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Mon Mar 9 04:44:42 PDT 2009

On Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 11:39:43AM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> > news/pan seems to work OK, if you want a GUI. But be aware that nowadays, 
> > you'll probably have to pay a monthly fee for usenet. ISPs don't seem to 
> > routinely offer it as part of the deal anymore like they
> > used to.
> at least in Poland there are free. and for my clients i have nntpcache'd 
> news from Gda?sk University.

Actually, in most parts of the world, news are still freely available
with many ISPs (you may have to ask them explicitly), except for
alt.binaries.* which are quite bandwidth intensive.

Your typical small ISP would rather save the bandwidth it takes to
transfer all articles, esp. if only a fraction of them are accessed
by their customers. It simply doesn't make sense for them to host
binaries, unlike dedicated news providers which have enough customers
to justify the expenses.


Cordula's Web.

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