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NewsDemon Now Offers geo-DNS For Faster Connections

By Newsgroup Usenet October 28th, 2013

NewsDemon members now receive the fastest speeds available to them through our new geo-DNS automation.

With server farms located throughout both the US and EU, the new geo-DNS locates the closest server to their location, offering them the fastest speeds available to connect, access and share on USENET newsgroups.

The service, which is available for both SSL and non-SSL users, is automated. Members simply need to input any of the four NewsDemon server addresses that is part of their region to their newsreader (or the free version of News Rover that is available to all members):

General Servers: news.newsdemon.com

US Servers: us.newsdemon.com

German Specific Servers: de.newsdemon.com

European Servers: eu.newsdemon.com

Once the server address is inserted, the automated service will pinpoint and connect to the closest NewsDemon.com Newsgroups server farm available.

This service and upgrade is free to all existing and new members and no further configuration is necessary. The username and password provided at signup is necessary to connect and access any of these server farms. The service is available to both monthly and block plan users.

The geo-DNS automation should allow members a worry free solution to get the most out of their USENET newsgroup experience. Any NewsDemon.com Newsgroup member with any questions on how to configure or use this service can contact our 24/7 customer support team for more information.



NewsDemon Newsgroups 1TB Non-Expring Block Account Fire Sale

By Newsgroup Usenet September 12th, 2013

NewsDemon has now launched a limited time special on their 1TB block account.

Normally priced at $87.00, the 1TB non-expiring block account is now available for only only $35.00!

The 1TB block account special includes all of the features and services offered by NewsDemon including:

5+ Years of USENET Binary Retention
Over 50 Simultaneous Blazing Fast Connections Available
Free News Rover Newsreader
Free Headers, Posting and Header Compression
24/7 Live Support

As with all of NewsDemon Newsgroups block accounts, the 1TB offer is non-expring. This means you can use the full amount when you want, as you need it, without the worry that it will expire at any time. The 1TB of bandwidth is valid until the amount is completely exhausted.

On top of the $35.00 1TB offering, NewsDemon is also offering VPN access with other options:

1TB – 3 Months of VPN Only $47.00 – (a $58.00 Savings!)
Normal Price: 1TB $87.00 / SlickVPN 3 Month Access $18.00

1TB – 6 Months of VPN Only $56.00 – (a $66.00 Savings!)
Normal Price: 1TB $87.00 / SlickVPN 3 Month Access $35.00

1TB – 12 Months of VPN Only $71.00 – (a $55.95 Savings!)
Normal Price: 1TB $87.00 / SlickVPN 3 Month Access $39.95

SlickVPN.com Features:
Unblock Websites Overseas
Totally Secure Encrypted Channels for Ultimate Privacy
Blazing Speeds in a variety of countries
Works with your Wi-Fi connection at home and on the road
You can set it up on multiple computers.

Why Use a VPN?

With SlickVPN, You can change your IP address to one in another country. You can finally unlock your internet and access content that would previously be unavailable.

SlickVPN also gives you ultimate security with an encrypted connection ensuring your internet connection is not compromised no matter where you are. Do you shopping and browsing with a secure 128BIT encrypted tunnel. Access country specific content anywhere you are. A new world of possibilities is available with the SlickVPN application that would otherwise be unavailable online.

Join NewsDemon Newsgroups now during our limited time special. This offer is limited to a set number of new accounts and will be discontinued when they run out.



NewsDemon Newsgroups Announces Upcoming Sale

By Newsgroup Usenet September 11th, 2013

Tomorrow, September 12th, NewsDemon will be offering new customers a limited time special like no other before.

We’ll be offering customers the opportunity to sign up for one of our most popular plans at the lowest price ever offered.
This special will only be available for a limited time. Stay tuned on Thursday morning (EST) and check back to this blog for the details of this special.

All new and current customers can sign up for the new offerings. Believe us when we state that you’ve never seen these prices before from a USENET newsgroup provider.

In an effort to bring awareness to the resources that USENET provides, NewsDemon will be running this special to help grow the USENET community. Currently, USENET has seen an increase in interest and usage. With the latest offering, customers will be able to get instant access to all of the features and services that NewsDemon provides.



NewsDemon Newsgroup Announces 5 Year Binary Retention

By Newsgroup Usenet August 23rd, 2013

NewsDemon 5 Year Binary Retention

Premium USENET provider NewsDemon Newsgroups has reached another milestone by providing over 5 years’ worth of binary retention on over 140,000 active newsgroups.

With upgrades to its networks in both the United States and European server farms, NewsDemon is now able to offer over 1830 days of retention with a full 99.9% completion rate.

