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Twitter Threat Treated As Terrorism

By Newsgroup Usenet January 18th, 2010


Newsgroups hosts one of the longest running online discussion systems on the planet. As much trash talk newsgroups may have generated, not a single case has ever led to someone being banned for life from every flying again. But that’s what happened when 26 year old Paul Chambers posted a message on Twitter on Friday intended to be an ill-fated joke. It wasn’t long after stating on the popular social network “I’m blowing the airport sky high” that authorities arrested and interrogated him under the Terrorism Act.

The post was meant as merely a joke spiced up with some pent up anger but authorities didn’t take to kindly to his sense of humor. On January 13, Paul was arrested on terrorism charges. When he tried to explain the situation to the officers that had come to arrest him, they didn’t seem to even know what Twitter was “I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they’d never heard of it” stated Paul. He faces a charge of conspiring to create a bomb hoax, a charge he flatly denies. “I’m the most mild-mannered guy you could imagine.”

Since then, they’ve confiscated his laptop, iPhone and home computer while also banning him for life from the airport he had joked about. Furthermore, he has been suspended from his place of work and even his twitter account has been deleted. There have been Twitter-related arrests in the U.S., where there are more than 6 million users of the social-networking site. Two men were arrested last October for tweeting police locations during the G-20 conference in Pittsburgh.

After 30 years of existence, USENET Newsgroups may work the same as Twitter and have had similar posts that may have reached the masses, but never did it generate such a harsh legal backlash for a supposed joke. It leaves to question if these new sites and the direction of social networks as a whole are really a move forward comparative to networks that are proudly uncensored such as USENET newsgroups.

Newsgroups Recount CES Highlights

By Newsgroup Usenet January 11th, 2010


It’s 2010 and it’s already been a long hard week for many people in Las Vegas this week, as over 100,000 people flocked to the city for the Consumer Electronics Show that ended this past Sunday. Many reports on the positive upswing for this yearly convention as registration top 120,000. Multiple newsgroups have been getting posted with a ton of updates from the weekend CES 2010 event. Here are the top CES discussions going on:

Televisions – From the Toshiba Cell TV, Skype HD TV and others from Samsung, Phillips and Toshiba, the biggest winners in this class were those who brought out the 3D TV Sets. With the cost of manufacturing them coming down – and Avatar coming out on DVD in a few months – expect reasonably priced 3D LED TV sets coming soon. How do they look? If you like how 3D movies look in the theatre, you might like these.

Toys – Top toys from this year’s CES according to hobby newsgroups had mini helicopters with built in cameras that can be controlled with your iPhone like the Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter to the IceTouch Mp3 player with the first ever transparent OLED Touchscreen. Microsoft newsgroups report that at CES it looks as though that the XBox 360 upgrade Natal may indeed be out by the holidays this year which could be a big blow to the Nintendo Wii – who stood silent this year.

eBook Readers and Tablets – The Amazon Kindle might have but the eBook market on the map, but certainly isn’t the only contender.   With dedicated eBook newsgroups, the Entourage Edge and Plastic Logi Que ProReader have been the most discussed of the 23 companies that displayed e-readers at this year’s show – and none showed them last year.

Phones – Since the world of mobile connectivity is exploding, smartphones by the plenty should be no surprise. Motorola, Samsung, HTC and more displayed their new offerings.  No longer for just making phone calls, most of these phones – equipped with apps, can very well almost replace laptops completely. Mobile computing is getting easier. Most interesting? According to mobile newsgroups: Google Nexus

Connectivity was once again the over-arching theme during the 2010 CES and the focus of several technology executives’ speeches. With all the gadgets mentioned above and including new offerings in Ford vehicles, the theme has been about integrating these devices together.

Much like the way Usenet ties in all these themed newsgroups, these technologies are being modeled to communicate and interact with each other. With the way that these toys appear now, it seems as though the home PC may be the mother to all these components.

