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Show HN: A bookmarklet to remove clickgates on New York Times, Medium, etc.
        pointsby timar(1 hour ago
Recently i stumbled on too many clickgates on the Medium blog Towards Data science. Considering that most people publish to share knowledge on Medium and are driven into putting their content behind a paywall, without actually getting paid for it, including myself. I felt like Medium is running the academic publishing scheme. Get free content and get paid for it. So I decided to create a small script to bypass the paywall on Medium, it turns out it also works on other newssites. Heres the website: https://sugoidesune.github.io/readium/ For the curious I will explain the technical aspects in a comment.
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                  I feel like, if PewDiePie can make 1 Million a month in youtube ad-revenue and 8 million total. A Newssite like NYT ought to be able to support their staff, thanks to a global reach and (Million views per month.) ***********************************

            

                  8 million dollars over (journalists is $) ************************************************************************************************************* each. Pewdipie doesnt have the costs of running a news company and hes not in the news industry

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                  Yeah, thats 8 million a month. i feel like 5k a month is pretty good pay for a journalist.

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                  Sidebar: working for and writing at tbe NYT – or any “news” publisher – doesn’t make you a journalist. Journalist is a process and a result. We’re too quick to use the word journalist. The low bar should not be so normalized.

            
            
            

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                  Here is a gist of the commented code. . It works by fetching the HTML content of the website, anonymously with no cookies. Using the fetch API. In a second step the HTML is preprocessed, removing javascript, inserting elements like images that might be done through javascript etc. The third step is to rerplace the current windows HTML with the clean-preprocessed HTML with the article.
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()                   this it’s literally facilitating copyright infringement
if you don’t want to pay for them is fine, just don’t read them
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                  Good stuff timar – this definitely beats my trick of hitting the Esc key at just the right moment to stop JS from loading. I’ve gotten very good at that, but also life is very short and I shouldn’t need to! So your bookmarklet will come to the rescue:) this could be integrated with Firefox’s Reader mode somehow?(****************************************************************

            

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                  Not very familiar with firefox or reader mode. . But if it’s something firefox does with the html of the website youre currently on. Than I see no reason why it couldn’t work together. First getting the article with Readium, secondly starting Reader mode.
            
            
            

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                  And evading paywalls disproportionately impacts the journalists creating the stories you seem to value, though for some reason refuse to pay for.

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