So you want to read newspapers online

A friend sends us a link to Bug Me Not:

What’s this all about then? was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times).

Why not just register?

  • It’s a breach of privacy.
  • Sites don’t have a great track record with the whole spam thing.
  • It’s contrary to the fundamental spirit of the net. Just ask Google.
  • It’s pointless due to the significant percentage of users who enter fake demographic details anyway.
  • It’s a waste of time.
  • It’s annoying as hell.
  • Imagine if every site required registration to access content.

    Comments: 4


    It also only seems to work only for the sites which only want you to register, but which do not charge you a subscription. Out of curiosity, I’ve tried it on a number of pay sites (that I already have subscription to, so there John Ashcroft) and absolutely none of the passwords worked.


    Right, BugMeNot doesn’t do pay sites. See the FAQ: “Our policy forbids accounts to paid services from being posted. However, just like a discussion forum, if you happen to find one then email and it will be removed.”


    That’s way cool. Thanks!


    well, duh Hal!


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