Everyone Wants Your Email Address

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19 Responses:

  1. Misty Jean says:

    eni@ftc.gov It's a spam honeypot from back when the FTC actually pretended to care about spam

  2. CSL3 says:

    Never gets old: "The Truth is Paywalled, but the Lies are Free"

    But let us also notice something: the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, New York, Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times, and the London Times all have paywalls. Breitbart, Fox News, the Daily Wire, the Federalist, the Washington Examiner, InfoWars: free!

    You want “Portland Protesters Burn Bibles, American Flags In The Streets,” “The Moral Case Against Mask Mandates And Other COVID Restrictions,” or an article suggesting the National Institutes of Health has admitted 5G phones cause coronavirus—they’re yours.
    You want the detailed Times reports on neo-Nazis infiltrating German institutions, the reasons contact tracing is failing in U.S. states, or the Trump administration’s undercutting of the USPS’s effectiveness—well, if you’ve clicked around the website a bit you’ll run straight into the paywall.

    This doesn’t mean the paywall shouldn’t be there. But it does mean that it costs time and money to access a lot of true and important information, while a lot of bullshit is completely free.  

    At this point, I can't imagine reading the New York Times unless through the Internet Archive. Actually... given their libertarian, victim-blaming, "back-to-normal" shit the last few years, I'm in no rush to read the New York Times at all anymore.

    • Elusis says:

      "bypass paywalls for Chrome"

      • CSL3 says:

        🤔 If that's a joke, I don't get it?

        I would never in a trillion years use Chrome of my own volition (I was once required - yes, required - to use it for a freelance job, then immediately deleted it once that contract was over.)

    • MattyJ says:

      I feel like legitimate journalists should be paid for their work. It might sound stupid, but I subscribe to the digital edition of the newspaper in my nearest large city even though I might read it once a month. Certain institutions, as a whole, need to stay alive in some form or another. Or maybe I'm just old.

      • CSL3 says:

        And maybe I'm just a pinko-socialist-who-works-as-a-"real"-journalist-all-week, but I'm of the belief that (1) the distribution of valuable, necessary information through the media and (2) the appropriate compensation of reporters are two things that are not mutually exclusive.

        The New York Times isn't just one of the biggest publications in the US, it's one of the most renowned in the world. They make more money through advertising (including online) than most lower-developed countries - and that's not even counting the money continue to bring in through traditional newspaper circulation.

        They have more than enough money to both pay all their employees a living wage and host up-to-date news online without a paywall. Keeping the paywall to block off valuable information is greedy and contrary to the very idea of the free flow of information.

    • andyjpb says:

      Perhaps it's just that the lies are more convincing if you've had to invest your hard earned cash to read about them?

    • Karellen says:

      I think more news organisations should try out LWN.net's subscription model.

      All news links are free. All featured articles are free two weeks after they're initially published⁰. If you get a subscription, you can read and comment on the featured articles in that first two weeks before anyone else does... and that's it. And there are no javascript pop-overs nagging you to do anything.

      The featured articles are good enough that they normally remain relevant for quite a bit longer than two weeks. I got my subscription (the only one to any news site I have) because I was able to read all the content and see for myself how good the articles were for a few years, and decided I actually wanted to support them.

      ⁰It's actually a bit more complicated than that. Featured articles are compiled into the "weekly edition" every Thursday, and that's the point when all the articles in last week's weekly edition become free. So an article published on a Friday will become free in 13 days time, but an article published on a Wednesday will be free in 8.

  3. saxmaniac says:

    JavaScript off -> problem solved.

    Speaking of JavaScript, why can’t I do text selection in this comment box? As soon as I try to move either endpoint it wildly scrolls to some random point in the page.

    • jwz says:

      Even as early as like 2005, browsing the web with JS off was completely impossible. 99% of it utterly fails to function. If that is not your experience, good for you, but I assume the only things you read are like, the personal home pages of 60 year old physics professors whose URLs still have a tilde in them.

      Selections work just fine for me. I assume whatever problem you are experiencing is self-inflicted.

      • Netluser says:

        In the case of old media Newspaper websites, most of them do still show the page/text after disabling JS. On NYT w/o JS, only the first image loads as the rest are lazy-loaded, but at least you can read it.

        (There's also webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:example.com&strip=1 which I used to use frequently.)

        Of course none of this helps when disabling JS results in a completely blank white page, where not even view source can help you. Not even a noscript tag saying "Here's  links for several web browsers explaining how to turn Javascript on." anymore.

        In the few cases where view source can help you, I absolutely love it when the the page is blank because they CSS display: hide everything and made it all white-on-white for good measure. Firefox still has View -> Page Style -> No Style, somehow, for those rare cases.

        Selections work just fine for me.

        Working fine here as well, for the record.

      • vince says:

        hey now, I'll have you know some of us are Engineering professors

        • vince says:

          I actually had a student compliment my website in a student evaluation last semester for being clear and easy to navigate.  At first I thought they were being sarcastic.

          and yes, I still write my websites by hand using nano and rarely use formatting more complex than an unordered list or a table.

          and I'll continue doing so until the tyrannical IT staff finally figures out what I'm up to and forces me to use whatever awful CMS system they've decided to go with this particular year.

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