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  • I've never shopped for a car online so I guess I don't care.
  • Well, based on the spam I've been getting, companies don't have any idea who I am.
  • Funny, I was joking just last week that Santa must be the master of "Big Data".
  • abhorrent1: I've never shopped for a car online so I guess I don't care.


    Because car shopping is the one and only area where a company would do this sort of thing.
  • Known as "CSS history sniffing", this technique exploits a security vulnerability in older Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8. Modern browsers have plugged this privacy hole. Dataium CEO Eric Brown told the Journal it has used the technique intermittently for testing.

    So, then this whole article is about nothing then. Good jorb, WSJ. FWIW I did a run down on Cars.com on an old version of Safari and current version of Firefox and I didn't find any of Dataium's alleged malfeasance.

    TL,DR: Update your browser regularly, manage cookies and Javascript a bit more, and consider using tools like Ghostery.
  • FTA: This technique exploits a security vulnerability in older web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8. Modern browsers have plugged this privacy hole.

    I don't think most of us have anything to worry about.

    /LOL, privacy hole
  • Damn you, Macular Degenerate!

    *Fist shake*
  • If Big Data is using the stuff in my history, it thinks I'm George Bush and live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and my phone number is 555-555-1212
  • NutWrench: Well, based on the spam I've been getting, companies don't have any idea who I am.


    I was about to agree with you, until I opened my spam folder and the first message is from "Drew Curtis" with the subject line "eric." I'm not even joking:

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    Holy shiat. THEY ARE ON TO ME. 

    (Note to Drew: please stop spamming me with weight loss scams, thanks.)
  • NutWrench: Well, based on the spam I've been getting, companies don't have any idea who I am.


    I want to know why a full half of the spam I get is for Viagra and/or dick enlargement snake oil when I don't have a dick.
  • In theory, there is an upside to data mining and targeted response for the consumer. It's supposed to save you time by not showing you stuff you aren't interested in so ads don't show up for ball gags when I'm clearly searching for cranberry flavored vodka soaked tampons.

    In theory.
  • If you have Ghostery installed then you know how many javascripts Fark.com loads before you even get the page content to load first, in addition to the Flash ads. Fark is one of the worst loading sites I've seen and if the mobile version had a few more user things added to it, I would stick strictly to mobile.
  • After reading the article.... the headache I has it,,
    Gaaaaaaaa
  • "Meh, I've seen it. He's more like 'Average Data'".

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  • Only my sammich maker knows what sammiches I eat tho.
    Cash and no Tubbway card. I've been avoiding "store cards" for more than a decade.
    Right now a dead guy in atlanta is racking up grocery bonuses.
  • Fluorescent Testicle: NutWrench: Well, based on the spam I've been getting, companies don't have any idea who I am.

    I want to know why a full half of the spam I get is for Viagra and/or dick enlargement snake oil when I don't have a dick.


    But you do have a shiny testicle .... Right?
  • radiobiz: In theory, there is an upside to data mining and targeted response for the consumer. It's supposed to save you time by not showing you stuff you aren't interested in so ads don't show up for ball gags when I'm clearly searching for cranberry flavored vodka soaked tampons.

    In theory.


    Which means that I'm going to be more inclined to spend money on shiat I don't need. No thank you - I work towards seeing as few ads as possible. NoScript plus AdBlock on my Firefox. It's not perfect, but it does a pretty good job on the overall.

    So, on the overall, this is a Very Bad Thing.
  • NoScript + AdBlock Plus + Ghostery for me.
  • Spaced Lion: FTA: This technique exploits a security vulnerability in older web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8. Modern browsers have plugged this privacy hole.

    I don't think most of us have anything to worry about.

    /LOL, privacy hole


    Wouldn't that be considered a crime?
  • https://www.ghostery.com/
  • abhorrent1: Spaced Lion: FTA: This technique exploits a security vulnerability in older web browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8. Modern browsers have plugged this privacy hole.

    I don't think most of us have anything to worry about.

    /LOL, privacy hole

    Wouldn't that be considered a crime?


    Awww. You think users have rights! Isn't that cute.

    /It's only illegal when a user exploits a website.
    //Users aren't people and you chose to be on the site so they can run all the malicious code they like.
  • Why not link to the actual freaking article... 

    Link

    It's on the same site for cripes sake. 

    ...

    Throwing away unfetchable URL http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014​24127887324784404578143144132736 214.html: Sorry, but the Wall Street Journal puts up an intermittent paywall after we link it. Please find a different source. (note: blogs.wsj.com is OK): 403 Not allowed

    Oh... that's why. Whatevs... you can click through from subby's link.

    /here to help
    //or trying to anyway
    ///shaddup
  • fluffy2097: /It's only illegal when a user exploits a website.


    So botnets are totally legal? Assuming they don't use them to exploit a website? They are composed of compromised users, after all .
  • I bought a cpu online, i started getting spam on line, same thing when i bought a motherboard and gpu. When i bought a camera, same deal. It doesnt exactly bother me,mostly because I assume its going to happen.
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