Closing CES, a new possibility of shaking around in your living room with 3D game characters swarming and closing in on you while you bluetooth your friend for backup seems more of possibility this year. Unanimously, newsgroups rejoice.

McDonalds Now Offers Food, Folks and USENET

By Newsgroup Usenet December 17th, 2009


Not even the Dollar Menu can top this deal. Road warriors who stop at McDonald’s for a quick cup of joe and/or a snack now can get online and access USENET free of charge. Starting in January, McDonald’s fast food restaurants will become one of the nation’s largest providers of free Wi-Fi Internet access, according to online newsgroups.

Beginning in January 2010, McDonald’s will offer its in-store Wi-Fi service for free, according to reports from various USENET newsgroups. The move is one designed to generate more food and drink sales by luring customers away from coffeehouses and toward the company’s McCafe, especially during between-meal times. The chain will also begin selling frappes and smoothies next year, a snacking appeal that the company hopes will also benefit from the free Internet and USENET access.

The news comes a day after Verizon Wireless began offering free Wi-Fi services to subscribing customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to pleasing customers, the move is seen as a way for Verizon to keep its data network nimble as more customers sign up for smartphones and data services. McDonald’s currently charges $2.95 for 2 hours of Wi-Fi service, which is run by AT&T, since it bought Wayport. The newsgroups report that AT&T public Wi-Fi access points have already been used more than 51 million times during 2009, more than double the number of connections during all of 2008.

“We’re not just about hamburgers,” said Dave Grooms, McDonald’s CIO, in a statement to the AP.  “We are about convenience and all kinds of value.  McDonald’s is about value — value in our food, value in our services.  It’s a natural fit.” The restaurant has 14,000 domestic restaurants, and is the largest Wi-Fi network among restaurants in the U.S. The free coverage will be available in McDonald’s approximately 11,000 locations in the United States, as well as those in Canada that currently offer Wi-Fi. Also to note is that Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are offering free Internet at some locations (including airports), for limited periods of time.

Another Meteor Hits USENET Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet December 11th, 2009


If you missed out on last month’s Leonid meteor shower, don’t worry. Space and astronomy newsgroups report what very well may be the best meteor shower of the year will occur this coming Sunday and Monday.

Occurring in mid- December, the Geminid meteor shower is often the most reliable meteor shower of the year — you may see 30 to 60 meteors an hour. This year, newsgroups are reporting that the Geminid meteor shower’s peak is the night of December 13th and 14th of this year. According to NASA related newsgroups, the shower has intensified in recent years and researchers are curious if the trend will continue this year. There are many predictable meteor showers during the year, but most of them are not very spectacular, producing only a few more meteors than the background rate of five to 10 random meteors per hour.

As comets go around the sun, they also leave tiny grains of debris along their orbits. When the Earth crosses the orbit of a comet, it encounters this debris train, and we get a meteor shower. This year, the meteor shower appears during a new moon, so the sky should be dark and meteors should be easier to see.

The Geminids were quite weak when they were first identified in the late 19th century, but have intensified in those 150 years. In 2006, NASA astronomers observed at least five Geminid meteors crash into the moon. The shower derives its name from the fact that the meteors look like they are originating from the Gemini constellation. NewsRover Newsgroup Newsreader Updated

By Newsgroup Usenet December 10th, 2009


The version of NewsRover newsreader that all members receive free with their subscription has been upgraded to version 15.1 Rev: 0: 10. All members are invited to login and download the latest update. Newsgroup members are entitled to receive the newsreader free with any of subscription or plan. Updates for the newsreader are included as part of the subscription to USENET provided by Newsgroups.

The current NewsRover newsreader update reflects a number of enhancements to make the best out of your USENET experience.  For first time users, Newsgroups also provides a tutorial on How To Install NewsRover

The award winning NewsRover newsreader has a variety of features that make it indispensable to many. NewsRover saves time while efficiently automating many of the processes involved with newsgroup subscriptions. The update will not affect current settings or previously downloaded newsgroup headers.

