NYT, 503, Cookies

I have for some time been frustrated that I could not access stories in the _New York Times_ from home. I could reach the front page, but every time I tried to read individual stories, I would get an HTTP 503 Error “No server is available to handle your request”. I had assumed this was some arcane paywall/blacklist thing to punish the English but stumbled on the answer through Usenet this morning: that error message is what the _Times_ gives you when your “browser”:http://www.opera.com is set to reject third-party cookies. Informative, huh! Why not just come out and tell the truth? %(loony)”Your browser is configured to make it difficult for advertisers to spy on you. So we refuse to show you any of our content”? % At least, that way, readers could make an informed choice.

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