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Britain UFO Files Released to the Public

By Newsgroup Usenet October 21st, 2008

Officials easily dismissed numerous reports of UFOs tracking the London sky in 1989 as a laser light show at an outdoor Tina Turner rock concert at Wembley Stadium.

But not all “flying saucer” sightings between 1986 and 1992 have been as easily explained, according to primary documents made available to the public for the first time by Britain’s National Archives on Monday.

The more than 4,500-page online document is the second batch of testimonies chock-full of shimmering objects, mysterious crop circles and creatures from another dimension collected by British military and released this month. It includes first-hand accounts such as:

  • Statements from police officers in West Yorkshire describing sightings of “bright lights in the night sky”
  • Testimony collected from a U.S. Airforce Sabre jet pilot ordered to “shoot down a UFO” flying over eastern England during the height of the Cold War
  • A letter from a person dubbed “alien-spotter extraordinaire” who reported regular alien visits since 1982

Another of the 19 files released by the British Ministry of Defence to the National Archives details a near-miss with a possible UFO and passenger jet carrying 57 people en route from Milan to London’s Heathrow Airport on April 21, 1991.

Alitalia pilot Achille Zaghetti saw a flash zoom by his cockpit windshield and screeched, “Look out, look out” to his co-pilot, the archives show.

A call placed to the control centre revealed an unknown target was spotted 10 nautical miles behind the aircraft.

An investigation into the flying object debunked Zaghetti’s suspicion it was a cruise missile. The Ministry of Defence also confirmed the object was neither a weather balloon nor a space rocket.

The projectile remains unexplained to this day.

David Clarke, a UFO expert who works for the archives, suspects as many as 160 UFO-related files will be made available to the public in the next three to four years.

You can find out more about these files and UFO’s on Newsgroups:


MicroBerry May Come Soon

By Newsgroup Usenet October 17th, 2008

Microsoft said that they have no plans to create a mobile device of their own, but they might have bigger plans to enter the business. According to a TelecomTV report, the monumental software company is planning to make a bid to acquire Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the Blackberry mobile devices.

According to the report, analysts are suggesting that Microsoft is waiting for RIM’s share prices to drop before they make a proposal. The Blackberry maker’s share numbers are currently at $60 USD, and as soon as the price drops to below $40, Microsoft will make their offer.

In related Microsoft mobile news, the company’s Windows Mobile OS is still widely used by other devices, such as the Samsung BlackJack and T-Mobile’s Dash. Provides Free Newsgroups Access to Media Members

By Newsgroup Usenet October 14th, 2008 is expanding its free Usenet program to all members of the media. The Free Usenet Newsgroups program, initiated by initially for educators and charities, has expanded to cover members of the media including print, audio and multimedia channels.The Free Usenet program has been a trailblazing effort by set forth to expand awareness and growth of the Usenet resources and community that it represents.

Usenet is a worldwide distributed discussion system founded in 1979. Usenet remains to be one of the largest worldwide online community in existence with an extensive base of users. With topics segregated to corresponding Newsgroups, almost any available interest is discoverable through the Usenet system. Usenet has been a hub for milestone events such as the announcement of the Internet.

The Free Usenet program is set to grow awareness of the valuable resources Usenet has to offer. By allowing educators, charities and now members of the media free access to Newsgroups, it is the belief of that these incentives will grow the community and resources that Usenet has to offer.

Interested and qualified individuals and companies are urged to become part of this limited offer engagement for the Free Usenet Program. Details can be found here. Qualified members will receive the same benefits available to our premium members, including 99% completion rates of articles, 110 days of retention, and simultaneous hi-speed connections. is a leading provider of quality Usenet services. Since its inception in 2002, has built a solid foundation of being a reliable and trusted name in the Usenet community.

