled hardware on top of which people may decide to run XBMC. If you want something simple and that does not consume battery just buy an dedicated remote (the one for boxee is plug and play with every xbmc setup i've ever played with).
I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.