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Memory Lane: Microsoft had a Spaces, too

This week, at Google I/O, the search giant revealed a number of new projects they're working on, including Google Assistant to refine search and compete with the likes of Siri and Cortana, Google Home, an Amazon Alexa competitor, and a new messaging app, Allo. But just before the conference kicked off, Google announced another new offering , one it is calling Spaces.


topix.net | 20-May-2016 22:10

Losing the argument

Godwin's Law is an internet adage that is derived from one of the earliest bits of Usenet wisdoms, which goes "if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis within a discussion thread, you've automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in." In other words you have lost the argument.


topix.net | 16-May-2016 10:24

'Four in five' popular Reddit threads invoke Hitler or Nazis

It's a symptom of internet comments almost as old as the web itself. In 1990, a lawyer named Mike Godwin noticed a peculiar habit cropping up in Usenet forums.


topix.net | 09-May-2016 02:49

Four in five of Reddit's most popular comment threads invoke Nazis or Hitler, analyst says

It's a symptom of internet comments almost as old as the World Wide Web itself. In 1990, a lawyer named Mike Godwin noticed a peculiar habit cropping up in Usenet forums.


topix.net | 06-May-2016 13:18

Congrats

Twenty years ago Tuesday, I created the newsgroup rec.humor.funny as a moderated place for posting the funniest jokes on the net, as chosen by the editor. In light of that anniversary, I have written up a bit of history of the creation of RHF .


topix.net | 03-May-2016 10:28

Cheesing

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry. Cheesing is an Internet slang term referring to the practice of purposefully exploiting a glitch or other elements of gameplay mechanics to the player's advantage, particularly within the subgenres of competitive fighting games and massively multiplayer online for Street Fighter II that was posted via Usenet's newsgroup alt.games.sf2 as early as on August 25th, 1993.


topix.net | 27-Apr-2016 00:09

Skitt's Law

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry. Skitt's Law is an Internet axiom which states that people who correct other's spelling or grammar are likely to commit errors themselves.


topix.net | 05-Mar-2016 00:21

Letters to Editors - 02/28/2016

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.


topix.net | 29-Feb-2016 03:31

The Contesting AARGH! FAQ

The Internet has a tradition of creating FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions lists - to deal with commonly recurring questions. FAQ's started on the Internet because on the second day of the USENET newsgroups being available, many people asked the exact same questions that had been answered on the first day.


topix.net | 24-Feb-2016 12:43

Getting Your Convention on Social Media

Thirty years ago, a convention that was getting the word out to fans would make up some flyers, photocopy them, and drop them off at a local comic shop. If you had enough money, you might take out an ad in a magazine or local newspaper.


topix.net | 21-Feb-2016 04:50

Letters to Editors - 01/29/2016

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.


topix.net | 30-Jan-2016 05:29

The Internet Oracle is still answering questions after 26 years

An unrelated article lately reminded me of an Internet writing institution I had fun playing with back in the 1990s. I looked it up, and discovered to my surprise that it is still in operation-and recently celebrated its twenty-sixth anniversary, which in Internet years is practically forever.


topix.net | 06-Jan-2016 03:44

Dear @Clementine_Ford

It would be a simple gambit, as an opening move in Yours and Mine, for me to say that Australia's progressive women are all idiots, sluts, dykes, fat, ugly, etc. In response, your move would be to say that American conservative men are all racist, sexist, homophobic theocrats, etc.


topix.net | 02-Dec-2015 13:46

Where does a person have online discussions anymore?

Back in the day, way back in the day perhaps, there were interesting places to hang out online. FidoNet provided some discussion groups - some local, some more national or international.


topix.net | 01-Dec-2015 02:38

Letters to Editors - 11/29/2015

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.


topix.net | 30-Nov-2015 03:03

Coopting and Redefining Religious Words by the Non-Religious

"'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.' Back in the 1980s, when the Internet had not yet been augmented by the World Wide Web, I spent a fair amount of time in Usenet newsgroups, observing debates about the two subjects we are not supposed to talk about in polite company: religion and politics .


topix.net | 11-Nov-2015 00:07

How to Get Into a Private BitTorrent Tracker or Usenet Indexer

When it comes to sharing files on BitTorrent and Usenet, it doesn't get any better than private trackers and indexers. But by definition, they're very exclusive, so you can't just waltz in the front door.