Comcast Shutsdown Usenet Access For Customers

By Newsgroup Usenet October 12th, 2008

Comcast has recently announced that they will no longer provide free Usenet services for its customers. The service, which officially ended on September 17th, has been extended to use until October 25th. A recent statement from Comcast reads:

‘The Comcast Newsgroups service, will be discontinued as of September 17th. Existing customers will continue to be able to access the service until October 25th. This decision is in alignment with other Internet Service Providers that have recently terminated their Newsgroups service due to the declining popularity of Newsgroups as customers chose other methods, such as RSS feeds and web browsing to access information.’

This move comes in tandem with other earlier announcements of Comcast that state their position of moving away from the Usenet arena.

As a reminder to new customers is to take advantage of our discounted offers for all ISP customers that have been affected by the loss of Usenet access.

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Cool article about saving the USENET.

By WebMaster October 10th, 2008

The article is a little aged, but its still a great read.  Highly recommended!

Bug Fix for Mozilla Thunderbird

By Newsgroup Usenet September 30th, 2008

Mozilla pushed out an update to its e-mail client Thunderbird last friday. The update, for both Windows and Mac versions, corrects two potential exploits. Centered around Newsgroup functionality and an obscure UTF-8 hyperlink spoof, they could’ve allowed an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

A spate of bug fixes, memory leaks, and other less severe tweaks were addressed, too. The full changelog can be read here.

We encourage all users of Thunderbird to update as soon as possible.

Our Dancing Galaxy

By Newsgroup Usenet September 27th, 2008

milky_way_spiral_arms_2.pngIs there a genocidal countdown built into the motion of our solar system?  Recent work at Cardiff University suggests that our system’s orbit through the Milky Way encounters regular speedbumps – and by “speedbumps” we mean “potentially extinction-causing asteroids”.

Milky_way_spiral_arms_2 Professor William Napier and Dr Janaki Wickramasinghe have completed computer simulations of the motion of the Sun in our outer spiral-arm location in the Milky Way (image left of spiral arms).

These models reveal a regular oscillation through the central galactic plane, where the surrounding dust clouds are the densest.  The solar system is a non-trivial object, so its gravitational effects set off a far-reaching planetoid-pinball machine which often ends with comets hurled into the intruding system.

The sun is about 26,000 light-years from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, which is about 80,000 to 120,000 light-years across (and less than 7,000 light-years thick). We are located on on one of its spiral arms, out towards the edge. It takes the sun -and our solar system- roughly 200-250 million years to orbit once around the Milky Way. In this orbit, we are traveling at a velocity of about 155 miles/sec (250 km/sec).

Many of the ricocheted rocks collide with planets on their way through our system, including Earth.  Impact craters recorded worldwide show correlations with the ~37 million year-cycle of these journeys through the galactic plane – including the vast impact craters thought to have put an end to the dinosaurs two cycles ago.

Almost exactly two cycles ago, in fact.  The figures show that we’re very close to another danger zone, when the odds of asteroid impact on Earth go up by a factor of ten.  Ten times a tiny chance might not seem like much, but when “Risk of Extinction” is on the table that single order of magnitude can look much more imposing.  Worse, Bruce Willis will only be available to save us for another fifty years at most.  But you have to remember that ten times a very small number is still a very small number – and Earth has been struck by thousands of asteroids without any exciting extinction events.  A rock doesn’t just have to hit us, it has to be large enough to survive the truly fearsome forces that cause most to burn up on re-entry.

Professors Medvedev and Melott of the University of Kansas have a different theory based on the same regular motion.  As the Sun ventures out “above” the galactic plane, it becomes increasingly exposed to the cosmic ray generating shock front that the Milky Way creates as it ploughs through space.  As we get closer to this point of maximum exposure, leaving the shielding of the thick galactic disk behind, the Kansas researchers hold that the increasing radiation destroys many higher species, forcing another evolutionary epoch.  This theory also matches in time with the dinosaur extinction – and it’s nice to see theories for that from Kansas not based on “an angry bearded man in the sky did it”.

