[linux-elitists] targeted-advertising-considered-harmful/ ...comments welcome

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Fri Dec 6 07:40:57 PST 2013


begin Don Marti quotation of Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 05:25:49AM -0700:
> begin Teh Entar-Nick quotation of Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 08:35:09AM +0000:
> > Don Marti:
> > > begin Greg Folkert quotation of Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 04:15:40PM -0400:
> > > > > >   http://zgp.org/targeted-advertising-considered-harmful/
> > > > > PS: why does that page require scripts? are you trying to track
> > > > > me? :-)
> > > 
> > > No, that page uses CSS from Google Web Fonts.  If you block
> > > third-party content, it should come through fine, just with your
> > > default system font.
> > 
> > You're still trying to help Google track us.  Not cool.

...

> Remember the guy whose site "makes a simple and polite
> request for your browser to overwrite the contents of
> your OS kernel with the bookmarks (favorites) file"?
>   http://crackmonkey.org/fanmail.html
> Security issues like that made MSFT improve its
> client-side security to the high standard it has
> today.  Well, at least to the point where Adobe
> Flash and Oracle Java are now the biggest worries
> for MS-Windows users.

Thinking about this some more.  What about just
putting a small annoying piece of third-party content
on a page, when you can get away with it?  Anything
that should be blocked by a privacy-sensitive browser.
Here's one:

  https://gist.github.com/dmarti/7826371

I do this...

  <script src="https://gist.github.com/dmarti/7826371/raw/1d79ef59a21096176f46b650864fb14481e31d86/gistfile1.js"></script>

and add it to a page here...

   http://srom.zgp.org/

(It's not malware, it's click the div to read the
actual page ware.) 

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Don Marti                      +1-510-332-1587 (mobile)
http://zgp.org/~dmarti/        Alameda, California, USA
dmarti at zgp.org


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