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by billsmasher / April 1, 2009 8:43 PM PDT

At the risk of being tagged a porn surfer, I need help with all aspects of internet newsgroups software. From readers and servers, to the vocabulary and setup options. Comcast and Outlook Express use to handle the details but Comcast discontinued the usenet news server and reader. While attempting the task of replacing the feature I've come upon a vortex of complication concerning the connection of Newsgroups to Porn. Are the two really that connected? As a web defender and true believer in the freedom of the Internet, I'm confused by this what seems to be universal surrender of any part of largest example of human individual freedom mankind has ever seen. Newsgroups make many things available and easily accessable. As much evil as some folks may attatch to porn, others may hold different opinions. Internet technology should not be blamed for creating or supporting pedifile mainiacs, or deviants of any kind. Solve those problems elsewhere and let freedom ring among the virtual utopia created by this generation. The Constitution itself should be ammended, if it hasn't been already, to recognize web technology's contrabution to providing liberty in this second millinium. Stop selling guns and creating criminals in America's prisons, and leave the lovers of porn to themselves. Ah, not that I mean me... q;b, or that it would be any ones buisness if I download porn 24-7. Consider the size of the porn industry. If porn created perverts, there would be a lot more perverts running around.
Wow, I must have needed that vent. Please forgive any over-the-top rant and rave at the collapse of my access to Newsgroups. I need a little solid information, or advice to download, install, and setup some fuctional, stable and free software.

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I guess there was a question there,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 1, 2009 9:01 PM PDT
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but I got lost.

In my early days on the internet, around 1995/96, I used Newsgroups all the time. They were my primary source of information and research on whatever i was interested in at the time.

But even then there were too many posts advertising porn, and when images were able to be posted within the posts themselves, the volume of such posts exploded.

That's why I left. Even outside of the "Alt" subscription newsgroups, such unwanted posts and images were taking hold, and there seemed to be little hope in controlling it. Added to that the risk of malware hidden within any images in such posts and I moved on.

Not sure which 'Constitution' you are talking about. There is no constitution for the internet because it is worldwide, and whilst many countries have their own constitution, they have little effect on the internet and on newsgroups.

Besides all that, I now find that any research I need to do can be done perfectly well, and much easier, using Google.


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Internet newsgroups
by billsmasher / April 1, 2009 10:01 PM PDT

You're probably right, there are more sources than before, but it was the convience and orgination of the data I got use to and will miss. I'll admit audio and images were the bulk of my intrest. photoshop images and Album covers. Classic hot rods and all that go with them can all be googled, but a bit more labor intensive than the "old days" of the early newsgroups. Like a huge collection of selectable mini-databases, all in one place. Easy to use and fast. At least Limewire does a fine job with audio needs. As they offer a fair share of adult video content, one hopes the moral majority and the worm writers don't invade that project next. And as for the Constitution statements, I ment our American document ment to address citizens of the USA only. To clarify or indentify with the Speach and Press and Privacy freedoms and rights our laws provide those areas. But like I said, even I thought I sounded a tad disturbing and a bit splintered. You have no hope for the future of a free newsgroup network, do you? Got any unused software I might get from you? I'd be happy with some terminology help. For instance, What is a binary (besides a number system), or what is usenet, or Alt.? I need a reader, provider, server, manager. Any company offer some sort of bundle for free? Thanks for listening. I will say that you did an excelent job providing discouragement. Just shaking your cage friend, so smile and let the good times roll, Peace

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Free Agent
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 2, 2009 2:59 AM PDT
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There used to be a Newsgroup utility called Free Agent that allowed you to connect to and read Newsgroups. I'm not sure it is still available but Google perhaps will help you there.

Again, Google is your friend. Search something like "How to read Newsgroups in your browser" may help.

Limewire, already riddled with malware infected files, and, of course, pirated copies of copyrighted files, audio, video, and software. I never touch it.


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Freebie . . .
by Coryphaeus / April 7, 2009 3:52 PM PDT
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