Either way, don’t go letting your VISA bill run up just yet.  “Very close” in astronomical terms is very, very different to “close” in shaved-monkey time. Upgrades Data Center

By WebMaster September 23rd, 2008 will be upgrading all users currently using the following nntp addresses to our new data center:



With this change, which will take place between midnight and 1am on September 24th, 2008, the US based data center will be better equipped with new equipment, better stability, increased retention and redundancy.New members will automatically be routed to these new servers. Existing customers will be notified before being automatically transferred over to the upgraded servers.

The new data center also represents a change in article numbers for each newsgroup. Only current users that have stored their headers in their newsreader will be affected and will have to re-subscribe to their newsgroups to retrieve the newly numbered headers. This represents the only change current users will experience.

All other changes are automatic and will not affect member’s configuration or any other user access. All members should immediately notice better stability and a higher quality of service in this release.

The new data center extends current capabilities and will be a positive change in the end user experience. Further details on the increased retention and redundancy will be updated here throughout and after the transition.At, we appreciate your patronage as we continue to demonstrate our dedication in providing our customers with superior service and support. Any inquiries, questions or concerns regarding this matter can be directed to our technical support team.

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Rover Caters to Mars Crater

By Newsgroup Usenet September 23rd, 2008

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity is about to set off on what may be its final odyssey – a seven-mile  jaunt to a crater around 20 times larger than the Victoria Crater from which it extricated itself earlier this month.

The distant feature, dubbed Endeavour, is 13.7 miles across and 1,000 ft deep. It’s described by Steve Squyres, principal investigator for the science instruments on Opportunity and twin rover Spirit, as “staggeringly large compared to anything we’ve seen before”.

However, before scientists can catch the view from the ridge, Opportunity must crawl around 110 yards a day – an estimated top speed which would mean it could take two years to reach its destination.

Squyres cautioned: “We may not get there, but it is scientifically the right direction to go anyway.” He added: “But even if we never get there, as we move southward we expect to be getting to younger and younger layers of rock on the surface. Also, there are large craters to the south that we think are sources of cobbles that we want to examine out on the plain. Some of the cobbles are samples of layers deeper than Opportunity will ever see, and we expect to find more cobbles as we head toward the south.”

Opportunity does have a couple of advantages it didn’t enjoy during its four-mile hike to Victoria in 2005-6: the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; and a new version of “flight software” uploaded to the rover and its twin in 2006.

The former “allows us to identify drive paths and potential hazards on the scale of the rover along the route”, Callas explained, while the latter helps the rovers “autonomously choose routes and avoid hazards such as sand dunes”.

Opportunity and Spirit landed on Mars back in January 2004, since when they’ve explored the Red Planet’s surface with a resilience which has seen them survive long beyond their expected endurance.

Discover Your Future with a DNA Fortune Teller

By Newsgroup Usenet September 19th, 2008

Want to know what you might die of? The company, called 23andMe, uses DNA to predict health risks and provide ancestry information to consumers.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is just one of many that, with a bit of saliva, can help you Google your DNA. But 23andMe has drawn more attention than most because co-founder Anne Wojcicki is married to Sergey Brin, who helped launch Google. The search giant is one of 23andMe’s investors.

Google invested $3.9 million in 23andMe, which Wojcicki, a former healthcare industry analyst, and Avey, a biopharmaceutical industry veteran, started in 2006. Brin and Wojcicki met after her sister rented her garage to him and Larry Page as office space for their then-budding search engine.

In the name, 23 refers to the number of pairs of chromosomes in the human body. The company hopes that by encouraging people to learn about their genetic information, it can help propel understanding of the human genome, bring the promise of personalized medicine and accelerate the discovery of new drugs.

With the launch of the new blog by a founding member of google whose wife works with 23and me, it was revealed that Sergey Brin has a greater than average risk of Parkinson’s disease.

In a way, this method is a farewell to guessing what ailments you might suffer if you have the opportunity to grow old.

We’re waiting for the next science breakthrough that exacts the how, the hour and the location.