Cookies: An Endangered Species?

According to “The Endangered Cookie“, proposed new legislation could make the common (and generally very useful) cookie extinct:

In trying to kill spyware, the authors drafted a bill with language that questions the legality of using any code to capture and store user information, including most first- and third-party cookies employed in online advertising.

Basically, the bill makes little distinction between bad cookies (such as spyware-type programs) and good cookies (such as ad-server code and legitimate adware).

Definitaly worth keeping an eye on.

A Remarkable Coincidence?

Is it just me or does that navigation for Topix.net look remarkably similar to Doug Bowman’s Sliding Doors of CSS example?
Not that there’s any law against this, although I was disappointed to see that they hadn’t implemented Doug’s technique to make the text in the navigation actually resizable. On a related note, I would go so far as to suggest that text resizing as a whole needs to be looked into on the Topix site.

A Missed Opportunity

So I’m feeling very jealous about not having gone to SxSW, especially after Keith filled me in on all the cool people he met and the fun parties he went to.
There seems to be a general consensus that one of the best things about the conference was the opportunity to meet a bunch of people who you only know in the online sense. As Keith mentioned in an earlier post, the web is built by people for people – I think it’s sometimes easy to forget that.
My only challenge for SxSW ’05 is how to get down there on the company dollar – I’m sure I’ll find a way; after all, I have a whole year to plan.