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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cookies For All


This message now appears at the top of this blog when you access it from Europe:
This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services, to personalize ads and to analyze traffic. Information about your use of this site is shared with Google. By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies.
The European Union now requires 'cookie' warning messages on all web pages that can be accessed from Europe. I don't know whether to be upset, offended, or relieved. Relieved because Google (the beneficent) provided the message for free. I didn't even have to think about it. Upset because this sounds like more stupid government meddling. Offended because - how dare they interfere with the free dissemination and collection of important information. I mean, I need to know your shoe size.

I'm not going to worry about it too much. The internet is a haphazard collection of protocols and rules, and we are just beginning to sort out all the implications of what we have created. There are going to be hiccups but I am confident we will figure it out, eventually. It may take a few years (decades? centuries?) but we'll get there. Of course there are always going to be people, to use the term loosely, who will attempt to strangle the 'net in order to promote their twisted view of reality. China, I'm lookin' at you.

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