The retention rate refers 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 more than five years ago. This further enhances the USENET newsgroup experience alongside the other features that NewsDemon provides:

  • 256 Bit SSL Encryption
  • A Choice between United States and European Servers
  • Up to 50 Simultaneous Connections
  • Free Headers, Posting and Header Compression
  • Live Support Available 24/7

 

On top of the mainstay features, NewsDemon Newsgroups also offers additional features for USENET fans:

  • Free Newsreader – Fully Functional Premium Newsreader, News Rover (A $29.95 value)
  • Unlimited Online Storage  – Provided by StorageNinja (A $50.00\Mo Value)
  • Unlimited VPN – Provided by SlickVPN, service allows users to choice between cities in over 40 countries worldwide (Normally $10/mo)

 

“We continuously strive to offer top-shelf, innovative services that we believe our members will use and enjoy” said Jason Sheppard, a member of the NewsDemon team “We’re always looking forward to offering our members the best possible USENET experience.”

 

The new upgrade to 5 years of retention is immediately available to all new and current members. As with previous upgrades, it comes completely free with their subscription to NewsDemon Newsgroups. The 1830 days of retention spans both the monthly service and non-expiring block plans.



NewsDemon July Promotion

By WebMaster July 17th, 2013

The July Unlimited Usenet promotion has ended….

We would like to thank everyone who participated. We consider the promotion to be a huge success!

Please bookmark our blog, members blog, and our twitter feed to make sure you take advantage of future specials.

-NewsDemon Team



NSA-Proof VPN Connections Available Through NewsDemon

By Newsgroup Usenet June 14th, 2013

In a world where privacy is fast becoming an illusion, pay attention to Benjamin Franklin’s famous warning that “three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

Last week, leaks revealed that the Web sites most people use every day are sharing users’ private information with the government. Companies participating in the National Security Agency’s program, code-named PRISM, include Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. During the 1990s, a “cypherpunk” movement predicted that ubiquitous, user-friendly cryptographic software would make it impossible for governments to spy on ordinary users’ private communications.

Consumers have overwhelmingly chosen convenience and usability. Mainstream communications tools are more user-friendly than their cryptographically secure competitors and have features that would be difficult to implement in an NSA-proof fashion.

However, nowadays, its easier today to encrypt your internet connection and secure your identity than ever before.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups currently offers SlickVPN service which works with a variety of protocols and devices that allows users to encrypt their internet connection and use an IP address from countries and citiers around the world. This allows the user to circumvent any prying eyes that may be trying to listen in.

The SlickVPN service anonymizes your geographic location and passes all your information through an encrypted tunnel.

There is no reason to believe that the NSA, or anyone else, can crack strong encryption VPN services that have been studied and vetted. If you want to protect your identity online, its more important than ever to use a VPN service to secure your identity.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroup members can include VPN as part of their membership in their admin control panel. For non-members, SlickVPN pricing is available on their website. Or get USENET and VPN access both for one low price from Newsdemon



NewsDemon Now Offers Cosmos IP Addresses With SlickVPN

By Newsgroup Usenet April 1st, 2013

In a constant effort to improve the services of NewsDemon.com Newsgroups, we are proud to announce that we are now offering customers who use our VPN service provided by SlickVPN additional servers that span a great portion of the Universe.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has been offering its customers VPN service through SlickVPN for some time now. With the added SlickVPN service, customers have been receiving premium VPN service that enables them to surf online securely wherever they go and browse otherwise filtered content by using one of our dedicated IP addresses with over 50 locations worldwide to choose from. With this added service, users are able to surf anonymously by having the ability to change their IP address to almost any continent in the world. At NewsDemon.com Newsgroups, we understand that may be limiting to some customers. Therefore, we are now offering  IP addresses that span the cosmos.

With the new additional VPN servers, customers can now change their IP address to other planets including those in Mars, Jupiter, Saturn or even the now-not-considered-a-planet, Pluto. Additionally, SlickVPN will also be expanding its selection of VPN servers to include those outside of the solar system and galaxy. Exclusive to NewsDemon.com Newsgroup customers, customers can now select servers located in the Dagobah system, the Borg Prime in the Delta Quadrant and even the recently liberated planet of Requiem.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has been working diligently with its SlickVPN partner to provide these added benefits due to the popular demand from our earth-based and alien customers. With the inclusion of these newly created servers, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups hopes to expand further into the great beyond, where no man has gone before, to offer further locations to use the VPN service.

Stay tuned for other benefits stemming from these locations as NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is preparing to offer additional USENET servers from these exotic planets and galaxies in the foreseeable future.



Cable Company Admits To Data Caps On USENET Users

By Newsgroup Usenet January 28th, 2013

 

For years, the key rationale given by broadband providers for implementing data caps was that it was the only way they could deal with “congestion.” Of course, for years, independent researchers showed that this was bogus, and there was no data crunch coming. If you actually caught a technologist from a broadband provider, rather than a business person or lobbyist, they’d quietly admit that there was no congestion problem, and that basic upgrades and network maintenance could easily deal with the growth in usage. But, of course, that took away the broadband providers’ chief reason for crying about how they “need” data caps. The reality, of course, is that data caps are all about increasing revenue for broadband providers — in a market that is already quite profitable. But if they can hide behind the claims that they need to do this to deal with congestion, they can justify it to regulators and (they hope) the public.

