reply to post by mister.old.school
Given your lack of detail when asked for same, I can only assume that offense was indeed intended.
Additionally, it appears to be you who is lacking in a fundamental understanding of the technology involved.
Dude... Really... there is NO need to make this an adversarial exchange.
That is a straight up question asking about your technical background...
Cuz quite frankly you seem intent on painting a picture with regards to the CAPABILITIES of cookies that just isn't in keeping with the reality of
I notice you did NOT answer my question... VERY DIRECT (
) about whether or not your TRULY believe you have privacy on the Internet.
So, although the majority of your original post is quite impressive (we are NOT worthy!
), you are TOTALLY missing the boat in trying to sell as
FACT the supposedly 'benign' nature of these cookies you uncovered with your 'research'...
Keeping in mind the absolute accuracy with which your particular computer is identified simply by being hooked up/communicating via the Internet, your
ENTIRE argument hinges on the neutral/benevolent nature of these merchants/service providers...
Every platform, every server that I have WORKED with has available to it, the ability to tabulate EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE.
Having worked with the INFORMATION GATHERS...
And with the advent of credit cards/debit cards/personal shopper cards/store membership cards, etc. etc.
I can tell you for a FACT that ALL of the folks who want to target you (or your household) for WHATEVER purpose, KNOW pretty much anything they want
with regards to EVERY SINGLE FACET of your life/activities (in REALTIME
So, despite you 'buying in' to the assurances you uncovered during your 'research', we pretty much only have YOUR word (and the vendors word) that
these guys will do no harm with this most precious information.
Just like MS has made assurances about your privacy when 'reporting bugs'... Thru the use of UNIQUE IDs, they know exactly who has what with regards
The technology of ID is pervasive...
Their thirst for information about you and your activities is insatiable...
It's everywhere and in everything...
Have you ever parsed an executable produced by ANY MS software? Have you published an executable? Have you ever emailed a 'Word' document?
Trust me when I tell you, YOUR info is neatly tucked into the binary image?
I haven't even scratched the surface in this post with regards to the REAL CAPABILITIES of all of these convergent technologies...
Dude... DO explain it to me.
[edit on 18-6-2009 by golemina]