Ten Years of RealClimate

In the spring of 2004, when we first started talking to people about starting a blog on climate science, almost everyone thought it was a great idea, but very few thought it was something they should get involved in. Today, scientists communicating on social media is far more commonplace. | 11-Dec-2014 00:54

The Anonymous App That Lets You Whisper Sweet Nothings

We aren't always that good at telling people how much they mean to us. Sometimes, we forget. | 10-Dec-2014 20:40

Predictability of Extreme Events in Social Media

To insert individual citation into a bibliography in a word-processor, select your preferred citation style below and drag-and-drop it into the document. It is part of our daily social-media experience that seemingly ordinary items unexpectedly gain an enormous amount of attention. | 10-Dec-2014 15:30

The real Satoshi Nakamoto

Former US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt didn't know much about Bitcoin when several Bitcoin companies asked for his advice. But he quickly got excited about two particular companies -- Bitpay, the largest processor of... Dorian Nakamoto is suing Newsweek for identifying him as the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto while Crypto Coin News today has another theory on the real Satoshi Nakamoto who delivered in 2008 the whitepaper on Bitcoin . | 30-Nov-2014 22:01

Welcome to the Imperial Presidency

And no, sadly, not the Imperial presidency of His Imperial Majesty, Misha I, but that of His Colossal Ineptitude, princess Obola I. So Empress Obola, safe in her knowledge that nothing would happen if she did so , made good on her threat of ruling by decree if she couldn't have her way. Presumably she's doing it for the "two thirds what didn't vote", whom she assumes would all have voted for her. | 23-Nov-2014 01:36

Giganews Scores Complete Legal Victory Over Perfect 10, Sets Important Copyright Precedents

The rulings followed extensive discovery and fact finding by the parties. "These decisions and final rulings underscore the fact that Giganews has always acted responsibly and appropriately to work with copyright holders. | 18-Nov-2014 15:37

Review of UsenetBucket, a Dutch Usenet provider

I have been a happy Giganews customer for a very long time and recommend the service still. It is a premium Usenet service on the other hand that is on the expensive end subscription-wise. | 11-Nov-2014 16:11

Newshosting Adds VPN Service to Secure Usenet Downloads

Newshosting, one of the largest global Usenet networks worldwide, announced today that it is now offering a virtual private network service alongside its leading Usenet access. A VPN is an encryption tool that puts users in control of their IP address while providing Internet privacy because all online traffic is passed through an encrypted tunnel. | 07-Nov-2014 21:28

Forte Agent v8.0.1272-TE

Description: FortA© has optimized and redesigned Agent 8 to work seamlessly with large Usenet binaries. Now you can select, download and view large Usenet binaries with just a single click. | 04-Nov-2014 15:15

Letters to Editors - 10/24/2014

Dear Groong readers, We bring to your attention the following letters we've received. No statements made in these letters are to be construed as recommended by Groong's Administation or by USC. | 25-Oct-2014 04:33

Facebook looks to bring back the anonymous chatroom

Remember in the late '90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You'd strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you were all interested in, say "The X-Files," container gardening or The Fugees. Facebook wants to bring some of that community back with a fun new iOS app called Rooms. | 25-Oct-2014 00:34

Facebook tries a different way to chat with new Rooms app

The world's largest social network is expanding its app strategy with a program that helps people chat in groups. The company's new Room app will allow people to chat in groups. | 23-Oct-2014 20:46

What Is A Computer 'Trick' That In The Past Was Cool, But Today Is Unimpressive And Trivial?

Back in 1989 or so, I went to a Usenix conference in Baltimore. They had a booth were they were taking digital pictures of all the attendees, and they were available on an FTP server somewhere. | 22-Oct-2014 21:05


Back when I started to use the Internet in 1988, there was a simple way to get answers to your technical questions. You would go onto "Netnews", also known as Usenet, and you would post your question to one of the forums. | 21-Oct-2014 02:01

Letters to Editors - 10/19/2014

Dear Groong readers, We bring to your attention the following letters we've received. No statements made in these letters are to be construed as recommended by Groong's Administation or by USC. | 20-Oct-2014 06:03

Opening an Internet time capsule-Internet in a Box for Win95

A few days ago, my wife messaged me a photo from a thrift shop with the question, "You want?" The picture was of a box of software still in shrinkwrap-SPRY Inc.'s Internet in a Box for Windows 95. The answer was an obvious "OMG YES." I reviewed Internet in a Box back in 1993 when it was first released as an early adopter of independent local Internet dialup . | 17-Oct-2014 18:33

tilde club, day 4: Usenet is back

Instructions are at ~emv/usenet , such as they are; looking to get enough people on board so that there's a reasonable next step of setting up a feed infrastructure of some kind eventually. The current set of directions are rather plain, but it will get more fancy, just fancy enough to bootstrap but not much more. | 15-Oct-2014 16:45

tilde club, day 2: re-installing Usenet News on my Mac, and wishing for a tilde.* feed

The next major ancient Internet subsystem I'd like to get back is Usenet News. tin, trn, rn etc I all have a lot of muscle memory for, and by running netnews inside a closed network of other relatively trusted sites you have some hope of scaling the whole thing without needing to bust out into the swamp of the wild, wild Internet of netnews. | 13-Oct-2014 15:51

Letters to Editors - 10/12/2014

Dear Groong readers, We bring to your attention the following letters we've received. No statements made in these letters are to be construed as recommended by Groong's Administation or by USC. | 13-Oct-2014 05:25

Re: ... and I want a solid gold toilet seat, but it's not going to happen.

When I started reading this article, a little lump formed in my throat in memory of usenet groups, because it looks like attachments are on their way to the same ol' Hi-tech Boot Hill. I suppose that I'll soon have to start putting pointers to wherever in my letters so people who are waiting for them can find my stories or my spreadsheets. | 10-Oct-2014 06:47

Crossover: The Griffins Meet The Simpsons

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry. Crossover is fan work trope in which two or more discrete franchises, characters or universes are put into the same work. | 01-Oct-2014 05:30

"Transparent" and the transition in transgender media depictions

Amazon's comedy-drama centered on the experiences of a trans person is an imperfect step forward, says Andrea James Amazon Studios has released an ambitious new series, Transparent , about a family whose secrets all come out in darkly comic fashion when one parent comes out as transgender. Creator Jill Soloway's series title refers in part to Moira, initially Mort, played empathetically by Jeffrey Tambor. | 27-Sep-2014 02:35

10 Crazy (Yet True) Stories That Became Internet Hits

There are some things you read that really are puzzling to say the least, and these crazy, yet true, stories fall under that category. If you're not familiar with the Darwin Awards, they're basically a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions circa 1985, recognizing individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool by their own actions. | 20-Sep-2014 20:40

Saturday OT

Some have speculated that the term's origin is Yiddish because of its similarity to the interjection. | 23-Aug-2014 16:40

When AOL Was GayOL

In the first part of my history of early online LGBTQ spaces, I focused on the newsgroup soc.motss and the singular group of people it drew together. | 21-Aug-2014 21:14

Hippo Eats Dwarf

From the Las Vegas Sun : An Austrian circus dwarf died recently when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a hippopotamus. | 21-Aug-2014 03:36

The First Gay Space on the Internet

Group shot from the first annual motss.con in 1987. Founder Steve Dyer is in the front row, fourth from right. | 20-Aug-2014 21:07

Letters to Editors - 08/17/2014

Dear Groong readers, We bring to your attention the following letters we've received. | 18-Aug-2014 06:27

UsenetServer Now Offering VPN Service to Secure Internet Access

UsenetServer , the lowest priced premiere Usenet newsgroup access provider, is now offering a VPN service alongside it's leading Usenet access. | 13-Aug-2014 23:42

Paul A. Clayton "My main critisism of this however is that it has...

However, I could not find any way to offer suggestions or ask about rationales. I think only recently have people associated with RISC-V posted on comp.arch and that more as project announcements. | 11-Aug-2014 14:37

Meet the Interneta s earliest cat lovers -- and the trolls who terrorized them

And before all of these things, there were cats - because this is the Internet, and the cat is its spirit animal. | 08-Aug-2014 20:34

Most Popular Usenet Provider: Newshosting

Usenet is a great resource, but before you can take advantage of it, you need to find a good provider. | 31-Jul-2014 00:44

Bloomfield man faces child porn charges

FBI special agents arrested a Bloomfield man Wednesday morning on child pornography charges, according U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. | 30-Jul-2014 16:35

Five Best Usenet Providers

Usenet has been around for decades, but it's still a great resource, one that offers speed and reliability that bittorrent can't match. | 27-Jul-2014 17:30

What's The Best Usenet Provider?

Ah Usenet. Even after all these years, it's a great resource for digital media that offers more speed and reliability than bittorrent. | 24-Jul-2014 14:23

NewsReactor 20140717.10

Usenet newsgroups are, at their core, discussion board that are similar to Internet forums, although they are very outdated and not very popular nowadays. | 21-Jul-2014 16:27

Slackware's 21st, Post-Open Source, and Six Lightweights

Today in Linux news is a belated Happy Birthday to the oldest living Linux distribution. | 19-Jul-2014 07:37

How newspapers are circumventing the the EU's 'Right to be Forgotten' law

Techdirt has an interesting piece about how the EU's 'Right to be Forgotten' law - a law which requires search engine owners to remove articles at the request of people mentioned in them. | 18-Jul-2014 20:04

All There, & Back Again

It was an evolution of consciousness by the attempted understanding of all thoughts, all deeds, all projections, all of everything that could be digitized. | 18-Jul-2014 09:44

Where do LOL and OMG actually come from?

FRUSTRATED shoppers are abandoning online purchases because of endless requests for passwords and other hurdles - but are retailers taking notice? HELEN Smith put this dress on eBay made up of 24,000 loom bands. | 18-Jul-2014 05:35

All There, & Back Again

It was an evolution of consciousness by the attempted understanding of all thoughts, all deeds, all projections, all of everything that could be digitized. | 15-Jul-2014 09:10

Where's the Gold in Your Data? Turning $500,000 Into $3 Billion

In Abundance , I wrote about my friend Rob McEwen, chairman of Goldcorp, who literally mined his data for gold bullion. | 11-Jul-2014 20:04

New target designated, locked and eliminated

Developers Warfare Sims have not rested on their laurels though as they have been working on several updates since the release of the game. | 09-Jul-2014 14:59

It is true that there is no

Yesterday I attended the online community session of Web2Open, a barcamp-like meeting going on within Tim O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Expo. | 04-Jul-2014 14:51

All There, & Back Again

It was an evolution of consciousness by the attempted understanding of all thoughts, all deeds, all projections, all of everything that could be digitized. | 03-Jul-2014 12:58

Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 2, 2014-- plonk

In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". | 02-Jul-2014 15:21

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