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most users will just cough up the dough, especially since the iPad isn't a cheap item to begin with.
Nope, most users will NOT cough up the dough. This mindset people like you have that claim just because the iPad is expensive means people who own it automatically have the disposable income and mindset to buy anything under the sun is so incredibly ignorant it's mind boggling.


Personally I've never been to the NYP website or ever bought a NYP newspaper (and I'm from NY), so no skin off my back. But newspapers are fooling themselves thinking their readers are loyal enough to be screwed over like this. The NYP is no Wallstreet Journal. A vast majority of people will just move on and find another source.
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Nope, most users will NOT cough up the dough. This mindset people like you have that claim just because the iPad is expensive means people who own it automatically have the disposable income and mindset to buy anything under the sun is so incredibly ignorant it's mind boggling.


Personally I've never been to the NYP website or ever bought a NYP newspaper (and I'm from NY), so no skin off my back. But newspapers are fooling themselves thinking their readers are loyal enough to be screwed over like this. The NYP is no Wallstreet Journal. A vast majority of people will just move on and find another source.
I'm just basing my incredibly inappropriate post on personal experience with Apple users I know, not the majority. For example, my ex went through 7 iPods within a month. I'm not trying to throw my mindset on anybody, but from where I am, with the people around ME, it's obvious. Just like there are plenty of owners out there who won't be stopped by a single site, and look for a loophole.
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post #23 of 32
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I'm just basing my incredibly inappropriate post on personal experience with Apple users I know, not the majority. For example, my ex went through 7 iPods within a month. I'm not trying to throw my mindset on anybody, but from where I am, with the people around ME, it's obvious. Just like there are plenty of owners out there who won't be stopped by a single site, and look for a loophole.
Yeah 7 ipods in a month is a tad....excessive. It's certainly the exception and not the rule.
 
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Really old. They decided not to block google news in the end.
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I don't think it's unfair to assume iPad users will buy the app if they read the NYP. I mean, they bought an iPad for christs sake, instead of getting a proper tablet.
    
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who goes to the NY post website anyway?
us former New Yorkers as well.
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This seems...unusual. Charging one access path to an otherwise identical web site is aribitrary. Unless they block all tablets from the web site, then they have no sound rationale for doing this; it's clearly a money grab targeted at iPad owners, and only iPad owners. I doubt that there is anything preventing this...it's not discrimination, "iPad owner" is certainly not a protected class. But alienating 95+% of the tablet market does not seem like a wise business move.
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post #28 of 32
Forget bypassing. This is a matter of principal now.

I occasionally read the NYP, not anymore. I'll get information elsewhere.

I'm getting very sick and tired of greedy people/corporations.
 
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Fixed the source

The article talks about how not using safari on the iPad bypasses the block entirely, so it's so poorly thought out it's hilarious IMO.
Sadly it's the people who doesn't even have the idea of using other browsers they're targeting... And looking at the ipad's demographic....
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Sadly it's the people who doesn't even have the idea of using other browsers they're targeting... And looking at the ipad's demographic....
You're probably right, most people wouldn't consider trying out another browser. Those who would are "power users" and nerds.

I tested it on Safari and it was indeed blocked. I tried it on Terra (free browser in App Store) and it went to the normal NYP homepage. I was kinda surprised actually. I figured Terra would require me to tell it to pretend to be Firefox or something similar. Thumbs up for Terra, thumbs down for NYP.
 
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