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ISP Newsgroups: 02 Announced USENET Throttle

By Newsgroup Usenet October 12th, 2009

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United Kingdom broadband provider O2 will begin throttling USENET newsgroups between 8PM and 11pm. Customers will experience slower access times to certain services during these hours.

On the O2 website, the company has stated that due to heavy traffic from some users, it has prevented or slowed access to what they deem to be “priority” traffic to email and social networking sites. They state that growth of online traffic has put a strain on their network.

The company had announced that they would begin rolling out the throttle program beginning today. Customers of the broadband provider may very well experience slower speeds to particular online destinations, including USENET newsgroups.

The site clearly states that all NNTP and other protocol and port traffic related to newsgroups would experience a slow down during the 8-11pm time period.

Since the announcement, ISP newsgroup discussions have begun stating their displeasure with this recent move, threatening to leave the provider.

This is the first time that a UK provider has imposed a throttle on ports. The US has experienced throttle campaigns by major players Comcast and Time Warner Cable which are still being tested out in certain regions.



NASA Fulfills Promise Of Moon Punch

By Newsgroup Usenet October 9th, 2009

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The big news on newsgroups is that NASA deliberately aimed a rocket into the Moon to expand the search for water. NASA has said the rocket and satellite strike was a success, kicking up enough dust for scientists to determine whether or not there is water on the moon.

Nothing exploded, although two spacecraft — one about the size of a bus, the other a subcompact car — did crash on the surface of the moon. For background on the whys and wherefores, you can read more about moon exploration and the reasons for the LCROSS mission here and on some of the space and technology newsgroups.

Mission scientists said they did spy a thermal flash and spotted an approximately 20 meter sized created by the impact. They were most excited about a tiny bump in brightness seen by a mission spectrometer, which could signal the presence of water that some think exists as ice in the bottom of the target crater.

“We have the data we need to address the questions we set out to address”, said Anthony Colaprete, principal investigator for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission. At approximately 5.31pm IST on Friday, a rocket called LCROSS (for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite), traveling at over twice the speed of a bullet, traversed the nearly 375,000 km from earth to Moon and slammed into the bottom of a lunar crater bathed in a permanent shadow.

The impact sequence was followed not only by telescopic eyes in space, such as LRO and the Hubble Space Telescope, but also by hundreds of telescopes, both professional and amateur, in North America, where the skies were mostly clear.

The one-two punch of crashing a booster rocket and its mother craft near the moon’s south pole didn’t kick up dramatic and visible plumes as hoped, but scientists reported that the mission had gathered enough data to tell whether the crater contains frozen water.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Marketplace Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet October 7th, 2009

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If you’re looking to sell something online, you may not have to bother with the usual channels of maon, eBay or CraigsList. For almost 30 years, USENET newsgroups have been a great resource for people to do sell and buy on newsgroups.

One of the first channels of selling online had been on the USENET. With a variety of different categories and industries to choose from, it’s easy to find or place an ad that attracts the desired attention.

Like all online selling channels, there is precaution that needs to be taken. Just like any other online transaction, scrutiny needs to be given on what to buy from whom.

With enough research and playing it safe, you can join the thousands of others who have rare treasures hidden deep within the articles and posts of marketplace newsgroup postings.

If you’re looking to place something for sale on newsgroups, take a look at what USENET has to offer. If you play your cards right, you may find yourself buying that rare whatnot for that thingamajig you’ve always wanted.



Linux Kernel Turns 18 On USENET Newsgroup

By Newsgroup Usenet October 5th, 2009

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It might have been in late August 1991 that Linus Torvalds posted on the USENET newsgroup comp.os.minix about a new operating system he was developing, but it was October 5th, 1991 that Linux version 0.02, the official version of the kernel was announced and released.

Today, the Linux kernel celebrates its 19th birthday. In those nineteen years, Linux has seen an abundance of changes and improvements. As one of the first operating systems that relied on the online community to support it, it has been responsible for over 50 different versions since then.

Linus Torvalds was the originator of Linux and the initial leader of the community. As a USENET enthusiast and realizing the importance newsgroups had, he used the USENET as the first destination to announce the release of the first Linux kernel.

The open source Linux kernel was then improved upon by the USENET community as it still is today, alongside other online communities. In its now available 2.6.32-rc3 recent release, Linux demonstrates the innovation and improvement it has made throughout time due to its community contributed resources.

USENET itself celebrates its own 30th birthday this year as well. As a hub for online communities to share, develop and exchange, USENET has been an intricate part of the birth and the subsequent life that has made Linux available to this day as well as a host of other technologies in its time.



Celebrate USENET 30th Anniversary And Win!

By Newsgroup Usenet October 1st, 2009

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So far, the online world has had a tremendous year. We’ve been introduced and have embraced a range of new technologies and a face lift of old favorites. It also marks the year in which the USENET, the first online social network outlet, celebrates it’s 30th Birthday.

