In one of Charles Schulz's classic "Peanuts" cartoon strips, Charlie Brown and Snoopy are at the mailbox. A jury summons for Snoopy has arrived. Charlie Brown believes there has to be some mistake—dogs can't be required to perform jury duty. They talk it over, and in the last frame, Snoopy's thought bubble says he'll go ahead and do his civic duty—but only if the court hands out free cookies.
Snoopy would have loved the Internet, where he could have downloaded a bellyful every day. But over time, even he, like a growing number of human Internet users, might have come to regard Internet cookies with suspicion.
Cookies are snippets of text (not program code) that are saved on your computer and recalled when you return to the Web site ...