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UK Top Games of 2010

By Newsgroup Usenet January 10th, 2011

Hey Gaming Newsgroup subscribers, the UKIE (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment)  have released charts for the best selling games of 2010, and you win absolutely zero TSA points if you guessed Call Of Duty: Black Ops shifted the most units!

Even just after its November release, the multiplatform first person shooter set sales records by grossing £113.8 million ($177.3 million) in one week and marking the all-time biggest grossing week for video games in the UK.

Electronic Arts’ ever-popular FIFA 11 found success across multiple platforms as well, falling just behind Black Ops on the 2010 all formats chart, the Xbox 360 chart, and the PlayStation 3 chart.

To make this more exciting, formulate your own predictions before reading any further. And let us know how many of these games you bought..


2010 All Gaming Formats Chart

01. Call of Duty: Black Ops

02. FIFA 11

03. Just Dance

04. Red Dead Redemption

05. Wii Fit Plus

06. Just Dance 2

07. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

08. Wii Sports Resort

09. Halo: Reach

10. Battlefield: Bad Company 2

2010 Xbox 360 Chart

01. Call Of Duty: Black Ops

02. FIFA 11

03. Halo: Reach

04. Red Dead Redemption

05. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

2010 PS3 Chart

01. Call Of Duty: Black Ops

02. FIFA 11

03. Gran Turismo 5

04. Red Dead Redemption

05. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

2010 Wii Chart

01. Just Dance

02. Wii Fit Plus

03. Just Dance 2

04. Wii Sports Resort

05. New Super Mario Bros Wii

2010 Nintendo DS Chart

01. Professor Layton And The Lost Future

02. New Super Mario Bros

03. Art Academy

04. Pokemon Soulsilver

05. Mario Kart DS

2010 Sony PSP Chart

01. FIFA 11

02. LittleBigPlanet

03. Gran Turismo

04. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines

05. FIFA 10

2010 PC Chart

01. Football Manager 2011

02. Football Manager 2010

03. The Sims 3

04. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

05. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Wii owners seem to be the most active with four out of the top five titles requiring you to get up and move rather than slouch on the sofa.

You can find out more about what’s going on with the latest and greatest console and PC games on a variety of newsgroups such as Computer – OS newsgroups, Cyberworld Newsgroups and Internet and Online Newsgroups



Online Impersonations Terminated In California

By Newsgroup Usenet January 3rd, 2011

Watch out, West Coast Newsgroupers, because a new California law prohibiting online impersonations officially went into effect this weekend. Violators of a new California law will face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a year in jail.

To summarize the bill, which was passed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, classifies electronic impersonation as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1k, and jail time of up to a year; in addition to the right of the impersonatee to sue the impersonator.  It offers no provisions for anyone who is pretending to be someone on the internet for comedic effect. Basically the state has created a new crime, and a new section is being added to the penal code. To be inacted you have to have the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud another person.

The text of the bill says it is now against the law in California to “falsely impersonate another in either his or her private or official capacity, as specified. Existing law also makes it a crime to knowingly access and, without permission, alter, damage, delete, destroy, or otherwise use any data, computer, computer system, or computer network in order to devise or execute any scheme or artifice to defraud, deceive, or extort, or wrongfully control or obtain money, property, or data. For a violation thereof, in addition to specified criminal penalties, existing law authorizes an aggrieved party to bring a civil action against the violator, as specified.”

While the law doesn’t explicitly address free speech concerns, it does specify that perpetrators must demonstrate a clear intent to harm, intimidate, or defraud the individual being impersonated — or, for that matter, anyone else.

How the law will play out is, of course, something only the courts and time will decide. For the time being, it would be better to be safe, rather than sorry.  Be yourself online.



FCC Launches New Net Neutrality Rules

By Daniel Li December 22nd, 2010

Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted upon –and passed by a 3-2 margin– the Open Internet Order, the revised net neutrality rules which seek to establish more formal codes of conduct for broadband network operators.

The order has caused a great deal of sturm and drang among newsgroup subscribers, who feared that there would be a shift in power for ISPs based upon loopholes it opens. The order has raised a great deal of concern from both sides of the political spectrum: from those who believe the FCC oversteps its boundaries by trying to create rules for the Web, and from those who believe the FCC isn’t going far enough to prevent future problems.

As expected, FCC Commissioners Baker and McDowell voted against the Order, while Commissioners Clyburn and Copps and Chairman Genachowski voted in favor of the Order. “Over 90% of our actions are not only bi-partisan, but unanimous,” Commissioner Robert McDowell said on Tuesday. “We agree that the Internet should remain open and freedom-enhancing…Beyond that, we disagree. The contrast between our perspectives could not be sharper.”

The Order lays down just a few basic rules for fixed broadband services, and a few more for mobile broadband services.

