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What is Binary Usenet?

Rigga
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Registered: 31-07-2007

What is Binary Usenet?

I have read with interest the forum post about the binary usenet groups being shut down, but I am left wondering..

What are binary newsgroups for?
What is in them?
Should I be interested?
Should I be concerned that thay are being shut down?

Sorry if I sound a little stupid but I really don't know. I mean I read some of the programme development groups using my news reader, and they all seem to be like emails, i.e. loads of text questions and answers. And if they are all like that then, I'm not sure how a binary newsgroup works.

Thanks,
R.
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What is Binary Usenet?

If a lot of the messages you see in a particular group have attachments then you are looking at a binary newsgroup and come April it won't be available from Plusnet.
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craign
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Registered: 01-08-2007

What is Binary Usenet?

From wikipedia...

"Binary content
Usenet was originally created to distribute text content encoded in the 7-bit ASCII character set. With the help of programs that encode 8-bit values into ASCII, it became practical to distribute binary content. Binary posts, due to their size and dubious copyright status, were in time restricted to specific newsgroups, making it easier for administrators to allow or disallow the traffic.
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or Porn, warez etc etc :lol: (there may be serious newsgroups but not the majority)
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Re: What is Binary Usenet?

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I mean I read some of the programme development groups using my news reader, and they all seem to be like emails, i.e. loads of text questions and answers.

So all you need are the text newsgroups (like me). The binaries postings include files similar to file attachments to emails.
Doesn't sound as though you should be worried.
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What are binary newsgroups for?

Distribution of binary files (pictures, programmes etc) using Usenet which is a text only medium by design for discussions on various subjects (eg alt.sex discusses just that, comp.os.linux discusses linux etc). News groups are broken down into subject trees (Some the main ones being comp for computing, alt for alternative discussions, rec for recreation, sci for science etc.)


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What is in them?

These days, porn, warez, viruses...

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Should I be interested?

Probably not all the legitimate stuff can be found else where and so can the non legit stuff...

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Should I be concerned that thay are being shut down?

Probably not - though it is a change to the service which PN provide to premier customers which did differentiate the service from that provided by other ISPs.


And remember the only stupid question is the one you don't ask Wink
Rigga
Grafter
Posts: 57
Registered: 31-07-2007

What is Binary Usenet?

So going by the answers from mccollcm and solstans

Is it really all porn, warez and copyrighted material?

If so surely the people who are complaining haven't got a leg to stand on so to speak? ( Well appart from the porn, which is still technically legal)

Also, if as solstans says, most if not all of the legitimate stuff can be found elsewhere.. what are they complaining aboutHuh

? R.
craign
Grafter
Posts: 122
Registered: 01-08-2007

What is Binary Usenet?

Cue Internet freedom of speech/acceptable usage/DRM discussion. :lol:

How about... in a few years all internet traffice will have to carry DRM information.. any untagged traffic will have to use the 'underground internet' - an network run over encrypted hijacked bandwidth ?