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Nevercookie Eats Evercookies 91

wiredmikey writes "Anonymizer, Inc. has developed Anonymizer Nevercookie, a free Firefox plugin that protects against the Evercookie, a javascript API built and made available by Samy Kamkar (same guy who brought you the Samy Worm and XSS Hacking to Determine Physical Location) who set out to prove that the more you store and the more places you store it, the harder it is for users to control a Web site's ability to uniquely identify their computer. The plugin extends Firefox's private browsing mode by preventing Evercookies from identifying and tracking users."
Communications

Submission + - Slashdot as a "A Sustainable Digital Ecosyste

Smivs writes: "A chinese researcher, Lily Liu, of USTC-CityU Joint Research Center, Suzhou, China, has based her Thesis on an examination of Slashdot as a "Sustainable Digital Ecosystem for Idea Sharing". Online surveys were emailed to 310 active Slashdot participants selected randomly. 42 responded, for a response rate of 13.5% which was deemed very reasonable for an unsolicited survey without rewards for contribution.
I was one of those approached, and was happy to participate, and I have just received a copy of the paper, which makes interesting reading. From the paper:- "Overall, our survey results indicate that Slashdot meets five of the six criteria specified for a sustainable digital ecosystem for idea sharing. Distributed resources, suggested by Preece [8] to avoid site failure in case of outages, was not found. However, the technological infrastructure behind Slashdot is transparent to the users, and is likely only to be observed in case of failure. At Slashdots level of success and the technology infrastructure backing it, resource availability is equally as expected as with large commercial sites, and any cases of failure would be widely reported in the online media such as CNET or Netcraft. In fact, outages for Slashdot are very rare and only very few occurrences have been reported. Hence we might conclude that the last criterion, while not reported by respondents, can also be viewed as a success factor for Slashdot."
If you would like to see the entire paper, I have posted the paper online. This is on my Homesite, so please don't all go there at once...I don't need to be slashdotted! It'll be there for a while."

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