Newsgroups: Top Searches In 2009

By Newsgroup Usenet November 30th, 2009


First out of the veritable search engine gates this year, Bing has posted its top searches for 2009. Each year, the big three give us a reveal on what most of us have been looking for all year long.

Here are 2009 top search results from Bing:

1) Michael Jackson – No surprise that the death of the one glove entertainment goliath topped the list.

2) Twitter – The USENET inspired service gained a curious look by many this year – few REAL people joined.

3) Swine Flu – Achoo.

4) Stock Market – Achoo.

5) Farrah Fawcett – Charlie lost an angel this year.

6) Patrick Swayze – Although Ghost and Dirty Dancing brought him fame, he earned the online world respect early with Road House.

7) Cash for Clunkers – A government incentive program to encourage US citizens to purchase foreign cars.

8) Jon and Kate Gosselin – Talk of divorce clogged both the interwebs as well as many USENET newsgroups for the reality television couple with 100 kids.

9) Billy Mays – But wait, there’s one more:

10) Jaycee Dugard – Kidnapped as a child, Jaycee was discovered alive after 18 years from her disappearance, also with a child.

The search trends tend to coincide with the popularity of these topics on newsgroups. Each of these top 10 either have a dedicated newsgroup to the matter or at the very least – a newsgroup related to the topic.

According to Bing, other searches were prominent this year:

“Not surprisingly, we saw a lot of folks using Bing for quick access to favorite sites like Facebook, MSN, Youtube and Craigslist. We also saw a lot of more complex searches such as product related queries in which people used Bing to help decide what MP3 player to buy and travel searches to help find the best deals on a tropical vacation.”

Separate from “Top Trending Topics”, the most popular searches is a general category of search terms that gained the most interest. Top Trending Topics is another list compiled by Bing which mostly covers celebrities. This year, the top three were Megan Fox, Robert Pattinson and holding in at number one – Perez Hilton.

Google has its own trends section will allow users to see real time results on popular searches. Yahoo and Google both are expected to have their own 2009 top 10 searches coming out soon.  The Bing results are only gathered from US results and do not include a UK edition. To find out more, many Microsoft and search engine newsgroups provide discussion groups on the matter.


Google and Yahoo have both released their top 10 results. In each, Michael Jackson takes hold of the charts in each. However, looking closely at the rest is where all the similarities apparently end:


  1. michael jackson
  2. facebook
  3. tuenti
  4. twitter
  5. sanalika
  6. new moon
  7. lady gaga
  8. windows 7
  10. torpedo gratis


1) Michael Jackson

2) The Twilight Saga

3) WWE

4) Megan Fox

5) Britney Spears

6) Naruto

7) American Idol

8) Kim Kardashian


10) Runescape

Evolution Newsgroups: Darwin Raises $172,000

By Newsgroup Usenet November 24th, 2009


Today marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the world’s most important and controversial books — Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. A first edition of the book, which had been kept in a bathroom bookcase for years in southern Britain, sold for more than $172,000.00 (100,000 pounds) today after going thru Christie’s auction house.

Evolution and science newsgroups are discussing how an anonymous telephone bidder purchased the 1859 print run of the book on the 150th anniversary of the work’s original publication. It is Darwin’s seminal book that shared his theory of evolution with a lay audience.

When Darwin originally published the book, most scientists accepted his theories on evolution. The general public wasn’t as easy to convince, however, mainly due to the fact that Darwin’s theories challenged established religious beliefs. Not much has changed in 150 years.

As the USENET newsgroups point out, other events are planned around the world commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species” and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Feb. 12, 1809.

Newsgroup Spotlight: Mac Newsreaders

By Newsgroup Usenet November 20th, 2009


Apple is more popular than ever. With new software becoming available for the Mac almost every day, an unusual amount of variety is now starting to sprout. No surprise that the mac newsreader arena is one of them. Here are our top three newsreaders for Mac that stand out from the bunch.

