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Bookmarklet to bypass NYT registration [Nov. 8th, 2009|09:12 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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Bugmenot stopped working for me yesterday for no discernible reason. The New York Times is the only website I use it for, so I whipped up a little piece of Javascript to bypass the registration on NYT.
 javascript: ( function()
 {
   window.location.href =
     "http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&url="
     + window.location.href.split('URI=')[1]
 })()
The way to use it is to create a bookmarklet and paste the code above as the URL. When you get to a NYT "registration required" page, click the bookmarklet and it will let you in.

Even though the NYT seems by far the most web-savvy of the major newspapers, they fundamentally fail to understand the web and won't survive for long in their current form. The same goes for the rest of the newspaper industry. Numbers don't lie. In the mean time, enjoy the bookmarklet.
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[User Picture]From: mssnlayam
2009-11-10 06:44 am (UTC)
NYTimes has never asked me to register in the past year or two. Don't know why.

A better way to achieve what you are trying to do is to use the Refcontrol extension http://www.stardrifter.org/refcontrol/
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2009-11-11 12:04 am (UTC)
To me this was less about the right way to do it and more about personally doing something to combat the lunacy of forced-registration.
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