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NewsDemon Black Friday 2013 Special Extended

November 29th, 2013

NewsDemon Black Friday Special

Due to a heavy customer response, our servers were overloaded for the $4 Unlimited deal.  To accommodate any customers who may not have been able to participate,  we are launching the same deal for an extra hour!

Hurry and get in now on our Unlimited USENET deal which includes all of our feature-rich services NewsDemon.com Newsgroups provide.

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NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Grand Prize Winner Announced

November 21st, 2013

Now at the end of our NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Holiday Giveaway, we’ve randomly picked our winner:
(drum roll please)
Congratulations to S. Nichols, our newest 500GB non-expiring block account member who has won our Grand Prize drawing!

S. Nichols will receive ALL FOUR of our prizes including a $50.00 Amazon Gift Certificate, a Google Chromecast, a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player and a free upgrade to 1 year of Ulimited Usenet plan.

Thank you to all that have entered! We received a great response and stay tuned as we have great news coming soon!

We hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoys their NewsDemon USENET access.

 

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Holiday Giveaway Part 2

November 21st, 2013

 

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is re-launching their Holiday Giveaway 2013 promotion.

After an overwhelmingly successful run, we’ve decided to continue the holiday giveaway for another week. Starting on November 21st through November 28th, we’re resetting the contest and continuing on the giveaways!

As an added bonus, we’re including all members that have signed up between November 13th through the 20th eligible for this contest as well.

Choose and sign-up for either a monthly account or a non-expiring block account by 11:59PM between November 21st through November 28th (as well as those that had previously signed up between the 13th through the 20th) and you’ll automatically be included to our daily drawing and for our Grand Prize drawing.

A lucky winner each day will win one of these great prizes (chosen at random):

Roku 3 – The Roku 3 delivers the best streaming services available, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Spotify and even your locally stored content all in HD.

Amazon Gift Certificate – With a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate, you can browse and purchase almost anything ranging from books, movies, music and more.

Chromecast – This digital media player plugs right into your HDTV and is able to stream music or video content directly from yur Android device (phone or tablet).

Free Upgrade to a 1 Year To Unlimited Usenet – We’ll upgrade your NewsDemon.com Usenet account to a 1 Year Unlimited Usenet account. If you purchased a block account, this would be a separate 1 year account. Save the block for later.

If you didn’t win on one of our daily giveaways, don’t fret! You’re still included in our Grand Prize drawing on November 28th.

Our Grand Prize winner will win ALL FOUR PRIZES! The random winner will be a new NewsDemon.com Member that signs up between November 21st through November 28th and has not already won one of our daily prizes.

We’ll be updating this blog and our Facebook and twitter accounts daily announcing our winners. Check back often.

What are you waiting for now? Go and sign up now to enter and “Good Luck” from the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Team!

 

NewsDemon Holiday Giveaway 2013 Starts Now

November 13th, 2013

 

To start the holidays right, NewsDemon has launched its annual Holiday Giveaway!

The NewsDemon Holiday Giveaway 2013 begins today and is full of prizes that will be given away at random to a lucky new NewsDemon.com member each day for the next seven days. Beginning on November 13th, all new users will be automatically entered in to the contest. Choose and sign-up for either a monthly account or a non-expiring block account by 11:59PM between November 13th through November 20th and you’ll automatically be included to our daily drawing and for our Grand Prize drawing.

A lucky winner each day will win one of these great prizes (chosen at random):

Roku 3 – The Roku 3 delivers the best streaming services available, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Spotify and even your locally stored content all in HD.

Amazon Gift Certificate – With a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate, you can browse and purchase almost anything ranging from books, movies, music and more.

Chromecast – This digital media player plugs right into your HDTV and is able to stream music or video content directly from yur Android device (phone or tablet).

Free Upgrade to a 1 Year To Unlimited Usenet – We’ll upgrade your NewsDemon.com Usenet account to a 1 Year Unlimited Usenet account. If you purchased a block account, this would be a separate 1 year account. Save the block for later.

If you didn’t win on one of our daily giveaways, don’t fret! You’re still included in our Grand Prize drawing on November 20th.

Our Grand Prize winner will win ALL FOUR PRIZES! The random winner will be a new NewsDemon.com Member that signs up between November 13th through November 20th and has not already won one of our daily prizes.

We’ll be updating this blog and our fFcebook and twitter accounts daily announcing our winners. Check back often.

What are you waiting for now? Go and sign up now to enter and “Good Luck” from the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Team!

