also if u press the “esc” (escape) key on ur laptop before the page fully loads, it won’t load any pop-ups blocking u from reading. if the article has images, then this method sometimes does not u see them. but! the words will be fine :)
Pro tip: If you copy and paste a link that said “no free articles” into a private/incognito browser, it will let you read the whole thing.
If the site is particularly badly designed, you might just be able to delete the overlay itself. Right click > Inspect element and delete the line of HTML (it’ll be highlighted automatically)
hey kids there is a website called outline.com that will let you read from pretty much any news site with a paywall for free
outline.com is amazing - it hasn’t failed yet on any site that I’ve tried it on.
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“The first laptop designed to be your first laptop” SHARP.
I think Facebook is a serious problem for our democracy (and possibly our species), but I also worry that many of the regulatory responses to the company just enshrine its dominance, but imposing conditions it can grudgingly comply with, but which new competitors could not.
That’s why I think that we should regulate Facebook…but carefully. Get it right and we can nerf it down to the point where it no longer dominates our society. Get it wrong and we will crown it emperor everlasting.
But sometimes, changes to Facebook that go awry aren’t the result of some hard-to-foresee unintended consequence - sometimes, it’s just Facebook engaging in lethal fuckery and/or stupidity.
This is one of those times. Facebook has observed that in the final days before an election, unethical political operatives can push disinformation in the form of political ads that aren’t removed until after the election - after the damage has been done.
Their response is to ban political ads for the 7 days before the election, which sounds fine - until you realize that the only way local election officials can get last-minute information in front of voters is by buying ads.
That’s because FB has no other facility for allowing election officials to announce late-breaking info about polling places, mail-in votes, and other nonpartisan, factual information that helps people vote.
If you’re an election official - or even the Census - and you want to put something into the feeds of people in your area, you have to buy an ad - worse, FB calls that a “political ad.”
And of course, this election is full of late-breaking info: changes to in-person voting due to pandemics, changes to postal voting due to USPS sabotage, changes to polling rules due to dozens of voting rights lawsuits.
To that, add the climate emergency: the Connecticut primary was disrupted by Hurricane Isaias and officials had to spend thousands to tell voters about new rules in light of the crisis.
Like I said, some changes to FB rules could just make things worse - for example, proposals to abolish or weaken CDA230 will just create a world where Facebook’s terrible moderators make more stupid calls, removing legit material.
While making it legally and commercially impossible to operate a FB rival with better rules on harassment, hate speech, etc - AND snuffing out any hope of forcing FB to interoperate or federate with rivals.
(We can order FB to police its users’ actions, or we can order FB to allow third parties to connect to its service, but we can’t do both, because they can’t do both.)
But this isn’t one of those thorny problems. FB has two glaringly obvious ways to solve the problem of last-minute political ad disinfo:
- Allow election officials to put messages in voters’ feeds without buying ads; or
- Exempt election officials from the 7-day ban on political ads.
I know we should never attribute to malice that which can be attributed to incompetence, but honestly, this is such A-grade fuckery it’s hard not to go with “both.”
Still one of the illest visuals 🙌🏾
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While the US is conveniently turning spying focus to Huawei, this came out yesterday (11 February 2020).The account identifies the CIA officers who ran the program and the company executives entrusted to execute it. It traces the origin of the venture as well as the internal conflicts that nearly derailed it. It describes how the United States and its allies exploited other nations’ gullibility for years, taking their money and stealing their secrets.
Last October, two Amazon employees – Maren Costa (UX designer) and Jamie Kowalski (software engineer) spoke on the record to the Washington Post about their employer’s complicity in the climate crisis, including the provision of cloud computing services to energy company in search of new sources of fossil fuels.
Amazon threatened to fire them. Rather than shutting up, the two employees recruited fellow members of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice to publish 357 on-the-record, attributed condemnations of Amazon’s climate policies from current Amazon tech workers.
It’s the latest installment in the tech worker uprising in which tech workers are realizing that the high demand for their skills and massive talent shortage gives them incredible leverage over their employers. Tech workers are a critical part of the fight for a better world, because they can both hold their employers to account and provide accurate assessments of the culture, choices and decisions that feed into our current tech landscape.