topix.net | 27-Oct-2015 12:48

Letters to Editors - 10/26/2015

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.


topix.net | 27-Oct-2015 08:39

Amazon's IMDb Celebrates Milestone 25th Anniversary -Digital Paradise For Movie Geeks

It's hard to believe but today, October 17, marks the exact day 25 years ago that IMDB made its debut in the world and changed everything for those who live, breathe and write about film and awards like I do. That is the day in 1990 that Col Needham , founder and CEO of IMDb posted a set of shell scripts to the USENET group rec.arts.movies, thereby creating a searchable database of everything - and anything - film.


topix.net | 18-Oct-2015 00:50

How IMDb Can Be Older Than the First Web Browser

Here's a riddle: the Internet Movie Database, the now-ubiquitous website that tracks pretty much every speck of info about movies and TV, will celebrate its 25th birthday on Saturday. But the 25th anniversary of the proposal that gave birth to the World Wide Web won't come around till November.


topix.net | 16-Oct-2015 18:56

Letters to Editors - 10/11/2015

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.


topix.net | 12-Oct-2015 02:48

A kid in an open source candy store

I was introduced to open source through immersion when I learned C and Perl in college. Compared to previous programming languages like BASIC and Pascal, which I had learned only from textbooks, I learned C and Perl in the context of the Internet.


topix.net | 06-Oct-2015 13:57

Eternal September and the broadening of horizons

Eternal September " refers to the Internet as it has been since 1993, when AOL began providing access to USENET. The flood of newbies made the newsgroups feel like the first month of school-but this time, the flood never ceased.


topix.net | 01-Oct-2015 16:05

Exclusive interview: Linux creator explains why a truly secure computing platform will never exist

Twenty-four years ago this month, a Finnish developer with a sharp tongue who's regarded by some as one of the most influential programmers alive today released version 0.01 of the Linux kernel to the Internet. Creator Linus Torvalds introduced it by posting a message in the days before its release to a Usenet newsgroup that famously began: "I'm doing a operating system ."


topix.net | 25-Sep-2015 21:40

Africa: Life After Libraries

There is a growing discussion about the role of libraries in Africa and how the internet may threaten their continued existence. I am among those who no longer uses libraries to do my work as a researcher and academic.


topix.net | 04-Sep-2015 15:42

The Bielefeld Conspiracy

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry. The Bielefeld Conspiracy is a satirical conspiracy theory which claims that the city of Bielefeld* in Regierungsbezirk Detmold, Germany is a geographically nonexistent entity and* an illusion perpetuated by a secret organization known only as _SIE, _which translates to " " in English, and therefore anyone who contradicts the notion is in on the conspiracy.


topix.net | 27-Aug-2015 23:38

24 years of Linux: From 'just a hobby' to hugely successful

Twenty-four years ago, Linus Torvalds wrote a post on Usenet announcing he was "doing a operating system". He was asking for feedback and suggestions for features, making it clear that the project was "just a hobby".


topix.net | 26-Aug-2015 13:00

One Of The First Webloggers Shares 6 Things He's Learned On The Internet

There was, but not in the form that we know it now. The World Wide Web wasn't invented until 1990, but in 1988, a 14-year-old Justin Hall discovered UseNet groups on a friend's connected computer.


topix.net | 26-Aug-2015 03:34

How Linux was born, as told by Linus Torvalds himself

One of the most famous messages in all computing was posted exactly 24 years ago today, on 25 August, 1991 : I'm doing a operating system for 386 AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.


topix.net | 25-Aug-2015 23:18

Letters to Editors - 07/28/2015

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.


topix.net | 29-Jul-2015 03:36

Judge Iran deal on facts, not rhetoric

Godwin's Law, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is a "facetious aphorism maintaining that as an online debate increases in length, it becomes inevitable that someone will eventually compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis." So it was Sunday that Mike Huckabee posted a tweet that didn't merely urge Congress to "reject the Obama-Kerry #IranDeal," but also included a quote from the Republican presidential candidate that the deal "is marching Israel to the door of the oven."


topix.net | 28-Jul-2015 09:52

Letters to Editors - 07/25/2015

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.


topix.net | 26-Jul-2015 03:21

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