Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Libertarian Serial Expat and Entrepreneur
They now require you to quickly profile yourself before you can read their articles. For a start, the implementation is botched because the site will time out if you try to access it with cookies blocked (many sites don’t know how to properly handle cookie-blocking browsers.)
Well, I tried my usual profile, an Afghan woman born in the late 19th century, and here’s what I got back: "Please enter a valid Year of Birth." So if you were born in 1898, go shoot yourself, you’re invalid. OK, 1900 works.
Since there’s absolutely no value for me to give real information about myself to 99% of web sites that ask for it, I’ve made it a policy to feed them with the less credible bullshit I could come up with. I understand publishers want to profile users to answer advertiser requests. But my experience with what I’ll get back from giving away my privacy taught me it’s useless. Except the usual "greetings Olivier" that I couldn’t care less about, I have yet to see a site which does anything even remotely useful to me with my personal profile, except maybe Amazon.com which still has lots of room for improvement in that department, and they’re an etailer, not a content publisher.
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I'm CEO of an online trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We try to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is more noisy each day. This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, software, and more, based on my business and personal experiences. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that stood the test of times better. Personal views only.