Last Orders at the Free Speech Bar

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Jon, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Before the big red button is pressed to send this newsgroup into oblivion.

    Before the Pied Piper begins playing his tune to lead all to the forums.

    Before the rug of free speech is pulled from underneath the average Windows
    user.

    Before the Iranians get nuked for playing with a centrifuge and a bit of
    Uranium.....

    **NOW** is the time to ask those burning questions you've always wanted to
    ask but never dared before.

    Don't waste the opportunity. It could be your last ....
     
    Jon, Jun 30, 2010
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  2. Jon

    Rod Guest

    You are absolutely right! These are the burning questions I've never had
    any answers to.



    Why are we here on the planet?

    How did we get here?

    What is our purpose and why?

    Where do we all stand in the grand scheme of things?

    What will be our final outcome, and where are we going?

    Finally, what will evolution make us look like, say in a million years?



    The burning question is, will all these questions be answered before the big
    red button is pressed on these newsgroups?

    Rod
     
    Rod, Jun 30, 2010
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  3. Jon

    milt Guest

    Too late, that tune has been playing for a few weeks now when people ask
    where a newsgroup went or where a newsgroup is, they are given a link to
    the forums, which are not newsgroups but they give that answer anyhow.
     
    milt, Jun 30, 2010
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  4. Jon

    Jon Guest



    Great questions. For most of them, I'll have to refer you to God.

    I'll also refer you to the works of the great theologians and philosophers
    down through the ages, which, are currently still available in long form, in
    what used to be referred to as 'books'.

    Those raised on the WWW's hypertext linked associative thinking, and online
    games may not be aware of such a phenomenon, but 'books' can in fact still
    be found in many parts of a modern home and be purchased in modern shopping
    centres.

    What books look like ....
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Bookspine.jpg

    Book
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book

    Reading books is similar to reading screens, with which we are all familiar,
    but they do not need to be turned on. Moving from page to page is actually
    achieved by the physical turning of a page using one's hands, rather than
    the scrolling of a mousewheel or click of a mouse button.

    If anyone is still unsure as to what a book is, then perhaps the best
    strategy would be to find one of those wrinkly-skinned old humans with white
    hair, and to ask them. They may well still remember what a book is, although
    admittedly the memory of such objects is fading fast.

    What humanity may look like in a million years (asssuming we're even around)
    is a particularly good question. 'Homo Interneticus' is one term I've heard
    used, but I suppose that type already exists, so that probably isn't
    thinking that far ahead. Actually I shudder to think what we might look
    like, given that the results of cloning and other genetic experiments on
    future generations aren't yet fully apparent.
     
    Jon, Jun 30, 2010
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  5. Jon

    Jon Guest



    True, he's already been playing his pipe softly in the background. The
    volume of his pipe is likely at some stage to be increased.
     
    Jon, Jun 30, 2010
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  6. Jon

    Leythos Guest

    This group isn't going anywhere - you just won't have MS monitoring it
    any more.
     
    Leythos, Jul 1, 2010
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  7. Microsoft is the host. If they stop hosting it, it's gone.

    Old posts will still exist on mirror sites.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 2, 2010
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  8. Sorry, but that's not true. If the mirror sites stay in existence, any
    of us can continue to post there, and the newsgroup can continue to be
    active.

    It may be, and will likely be, far less active, but it doesn't
    necessarily go away just because Microsoft wants it to.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 2, 2010
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  9. Jon

    Nil Guest

    Microsoft isn't the host - there hasn't been any one single host for as
    long as it has been hooked up to Usenet. When Microsoft drops out, the
    group will still continue as part of the Usenet network, and you will
    be able to read and post to it via any news service that carries it.
     
    Nil, Jul 2, 2010
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  10. What you and Ken Blake say makes sense. I hide my head in shame.

    I should have figured it out. Somewhere along the line a few years ago, I
    used one or another of those mirrors occasionally...
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 2, 2010
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  11. No big deal. We all make errors.

    In anticipation of Microsoft closing down all their newsgroups, I've
    already switched to using other news servers (aioe.org and
    eternal-september.org) instead of theirs.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 2, 2010
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  12. I know, but I like to be a drama queen on occasion :)
    I've been tempted anyway to drop out of the two I read, since I haven't
    used Media Center for years, and I no longer have Vista. This'll make it
    easy :)

    But we'll see. I'll check Eternal-September and Albasani before my final
    decision.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 2, 2010
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  13. Jon

    Nil Guest

    I don't like aioe for several reasons - it doesn't require a sign-up,
    so it has become a haven for spammers and trolls. It's also unreliable
    and sometimes goes down for hours or days at a time. I do keep it set
    up as a backup, though.

    Eternal-September is occasionally down, too, but they do pretty well
    for a free service. They have good spam filters in place and I think
    they do respond to abuse complaints.

    I prefer individual.net, which isn't free, but only costs 10 EUR per
    year, payable through Paypal. It's rock-solid reliable - I've never
    seen the service be unavailable in the two years I've been a
    subscriber. It's worth the small cost to me for such good service.
     
    Nil, Jul 2, 2010
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  14. Well, I seem to be mentally veering (at a snail's pace, mind you) into the
    trend to give up on newsgroups, so I might not follow your good advice :)

    I like E-S, actually, and when I had some trouble with Albasani a couple of
    weeks ago, I reverted to E-S. But a few days later, Albasani was back in
    the top position in my newsreader, so I stayed with it.

    Either that or I'm hallucinating. Is it the three cups of coffee per day?
    The occasional mint candy? My attempts at trying to learn to code in
    Android? ...In actuality, I think that over a long weekend, I just forgot
    what I did and got confused :)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 3, 2010
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  15. Jon

    Guest Guest

    Message Snipped! Windows Vista is a Defective Operating System and needs 2
    be recalled by the U.S.A. Consumer Product Safety Commission! Thread Closed!
    Just fyi!
     
    Guest, Jul 4, 2010
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  16. Jon

    Meh Guest

    You have NO idea how Usenet works, clearly.
     
    Meh, Jul 9, 2010
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  17. Jon

    Nil Guest

    Apparently, neither do you, since you don't seem to understand that the
    conversation has continued for 8 more days since that post.
     
    Nil, Jul 9, 2010
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  18. Meh made up for his delayed and ad hominem post by leaving out any and all
    useful information, so don't be so hard on him :)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 9, 2010
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