Basic Rules for fixed Broadband

Transparency: Carriers must clearly express to consumers how their traffic is handled and how charges are derived.

“A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding use of such services and for content, application, service, and device providers to develop, market, and maintain Internet offerings.”

No Blocking: This refers to services which may compete directly with the network operator, such as VoIP and streaming video.

“A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management.

No Unreasonable Discrimination: This general rule means paid traffic prioritization will not be allowed, but “reasonable” network management practices are acceptable. What is “reasonable” can be determined on a case by case basis.

“A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service. Reasonable network management shall not constitute unreasonable discrimination.”

Basic Rules for Mobile Broadband

Transparency: Like fixed broadband providers, mobile network operators must also be open and transparent about their policies.

No Blocking: Network owners cannot block access to lawful Websites or applications that compete with voice and video telephony services such as Google Voice. This, however, does not generally apply to providers engaged in the operation of their own app stores.

The problem here arises in the lack of language covering paid prioritization for mobile broadband traffic. Commissioner Clyburn, who believed there should have been some protections against paid mobile prioritization, said “Bear in mind, this does not mean we are not pre-approving any behavior by mobile broadband providers.”

As a part of the Order, the FCC will allow anyone to file both formal and informal complaints that alert the FCC of operator violations. Consumers can submit free informal complaints at fcc.gov, or go through traditional methods to file formal complaints. Based upon these complaints, the FCC can move to initiate investigation into the carrier’s practices, and ultimately block the actions that violate the Open Internet Order. The FCC’s power to preside over the Internet in such a way is supported in the Order by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and Titles II, III, and IV of the Communications Act.

“In key respects, the interests of edge innovators — the entrepreneurs creating Internet content, services, and applications — broadband providers, and American consumers are aligned,” Chairman Genachowski said on Tuesday. “I believe our action today will foster an ongoing cycle of massive investment, innovation and consumer demand both at the edge and in the core of our broadband networks.” The Order will not take effect until next year, and it could face opposition from Congress or the Judicial branch. As Commissioner McDowell was almost proud to point out, “The FCC’s last net neutrality order was met with a spectacular failure in the appellate court.”



Google Groups Usenet Enhancements Roll Out

By Newsgroup Usenet December 10th, 2010

Google has finally given some attention to Google Groups and has given it a bit of a facelift.

Google Groups is Google’s version of USENET newsgroups which offers users a small selection of newsgroups to access. The all-text newsgroups service of Google Groups hadn’t had much attention as of late, with growing concerns from users on whether if Google had forgotten about the service which was rarely maintained.

Google has set to change that with a few adjustments that have been made to the service.

As one enhancement, Google has made it easier to search for and browse both groups and individual postings by entering a topic in a single search bar. Once users find a group they want to follow, they can now add it to a list of favorites easily accessible on the left side of the window. As a result, the overall interface has a cleaner and more streamlined look and feel.

New keyboard shortcuts offer a way to quickly cycle through the different forum threads and topics. To find a list of all the new shortcuts, users can press ? on their keyboard. Also, tapping into a new toolbar of icons, users can more easily format text and add hyperlinks and images.

Google Groups is no substitute for complete USENET access. By comparison, Google Groups only offers a variety of 25,000 text newsgroups (or less) – many of which are inactive, whereas a service such as NewsDemon.com Newsgroups offers more along the lines of 107,000+ only active newsgroups.

Additionally, Google Groups only carries a selection of text newsgroups, where as premium Usenet provider NewsDemon.com Newsgroups offers binary newsgroups as well with over 700 day retention.

The redesigned Google Groups will roll out as an option over the next week, giving users the opportunity to preview the new look and features. Google is also promising other enhancements, including better spam control, forum moderators, and improved search.



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By Daniel Li November 23rd, 2010

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By Newsgroup Usenet November 9th, 2010

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Happy 41st Birthday To ARPANET

By Daniel Li November 1st, 2010

ARPANET 41st Birthday

We take the Internet and USENET for granted, and it has become so integral to daily life that even people who can remember the time before it was everywhere can’t really fathom how we got along without it. But when you think about it, the online universe has only really been something we consider a normal component of everyday existence for about 30years or so. Online communication existed long before that, but it took several decades for the average person to catch up. In fact, the first steps toward the Internet began on this day in 1969, when the first online transmission was sent via ARPANET.

The Internet was born on October 29, 1969, when the first data traveled between two nodes of the ARPANET, an ancestor of today’s Internet, according to the Computer History Museum.

On 29 October 1969, two letters – LO – were typed on a keyboard in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and appeared on a screen at the Stanford Research Institute, 314 miles away.

The computer scientists had intended to type LOGIN, but the connection was lost just before the G. Nonetheless, this was the first time a message had been sent over a telephone line between two computers.

ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was a cooperative project between a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Department of Defense. The idea was to design a network that would allow simple communication between computers. Though millions of computers are currently connected via the Internet today, that first network consisted of only four systems, one each at UCLA, Stanford, the University of Utah and the University of California Santa Barbara. The system had been in development since 1962, and by 1969 it was ready to transmit.

Two two young programmers responsible for this historic moment were Charley Kline at UCLA and Bill Duvall at SRI in Northern California. Their idea was radical at the time: to network computers to each other.

Since then, online communication has made major leaps forward every few years or so. The first e-mail was sent by 1971, and by 1980 the number of linked computers had grown exponentially. The personal computer represented another leap forward, and when America Online became a must-have program for everybody in suburbia, the online world finally took over most of our daily lives. For USENET though, it spawned a mass see also “Eternal Semptember

Now we’re free to keep tabs on people from high school, read news about Mel Gibson and trade “Weird Al” Yankovic songs with each other. The future is now!

Just like the early days of USENET, ARPANET was not developed for commercial use, Duvall said. The computers of the 1960s were viewed as “information repositories” but lacked a network to share this information.



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups October Specials

By Newsgroup Usenet October 14th, 2010

NewsDemon Usenet Octoberfest Specials 2010

It’s been an exciting month here at NewsDemon.com Newsgroups with a series of new upgrades, features, promotions and more! Our Octoberfest of include some exciting new changes to our site and offerings. Here are some of the new offerings we currently have available:

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Virgin Offers Fasters Speeds While Throttling USENET

By Newsgroup Usenet October 5th, 2010

Virgin Media has announced that it is providing a free upgrade for customers on its fiber broadband network, but will also throttle USENET speeds moving forward.

Upload speeds are set to be boosted considerably, doubling or even tripling in some cases. Those on the M and L broadband packages (10Mbps download) will have their upload speeds doubled from 512Kbps to 1Mbps (well, “up to 1Mbps”, of course)

However, along with these boosts Virgin has also announced a new system of traffic management at peak times. Designed to ensure that time sensitive uses, such as video streaming, are given top priority over “non-time sensitive traffic” such as USENET newsgroup activity.

In a phased revelation that is slated to conclude by next summer it will lower the bandwidth available to certain protocols including Usenet at heavy traffic times for all customers.

The company is classifying time-sensitive traffic as “surfing” and the streaming of high-definition video, while it will treat activities such as file transfers and “newsgroup activity” with lower priority in order to “reduce the possibility of annoying buffering that can occur when watching TV online at peak times”.

How tight the restrictions on USENET are at a given time will depend on how heavy the overall load on the network, but the new system will reserve at least 75 per cent of bandwidth to prioritise more time-sensitive applications such as streaming video and browsing.

With the new restrictions, the firm has also announced to boost its upload speeds for all its users. The free upgrades are being gradually introduced via the network, area by area.

Virgin customers who are members of NewsDemon.com Newsgroups are encouraged to use other ports available through our newsgroup NNTP ports page to ensure the maximum speed.

Under the changes, “XXL” users will face a spate of restrictions on their connections on the basis of the amount of data they upload.



FCC Approval Of Super Wi-Fi Could Bring Faster USENET Access

By Daniel Li September 27th, 2010


Accessing USENET newsgroups on the go may quickly become better and faster. The Federal Communications Commission has voted unanimously to allow unused airwaves in the broadcast TV spectrum to be used for unlicensed mobile broadband operations, creating a Super Wi-Fi. The decision will enable both greater bandwidth and longer range than present-day Wi-Fi signals.

The unlicensed airspace, which sits between TV channels on the spectrum and is called “white space,” uses a lower frequency than traditional Wi-Fi, which means it can travel both farther and faster, and can penetrate walls. White space technology’s capabilities have led some to dub it “Super Wi-Fi” or “Wi-Fi on steroids,” in the words of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

By unlocking the white spaces that exist between digital TV channels, namely 50MHz and 700MHz frequencies, it enables Wi-Fi to perform better.

“Unlocking this valuable spectrum will open the doors for new industries to arise, create American jobs, and fuel new investment and innovation,” the FCC said.

Upon FCC’s approval, Genachowski celebrated the possibilities of Super Wi-Fi.

“Super Wi-Fi is what it sounds like: Wi-Fi, but with longer range, faster speeds, and more reliable connections,” he said. “We can also expect, as we’ve seen now with Wi-Fi, enhanced performance from the mobile devices using licensed spectrum that we’ve come to rely on so heavily.”

Super Wi-Fi is expected to generate speeds that are 15 times faster than current Wi-Fi technologies, allowing for mobile devices, such as the upcoming tablets and laptops to access and use it to access these networks for optimal USENET and online access.