 

NSA-Proof VPN Connections Available Through NewsDemon

June 14th, 2013

In a world where privacy is fast becoming an illusion, pay attention to Benjamin Franklin’s famous warning that “three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

Last week, leaks revealed that the Web sites most people use every day are sharing users’ private information with the government. Companies participating in the National Security Agency’s program, code-named PRISM, include Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. During the 1990s, a “cypherpunk” movement predicted that ubiquitous, user-friendly cryptographic software would make it impossible for governments to spy on ordinary users’ private communications.

Consumers have overwhelmingly chosen convenience and usability. Mainstream communications tools are more user-friendly than their cryptographically secure competitors and have features that would be difficult to implement in an NSA-proof fashion.

However, nowadays, its easier today to encrypt your internet connection and secure your identity than ever before.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups currently offers SlickVPN service which works with a variety of protocols and devices that allows users to encrypt their internet connection and use an IP address from countries and citiers around the world. This allows the user to circumvent any prying eyes that may be trying to listen in.

The SlickVPN service anonymizes your geographic location and passes all your information through an encrypted tunnel.

There is no reason to believe that the NSA, or anyone else, can crack strong encryption VPN services that have been studied and vetted. If you want to protect your identity online, its more important than ever to use a VPN service to secure your identity.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroup members can include VPN as part of their membership in their admin control panel. For non-members, SlickVPN pricing is available on their website. Or get USENET and VPN access both for one low price from Newsdemon

 

Potential Breakthrough in Likely Discovery of Higgs Boson Particle

July 10th, 2012

In what is perhaps the biggest discovery in the physical sciences in years, scientists at CERN say that they likely have discovered the Higgs boson particle, considered by many a major key to furthering our understanding of the universe as reported on USENET Newsgroups.

Two teams worked separately in arriving at their results, discovering what may be a new subatomic particle. The researchers expressed optimism that the new discovery is, in fact, the Higgs boson particle that could explain how particles obtain their mass. “As a layman, I think I would say, ‘we have it,'” Rolf-Dieter Heuer of CERN said at a press conference announcing the findings, “but as a scientist I have to say, ‘what do we have?'”

Further research is needed to better understand the results and what they mean, but the research teams described their results as ‘five sigma’, which puts the chance that their results were simply an abnormality at extremely minute to say the least. The science world erupted in excitement at the announcement with many evaluating what the new discovery could mean for our understanding of the physical universe.

“This is indeed a new particle,” said Joe Incandela, a spokesman for one of the research teams. “We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found. The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks.”

Sometimes called the ‘God particle’, the Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, one of the scientists who theorized of its existence in the 1960s. He was on hand for the announcement in Geneva.

The possible discovery of the Higgs boson has generated a renewed interest in the field as media outlets from around the world reported and discussed the new findings. ‘Higgs’ was even trending on Twitter on the day of the announcement. The new findings will surely generate plenty of discussion in Usenet newsgroups and other forums designated for the discussion of such scientific discoveries.

 

Internet Conceptualized in 1934?

June 8th, 2012

The World Science Festival recently took place in New York City, and one of the discussions centered around the invention of the Internet. While most recognize the contributions of Vinton Cerf, who was on hand at the event, and others in creating the Internet, one rather obscure name was mentioned by one of the panelists for the role he played in conceptualizing the Internet as far back as 1934: Paul Otlet.

One of the panel members at the event, Alex Wright, took note of Otlet’s ideas about the potential of communication technology that would incorporate several of the modern technologies of his time. Otlet considered the potential of technologies like radio waves, telephones, and television, and how they may one day connect people to information from all over the world.

Otlet imagined calling a large database by telephone, where the requested information would be transmitted by an individual working at the database (or library, as you might call it) to a screen in the user’s home. What’s more, his vision included dividing the screen into several sections to allow multiple documents to be viewed at the same time, which is very similar to the use of tabs on a typical browser today.

He even imagined a loud speaker to accompany the images if audio was required in addition to the image displayed on the screen. Otlet imagined cinema, phonograph, television, radio, and telephone combining to become ‘the new book’ that allowed easier and more direct sharing of the world’s knowledge and information.

His vision is remarkably similar to today’s reality of the Internet. Most in need of information consult the Internet before they consult books, and cinema, music, text, and other mediums combine to create a vast information sharing network that connects people to other cultures, knowledge, and ideas. Perhaps nowhere is this vision better represented than in the Usenet newsgroups, where ideas, information, and files are shared and discussed among users from countries and cultures all over the globe.

 

What Is Dr. Watson’s Contribution To Cancer Research?

March 27th, 2012

According to USENET newsgroups, IBM’s Watson supercomputer is gathering a working resume that any oncologist would envy. In its latest project, the supercomputer will be used to to assist Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center physicians in diagnosing and treating patients.