Of course, enough people have been calling this explanation out as completely bogus that it appears that even the broadband companies’ own lobbyists may finally be dropping this line of reasoning. Former FCC boss Michael Powell, who is now the cable industry’s chief lobbyist has finally admitted caps aren’t about congestion:

A recent USENET post shows that Michael Powell told a Minority Media and Telecommunications Association audience that cable’s interest in usage-based pricing was not principally about network congestion, but instead about pricing fairness…Asked by MMTC president David Honig to weigh in on data caps, Powell said that while a lot of people had tried to label the cable industry’s interest in the issue as about congestion management. “That’s wrong,” he said. “Our principal purpose is how to fairly monetize a high fixed cost.”

Of course, as USENET notes, Powell is jumping from one myth (congestion) to another (fairness) that is just as ridiculous. If it was true, we’d see at least some prices going down. But we don’t.

Except the argument that usaged pricing is about fairness has been just as repeatedly debunked. If usage caps were about “fairness,” carriers would offer the nation’s grandmothers a $5-$15 a month tier that accurately reflected her twice weekly, several megabyte browsing of the Weather Channel website. Instead, what we most often see are low caps and high overages layered on top of already high existing flat rate pricing, raising rates for all users. Does raising rates on a product that already sees 90% profit margins sound like “fairness” to you?

Data caps are about one thing only: increasing profits for the broadband providers, who already have massive control over the market with limited competition. It’s nice to see them give up on one myth (even if we still see pundits repeating it without criticism), but it would be nice if we could get past the others as well.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroup members, on the other hand, enjoy full speed access to USENET Newsgroups and DOES NOT Throttle connections.



IBM Leads In Nanotube Technology

By Newsgroup Usenet October 30th, 2012


IBM’s researchers have made another breakthrough in their development of carbon nanotube technology, according to USENET newsgroups, packing more than 10,000 working transistors made of the substance onto a single chip.

The ability to fashion computer chips out of carbon nanotubes will allow the trend of ever smaller, faster and more powerful chips to keep apace for several more decades, according to researchers.

Traditionally, transistors — the switches on a chip that carry digital information — are made of silicon. Today’s silicon transistors are approaching the atomic scale — a physical limit — as their speed and performance gains are stalling due to the nature of the material.

Intel’s latest processors are built using silicon transistors with 22-nanometer technology, and simpler NAND flash storage chips have been demonstrated using “1X” technology somewhere below that, but modern manufacturing is nearing its physical limits. Intel has predicted it will produce chips using sizes in the single digits within the next decade.

For years now, technology has advanced very much in line with Moore’s Law, which states that computing power doubles about every two years. At the core of Moore’s Law is the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit, as this ultimately determines computing power.

Gordon Moore described this trend, which become known as Moore’s Law, back in 1965.  So it’s no surprise that, nearly 50 years hence, many have been predicting an end, or at least a slowing down, in the shrinking of the transistor. The slowing was expected to start showing up somewhere around 2015-2020.  The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors even predicted Moore’s Law to start slowing by the end of 2013.

Carbon nanotubes are both smaller and faster than the current materials used in chipmaking, and this breakthrough would allow manufacturers to mass-produce the miniscule structures. Advances in chip density and clock speed have slowed recently, making this development crucial if manufacturers hope to keep pace with Moore’s law. However, this new technology may not be available in consumer products for at least another decade, as researchers still need to find a way to further refine the carbon nanotube material in order to reach its full potential as a semiconductor.

Once the new technology has been fully perfected for use by the end of this decade, scientists anticipate future processors will feature much higher clock speeds in addition to even more transistors being crammed onto a single wafer.



Minnesotta Outlaws Online Education

By Newsgroup Usenet October 22nd, 2012

As controversy continues to swirl over the extreme amount of student loan debt that is being carried by a number of Americans, it seems that the state of Minnesota has come down on something that might help many: free online courses from a reputable company.

Minnesota officials have sent a you’re-not-welcome-here letter to Coursera, a California-based startup that partners with universities such as Princeton and the California Institute of Technology to offer free, online college courses.

Coursera is one of a growing number of sources of free college-level courses, often presented by top-shelf colleges themselves. The catch is that there’s little interaction with professors; students watch videos and take tests that are graded by computer or by other students.

A spokesperson for Minnesota’s Office of Higher Education defended the declaration by saying “This has been a longtime requirement in Minnesota (at least 20 years) and applies to online and brick-and-mortar postsecondary institutions that offer instruction to Minnesota residents as part of our overall responsibility to provide consumer protection for students.”

Stanford has been using the company for part of its online offerings since it launched its free online courses last year. More than 30 universities have partnered with the service, including the University of California, San Francisco, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University.

Adding to the odd nature of the decision, it’s entirely unclear how the state plans to enforce the new law. And it’s also unclear whether the state has included other similar online education services like edX and Udacity in its ban. It is also unclear if the hundreds of newsgroups on USENET that offer discussions and assistance to higher education will also be targeted by Minnesota.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups offers access to over 200 education newsgroups and supports higher education learning.