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by Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Am I the only one who is terrified about Microsoft Passport? It seems to me like a fairly blatant attempt to build the world's largest, richest consumer database, and then make fabulous profits mining it. It's a terrifying threat to everyone's personal privacy and it will make today's 'cookies' seem positively tame by comparison. The scariest thing is that Microsoft is advertising Passport as if it were a benefit to consumers, and people seem to be falling for it! By the time you've read this article, I can guarantee that I'll scare you into turning off your Hotmail account and staying away from MSN web sites.

Read all about it: Does Issuing Passports Make Microsoft a Country?

Where do morons like this get $10,000?

I promise I am not making this up. I was watching the TV news, and they were interviewing a passenger getting off the Concorde, and he actually said these words: "I'm not a statistician, but I do know that the probability of the Concorde crashing twice is infinitesimal."

Um, excuse me, even if you don't know basic probability, do you really think that the Concorde you're flying on knows about the other Concorde that crashed?

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