In recognition of the tremendous resources, solutions and communities the USENET newsgroups put forth and continues to deliver over the last 30 years, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups will be hosting a series of events, including an interview with Tom Truscott, one of the founders of the USENET as well as other pioneers and entrepreneurs.

As the theme of USENET has been about bringing together online communities, we’re inviting you to be part of it.

Have you ever had a question about the USENET you thought that no one could answer? Did you ever wonder how a newsgroup or the USENET came to be? Now is your chance to find out.

As further incentive, we’re giving you the opportunity to win a free year of unlimited USENET access if your question is chosen by our panel of USENET experts.

Simply fill out our USENET Anniversary Questionnaire, and if you’re question is used in any of our interviews, we’ll give you a full year of USENET access.

We’ve set up a panel to review all submitted questions received by October 15th. NewsDemon.com Newsgroups will then use selected questions in our interviews. The user who submits the question that was best rated by our panel will then receive ONE FULL YEAR FREE OF UNLIMITED USENET ACCESS.  You may also submit multiple questions to be considered.

Hurry, as questions must be submitted by October 15th, 2009! You don’t have to be a member to enter and any current member that may win also qualifies.

Here’s your chance to find out all the answers to all your USENET questions and possibly win a free year of unlimited USENET access in the process!



Banned Books Week Announced On Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet September 26th, 2009

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On many arts and literature newsgroups, the main topic of discussion this week is all about the ALA’s Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the United States First Amendment.  Always held during the last week of September, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. This form and attempt of censorship is something very familiar as well with many newsgroups on USENET.

Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, BBW was created primarily by bookstores and libraries, headed by The American Library Association.

More than a thousand books have been challenged since then.  People have challenged books that they say are too offensive for one reason or another: sex, violence, profanity, slang, racial or religion for the most part. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.

Some of the mainstream titles that have been banned are:

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Forever – Judy Blume
  • The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  • In The Night Kitchen – Maurice Sendak
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison

Others include: “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Charlotte’s Web.” “The Sun Also Rises.” “As I Lay Dying.” “Kim.” “Winnie-the-Pooh.”

Over the years, groups and communities have taken it upon themselves to determine what books are worthy of being stacked on library shelves and what should be kept from the public. Many libraries and bookstores have answered back that access to such works, no matter what their content, is one of the precious traditions that should be defended.

In response, The American Library Association’s designated an annual Banned Books Week – now in its 28th year – to answer this cause. Many books challenged by communities as being inappropriate for public dissemination or that were targeted for banning have survived because of BBW as it brings librarians, teachers, booksellers and the media to rally and create public opposition to such moves.

Much like the freedoms of USENET, intellectual freedom, while not an explicit freedom guaranteed by the United States First Amendment, sits at the heart of our democracy; it is the freedom to access information and express ideas—even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.  Banned Books Week stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the United States First Amendment. Always held during the last week of September, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. This form and attempt of censorship is something very familiar as well with many newsgroups on USENET.

Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, BBW was created primarily by bookstores and libraries, headed by The American Library Association.

More than a thousand books have been challenged since then. People have challenged books that they say are too offensive for one reason or another: sex, violence, profanity, slang, racial or religion for the most part. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.

Some of the mainstream titles that have been banned are:

· Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

· Forever – Judy Blume

· The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger

· Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

· In The Night Kitchen – Maurice Sendak

· Beloved – Toni Morrison

Others include: “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Charlotte’s Web.” “The Sun Also Rises.” “As I Lay Dying.” “Kim.” “Winnie-the-Pooh.”

Over the years, groups and communities have taken it upon themselves to determine what books are worthy of being stacked on library shelves and what should be kept from the public. Many libraries and bookstores have answered back that access to such works, no matter what their content, is one of the precious traditions that should be defended.

In response, The American Library Association’s designated an annual Banned Books Week – now in its 28th year – to answer this cause. Many books challenged by communities as being inappropriate for public dissemination or that were targeted for banning have survived because of BBW as it brings librarians, teachers, booksellers and the media to rally and create public opposition to such moves.

Much like the freedoms of USENET, intellectual freedom, while not an explicit freedom guaranteed by the United States First Amendment, sits at the heart of our democracy; it is the freedom to access information and express ideas—even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Environment and Ecology Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet September 23rd, 2009

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Our global environment is currently facing obstacles that have a higher possibility than ever to seriously disrupt a sustainable future. For a time now, USENET has been home to a place where you can discover how to maintain or improve your quality of life while reducing your harmful impact on the earth.

Climate change is all over the news and it seems like everyone is “going green.” May are now taking action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. With environment and ecology newsgroups, they help get the masses educated and get hooked on sustainability.

