The Web is a extraordinary place. The most recent weirdness comes from the workforce at MSCHF of the Lil Nas X “Devil” shoe debacle. The Brooklyn-based artwork collective’s newest effort is a contest to win 100 kilos of cookies. All you need to do is collect probably the most browser cookies with MSCHF’s particular Google Chrome plugin by Monday, Could three at 1 PM Japanese time.
It appears like a enjoyable contest however don’t rely on profitable, because the leaderboard is already full of shenanigans.
MSCHF introduced the competition on Monday by way of Twitter with a hyperlink to its Cooooookies website that accommodates every kind of cookie references. There’s a mock Nabisco emblem within the upper-left nook, crumbs galore, and a GIF of the patron saint of cookies himself, Cookie Monster.
Whereas the explanations for creating this race to cookie bloat aren’t made specific, it’s more likely to increase consciousness of simply what number of cookies you find yourself with after a number of hours of searching. Both that or it’s simply harvesting e-mail addresses as a prank—to enter the competition you need to set up the MSCHF browser plugin and provide an e-mail tackle. You’re additionally supposed to show off any advert blockers to maximise your cookie consumption.
Whereas it appears like a enjoyable sport, there’s little level to hoping for a win. The competition solely began yesterday, and at this writing the chief already had 145 million cookies, and 10th place was at 1.35 million cookies.
Whereas the Web is rife with trackers and cookies it’s onerous to see how somebody may decide up 145 million cookies in a single day with out some automated assist. That many cookies would common out to almost 1,700 cookies per second for 24 hours. The sport has been gamed, it could appear.
If you happen to’re really fascinated about seeing the way you’re getting tracked across the net, then extensions just like the EFF’s Privateness Badger or UBlock Origin are a greater thought. They gained’t offer you a exact cookie rely as a result of they normally don’t block common cookies mandatory for website capabilities, comparable to staying logged in.
Nonetheless, these extensions block the worst offenders and present a per-site rely of what number of third-party cookies and different trackers have been stopped. That’s not fairly the identical factor as what the MSCHF browser extension is doing, however plugins like Privateness Badger are more practical at defending your privateness. Plus it nonetheless offers you a jaw-dropping understanding of how a lot exercise there is on the internet to maintain tabs on you.
If you happen to resolve to enter the competition anyway, you will need to reside in the US to obtain the grand prize.
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