How does google count page hits using cookies, javascript or images?

I stumbled across this while looking for the answer to another question (does google count cached page hits in my analytics?).

From google’s forum about adwords tracking: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google%20Analytics/thread?tid=11df99a64a48364c&hl=en

“Visitor browser preferences: Visitors must have JavaScript, images, and cookies enabled in their browsers in order for Analytics to report their visit. Depending on their method of collecting data, other analytics solutions may still register these visitors.”

This is basically the same post as this other one here talking about google needs javascript enabled to count website visits.

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