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I'm in two minds over this web snooping

Site guesses your sex via age-old web flaw | The Register

One of the problems that's plagued netizens since the inception of the world wide web that their browsers have a habit of leaking every site they've visited in the recent past. A quick stop at Blowupdolls.com, Mysecretbusinessproject.net or any other site is available to any webmaster with rudimentary coding skills.

Now the Mike on Ads blog has harnessed this privacy shortcoming into a tool that tries to predict whether the visitor is male or female. It uses a small piece of Javascript, that siphons a browser's URL history and then analyzes the sites visited to guess whether the user is a guy or gal.

My results?
Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 50%
Likelihood of you being MALE is 50%

Hmmm....

Comments

Hah! Your web browsing habits give you away; you're more the modern, metrosexual male than you'd have us believe :-)

ps I'm actually too scared to even look and see what my results would reveal.

I got the same thing. I wonder how many chicks browse to the LaRue Tactical website for Aimpoint mounts? (http://stores.homestead.com/Laruetactical/StoreFront.bok) What a douche.

Based on your result[s] I must wonder if this computer model was originally developed for the IPCC and/or Dr. James Hansen and his GISS.

That machine could get a job forecasting the weather. Be about as accurate as anything else they've got.

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