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NewsDemon Increases To 810 Day Binary Retention

By Newsgroup Usenet January 19th, 2011

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce that well over 2 years of high-quality binary retention is now available to  all of our members. The increase to 810 days of binary retention is yet another step forward to delivering the best possible USENET experience to users.

As part of a major upgrade to the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups service, the 810 day binary retention relates to the length of time that a binary or text file is available on USENET newsgroups. With this upgrade, users can now access binary files that had been posted to USENET newsgroups from much more than two years ago.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups offers access to over 107,000 uncensored newsgroups with up to 50 simultaneous blazing fast 256-BIT encrypted SSL connections. This provides the safest, fastest and most secure USENET access in the in the industry. The increase in newsgroup binary retention to 810 days represents another diligent effort by NewsDemon.com Newsgroups to provide the best premium USENET newsgroup access available.

As always, the expanded increase in newsgroup binary retention is provided to all of our members without any increase in price. The retention increase is immediately available for all members without any changes needed to be made to the account.



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.



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups $7.00 Holiday Special

By Steve Schwartz December 24th, 2010

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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.”



Americans Now Online More Than TV Watching

By Steve Schwartz December 16th, 2010

Americans Online Newsgroups Usenet
Americans are now spending as many hours online as they do in front of their TV screens, according to a survey released by Forrester on Monday.

The average American now spends roughly 13 hours per week using the Internet and watching TV offline, Forrester finds, based on its survey of more than 30,000 customers. The Internet has long captivated the attention of younger Americans to a greater extent than TV and is now proving more popular to Gen X (ages 31 to 44) for the first time ever. Younger Baby Boomers (ages 45 to 54) are spending the same amount of time per week using both media.

While the amount of time Americans spend watching TV has remained roughly the same in the past five years, Internet use has increased by 121% in the same time frame.

So what are Americans doing online? Shopping, mostly. In a similar survey issued in 2007, a little more than one-third of online respondents said they were shopping online; now, 60% claim to do so. A little more than one-third also access social networking sites, such as newsgroups regularly, two-thirds of Generation Yers report that they update a social networking profile at least once per month.

Blogging, listening to streaming audio and IMing prove far less popular, engaging one-third or less of the U.S. online population respectively.

In addition, Forrester expects that 2 million new households will be connected to the Internet by the end of the year compared to the end of 2009, and that 82% of households will have Internet by 2015. Broadband will have reached 5.5 million new households by the end of this year, meaning that more than 90% of connected households will have access to high speed Internet by the end of 2010.

The effect and growth of subscribers to Usenet newsgroups are expected to follow an increasing trend.



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.



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Extended Black Friday Deal Ends Tonight!

By Steve Schwartz November 30th, 2010

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By Daniel Li November 23rd, 2010

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What Does Google Say About You?

By Steve Schwartz November 17th, 2010

There’s no two ways about it: if you use a lot of Google services, then Google knows a lot about you. Google has received a solid amount of criticism because of this, and they’ve alleviated the issue by launching Privacy Dashboard; a one-stop-shop with all the information that Google knows about you and your online habits collected in one place. Something many might have not known about since Google doesn’t really advertise this at all to make easy to find.

To view the information Google’s servers store about you (or at least the amount the company is willing to fess up to storing), sign in to your Google account and scroll through the Google Dashboard. On a single page you’ll find settings for and information about your Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Voice, YouTube, and other Google accounts, including an extensive search history.

The dashboard is a great way to review and update your Google profile, Checkout purchase information, Google Sync settings, Picasa Web albums, and contacts. You can also revoke access to any service you’ve allowed to connect directly to your Google account by clicking the “Websites authorized to access the account” link under Accounts. This opens a window listing all such services along with a link to remove each one, if you wish.

It contains fascinating details like how many contacts you have, stored credit card numbers, recent status messages, most commonly e-mailed individuals, most recent piece of spam received, most recent alerts, newest e-mails, number of conversations logged, number of docs trashed, number of gadgets installed and more. Interestingly, any account activity using their the newsgroup feed, groups.google.com does not seem to be logged yet.

It will also indicate most recent Web search, image search, news search, product search, video search, map search, blog and book search with the corresponding date and time. It also indicates how quickly information becomes irrelevant.

The complete list of Google services that are participating in “Google Dashboard” include:

  • Google Account
  • Alerts
  • Blogger
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Docs
  • Finance
  • Gmail
  • Health
  • iGoogle
  • Latitude
  • Orkut
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • Product Search
  • Profile
  • Reader
  • Talk
  • Tasks
  • Voice
  • Web History
  • YouTube

In some ways, it’s freaky how much honest info people unwittingly hand over to Google, but the company insists that it’s all under user control, and can be removed at any time. Google is considering sending out dentist-like reminders to remind users to check their Dashboard settings every six months (an alert that users would be able to control, of course), but the company is always open to suggestions. A step up from where Google is now would be to put the relevant settings on the Dashboard itself, but we think things are off to a decent start.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups, in contrast, never keeps any logs or information on members. Completely anonymous, members usage of their USENET newsgroup accounts are completely private and secure.