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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

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