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Usenet posts

  1. Jun 13, 2005 #1
    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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  3. Jun 13, 2005 #2

    chroot

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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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  4. Jun 13, 2005 #3
    AHA! of course... now... what is usenet then? are the people posting through that not regular members or something?
     
  5. Jun 13, 2005 #4

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    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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  6. Jun 14, 2005 #5

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    Oooohhhh, a young person who has never heard of Usenet ... NOW I feel old. :frown:
     
  7. Jun 14, 2005 #6

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    Don't worry -- I bet there's lots of old people who've never heard of usenet too. :biggrin:
     
  8. Jun 14, 2005 #7

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    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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