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Re: Reducing Usenet Bandwidth

  • From: Miquel van Smoorenburg
  • Date: Sun Feb 03 12:37:18 2002
  • Distribution: cistron
  • Newsgroups: lists.nanog

In article <[email protected]>,
Paul Vixie  <[email protected]> wrote:
>Pull it, rather than pushing it.  nntpcache is a localized example of how
>to only transfer the groups and articles that somebody on your end of a
>link actually wants to read.  A more systemic example ought to be developed
>whereby every group has a well-mirrored home and an nntpcache hierarchy
>similar to what Squid proposed for web data, and every news reader pulls
>only what it needs.  Posting an article should mean getting it into the
>well-mirrored home of that group.  Removing spam should mean deleting
>articles from the well-mirrored home of that group.

Yes, but who's going to set up the home for movies/pictures/warez/mp3
groups? Nobody, ofcourse, since most stuff is not very legal.
But those groups are 98% of todays traffic.

So if you *do* manage to switch everybody over to that new system
and turn off the old usenet, the new system isn't needed anymore.

Computers are useless, they only give answers. --Pablo Picasso