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Madtown
Premium
join:2008-04-26
Madera, CA

website storing date for offline use

I was just on mashable.com and it was asking me to store data for offline use, I was wondering what good will that do for me and why I should or why I should not?



ashrc4
Premium
join:2009-02-06
australia

Try reading their privacy policy.
»mashable.com/privacy/

Any information you disclose voluntarily on our comments page or in any properties hosted by Mashable becomes PUBLIC INFORMATION.

Mashable.com is a public forum. We cannot control the action of our site users and advise you to use your discretion in sharing information about yourself on the Internet. All information sharing is optional and done so at your own risk. Privacy is a very personal matter and we encourage you to be careful and responsible when disclosing personal information online.


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ashrc4
Premium
join:2009-02-06
australia

2 edits
reply to Madtown

said by Madtown:

..... it was asking me to store data for offline use, I was wondering what good will that do for me....

It will help tie you in with their affiliates and advertisers as well as indentify you with "twitter and facebook" allowing you for profiles to be established for ranking and prizes.

Feedburner's privacy policy at »www.feedburner.com/fb/a/privacy
Lotame's privacy policy at »www.lotame.com/privacy/
Federated Media's privacy policy at »federatedmedia.net/about/privacy
Google's privacy policy at »www.google.com/privacy.html

The site offers you the choice of either being a short stay limited offer customer who isn't profiled on all visits or one that wants to contribute and be ranked for nothing more than a "meat tray at the pub" raffle.
They may use the collected data to skew/improve your offered selections but who's personal profile would benefit and who's wouldn't.


Joey1973

@verizon.net
reply to Madtown

If you want to "access" their website (preloaded data) when you're offline, then you would allow it (to some degree, a portion of the site is stored on your computer--could be a little [image] or a lot, depends on the site).


Fickey
Terrorists target your backbone

join:2004-05-31
reply to Madtown

I know nothing about mashable, but what you describe sounds like a "flash cookie", more akin to ashrc4's description than Joey1973's.
»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_shared_object
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jaykaykay
4 Ever Young
Premium,MVM
join:2000-04-13
USA
kudos:24

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reply to Madtown

For whatever reason you were on this site, mashable.com, my thought would be don't give them anything in info, especially if they say it's for off-line use. Unless you absolutely have to use the site, off-line, don't do it.



Joey1973

@verizon.net
reply to Fickey

Sounds more like this: »developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs···on_cache


Mele20
Premium
join:2001-06-05
Hilo, HI
kudos:5
reply to Madtown

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If you use Fx then do what the screenshots show.


Joey1973

@verizon.net
reply to Madtown

Sure, you could do what Mele suggests (commands? ), unless you actually want to take advantage of the application cache benefits:

- Offline browsing: users can navigate a site even when they are offline.
- Speed: cached resources are local, and therefore load faster.
- Reduced server load: the browser only downloads resources that have changed from the server.

(I'm never "offline", so it's a moot point for me.)


Frodo

join:2006-05-05
reply to Madtown

When I went to the site, I got the same message out of Firefox.

A search led me to the manual
»developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs···on_cache



NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

join:2012-12-06

said by Frodo:

When I went to the site, I got the same message out of Firefox.

A search led me to the manual
»developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs···on_cache

A search of... the post just a little above your own:
»Re: website storing date for offline use
(Well, they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. )
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