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FWIW, cookies started being used for session management in 94. The privacy debate about them was going strong by 96.

> In, oh, 1996, we did this by simply generating a unique URL for each user.

That's certainly one way to do it, but you're not saying it's convenient or great for privacy, right? If the URL is the auth token, then there's no security. Typing URLs, sharing URLS, and bookmarking (logged in, logged out, shared links, server side rendering), all get problematic.

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