Schmidt calls cookies "one of the biggest disasters for computers in the past [several] years." Of course he has a plan to take care of the problem, and get this: it involves a new Novell service that relies on Novell Directory Services! How convenient. Apparently when he called cookies a big disaster, he made one of them cry or something, because he also said "Cookies are a great idea, they are just stored in the wrong place." A great idea that's a big disaster. He probably says the same thing about Windows NT Server.
I'm sorry, people, but this whole thing just seems a bit contrived to me. According to the article he's not sure how his credit card number was stolen, but he thinks it got ripped out of a browser cookie. Doesn't someone digging it out of the trash seem a lot more likely?
The Great Cookie Caper seems even more farfetched given that it just happens to coincide with this new, Novell-proprietary system to store cookies. I'm not a cookie expert, but wouldn't any e-commerce site that stored visitors' credit card numbers in its cookies just be asking to get sued? Feel free to click on that comment link and add your thoughts-- I promise I won't stick your VISA number in a cookie or anything.