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Re: Reducing Usenet Bandwidth

  • From: measl
  • Date: Sat Feb 02 17:19:49 2002


On Sat, 2 Feb 2002 jlewis@lewis.org wrote:

> On Sat, 2 Feb 2002, Alex Rubenstein wrote:
> 
> > Perhaps the same time the end-users (whose fees go towards paying for the
> > hardware, presumably) say "we don't want binaries anymore."
> 
> It would be interesting to survey the customers and see:
> 
> A) how many would care if we didn't provide usenet
> B) how many would care if we didn't carry any binaries
> C) how many have never heard of usenet
> 
> I suspect A and B would be small, and C large.

Actually, C would be huge, but the remainder would *all* want binaries.

The general solution seems to be to keep porn no matter what, keep all text
(a mere drip in the pool anyway), kill "monitor" and other mp3 groups,and
take down wannadoo / microsoft / other huge but useless heirarchies.

*Every* news site I am intimately familiar with needs porn to keep the users
quiet...

Our solution for a long time was Cidera in, but hole-filling for text only
(binaries that were missed were just too bad), but this was a lot of expense
that just didn't pay.  Now I outsource the porn ;-)


-- 
Yours, 
J.A. Terranson
sysadmin@mfn.org

If Governments really want us to behave like civilized human beings, they
should give serious consideration towards setting a better example:
Ruling by force, rather than consensus; the unrestrained application of
unjust laws (which the victim-populations were never allowed input on in
the first place); the State policy of justice only for the rich and 
elected; the intentional abuse and occassionally destruction of entire
populations merely to distract an already apathetic and numb electorate...
This type of demogoguery must surely wipe out the fascist United States
as surely as it wiped out the fascist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The views expressed here are mine, and NOT those of my employers,
associates, or others.  Besides, if it *were* the opinion of all of
those people, I doubt there would be a problem to bitch about in the
first place...
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