3) Hogwasher – Made by Asar, the mac only newsreader has been around for a while. It maintains multiple server support, integrated media viewing features and complete email support. It should be able to run on Snow Leopard without issue, but we were not able to test that. The trial period is 60 days and $49.00 thereafter. Set up Instructions for Hogwasher

2) BinBot – Originally designed and created for Linux machines, this newsreader is one of the very few that actually support all three – Linux, Windows and OS X systems. Also feature rich, BinBot automates a lot of the processes involved with USENET. You have a full 30 days before committing to a $19.95 cost to buy the program.

1) Unison – The parent company, Panic, makes other programs but one of the most popular has and continues to be the Unison newsreader. One of the longest running newsreaders for Mac in the market today, Unison continues to be updated and supported for most Mac machines.  Unison definitely has the most users than any other Mac newsreader we’ve found, which makes it helpful when needing to get support especially.  If you like it after 30 days, keep it for $24.95 for each full release. Set up instructions for Unison

All three of these newsreaders are quite capable all on their own. The real difference is really how intuitive and complicated each one can be. Hogwasher and BinBot take a little bit more time to configure and get used to. Unison on the other hand, is much more straightforward and fairly simple.

It’s a good bet to just try out each to find what works best for you. With a good trial period for each one, they all allow for you to test them out thoroughly and figure out how they function. If you have an experience you’d like to share, add them here to our comments. We’d like to know what you think.

Also, if you’re using an iPhone, you do have options. NewsTap is the most popular newsreader for the iPhone and iTouch  and is routinely updated and maintained.

30th Anniversary of USENET a Success

By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2009

bellovin-anniversary Newsgroups is proud to announce that the 30th Anniversary USENET promotion was a sensational success.

On November 11th, Newsgroups hosted a USENET birthday special which offered all monthly subscription plans for only $1.00. The unpresented special was all part of the continuing effort to grow awareness of the valuable resources that the USENET newsgroup communities provide.

We are pleased to have so many new members join our Newsgroups family.

During the 24 hour promotion, some users mistakenly had signed up for pricing plans that were not part of the offered special. Although our announcements had been clear that only monthly subscription plans would be offered at the discounted $1.00 rate, a compromise to our system allowed other plans to briefly be available.

Due to this inconvenience, customers that signed up for these excluded accounts have since been issued automatic refunds or have been transferred to a monthly subscription plan, dependent on their payment method. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to the few affected. Anyone who believes that they may have been billed improperly can contact our support department for a complete refund. Newsgroups takes pride to be one of the only USENET providers to offer 24/7 customer support. We encourage members to contact any of our support team with any issues that we’ll be happy to resolve.

We thank all of you for making this 30th USENET anniversary special such a great success! As we continue in providing cutting-edge, premium USENET access, expect many more features, promotions and service upgrades in the months to come.

Leonid Meteor Shower Top Space Newsgroups Chatter

By Newsgroup Usenet November 16th, 2009


Stay up late and you might believe that Aliens are arriving in drones. However, read an astrology newsgroup and find out that the night sky will be lit up in the early hours of Tuesday morning hosting the Leonid meteor shower.

The annual event, named for the constellation Leo, is a light show of comet crumbs caught up in the Earth’s gravitational pull as the planet swings through the debris field.

Discovered in 1865, the Tempel-Tuttle comet orbits the sun every 33 years, and it’s around this time every year that the Earth passes through the cometary debris. Every year at this time it happens — with tons of ice and rock vaporizing in the earth’s protective atmosphere. The last time it came by was in 1998. In 1991, 2001 and 2002, the Earth passed through concentrated dust trails, which produced a meteor storm with thousands of meteors per hour. The number of meteors this year will be above average.

According to NASA and space related newsgroups, the best time to see the most activity will be between the hours of 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. EST. The shower should produce a “mild but pretty sprinkling” of meteors over North America (20 to 30 meteors per hour) followed by a more intense outburst over Asia, where observers may see 200 to 300 meteors per hour.