To the Pain

Is it me, or do the ‘quality feedback agents’ associated with tools like Mozilla and Netscape which pop up to cheerily quiz you after a crash bear a distinct resemblence to Count Rugen?
[Mozilla crashes, taking with it my last few minutes work]
Feedback Agent: “The Netscape Quality Feedback Agent has captured information that Netscape needs to help improve Communicator’s quality. Describe what you were doing when Communicator failed.”
Count Rugen [To Wesley, as he is being tortured by The Machine]: I’m sure you’ve discovered my deep and abiding interest in pain. At present I’m writing the definitive work on the subject. So I want you to be totally honest with me on how The Machine makes you feel…Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity, so be honest — how do you feel?