Yes, I was given beta firmware, but the issue is not that I was graciously provided with an early peek at a potential fix to the problem. The issue is their treatment of customers who may be observing the issue, as witnessed in the thread at their support forum.
In any event, I'm not going to comment on it. They fairly politely requested that I be "less vocal" about this problem so I'm going to simply drop it until there is something that can be said publicly. I have a feeling after my last few comments I won't be seeing any further notifications from them, but hopefully they are on track for a permanent resolution to the issue..