Wasn't there a Sears/Prodigy broohaha some years ago...
The client program (that connected one to their online service)
was noticed sending info to the online service.
(hazy memory mode on)
There were claims that it was telling the service what software
was on the PC ... they claimed it was accidental info past an
end-of-file pointer (or something like that).
> From firewalls-owner @
COM Tue Feb 14 22:50 EST 1995
> Date: Tue, 14 Feb 1995 18:50:05 -0800
> From: jet @
com (J. Eric Townsend)
> Subject: comprimising clients...
> To: firewalls @
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> "Well, Hell", as my grandma says..
> What else, I wonder, will it browse and report back?
> -- from our internal news clipping service
> o KING BILL: THE CURTAIN MUST FALL (Digital Media, 2/10, p. 2)
> Mitch Ratcliffe: "The most powerful arrow in Microsoft's quiver is the
> "browser" object that scans the contents of initialization strings of a PC
> when the PC logs onto the Microsoft Network... will give MS a complete dossier
> on the consumer's hardware and software... Since software is largely an
> upgrade business, MS can selectively target categories of software and
> undercut its competitors' prices at will.
> --- cut here---
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