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Reading without Subscribing (Convenient Freeper Tip)

Posted on 12/25/2002 9:37:44 AM PST by Sabertooth

More and more websites now require subscriptions and passwords before viewing their material. As they do, I've found that I don't want dozens of subscriptions and passwords. They're a nuisance and an invitation for spam. No thanks.

This has become especially true of excerpted news stories from certain websites. Because of a legal settlement, some stories may no longer be posted in full at Free Republic. Yet clicking on the link only brings up a subscription window where some of these sites are concerned. Again, no thanks.

Fortunately, I've discovered a work-around, a completely legal and honest way to view these stories at their websites without subscribing. I'm not sure how long this loophole will last, but I thought I'd pass it along. I'll also include a way of setting up a two-step link on excerpted threads at Free Republic.

Let's start with the problem. Take this excerpted thread on Free Republic as an example:


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Intelligence Official Will Lead TSA Profiling Effort
Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2002 | By Robert O'Harrow Jr.

Posted on 12/24/2002 11:31 AM PST by MineralMan

The federal Transportation Security Administration has hired an intelligence official with database expertise to oversee development of the agency's computer profiling system, a proposed network of supercomputers intended to instantly assess every passenger's background for potential ties to terrorism, officials close to the project said yesterday.

Ben H. Bell III, who recently served as deputy director of a technology-oriented terrorism task force at the Justice Department, is expected to work out technical and policy kinks that have delayed what some officials regard as the most ambitious domestic data-surveillance system ever begun by the federal government.

Excerpted - Full Article ^



If you click on either the source link, or "Excerpted - Full Article," you get that lousy subscription page. Here's how you get around it:

Open up another window in your web browser, and go to Google News Search (http://news.google.com/). Copy the headline, "Intelligence Official Will Lead TSA Profiling Effort" into the search field, and click the "Search News" button. You'll find yourself at this page, with the link to the original article in the search results. Click on the headline, and you'll be reading the article without subscribing. Nice, huh?

For posters of articles from subscription sites, you can follow the instructions above before posting, and then provide links through Google News to the article so that Freepers won't have to mess with subscriptions or passwords.

Please note that the only purpose of the above information is to avoid the subscriptions, not to in any way encourage violations of various legal agreements which prohibit posting anything more than excerpts from certain websites.



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1 posted on 12/25/2002 9:37:44 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: JohnHuang2; kattracks; Pokey78
FYI



2 posted on 12/25/2002 9:38:43 AM PST by Sabertooth
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((((((growl)))))



3 posted on 12/25/2002 9:39:17 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Doesn't it take a few days for the article to show up on Google?
4 posted on 12/25/2002 9:40:32 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks
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Merry Christmas
5 posted on 12/25/2002 9:41:30 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Sabertooth
I hear you, whenever I come across a subscription site, I use 'annoying' as the username and password. It usually works.
6 posted on 12/25/2002 9:42:00 AM PST by Pern
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To: PJ-Comix
I've seen them show up in minutes. I've never been unable to find an excerpted article in this way.



7 posted on 12/25/2002 9:42:03 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you!!!
8 posted on 12/25/2002 9:42:28 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Sabertooth
Simply brilliant. Thanks for the tip, friend, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
9 posted on 12/25/2002 9:43:34 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Sabertooth
Or, you can register using a hotmail or yahoo account created specifically for that purpose. I check my Yahoo mail every couple of months or so, and if it gets spam, I don't care.
10 posted on 12/25/2002 9:44:00 AM PST by Dog Gone
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11 posted on 12/25/2002 9:44:03 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
BUMP
12 posted on 12/25/2002 9:48:49 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Pern
I hear you, whenever I come across a subscription site, I use 'annoying' as the username and password. It usually works.

And I can't deny the satisfaction in that. I've got a friend who drops those "no postage necessary" magazine suubscription postcards into mailboxes with no info on them.




13 posted on 12/25/2002 9:53:51 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
That's correct. Tis all one has to do.

Merry Christmas!

Birth of Tha SYNDICATE, the philosophical heir to William Lloyd Garrison.
101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that Internet Explorer cannot.

14 posted on 12/25/2002 9:55:14 AM PST by rdb3
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To: Dog Gone
Or, you can register using a hotmail or yahoo account created specifically for that purpose. I check my Yahoo mail every couple of months or so, and if it gets spam, I don't care.

True, but there are certain sites whose subscriber numbers I don't want to pad.




15 posted on 12/25/2002 9:55:48 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
Diabolical.
16 posted on 12/25/2002 9:56:08 AM PST by okie01
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To: Sabertooth; Mr. Mulliner; Dog; rintense
Thanks! That very thing has kept me from reading many an article. Some of these sites claim that it's FR that hurts their readership. HA! It's their own policies that keep people away.
17 posted on 12/25/2002 10:01:02 AM PST by kayak
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bttt

Thanks for the heads up.

Merry Christmas

18 posted on 12/25/2002 10:01:56 AM PST by jdontom
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To: Sabertooth
Merry Christmas to all...and bump to save for later!
19 posted on 12/25/2002 10:03:46 AM PST by JimRed
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To: Sabertooth
Aww man, and I didn't get you anything! ;-)
20 posted on 12/25/2002 10:07:23 AM PST by stands2reason
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