NNTP feed.

Justin M. Streiner streiner at cluebyfour.org
Wed Sep 6 02:33:15 UTC 2006

Sorry to reply to my own post, but after reading further into this thread, 
I saw that my estimation of "substantially higher than 350 GB/day" shows 
how long I've been out of the business of driving large news servers :)


On Tue, 5 Sep 2006, Justin M. Streiner wrote:

> 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.
> jms

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