I mean that there's nothing inherently dangerous about an outbound connection. Yes, you can send data using an outbound connection but that isn't *strictly* dangerous, programs do it all the time and it doesn't really get taken advantage of by attackers (unlike inbound connections, which are inherently dangerous and have to have steps taken to mitigate the dangers).Really? Unauthorized, unintended outbound connections? Even when their contents may contain personal data you were searching for on your local machine? Golly gee, take me back a decade ago when the Windows firewall controversy got started. (cough, cough)
It's what the trillion dollar advertising industry is built on - the same industry that allows us to view the internet for free.That is EXACTLY what Canonical is banking on.
Yes, ads are a pain. We're given the choice to opt out but plenty of people may find it incredibly useful. Moves like this grow products, it's Ubuntu's first step to being a viable operating system in terms of a proper business model.
It's Linux - you're never going to be locked into anything. You'll always have an opt out no matter how convoluted.