NSA Web Site Plants 'Cookies' on Computers

OK, so the NSA may have been involved in some pretty serious Constitutional crimes recently - but placing cookies wasn't one of them. I have never really understood "cookie paranoia". No website operator can deduce anything more from a visit to the site than your IP address and possible general geographic location unless you fill in a form giving them more information. Which is precisely what most folks who see the nefarious cookie spying on their porn surfing do.

To track your browsing using cookies would require a massive cross referenced database of cookie ID's and domains - some ad companies (DoubleClick comes to mind), have been accused of this in the past, but the truth is that since most ads are served remotely, there's no need whatsoever to coordinate cookies. All that needs done (and frequently is done) is to set a cookie from the ad server domain showing what ads have been viewed (and possibly clicked), with the only reference at all to the page currently under view being for the purpose of paying for the display of the ad!

I wonder how many of the folks who lay awake at night worrying about their computer turning into a cookie jar are the same folks who wear rubber gloves when typing to keep from catching a computer virus...

AP - The National Security Agency's Internet site has been placing files on visitors' computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most of them.

(link) [Yahoo! News: Top Stories]

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Hot Tech Skills For 2006?

Well, somebody's lying ... obviously, if you ask the guy who runs the classified ad site (below), he'll say business is great! But if you ask some other sources:

Gartner Inc., a high-tech forecasting firm, estimates 10 percent of computer services and software jobs will be moved overseas by the end of this year, while a study by Meta group projects 40 percent of corporate tech operations will move offshore by 2008. link

Having been personally outsourced, offshored and generally shafted by the high-tech industry, I think I'll put my money on Gartner and Meta Group's predictions, rather than industry mouthpiece Computerworld. But even they can't dodge the truth forever: one of the 'related links' that popped up when I read the article was J.P. Morgan Chase starts two-year hiring spree in India...

Computerworld is running a 3 page story on what tech skills will be in demand for the coming year. They suggest developers, security experts and project managers are in demand. It also comes up with some good news. FTA: 'Despite the notion that hordes of U.S. IT jobs are being sent offshore, in reality, less than 5% of the 10 million people who make up the U.S. IT job market had been displaced by foreign workers through 2004, says Scot Melland, president and CEO of Dice Inc., a New York-based online jobs service. The numbers of jobs posted on Dice.com from January through September for developers, project managers and help desk technicians rose 40%, 47% and 45%, respectively, compared with the same period in 2004, says Melland.'

(link) [Slashdot]

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