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  • Dec 8th, 2011 @ 5:04pm

    Re: Re: Words words words

    Good point -- just put it down to a brain fart! I guess I was so impressed by the big words I wasn't thinking...

  • Dec 8th, 2011 @ 11:13am

    Words words words

    You gotta love the court's use of big words like hippopotamus:

    pellucid
    apophasis
    lutefisk

    Even Techdirt's spell-checker doesn't like the last two!

    Fun stuff.

  • Apr 16th, 2011 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Weird pricing structure

    ("Replying" to myself - actually just an update.)

    I have had NO RESPONSE from the NYTimes. Hardly a surprise, I s'pose, considering the apparent failure of their brilliant scheme. Rather a shame, since I have the utmost respect for the paper. Ah well.

    - D

  • Mar 30th, 2011 @ 1:37pm

    Weird pricing structure

    Comment #24 talks about the Book Review, which is even better than what I discovered - at least, for those willing to pay the NYT something...

    The basic online sub (no print) is $3.75/week. Their weekday print sub is $3.70/week, which includes full online access (worth more than the basic online access). And, their Sunday print sub is $3.75/week, which also includes online.

    I've asked the NYT why this is, so if they respond, I will update y'all.

    (And, yes - the price is way too high, even if the NYT's shit don't stink.)

    - D

  • Oct 27th, 2010 @ 1:50pm

    Re: Re:

    Damn, I blinked twice when I read your comment - guess I owe you 15.

  • Oct 14th, 2010 @ 9:58am

    NYT seems to be testing

    I'm a heavy user of the NYT, and generally have no problems with the cookies they use. But I've noticed recently that they've been trying to drop cookies with suspicious-sounding URLs (metrics.NYT..., test1.NYT..., etc.) onto my drive. Looks like they're trying to see if this first-click monstrosity might actually work. No way will I allow these cookies anywhere near my machine. But yes, of course - any decent browser (Chrome, Firefox) will let you remove cookies selectively. No need to dump the baby out with the bathwater. Yes, it's a pain in the ass to have to do this, which is why I prefer Mike's approach of trying to link to free sites when possible - and believe me, I say that reluctantly, because I really do like the depth of coverage in the NYT. Fwiw, I'm a paid subscriber to the NYT.

  • Aug 21st, 2010 @ 1:30pm

    It's deliberate

    This is a standard anti-counterfeiting trick. Example: If you still have an old-style Visa credit card, take a look at the repeated word VISA in the micro-printing around the large Visa logo. There are two or three places where it's spelled VAIS (as I recall, there's one about three or four from the left in the third row). This was deliberate - I used to work for Visa, and there are other secrets about card design that I'm not going to divulge - the only reason I mention this one is because that design is now defunct. But, believe me, this is a routine form of fighting counterfeits.

  • Aug 12th, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Complaining

    Thanks for the response John - good luck, and please keep us up to date on happenings! Also let us know the URL of your new site.

  • Aug 12th, 2010 @ 9:34am

    Re: Complaining

    I also complained. We all should! Here's what I said:
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    Your C&D notification to deadliestcatchtv.com was destructive. You supported their website for a long time prior to the takedown, which could (will?) lead to a boycott of your channel(s) - I, for one, will (a) no longer watch any shows on your network, and (b) spread the word about what happened, and encourage my friends to do the same.
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