With many of these newsgroups, it has continues to unite people in an effort to make real and lasting changes in their communities that will protect the environment for years to come.

From energy related newsgroups to earth sciences, these newsgroups teach each other how to be responsible caretakers of the planet. Living green, through education and action.

Many of these newsgroups are based on discussions around research and science. The USENET newsgroups focuses on the challenges that climate change, resource degradation, and population growth pose for meeting human needs in the 21st century.

Because of it based on science and technology, they are able to often provide innovative solutions to problems that can make a sustainable future a reality.



Internet Hijacks 61st Emmy’s

By Newsgroup Usenet September 21st, 2009

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Last night for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards, host Neil Patrick Harris did a skit as Dr. Horrible, his online blog persona, proclaiming the death of television and forecasting the future of internet entertainment. Didn’t that already happen 10 years ago?

Entertainment newsgroups postings discuss how Emmy host Harris made and showed a quick skit starring his character Doctor Horrible from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The sketch guest-starred actor Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer and a couple of other cast members from the online blog.

If you haven’t seen Neil Patrick Harris and his Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, it just won its own Emmy as an Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program Emmy Award.

From Howser to Dr. Horrible, Neil Patrick Harris, who is also a cast member on “How I Met Your Mother,” opened up with a song begging viewers to stick with the show, and made several references throughout to the challenges facing broadcast television.

He earned kudos from critics, and from people appearing on the show. Harris successfully hosted the award show last year and was hoping for an even better show this year. He delivered.

Harris made a few good points that have been active considerations from TV broadcasters as more of its audience have been migrating online and away from the  TV tube.

Here in its entirety, is the clip from the awards show:



Microsoft Copies NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Student Discount Offer?

By Newsgroup Usenet September 18th, 2009

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It appears that NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is not alone in trying to help out Students. In a Twitter posting last night, as well as postings on various Microsoft newsgroups, Microsoft stated that U.S. College students will be able to get the software license for a discounted $29.99.

It’s a good time to be a student, thanks in part to NewsDemon.com and a sweet Windows 7 discount from Microsoft.

Microsoft newsgroups points the deal to the win741.com site, a recently launched site from Microsoft.  The site proclaims: “For a limited time, eligible college students can get the sweetest deal on Windows 7 – for only $29.99 USD.  That’s less than most of your textbooks! Hurry — offer ends January 3, 2010 and 12 a.m. CST.” After that, it may go back up to $120 or Microsoft could extend the offer.  There are no set deadlines for the NewDemon.com offer.

Noting that to avail the offer students would require a valid college e-mail address, a Microsoft representative said: “This offer is specifically designed for those students who are not planning to purchase a new PC this year, but would still like to take advantage of what Windows 7 offers.”

Also, just like the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Student Discount offer, to buy the student version of Windows 7 Home Premium customers need to provide a valid .edu e-mail address or an e-mail address from one of a number of listed educational institutions that do not provide .edu e-mail addresses. With the Microsoft offer, some customers may also have to provide current proof of enrollment.

On Wednesday of this week, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups had announced a similar approach, offering college and university students discount access to all subscription based plans. Two days later, Microsoft announces this new special. Coincidence?

This smart move clears as a path as Apple does have Microsoft beat on standard prices, with a copy of Home Premium (upgrade) retailing for $120 and $200 for a Professional upgrade (versus $29 for Snow Leopard).  With the price bar set nearly four times as high as Apple’s, the pressure is on Microsoft to deliver a dynamite product .

Microsoft Windows 7 is getting closer to its October 22 launch date.  With improved security, better compatibility, and a slick new look, the OS should please owners of both powerful and underpowered machines alike.

Microsoft also intends announcing similar offers in Canada, Australia, Mexico, Germany, France, and Korea, though at different prices.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Student Resource Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet September 16th, 2009

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An individual’s prosperity, happiness and impact on the future is mostly dictated by education in this day and age. Educating the minds of the young provide the future we hope to behold.

The importance of this has been a reminder during our efforts to give back to our community. With the free USENET access and our new Student discount offer, we hope to provide more with the resources USENET provides in continuing education.

From teachers and students alike, USENET newsgroups have been formed to contribute towards education through research and debate on current issues, structures and expectations at all levels of education.

Many new students throughout time have found that College newsgroups have provided them with a forum in which they have been able to formulate answers to expand their knowledge. Financial aid newsgroups to admission newsgroups have made many lives easier by taking out a lot of the guess work and generally being better prepared with moving forward with their educational path.

Whatever school a person may attend, many graduate school newsgroups exist to assist. Many of these newsgroups are filled with like minded individuals on either the same path or have the experience to help.

Education is a fundamental building block of a modern-day vision of success. With newsgroups dedicated to education as a tool, it can unlock volumes of knowledge to explore and discover.