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Old 03-23-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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NYTimes paywall cracked

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/MediaNew.../17714806.html

that didn't take long...of course!
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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wow. that's sad.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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Heh. That's rather funny. Sad, but still funny.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:30 AM   #4
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wow. that's sad.
I don't really see why. It's not much different than jailbreaking your device or removing DRM really.
Of course you can argue whether it's ethical, but you can't say it's not inevitable: "It’s just an iron rule of nerd-dom, if you put an interesting looking wall in front of us, we’ll try to get around it.”
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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I don't really see why. It's not much different than jailbreaking your device or removing DRM really.
Of course you can argue whether it's ethical, but you can't say it's not inevitable: "It’s just an iron rule of nerd-dom, if you put an interesting looking wall in front of us, we’ll try to get around it.”
i just thought it's sad, that's all. i'm not going to "argue" about it. i don't really see how it's related to removing DRM, but i guess that's just me. you're probably just speaking from the point of view of a person who is challenged by barriers.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:30 AM   #6
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Let me put it this way: using conditional CSS to hide parts of the site might not be the smartest way to pull something like this off.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:45 AM   #7
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This is the part that cracked me up

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David Hayes, a Kitchener, Ont., developer, cracked the paywall during his lunch break.
It says so far 5,000 people are using it and of that I'd venture to guess 4,992 of them had no interest in reading the NYT at all until it was locked down.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:13 PM   #8
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And, of course, the hole will soon be plugged.
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"It’s just an iron rule of nerd-dom, if you put an interesting looking wall in front of us, we’ll try to get around it.”

It's more like the happy jingle of an ice cream truck rolling through your neighborhood - They come running with big smiles and arms wide open - Yay! A new puzzle to solve!
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #10
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I don't really see why. It's not much different than jailbreaking your device or removing DRM really.
Of course you can argue whether it's ethical, but you can't say it's not inevitable: "It’s just an iron rule of nerd-dom, if you put an interesting looking wall in front of us, we’ll try to get around it.”
It is totally different from removing DRM. For most people you are removing DRM on a product you have already paid for. This hack just allows people to steal content. I do not even see how one could argue that its ethical.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:17 PM   #11
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Let me put it this way: using conditional CSS to hide parts of the site might not be the smartest way to pull something like this off.
OH no they didn't?!?! !
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:03 PM   #12
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They did. Actually, it has a fair bit of Javascript as well, but all of the article is sent to the browser, then cleverly (?) hidden with an overlay, urging you to pay up.
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They did. Actually, it has a fair bit of Javascript as well, but all of the article is sent to the browser, then cleverly (?) hidden with an overlay, urging you to pay up.
so, view --> page source gets you around it anyway?

I haven't figured out how to trigger the paywall to find this for myself.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:08 PM   #14
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This hack just allows people to steal content.
Which is exactly what some people would claim you're doing if you crack DRM.
...just sayin'...

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I do not even see how one could argue that its ethical.
Which is why I said that one could argue if it is ethical.
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Why do people crack this paywall and not other journals' ones? I mean, aside of the seemingly ridiculous way of implementing it. Why was this one a challenge of sorts?
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