Permanent override for paywall

Are you tired of those irritating subscription pop-ups? Do you have to delete your cookies several times a day? In your opinion, is “delete your cookies” one of the most annoying phrases in the English language? Do you wish there was a more enjoyable way to steal content from the Times-Standard online?

Well, we did too, and let’s just say the da Vinci code it wasn’t. Ten minutes and two below-average IQs are pretty much all it took to defeat the paywall of one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Using Internet Explorer, click “Tools” and select “Internet Options” from the drop-down menu that appears.
  • Under “Delete temporary files,” etc., click “Delete,” check the top three boxes on the new page that appears, and hit delete once more. This gets you started with a clean slate.
  • You should be back at the “Internet Options” page again (under “Tools” if you get lost). This time select the “Privacy” tab at the top. About halfway down the page is the option “Sites.” Click it.
  • In the “Address of website” box, add the following, in no particular order. After each address is typed into the small text box, hit “Block” and that address will be added to the larger text box. (that’s number 2, letter o, number 7)

  • Hit “Okay,” then hit “Okay” again, and you’re welcome!

For tomorrow’s trick, we will piss up a rope. It looks kinda complicated, but since everyone keeps telling us to do it we might as well give it a try.



29 Responses

  1. You lost me at “Using Internet Explorer…”

  2. Humbug, they wrote about you in the NY Times today

  3. Both my iPhone and Firefox on my desktop are unable to detect a paywall. I didn’t change any settings. I wouldn’t know there was a paywall had the T-S not written about it.

  4. Butt…Why?

  5. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to pay for the online content of the T-S. It’s so much easier to read out-of-area news via their clunky website than to actually go to the online content of the other newspapers they get their “local” news from. Thanks T-S for providing such awesome local coverage!!!

  6. You lost me at “Using Internet Explorer…” Uhh, me too.

  7. Looks like that NYT story is about TOPIX, which is a sewer one step above Craigslist, and was recently the TS comment system, plagued by exactly the behavior detailed in that article until they switched to Facebook ID system, where people have to use their real names, or at least a pseudonym.

    The point remains, either way – people are kinder and more responsible when they use their own names, and even a nic.

    You can ask any of the bloggers or commenters who do use their name – and they will tell you, there’s nothing to fear, and a lot to gain, by using your own name. We live in a free country, where you can do that, why not honor that right? Other countries have to hide in the darkness in fear – not here.

  8. Gotta agree Bugs with Rose and Hank. You’re way behind the techno times on this one. I’d say this gives us all a hint that you’re probably over 50 and computers aren’t really your bag.

  9. I disagree Rose. If the bugs were known and just happened to apply for a building permit or help getting a parcel unshaded, they would undoubtedly be screwed and receive a rude welcome. What’s that you say? They’d be treated like anyone else……ok bad example. Do you think PVG would bend over backwards to help you by prosecuting an illegal grow house next door to you or would he be more likely to charge you with filing a false police report if the growers claimed to be 215 exempt?

  10. Listen, douches. We identified the websites the cookies are coming from. You could block them in the browser of your choice, or you could sit around talking about how next gen you are while forking over your dinero to the Times-Standard. We used Explorer in our example because it’s the easiest to explain. The same principle applies with whatever browser you use. Those who give a shit, and that excludes us, might notice we blog in Opera. We can only hope that makes us as cool as you.

  11. You think that I, of all people, am one of’s roughly zero paying subscribers?

    That hurts.

    And Goff means well, but he led you down the wrong path with that cookie hack. The clean solution is far, far closer to the surface.

  12. I can’t say we spend a lot of time thinking about you at all, Hank. And who’s Goff? Unless he was that weird guy with the fedora buying PBRs while we messed with this, I can assure you he wasn’t involved.

  13. Mmmm hmmm.

  14. If only Hank spent the effort outing heraldo as he has with the bugs…

  15. Goff? Do you mean me George?

  16. Hank you blithering idiot. Even when you don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about, you still manage to convince yourself that you do. How do you know who they talked to and who they didn’t and who told them what and who influenced them? Mmmm hmmm your 3-inch cock.

  17. Hank and his friends are the source of all knowledge. His congenital elitism makes no sense until you grasp that essential fact.

  18. Now you’re just feeding his exaggerated sense of his own relevance. Leave him alone. He’ll find a new way to prove he exists.

  19. Why are Mirrorites post about cock so much?

  20. That’s an interesting question Anonymous 9:09. Let me answer you with a question as to why you seem to be so fixated on Rob Arkley and Security National?

    There’s this golden nugget submitted on 2011/05/25 at 8:13 am:

    “Poor ol’ Security National”

    Or how about this one submitted on 2011/05/25 at 8:14 am:

    “Poor ol’ S.N.S.C. Is this the break ya’ll been waiting for?”

    You were sorta late from your normal routine when you submitted this masterpiece of wit on 2011/09/12 at 10:40 am:

    “Well done Randy&Rob!!”

    This one really shows your ability to dig deep into shit when you submitted this on 2011/09/20 at 7:42 am:

    “Humbug, they wrote about you in the NY Times today”

    Which brings us to the most recent Web Gem submitted on 2011/09/21 at 9:09 am:

    “Why are Mirrorites post about cock so much?”

    So, I’ll give you the most honest answer possible. Because we have to spend so much time listening to them crowing about Rob all goddamn morning. Now go away cockledoodledouche.

  21. Wow, Douchebug. A most thorough response. I was just gonna smart off about his inability to string five words together into a recognizable sentence, but yeah. That works.

  22. Ouch Douchebug, I think you just got Bugslapped.

  23. Months ago, before the pay wall was announced, I blocked all the T-S’ cookies in Firefox. I cleared all my cookies and started clicking pages on the T-S’ website. When the cookies appeared I and blocked and deleted them until none appeared. That stopped the pop-unders and in Firefox. I have not had a subscription pop-up occur on the T-S’ website using Firefox. However, Firefox has become so unstable (repeatedly crashing) I have stopped using it.

    I switched to Google Chrome, but its cookie management utility isn’t as simple as Firefox’s. I’m still trying to figure out a simple way to identify and block unwanted cookies without having to navigate through multiple tabs for each one.

  24. Wow, cataloging comments from a 5 month period! Talk about digging deep into shit!

  25. How’s Security National doing this fine morning?

  26. How’s your miserable life this morning you piece of shit?

  27. Opera????

  28. btw – just google the headline (or significant line of the article) and you’ll find it in the sister papers – easier than fighting cookies. Willits News, etc…

    I just want to know if they’re still getting ad dollars based on all the web traffic they HAD vs. what it’s dropped to.

    Note to TS – there’s a better way to have handled it – start INCLUDING access with the price of a subscription, don’t make it an ‘opt in’ – then you can promote it as a perk, which people LIKE, as opposed to a penalty, which they don’t, even if it is only $2.

    You need the “but wait! There’s MORE!” approach. Sell the sizzle – instead, it’s been presented as a dud. Nobody is happy.

    But I’ll tell ya what – include archive access, and I’ll be happy to ‘subscribe.’

  29. wtf? are these adults ?

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