It seems to be a trend with all usenet newsgroups. Some other groups
which I've been following for many years now have almost no activity
at all. Most people are using web-based discussion forums instead
these days. A lot of people are not even aware of the existence of
usenet any more.
It's unfortunate, because with a decent newsreader usenet is one of
the most efficient ways of reading and participating in online
I've been posting since 1996 and I pop in now and again, but my
posting is much less. I deliberatly withdraw when individual.net
started charging because usenet was taking too much of my time. I use
The Motley Fool and Stockopedia forums for my own benefit and help
people on the ThisIsMoney forum. Something I've noticed on forums
which have rewards systems is that my posts are not appreciated
consequently, I'm withdrawing from TMF and Stockopedia. I do like
usenet, via something like individual.net, so maybe I made the wrong
choice in dropping it.
I also like the idea of an uncensored communications channel although
perhaps this is niave thinking as it seems to be easy enough for ISPs
to switch off.
Google who too over the Dejanews front end could have promoted it but
instead allowed spam and also created there own wierd group system
which seems also to have been taken over by spammers creating millions
of one post groups.
Newsgroup activity varies, whatever the group, but in the next year or
two there will be about 1M people worrying what to do with their
redundancy money, and we may get quite a few enquiries here.
It may have already started...
Then there is the 6% increased contribution proposed to the EU, which
will just about wipe out the "savings" announced in the Spending Review.
There'll soon be lots to talk about... ;-)
It occurs to me that there will be a fair number of influential people
who have little reason to love Usenet. (Politicians, manufacturers,
telecomm companies, security services for a start).
Whether they could encourage people away from Usenet towards something
where you can't witter too much is another matter.
But I don't think it's paranoid to consider that as at least a
ISPs find reasons nowadays to stop carrying Usenet and to block ports.
The gov't. announces that cyberwarfare is a major threat.
How long before they virtually shoot a presumed virtual terrorist?
The definition of virtual terrorist might be 'someone who claims we've
got it wrong - again.' Or someone who has the wrong kind of politics.
I've suffered several puzzling faults recently to telephone and
Internet in more than one location; others report an upsurge in
problems; and (maybe it's only because they've made me aware of their
actions) I seem to see a heck of a lot of OpenReach vans driving around
town or digging up the road.
I'm just being fanciful in imagining a big orange button in the Bank of
England which when pushed shuts down all communications nationwide,
except those of the banks and of the right kind of politician. I hope.
Windmill, Use t m i l l
firstname.lastname@example.org @ m i l l r t
You're just paranoid. :-)
I keep rather more cash in my wallet than I did before the banking
crisis after seeing what happened to Northern Rock customers in the
There is "No money left" for another major bail-out of the banks.
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