I think both you guys are right. On the one hand, if Acura themselves, who designed and tested the engine, is telling you to just follow the minder when you go in for service, I'd be confident that they would stand behind that advice in the event of an issue. Because I am a lawyer, I'd probably have them add that note to the service paperwork just to be safe, e.g., "Customer asked about oil change. Checked minder and oil life is at 50%. Advised to follow minder and change when prompted, regardless of oil age." This will also cover the dealer's butt if they have to go to corporate to authorize a repair.
On the other hand, most manufacturers recommend changing the oil at least annually because of the nature of the car's ICE engine. Because the ICE engine in the NC1 is an open system, moisture can freely enter the engine and oil through the open valves in the heads. If the car is not driven enough, this moisture can corrode the iron components inside the engine. Kaz's blog is full of NSX engines that are rusted out from the inside due to this issue. Just driving the car on the highway for 20 miles or so will "cook" out the water from the oil, though. I suspect this is why Acura dropped the footnote that Manny mentions. Modern full synth oils are incredibly stable from a chemistry standpoint, which is why I think this is moisture-related- it's not like the oil suddenly turns to sludge at 13 months.
So, it's Acura who is speaking out of two sides of their mouth. They tell you to just follow the minder, and the dealer master tech says the same thing, but then they drop a tiny footnote that says well actually change the oil every 12 months. It's bad and confusing advice for the customer. If you just follow the minder, I'd make sure to get the oil to running temp at least once per month, however.
It might be worth a call to the NSX tech line to get the official word, though. We can post the result here for other owners to reference.