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Sat Feb 16 14:53:31 UTC 2008
David Abrahams wrote:
> Now that Boost has an approved license, we'd like to use it on our website.
> However, the requirement that we to link to the OSI's official image instead of
> duplicating it is meeting with some resistance on the grounds that it's a
> violation of privacy:
Given what I understand to be the reasons for the requirement, could I
propose that one solution might be for OSI to permit people to
application level proxy the http request for the image, so that there is
no permanent storage of the image on the subject's site, but no
information about the cient, except the time at which the image was
fetched and the IP address of the proxying organisation, is passed to
OSI. (I.e. you give out a CGI URL (which on a good server may be
indistinguishable from a static one) and the CGI issues an http request
to OSI and you then forward the contents of the response).
Incidentally, if the image is cacheable, which I consider good, if
uncommon, web server operating practice, OSI will only be getting a
sample of requests and, if OSI agreed to the above suggestion, you could
run the proxy locally and only re-validate the image when its cache
Incidentally, whilst I think I see where your objections are coming
from, they result from abuse of web technology; the actual technology
works best if resources are not copied, but, rather, are deep linked.
PS if you are concerned about privacy, please don't give out URLs to
forums that set persistent cookies. There is no fundamental reason to
use persistent cookies for forums, although I suspect many forum hosting
services exist in order to be able to track people for advertising purposes.
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.
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