New York Post Tries Hamfisted Safari Browser Block To Try To Sell More iPad Apps

from the good-luck-with-that dept

DannyB points us to the news that apparently the folks at the NY Post are still figuring out how this web thing works. As there's been a lot more attention paid to things like apps, they put together a fee-based NY Post app. I have no idea if it's any good, but somewhere along the line, it appears that someone at the Post realized that people could bypass the app by simply visiting the NYPost website via the browser on the iPad. Rather than think that perhaps they should focus on making the app more valuable and worth paying for, the geniuses went a different direction and decided to block access to anyone arriving at the NYPost.com domain via a Safari browser on an iOS device. Will this make people buy the app? Probably not. It might encourage them to go to competing sites, however. Even more ridiculous is that apparently no one at the Post realized that there are other browsers: you can still get to the site via alternatives like Opera and Skyfire.


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    xenomancer (profile), Jun 21st, 2011 @ 5:01am

    I'm still waiting for Apple to try to trademark iBrowse...

     

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    A.R.M. (profile), Jun 21st, 2011 @ 5:23am

    Mike Masnick

    Famous for the term "Streisand Effect" and giving the NY Post new (bad) ideas.

    I give it a few more hours before they realize there are other browsers to lock out as well.

    Sorry, Mike. Had to poke a little fun at your expense because I laughed at the statement of other browsers while claiming the NY Post "still needs to figure out the internet".

     

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    Thomas (profile), Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:00am

    Typical..

    Shows that newspapers simply don't understand that in order to get people to pay for something it has to be better than what you can get for free.

     

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    Owen Vinni, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:00am

    Pointless

    Not that i would view the site, but i can access it on my ipad by using another browser such as Atomic Web which can change how servers view it, lol

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:06am

    This is hilarious! Doesn't safari have some sort of option or add-on that changes the reported user agent? It's probably THAT easy to circumvent.

     

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    known coward, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:17am

    why not give them all the blocks while you are at it.

    " Even more ridiculous is that apparently no one at the Post realized that there are other browsers: you can still get to the site via alternatives like Opera and Skyfire."


    jesus mary and joseph ! Now you go and tell them ? I realize it is the new york post, but they can read. thanks

    sheesh.
    KC

     

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    Chris Hoeschen (profile), Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:27am

    Easy to circumvent

    Simply turn off Javascript for Safari and you can access the site.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:28am

    This is Apple

    This is Apple. I would not be surprised if you had to root the iPad just to change the User-Agent.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:29am

    Apple sheep are willing to pay a steep price for a little logo and a walled garden. They won't mind paying a piddly price for the NY Post App.

     

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    tom, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 6:41am

    1st visit to NYP

    i was wandering round the NYP just now - ubuntu/OPera - and wasn't asked for any money.
    But i was a bit surprised to see, in the US/World News section, 'Dead end for Peter Parker' as the third top world news story. But then perhaps the BBC would have a Dr Who story on the front page? Perhaps.
    NYP -what an awful looking site!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 7:35am

    The NY Times should probably look into hiring a consultant to double-check their site's security. If their current admin thinks that javascript is how you block someone from accessing your site with a particular browser/OS, they're probably swimming in security holes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 21st, 2011 @ 8:33am

    genuis indeed

    why would you even look for a browser and not the OS itself or even the device via the headers.

    that way when they make their android app ... muwhahaha

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jun 21st, 2011 @ 8:35am

    Re:

    I think that is exactly that the NY Post is thinking.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 22nd, 2011 @ 2:49am

    change the User-Agent

    Just change the User-Agent by using 'Modify Headers' or 'User Agent Switcher' addons for Firefox.

     

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    Qûr Tharkasdóttir, Jun 22nd, 2011 @ 6:32am

    If you have to use Safari, activate the Developper menu in the prefs, and select another user agent. iCab accesses it fine too. But the main point, IMHO, is: why would anyone care/bother to read the NYP ???

     

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    dwg, Jun 22nd, 2011 @ 9:39am

    I need some context...

    What is the "New York Post?" I've seen something with that name, but this article seems to be referring to a newspaper, and the New York Post I've seen is nothing like a newspaper.

     

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    John, Jun 25th, 2011 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Easy to circumvent

    That's the ticket. It worked. I'm back on the post. Thank you

     

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