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    Wsj - Walter S. Mossberg

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    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.

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    My guess is that the author does not even realize that affiliate marketing exists or perhaps he does know about it and despises it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesehead
    My guess is that the author does not even realize that affiliate marketing exists or perhaps he does know about it and despises it.
    I just suggested to him he didn't know it all and he was in danger of causing panic among the troops.

    also that this is how the merchants prove I sent a customer to them.

    simplistic crap.

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    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?

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    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.
    Oh if he does know he almost certainly despises it. That anti-commercial blankety-blank!!! How he manages to keep a j*b in the US's ultimate bastion of pro-Capitalistic journalism (the WSJ) I'll never know!!

    Somehow I think any clue train tickets sent in his direction are wasted...
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelColey
    I just sent him this message:
    And I just wet my pants. You are hilarious!!!

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