Is Usenet actually dead?

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Mon Aug 4 15:33:56 CDT 2008

On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 10:19:16PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Jay R. Ashworth:
> > Opinion pieces in Wired and AG's grandstanding by throwing babies out
> > with bathwater notwithstanding, a query from a cow-orker caused me to
> > wonder: is there still anyplace to get a Usenet feed from these days
> > that isn't {Giga,Super,etc}News?  I want to pull maybe 30 or 40 tech
> > groups into my own server for the 5 or 6 people in my IT group.
> You should be able to get the Big 8 (without any binary junk) fairly
> easily.  Finding someone who manages your subscriptions using GUP (or
> even manually *gasp*) could be more difficult, though, so receiving a
> subset is likely not an option.

Some offlist chatter suggests it might not be that difficult; I'm
investigating more deeply and will report what I can.  :-)

How much *is* Big8 a day these days, though, a gig?  I have a 10MBs

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