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.
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.)
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.
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.
I also complained. We all should! Here's what I said:
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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