The article is titled “Should Adobe Auto-Update Flash and PDF Reader?”, and I was about to point out to the writer that Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader have offered configurable auto-update for years.
But then I noticed the site said “You need to Login or Register to comment,” which implies realworld identification.
And then I noticed that this particular webpage also requested third-party content from a dozen other domains, few of which I recognized. Third-party content on a webpage can set a cookie or log an IP address, subsequently recognizing the surfer across varied webpage domains.
If the site happened to pass a commenter’s realworld identity along to any of these third-parties, then the commenters could be known by realworld name as they subsequently visit other pages, on other domains, which happen to host the same third-party content.
So I’ve got a dilemma — the reporter and site may be legit and may respond well to better info, but they’re recycling old content without original research and are notifying a list of a dozen domains upon each visit. I’m already using an ad-blocker to avoid many of those unexpected third-party requests, and have already invested many years in trying to help commercial commentators get their facts right. Is it worth signing up for an account, and hoping that a comment makes it out of moderation, and that the comment actually makes a difference, if the website already notifies third-party trackers when I arrive, and then wants my realworld details too?
Can we take such sites at face value?