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Http simple question.

It seems that:



http://www.cnet.net&@www.cnn.com/
http://www.cnet.net&whatever&@www.cnn.com/
http://www.cnet.net&text1&text2&@www.cnn.com/

is the same as

http://www.cnn.com/


Can someone explain me the logic behind this? I am just lost...
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It's fairly simple--the browser ignores everything in front of the @ sign. I'm really not sure why it does this, although a colleague reckons it might be something to do with authentication--e.g. if this was a secure server you were connecting to it would use the stuff before the @ to authenticate the connection with the server, but since the server you've got there isn't a secure one, the bit before the @ makes no difference.

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I believe you are correct about the authentication.  If authentication is not needed, then it is a way of telling the site where the link was referred from - often so they know how well their advertising dollars are being spent.

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