Most of the complaints can be rectified by reading the *Mission*. It's only 2 pages of text. Can't be that hard, can it?
I won't list all the Mission Tips, since some people like to explore. If you enable vertical movement, it will be harder. If you use the keyboard instead of the mouse to move your ship, it will be much harder. With vertical movement on AND keyboard movement, it's virtually impossible unless you are a keyboard god. As VEGGIEDUDE points out auto fire helps some people.
It connects to sourceforge to get the info for the online news scroller. You can disable it in the config menu. If something seems suspicious, ask a developer friend to look over the source code.
Rather than all this hate, I'd rather see some constructive feedback or bug reports. To those who do: Thanks!
Due to a bug in one of the 3rd party libs, there will be a 1.0.2 forthcoming shortly.