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July 15th, 2005, 12:40 PM #1
Wsj - Walter S. Mossberg
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- West Coast USA
Despite Others' Claims,Tracking Cookies Fit My Spyware Definition
July 15th, 2005, 01:24 PM #2
He makes some valid points. However, I think the argument becomes:
Is the cookie the problem, or the person who baked it?
Blaming cookies for that kind of thing gives the average computer user the frights. And consumer frights often become US Senate frights.
He is relatively careful to describe what different cookies do, but we all know that people will only remember the negative, unless they have a vested involvement or need for cookies themselves.
Once again, the unsavories are on the verge of creating a problem for everyone.
July 15th, 2005, 01:36 PM #3
My guess is that the author does not even realize that affiliate marketing exists or perhaps he does know about it and despises it.This World is Not My Home
We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. . . And then we're gonna go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline! Quotes from the movie Rudy, 1993
July 15th, 2005, 02:20 PM #4Originally Posted by Cheesehead
also that this is how the merchants prove I sent a customer to them.
July 15th, 2005, 03:31 PM #5
I just sent him this message:
Dear Mr. Mossberg,
I just read your article about cookies fitting your definition of spyware. Interesting. When I read it, WSJ.com set three cookies, DoubleClick set one, and another company set two. So are you saying that WSJ.com is a spyware company?
July 15th, 2005, 04:07 PM #6
I saw that column. I can't stand that ignorant knob. He often blows smoke of some sort or another and overall seems to know very little about certain areas of computing/internet. And in this case, he's actually reveling in his refusal to get a real clue.
My guess is that the author does not even realize that affiliate marketing exists or perhaps he does know about it and despises it.
Somehow I think any clue train tickets sent in his direction are wasted...There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway
July 15th, 2005, 04:29 PM #7
He seems to refer to two types of cookies in his article...
"Tracking cookies shouldn't be confused with these other cookies"
Then this... "Many types of cookies are harmless or even helpful. For instance, a cookie might help a Web site remember your preferences for what news topics you chose to see. With your permission, it might store your login information, so you don't have to type it in each time you visit a particular site. Antispyware programs aren't designed to detect or remove these helpful cookies."
He's saying the antispyware apps that remove cookies don't remove the "helpful" cookies...
He's stoned and stupid. He's too confused to have an agenda. He should be rated by his peers and drummed out of commenting on technology cuz it's beyond his understanding.
He may even be using the term "tracking cookie" interchangeably with what we call adware and spyware - cuz he believes the "other" good cookies are something else altogether...
Wonder what they pay him per year to clarify this for the readers...
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