TT Post 2 - Mon, Mar 11, 2019

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Where do you see the NY Times digital subscription costing only around $50 per year?

https://www.nytimes.com/subscription.html

BASIC SUBSCRIPTION

Enjoy unlimited article access on NYTimes.com and in The NYTimes app.

Your payment method will be automatically charged $8.00 every 4 weeks for the first year ($2.00 per week).

It will then be automatically charged $15.00 every 4 weeks thereafter.

For the NY Times digital subscription, that's a $104 for year one and $195 per year thereafter.


https://my.toledoblade.com/purchase/digital/

The Blade digital subscriptions are either $9.99 every 4 weeks or $99 for 52 weeks.

In my opinion, $99 for 52 weeks is a good deal. We pay more than that to support a couple's YouTube channel through Patreon.

$99 for 52 weeks works out to be about $1.91 per week, which is much cheaper than my idea above.

I chose the Blade's subscription option of $9.99 for every 4 weeks, but I won't use their apps, and I won't read the Blade's content on their website.

I'll continue to read the Blade's web content on my own server (my eyes only), which is probably a violation of their terms of service, but I consider the Blade's website to be a violation of humane web design, therefore we are even.

The Blade rolled out its new web design last fall. With JavaScript disabled, the Blade's articles are blank.

But a view-source of a Blade article page shows the article content being stored within JSON that's embedded within the page.

It was easy to write a web program that takes a Blade article URL as an argument, fetches the content, parses the page for the desired JSON, and displays the article HTML to me in a simple, functional, readable manner without trackers and other gobbledygook.

I'd be pay double if the Blade's website defaulted to a simple design that did not contain the crapware that is indirectly embedded into the Blade's current website.

As far as I know, the reader mode/view options within web browsers still require the browsers to download all of the crap first before making the web page readable.

webpagetest.org results for this Mar 11, 2019 Blade editorial titled Protect Ohio elections with cyber staff.

It's a 500-word editorial, not 50,000 words.

Download test results:

An unsuspecting web reader's browser would make 400 web requests to download nearly 3 megabytes of cruft to read 500 words. The HTML should be only about 4 KB and not 3 MB.

This Mar 2, 2019 Blade editorial expressed concern about Facebook's data issues. Maybe the editorial board should be concerned about its own website.

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Where do you see the NY Times digital subscription costing only around $50 per year?

https://www.nytimes.com/subscription.html

BASIC SUBSCRIPTION

Enjoy unlimited article access on NYTimes.com and in The NYTimes app.

Your payment method will be automatically charged $8.00 every 4 weeks for the first year ($2.00 per week).

It will then be automatically charged $15.00 every 4 weeks thereafter.

For the NY Times digital subscription, that's a $104 for year one and $195 per year thereafter.


https://my.toledoblade.com/purchase/digital/

The Blade's digital subscription options are $9.99 every 4 weeks or $99 for 52 weeks.

In my opinion, $99 for 52 weeks is a good deal. We pay more than that to support one YouTube channel through Patreon.

$99 for 52 weeks works out to be about $1.91 per week, which is much cheaper than my idea above.

I chose the Blade's digital subscription option of $9.99 for every 4 weeks, but I won't use their apps, and I won't read the Blade's content on their website.

I'll read the Blade's web content on my own server (my eyes only), which is probably a violation of their terms of service, but I consider the Blade's website to be a violation of humane web design.

webpagetest.org download results for this Mar 11, 2019 500-word Blade editorial titled Protect Ohio elections with cyber staff.

An unsuspecting web reader's browser would make over 400 web requests to download 3 megabytes of cruft to read 500 words.

And for some whacked reason, digital subscribers are subjected to that same pummeling. Hence the reason for my work-around.

This Mar 2, 2019 Blade editorial expressed concern about Facebook's data issues. Maybe the editorial board should be concerned about its own website.

### Etc.

with my shields down (javascript enabled, umatrix disabled, privacy badger disabled), i see a lot of ad cruft as a logged in paying customer when viewing this blade article page.

<https://www.toledoblade.com/local/city/2019/03/11/cherry-street-mission-ministries-roof-damaged-by-high-winds/stories/20190311143

with privacy badger enabled, the extension reports:

> Privacy Badger detected 16 potential trackers on this page.

c.amazon-adsystem.com

digitalservices.ap.org

www.civicscience.com

securepubads.g.doubleclick.net

stats.g.doubleclick.net

cdns.gigya.com

accounts.us1.gigya.com

adservice.google.com

pagead2.googlesyndication.com

pittpostgazette-d.openx.net

17d6e16423fe4184bd12-27077f269a6e794fab2c2ee00760c8a9.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com

33cbdde7338bb51a4c8d-15d7b150d1867bc3d48f6d06043ea12e.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com

814824ac51e64b4abcaa-cffb1f8b6941251295ee20eefbd7d321.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com

a9a1263f9caafb223a0e-ed6332b96e149fbe46aac9e4618971f3.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com

sb.scorecardresearch.com

platform.twitter.com