More ISPs Pull The Plug On Usenet

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Stockislander

I'm sure any excuse to cut down costs of maintaining infrastructure will be happily adopted by ISPs. Alt.binaries consumes a lot of bandwith, I'll bet. And the great thing about the child pornography gambit is that it's so reprehensible and deviant that no-one would ever dare defend it. I had to really think hard if I even wanted to join this discussion!
 
Sure, when used against a little-known part of the net, most people will respond as you all have... big deal, move on to "modern" times you Neanderthals. However, I believe this is a test case. I predict that the child pornography angle will be brought to bear on many more aspects of the net than just newsgroups, just as the usage of terrorism has brought about fundamental erosion of our rights and liberties in Real Life.
 
The fact is, a system as wild and free as the internet will have nasty corners and sick people in it... they are a part of humanity's spectrum. Limiting_your_freedom and access to any part of the net will not cause these people to go away, or become healed and a part of functional society. It will, however, get votes for ambitous politicians and allow the censorship camel's nose into the net's tent.
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jwalch.hawk

Well, on principle I'm not so how not on this.

But do I think Usenet is worth saving?  Meh, not really.  I think the main reason that the seedy folks tend towards it has to do with its relative obscurity and lack of attention paid to it more so than its actual privacy advantages (though those don't hurt, I'm sure).  I'm sure those folks will think of some new modern way to not get caught anyway.  

I'm not trying to be insensitive toward the people that actually use it for its legitimate purpose, but I mean..  What are there, like a dozen of them?  I really can't foresee any large group of people coming out with torches and pitchforks if ISPs kill Usenet.  I think most of those that do use it are going to be perfectly content moving and joining forum communities and the like.

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sirphunkee

you'd be surprised, honestly.  I was.  Check it out...www.giganews.com (biggest usenet provider, some eye-opening stats there).  Still quite a thriving, if a little shadowy, community. 

it's still pretty popular overseas too

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jwalch.hawk

It says 107k+ newsgroups?  That is quite a few...  Though that doesn't really imply much about how many people are actually on there.  Maybe more early adopters are sticking around with UseNet than I thought?  Idk.  I really would've figured most had kind of abandoned it.  Guess not from that number, though.

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AndyYankee17

sounds to me like they're shooting the messenger. this is essentially like shutting down all of maximumpc.com because of what some people say on the forums. it makes no sense

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Justin.Kerr

It does seem a bit extreme. but legit users could always move to forums.

Usenet is a bit outdated.

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