[Coco] [OT] What newsreader do you use?

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at verizon.net
Tue Oct 31 21:33:28 EST 2006

On Tuesday 31 October 2006 16:54, KnudsenMJ at aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 10/31/06 4:46:39 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>gene.heskett at verizon.net writes:
>>So  do I Mike, but one has to consider that a newsserver big enough to
>> be called one in today's world needs several terrabytes of storage, and
>>  the last time I checked, 3.5 T1 lines fully  occupied.
>Even with the alleged decline in netnews usage these days?  At least, 
> the claim has been made that "nobody" (as in "nobody uses DOS or
> floppies or  ...") uses Netnews any more.
Obviously somebody is using it.  I'm told that large amounts of it these 
days is multipart porn movies, where you have to collect all 17 chapters 
or some such before you have the whole thing.

>>Only vz and such can
>>afford that for what's expected to be a free  service.
>Funny that even AOL"could not" afford it.  Never heard of vz, what  sort
> of outfit is that?

Short for verizon.net, my local and only ISP that can supply a DSL 

>>  Even vz has pretty
>>well emasculated theirs to the point I've given up  trying to make
>> anything useful out of knode, the kde linux  newsreader.  Not knodes
>> fault, its just that only 25% of a given  thread actually gets to it.
>ISTR that certain high-volume newsgroups never worked on AOL either.
>Claimed to, you could subscribe (enable) them, but nothing was received
> on  them.
>So Netnews is dying under its own weight?  Like the girl nobody asks  out
> cuz she's too popular?  --Mike K.

Something along those lines I think. :)  Its the traffic levels that are 
killing the bandwidth back to the backbone that are being throttled 
because most smaller ISP's, like iolinc.net in Clarksburg, simply cannot 
afford to support, so the zero-income newsserver gets its bandwidth 
throttled to either control the bandwidth costs, or to hit a tolerable 
level in terms of slowing up the rest of the services the customer wants.

Cheers, Gene
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