NNTP feed.

Justin M. Streiner streiner at cluebyfour.org
Wed Sep 6 02:27:29 UTC 2006

On Tue, 5 Sep 2006, John van Oppen wrote:

> we don't run one either...  :)
> The last person I know who was running one, was in the proccess of killing it.

I used to run one, but haven't, since about 2000 :)  The provider i worked 
for at the time got out of the game and outsourced news because otherwise 
we would have needed to dump a lot of money into disk space to keep people 
from bitching about the sub-24 hr retention times on alt.binaries.$VICE :(
That was the blessing and the curse of cyclical filesystems, I guess :)

On the plus side, Highwind's news server software just flat-out ran - 
never gave me a single problem in the 3 years I ran it.  That plus a 
separate box running diablo to manage the feeds was a winning combination 

More and more people are outsourcing news because providing good news 
service requires tons of disk space and loads of network bandwidth, i.e. 
it costs a lot of money to operate, and for many providers, it doesn't 
make any money.

The last time I looked at newsfeed stats, a full feed with all the 
alt.binaries crap was running around 350 GB/day - I wouldn't be at all 
surprised if it's substantially higher now.


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