January 27th, 2010


Information wants to be free because we're cheap bastards

NEWSDAY  was bought for many, many millions of dollars.   Now, Newsday is a big mag in the NY area, we aren't talking the Buffalo Hump, Wyoming Herald and Car Trader.  Lots of people read Newsday.

The new owners decided to start making some money by putting up a firewall to their online site, and charging $5/year for access.

$5 a year for all that Newsday has to offer.  A bargain, right?

After three months, thirty-five people have signed up.  That's less than $200, gross.  The electricity to run the firewall  and router costs more than that.

SO much for the 'charge for access' model.