For those of you wondering what your computer does when you aren’t looking. The Genuine Avantage validation tool has been phoning back to MS stats and such about your system. The implications here are massive, and MS is trying to get around the issue by saying that you folk consented to this. It’s not spyware if you said you want it.
If by informed consent they mean the EULA… how many folk have ever read one of those? I’m a GPL fan and I’ve never read GPLv2 or 3.