When Big Blue debuted its lively computer on Jeopardy! last year, we knew it was only a matter of time before its abilities were used in the real world. And that starts with the hospital, apparently.

Watson can understand natural English and also process about 1 million books per second. With this enormous power, he was able to beat two of the all-time top players on Jeopardy!

Cancer treatment has become a lot more complicated over the last several years, and new methods of treatment are being invented all the time. Most physicians can’t keep up with everything, and it can take years for new treatments to become currrent. On top of that, few patients (Sloan Kettering says only about 15 percent) make it to specialized cancer centers in the first place.

With intelligent databases — and the computers to help sift through them — the hope is that technology can help disperse the most advanced knowledge available, without the patient skipping from specialist to specialist.

 

Microsoft Build Online Time Machine

March 21st, 2012

 

Mining personal data to discover what people care about has become big business for companies such as Facebook and Google. Now a project from Microsoft Research is trying to bring that kind of data mining back home to help people explore their own piles of personal digital data according to Microsoft USENET newsgroups.

Software called Lifebrowser processes photos, e-mails, Web browsing and search history, calendar events, and other documents stored on a person’s computer and identifies landmark events. Its timeline interface can explore, search, and discover those landmarks as a kind of memory aid.

Lifebrowser’s interactive timeline looks like a less polished version of Facebook’s recently introduced Timeline feature. However, as USENET posts point out, the design predates Facebook’s and doesn’t rely on a user to manually curate it. Photos, e-mails, and other documents and data points appear in chronological order, but Lifebrowser’s timeline only shows those judged to be associated with “landmark” events by artificial intelligence algorithms. A user can slide a “volume control” to change how significant data has to be if it is to appear on the timeline. A search feature can pull up landmark events on a certain topic.

Behind the scenes, Lifebrowser uses several machine-learning techniques to sift through personal data and determine what is important to its owner. When judging photos, Lifebrowser looks at properties of an image file for clues, including whether the file name was modified or the flash had fired. It even examines the contents of a photo using machine-vision algorithms to learn how many people were captured in the image and whether it was taken inside or outdoors. The “session” of photos taken at one time is also considered as a group, for cues such as how long an event was and how frequently photos were taken.

Lifebrowser looks for clues about whether a file is especially significant, and asks for extra hints if it’s unsure. A screen saver prompts a user to inform Lifebrowser if certain photos are of “landmark” events or not, and a simple dialogue does the same for calendar invitations. Over time, the system learns what’s important to you, and adapts.

The technology is fairly new and its still to be seen whether or not it will also pull up posts and topics pulled from USENET newsgroups over time.

 

USENET Finds The Force

December 12th, 2011

If confirmed next week, this will be the biggest news in the history of physics since the birth of the Theory of Relativity: USENET newsgroups report that CERN scientists may have already found evidence of the existence of the elusive Higgs boson. THE FORCE, Luke!

Newsgroups cite that a respected scientist from the Cern particle physics laboratory has reported that he expects to see “the first glimpse” of the Higgs boson next week.

That would be tomorrow, when two Large Hadron Collider teams would reveal the results of their research, highlighting ten candidates that show evidence of Higgs. Those ten candidates were found from the remains of about 350 trillion collisions using the ATLAS and CMS detectors.

What’s the Higgs boson?

According to most physicists, there’s a Higgs field that is everywhere. The elusive Higgs particle would be the carrier of that field, interacting with all the other particles, “sort of the way a Jedi knight in Star Wars is the carrier of the “force”, as National Geographic eloquently put it when the Large Hadron Collider was being built. Or like Obi Wan said, “the Force surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”

Why is it important?

The Higgs boson is a pivotal part of the standard model of particle physics but nobody has ever found evidence of its existence. It’s one of the main reasons of why the Large Hadron Collider was built. Other than time travel and opening portals to alternate dimensions, that is.

The discovery of this particle is fundamental to our understanding of how the Universe works. So important that—according to the former theoretical physics lead at CERN, John Ellis—”we’ve been living with Higgs theory now for almost 50 years… it’s become our Holy Grail.” Ellis said the excitement among all scientist at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is very high. That may not sound impressive, given that Switzerland is the most boring country on Earth after Belgium, but if they call it the God Particle, you know it has to be important.

When would we get a photo of the God particle?

Not yet. Tomorrow’s data will not be confirmed until they are able to produce repeated evidence in future experiments. Scientists expect this to happen around next summer.

As Sergio Bertolucci—director of research at CERN—puts it: “It’s too early to say…I think we may get indications that are not consistent with its non-existence [but] we are on a good path to the discovery.”