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Gale
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Jun13-05, 06:16 PM
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what's the deal with these sorts of posts that have the little banner at the top that says:

View this Usenet post in original ASCII form

just curious.
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Free the seed: OSSI nurtures growing plants without patent barriers
Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city
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Jun13-05, 06:18 PM
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The LaTeX system here tries to automatically extract math from Usenet posts and display it graphically; it also colorizes the different levels of quotation. The "original ASCII form" is the form actually transmitted over the Usenet.

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Jun13-05, 06:21 PM
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AHA! of course... now... what is usenet then? are the people posting through that not regular members or something?

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Jun13-05, 06:37 PM
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Usenet posts


Usenet is a method of internet communication that predates the world wide web. It is a system used to transmit text information ("news") from one server to other servers; the news propagates from one server to all servers over a period of hours or days. It used to be accessed with a "newsreader," a text-based program which ran on a mainframe or other workstation. Most people access it today with much more sophisticated graphical newsreaders, or web interfaces like groups.google.com.

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Jun14-05, 09:49 AM
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Quote Quote by Gale17
AHA! of course... now... what is usenet then? are the people posting through that not regular members or something?
Oooohhhh, a young person who has never heard of Usenet ... NOW I feel old.
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Jun14-05, 03:45 PM
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Don't worry -- I bet there's lots of old people who've never heard of usenet too.
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Jun14-05, 06:50 PM
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Quote Quote by Hurkyl
Don't worry -- I bet there's lots of old people who've never heard of usenet too.
True enough. Well, I don't blame anyone for not knowing about Usenet. Except for a few moderated newsgroups, Usenet has become a wasteland of spam, flame wars, and trolls. Web-based discussion forums like PF and Slashdot have taken its place.


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