I bought a DVD drive on a whim yesterday. Installing the hardware was quite pleasing since I had to flex my problem solving skills a little bit, but not too much. (I learned that my PC manufacturer shorted me one IDE cable. Yesterday morning I didn’t even know what an IDE cable was.) Finally, I rented Human Nature to test it out.
The first thing that happened after I put my first DVD into my first DVD player: An installation wizard opened up and I let it walk me through the installation of a friendly little piece of spyware called InterActual Player.
Installation Wizard: “This InterActual Player software application allows you to access additional content and features on the disc and from the Internet.”
Me: What? I already installed a DVD player. Okay, whatever. (Skims through short license, clicks “Install”.)
Installation Wizard: “Please provide us with anonymous demographic data so we may optimize your software experience to serve you better [, chump] . . . The InterActual Player collects and uploads anonymous product usage and viewing behavior information to be used and provided to third parties by InterActual for marketing purposes.”
Warner Bros: (Figuratively holds up hand as if to wave hello, but extends middle finger instead.)
PS, Human Nature is a good movie. You should see it.