Hugh Winkler holding forth on computing and the Web

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Yet another reason to use NoScript

Niall Kennedy tells us all how he grabs your browser history "for improved user experience".

1. put links on the page to all the interesting sites you want to identify in the user's history. Have they visited Google? Have the visited certain porn sites?
2. put some css for those links that colors them some weird color when they have been a:visited.
3. add some script that crawls the dom looking for links styled that color.

VoilĂ .

Yet another reason I'm glad I've turned off most scripting using NoScript.

[Updated to remove a made up porn site domain name that actually is a porn site domain name.]

Monday, February 04, 2008

Eli can't get no respect

[Update Feb 5: they've fixed the headline, but I just noticed the caption at the right still says "Super Bowl XLI". So that explains it. To build yesterday's Super Bowl results page they just grabbed last year's. Then they attempt the replacements s/Peyton/Eli/g and s/XLI/XLII/g. Probably they left off the 'g'!]

One Manning's as good as another to the British: