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Cory Doctorow is an alarmist self-promoting whore
Authored by: Mikey-San on Jan 11, '06 10:18:26AM

If the mini store pane is open, and I click on a song to play it, the items in the pane change. Either I'm completely retarded, or I understand that there isn't some sort of black magic going on here.

When I realize I don't want people suggesting music to me and cluttering up the window, I turn off/hide the mini store pane and data ceases to be transmitted. There is no longer any information going anywhere, and no one suggests other music for me.

In your example, you give no control over the transmission or collection of data. This is the core issue here. Go to Amazon.com and browse books and music for a moment--don't BUY anything, just browse. It remembers what you've seen, but if I want to stop this from happening, I disable cookies. In your example, if there's an easily located, obviously placed option in Excel to disable the data mining behaviour, then there isn't a problem; if not, people should ring the alarm.

This is about whether or not you can control the data that exists, not whether or not it does exist.

Cory and BoingBoing should be brought into this, because he is going to use BoingBoing to fan the flames of a non-issue. He needs a muzzle.



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