Sure, 15 years in the industry of supporting the products above and beyond any other company lends no credibility... JT was releasing upgrades for the Battleground series after he left Talonsoft & supports HPS titles now too. Sure, no precedence there... what ever guys...
No, it doesn't add the slightest bit of 'credibility' or any precedent, because it has no relevance. You do not seem to understand the issue. Is is not whether JT (or whoever else has made the same claim or similar) would want to issue DRM removing updates - nobody disputes that - but whether they would actually be able to do so.
Let me outline a possible scenario. Developer John Doe's company is wound up at the petition of it's creditors and a liquidator appointed. The liquidator discovers that the primary assets of the company are the games it has developed and are selling (note these belong to the company, not John Doe the individual). Tasked as he/she is to recover the maximum amount of money for creditors, the liquidator investigates the possibility of selling the rights to those games to another publisher for the maximum sum possible. In the meantime, John Doe would have as much legal right to release a no-DRM patch for those games as you or I have to release one for those same games tomorrow. The liquidator would only consent to such a release if he/she were certain it would not reduce the value of those assets.. and the very fact that John Doe thought DRM necessary in the first place is likely to be strong evidence that it would do just that.
You assume there are creditors, which there aren't. Its a zero debt operation. One of the benefits of the digital age.
To E, "Phone Home" implies a connection to a server each time the application is launched - it phones home to get permission to run, like the SES software does, to my knowledge - this is a standard definition I have seen many times. A single connection to an Activation Server does not fall into the same category.
Going to leave this discussion at this point, because y'all are just looking for a punching bag, which I'm not interested in being. But I truly believe nethier I nor JT deserve the constant negative comments and assumptions that keep coming up on this & the Wargamer forums. And yes, history does matter, its a measure of ones character and a good basis on what to expect in the future. If it wasn't companies wouldn't do background checks, etc.
PoE - that is simply an awesome collection wall...wish I had the funds, and the time, to even start to have that!