It's not really an exploit to check the User-Agent header sent by the browser - only people browsing Incognito require something this silly.
15 posts • joined 7 May 2010
A week ago there was a headline reading Chrome was the worlds leading browser, and I responded with a link to the stats used as the basis for this article, and instead of writing a piece about how stats are not solid you "announce" IE now has the greatest market share. Holy moly El Reg, get your act together.
Re: No no no!!!
Are you just arguing for the sake of arguing here or did you even open that other link?
>> Tor not revealing browsers
>Yes, it does. Unless you use a privacy-conscious proxy such as Privoxy and configure it to do this.
If you're using Tor and have not configured your browser to not give away any personal information it's kind of silly no?
>> most of Asia using Tor
>Doubt it. Show some proof, please. Some behind the Great Firewall of China, yes, but hardly "most of Asia".
So now with India employing a national firewall do you not suspect, almost beyond a doubt, a large chunk of India and China, two of the largest countries in the world by population are using Tor or some form of anonymity services so the can even access any website on that top list let alone anonymously?
>> don't even get me started on South America
> What about South America?
I've been living here for almost 2 years across four countries and perform IT administration for various companies, I've yet to meet a person who would even know any website on your list of top sites let alone visit it. Heard of taringa.net? That's not on that list and it's the portal almost every South American I've met uses for most of their internet time.
4Shared et al do not feature on the radar down here.
Now, can you tell me you don't work for StatsCounter to alleviate my fears? I find it strange one would jump to the defence on a solitary stats result, especially if one was from an IT background.
No no no!!!
This is one websites interpretation, here's a rant I posted on the two other publications that took these numbers and gave StatCounter a hit boost:
I called ******** on someone else posting this earlier, the entire source of information is skewed, the sole source is clients of StatCounter which would make a tiny portion of the web, what about this alternative but still as large competitor called MarketShare (http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=0&qpcustomd=0) showing 53% share to IE? Don't believe companies that take a tiny demographic and push it as a global percentage, it simply doesn't work in this area for many different reasons such as Tor not revealing browsers, most of Asia using Tor, most of Asia using pirate versions of Windows XP and IE 6 and then don't even get me started on South America. So how many South Americans and Asians do you think use StatCounter clients websites? I'd imagine the number is around the zero mark. Can you counter-argue one point I've made? I'd be very interested to hear it.
This makes me sad El Reg, very sad indeed.
$3.5 million to run a website for a year? It costs me $179.88 per year, exactly. I know I may run many domains none of which could compete with Wikileaks for traffic, the traffic it does get can in no way or how amount to a cost of $3.5m. The only thing that money could be required for is that idiots lawyers for the fondlegate incident.