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Dear News Media,

Recently, you had a very interesting story on your web site. I left a browser tab open, so I could read it on the plane. But your very interesting story meta-refreshed itself so you could serve me more ads. Then the airport’s wireless portal showed up, and it stopped refreshing. And I couldn’t read your story. That makes me sad.

What makes me sadder, and makes you appear stupid, is that it was the print version. There weren’t any ads. So your bad design only served to prevent me from reading your story. You didn’t even make any money on it. If I could remember what web site it was, I’d give you a special link, helping you sell more ads, so you could hire a competent web developer.