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Re: a positive "no thanks" to cookies?

From: <touch@isi.edu>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:38:48 -0700
Message-Id: <199708111638.JAA07543@rum.isi.edu>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, snowhare@netimages.com

> > On Sun, 10 Aug 1997, Shel Kaphan wrote:
> > 
> > > Fact: some people hate cookies.  They keep telling their browsers not to
> > > accept them.  
> > 
...
> > But one must ask why users hate cookies and wonder what UI and/or server
> > and hence perhaps protocol support might change that situation.

Speaking only for myself, I don't like them because they're too
often used only to track user behavior rather than provide me
some service. 

In that case, I'd like to save cookies and replay them, only if my
request URL can contain a small advertisement, ala' Yahoo, et al's
pages. That way, I too can recover the cost of maintaining state for a
_commercial_ entity, for _their_ benefit.

Until then, I'll turn them off. Less state on both ends ought to
make the processing response time faster, if nothing else.

Joe

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Joe Touch - touch@isi.edu		    http://www.isi.edu/~touch/
ISI / Project Leader, ATOMIC-2, LSAM       http://www.isi.edu/atomic2/
USC / Research Assistant Prof.                http://www.isi.edu/lsam/
Received on Monday, 11 August 1997 09:39:53 EDT

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