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Why the hell does this mouse need to connect to the Internet?
In this hyper-connected, networked world, many more of our devices are getting linked to the cloud, whether we want them to or not. That's sometimes good, and sometimes bad, so when a basic device like a mouse requires a user to go online and set up an account to activate all of its functionality, people are understandably going to ask why?
We've seen really bad implementations of cloud connectivity for devices that simply don't need it. Witness Cisco's "Connect Cloud" program that replaced the traditional management interface for wireless routers with a cloud-connected one that was less useful and contained some bizarre anti-porn and anti-piracy terms of service. Users protested in what we think was a completely justified rebellion, and Cisco quickly back-pedaled to save face.