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Ironbarr
December 7, 2001, 11:28 PM
Logged on a few minutes ago, went to Legal and clicked "Should we really walk around carrying GUNS??" and immediately received a request by nrahq.org to set a cookie. Looking at the .jpeg properties it's probably the NRA store URL doing this.

Good thing I changed my permissions and caught it, huh?

-Andy

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George Hill
December 8, 2001, 02:45 AM
:confused:

alfajim
December 8, 2001, 03:21 AM
That is a very interesting question I also have that cookie .

TheBluesMan
December 8, 2001, 12:29 PM
You're right, Andy.

Brandon_h3 linked directly to an image at nra.org in his first post.

Ironbarr
December 8, 2001, 01:09 PM
copying it in and putting it up himself. I believe that would've cut out the cookie link-up. I just saw that image in a two-up someplace yesterday. Anyway, I sent him a PM re this thread. We'll see.

I'm trying to figure out George's :confused:

-Andy

C.R.Sam
December 8, 2001, 11:00 PM
Stalked by the NRA ?

Sam

TheBluesMan
December 8, 2001, 11:18 PM
I didn't notice NRA setting a cookie in my computer when that thread loads, but I already have my permissions set to "accept all" from NRA.org.

Brandon could have downloaded the pic to his computer and then attached it to that thread. That'd keep them narsty cookies from loadin'.



Perhaps George has his permissions set to "accept all cookies" and he never notices them loading... :confused:

Ironbarr
December 9, 2001, 12:28 AM
I haven't had a reply to my PM to him either... and he was online when I sent it. Maybe he doesn't monitor PMs. Anyway, there's "a lotta trackin' goin' on".

BTW: CNET has a freebie software I picked up a couple weeks ago called Ad-aware. It scours your hard disk for spyware - cookies, . exe, and others that track your surfing. It found, and I deleted, 62 files. I run it once a week to make sure I'm not plagued. Figure 62 times 4k (for the disk space each file - 8k for bigger drives) since we know most cookies, et al, are only a few bytes.

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10106-100-7302674.html

Later.

-Andy

Mike Irwin
December 10, 2001, 12:04 AM
Being a former NRA Staff member...

We gonna git ya, Ironbar! :D

Sorry, just had to be said.

brandon_h3
December 11, 2001, 01:14 AM
I had no idea that it would post a cookie on your machine from the NRA. I apologize, but I certainly will not stand to be accused of being behind anything. All I did was put that in my thread as a proud citizen, so chill out. And no, I don't monitor messages, I just happened to look for the first time today and I noticed I had one.

Mike Irwin
December 11, 2001, 03:52 PM
Is it just me not really caring, but do people get just a little too cranked about cookies?

If you don't want a cookie, just set your browser to "No Cookies."

alfajim
December 11, 2001, 04:30 PM
Lets think about this , would you like a tap being placed on your phone and every time you call some one it records what you say how long you talk who you called . You can turn cookies off but then when you go to sites that you like you have to log on each time , there are good cookies and bad cookies . Some cookies report your computer use to its sender some of us just don't like that .

Mike Irwin
December 11, 2001, 05:29 PM
A tap's different.

The potential for it discovering something I don't want to be discovered through an errant conversation on my part is a lot more likely.

Computer cookies track only what I choose to do on a website.

If there's something I don't want tracked, I use my "clean" computer, which has cookies completely disabled and a program that quashes any attempt to place a cookie on the system before they can even get to my computer.