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Re: MS Patents Snooping on Us - Patent #7039699

  • Subject: Re: MS Patents Snooping on Us - Patent #7039699
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 6 May 2006 08:50:39 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • References: <1146850932.212268.289220@v46g2000cwv.googlegroups.com> <1565696.kDg3W0p7tf@schestowitz.com>
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  • Xref: news.mcc.ac.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:1106862
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Friday 05 May 2006 18:42 \__
>> "Tracking usage behavior in computer systems
>> "Abstract
<snip big-brother patent abstract>
> http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,039,699.PN.&OS=PN/7,039,699&RS=PN/7,039,699
> Also confer the following unnerving article from a former Microsoft manager:
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| But the benefit to the web sites is much greater, because now they can
>| pool and share their information about you. Let's take a hypothetical
>| example that's possible today. Microsoft's online travel agency Expedia
>| is a Passport web site, and Microsoft Investor is too. One day, Expedia
>| could start offering higher fares to customers who have more than a
>| million dollars in their Investor stock portfolio. There's not
>| really anything technically impossible about this, and it's probably
>| legal, too.

Doesn't anyone else see the problem here?   Or have we become so inured
to Microsoft's attitude to ethics and the law, that even in cola, we
suffer from a collective cognitive dissonance.

If I saw the term "and it's probably legal too" from any exec from more
or less any other company, I think it would make the newspaper
headlines, but from Microsoft, nobody seems to expect anything better.

>                 http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000047.html
> It is the danger of targetted, well-informed (intelligence/spying) delivery
> of content with financial agendas in mind. Microsoft violate ethics by
> exchanging browser cookies across Web sites and re-directing to fool the
> innocent surfer.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
- Kahlil Gibran

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