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Time to resurrect Usenet?

 
Usenet v2.0
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06/18/2010 04:06 PM
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Time to resurrect Usenet?
I do not know how many of you are old enough to remember Usenet, so briefly: Usenet was a distributed system of message forums, with each forum known as a ‘group.’ Usenet was not dependent on one or even a handful of servers. Rather the groups were hosted by tens of thousands of servers worldwide.


Usenet was pre-website, as difficult as some of you might find that to comprehend. You didn’t register, you couldn’t be banned, and it was very, very difficult to suppress any posts once they were made: your post first went on your local Usenet server and then was distributed to the other Usenet servers all over the globe.


It was a grossly inefficient system, since all of the posts had to be stored on all of the servers, but back in its heyday it was a juggernaut.
Not to mention that it was successfully used to disseminate secret information. In particular, back in the late 90s a list of covert British intelligence officers was posted on various Usenet groups. Try though they might, the British government could not suppress this file.


Unfortunately, by the early 2000s most users were migrating to websites (which control what you can say and filter what you can see) and Usenet was overrun by spammers.
That said, if the president becomes a virtual dictator (the first of many), Usenet v2.0 sounds like a damn good idea. Hopefully leaner and meaner, but with the same mandate: information unbound and unstoppable.
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06/18/2010 04:22 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I loved Usenet. But as more and more people came online, it because impossible to control the spam.

Pity, that.
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06/18/2010 04:24 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
BTW, the first incident of "spamming" occurred on Usenet.

The Spam That Started It All

[link to www.wired.com]
JohnnyDrama

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06/18/2010 04:28 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Usenet is still around.


Assholes and child molesting sickos still love it.
Jenkins

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06/18/2010 04:29 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I thought it was still there. What's with the sickos though ?
Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o.
And on that farm he had a cow, ee-i-ee-i-o.
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o.
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06/18/2010 04:31 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Usenet is still around.


Assholes and child molesting sickos still love it.
 Quoting: JohnnyDrama


Yep, because it is impossible to control content.
JohnnyDrama

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06/18/2010 04:32 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Usenet is still around.


Assholes and child molesting sickos still love it.


Yep, because it is impossible to control content.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 701285



and the ever "thats not a picture of a child, thats just a bunch of garbled text?! You cant arrest me for that" bullshit line.
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06/18/2010 04:34 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
define free internet or rather an open internet.
It doesn't take a genius to see that the world has problems.

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06/18/2010 04:38 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I remember the Freenet. had to log in to a library, college or university, or military complex using a terminal program and modem .. but from there you could log in to thousands of databases and forums around the globe.
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06/18/2010 04:58 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I remember the Freenet. had to log in to a library, college or university, or military complex using a terminal program and modem .. but from there you could log in to thousands of databases and forums around the globe.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1005076


And search engines like Archie and Veronica and Jughead ...
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06/18/2010 05:00 PM

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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I remember the Freenet. had to log in to a library, college or university, or military complex using a terminal program and modem .. but from there you could log in to thousands of databases and forums around the globe.


And search engines like Archie and Veronica and Jughead ...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 701285


yep! the good ol' days

we had freenet here too

i used to access it with this paper roll with a keyboard and a 300 baud modem.. seriously.

it didnt even have a monitor. it used that thermal fax paper.
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06/18/2010 05:26 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I remember the Freenet. had to log in to a library, college or university, or military complex using a terminal program and modem .. but from there you could log in to thousands of databases and forums around the globe.


And search engines like Archie and Veronica and Jughead ...


yep! the good ol' days

we had freenet here too

i used to access it with this paper roll with a keyboard and a 300 baud modem.. seriously.

it didnt even have a monitor. it used that thermal fax paper.
 Quoting: Anubis


I remember that.

Typos sucked.
MrWreckedIt

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06/18/2010 05:27 PM

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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
whats to resurrect? ive been on usenet for the last 10 years. probably downloaded over 10TB worth of legal stuff
nomind

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06/18/2010 05:29 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Might as well bring back good ol' Gopher too, while you're at it

blobr

Oh wait, we can't have usenet back the way it used to be.. that would be communism!

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Anonymous Coward
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06/18/2010 05:37 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
What about peer-to-peer dialup Internet access using a DOS based command line/GUI interface?
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06/18/2010 05:39 PM

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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
I remember it & I was on it for quite awhile. I used almost the same name I have here.
vaccinefreehealth.spam

vaccinefreehealth@hushmail.com

Racin​g to end vaccinations.
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06/18/2010 05:41 PM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Usenet is def still around... in fact just 18 days ago my internet service provider (Cox cable) stopped providing a usenet feed.

It was great for all sorts of illegal stuff - mp3s, porn (of course) and pirated software... but times changed... and so did I... mp3s suck because I can't stand what passes for today's "music" (and I use that term loosely)... porn sucks because, well, its just stupid porn and you can find that just about everywhere you look these days... and software became pointless as more and more of it was infected by viruses and trojan horse keyloggers, etc. So... I just didn't even care when Cox informed us and referred us to DejaNews or whatever if we still needed it.

Back in the day though (90's) usenet was like a gold mine.
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07/24/2010 06:47 AM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
bump
Bagatell

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07/24/2010 07:06 AM
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Resurrect usenet? Use it or lose it more like. I still use it on a daily basis. Where else are you going to find out what the Extropians are up to?
Bagatell

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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Back in the day though (90's) usenet was like a gold mine.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1007741


It still is.
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Re: Time to resurrect Usenet?
Usenet is crap full of fake ad crap now

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