Access was never free, it was just part of something else you paid for
(ad money gets bundled into the price of what you buy from that ad),
I agree when an ISP drops "free" usenet it is a price increase but who
Personally I would rather have top notch service I pay for than
mediocre service, loaded with ads for free.
If you disagree, check out google groups or the stucco company.
Usenet may come back. I know Windows is moving to web based forums for
Windows 7. I think they suck. It's difficult to find anything and sucks
compared to a news reader and it's tree format.
Some of the Linux groups have moved to web based forums too. They suck
compared to the ease of Usenet.
Some are moving to Freenet or Freenode on IRC which is live real time
newsgroups. Perhaps because of better control from spam flooders and the
I guess there are just so many ways to fix a dripping faucet, and they
have all been discussed here over and over, ad nauseum.
Many years ago, decades really, magazines like Popular Science and
Popular Mechanics were enjoying good sales because of their on topic
content, and were good sources of how to do just about everything from
wiring a 3-way switch to repairing a washing machine.
But, as those kinds of articles began appearing less and less, their
having been already covered (once is enough) as do they in this group,
those magazines lost readership because of their content.
An article on the space shuttle program is certainly interesting,
informative and educational, but doesn't belong on the pages of Popular
Just an opinion, analogous to what's happening here.
P.S. Some of you who have flamed me will probably have to look up the
meaning of analogous.
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