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RE: NNTP feed.

  • From: Justin M. Streiner
  • Date: Tue Sep 05 22:22:01 2006

On Tue, 5 Sep 2006, John van Oppen wrote:

we don't run one either...  :)

The last person I know who was running one, was in the proccess of killing it.
I used to run one, but haven't, since about 2000 :) The provider i worked for at the time got out of the game and outsourced news because otherwise we would have needed to dump a lot of money into disk space to keep people from bitching about the sub-24 hr retention times on alt.binaries.$VICE :(
That was the blessing and the curse of cyclical filesystems, I guess :)

On the plus side, Highwind's news server software just flat-out ran - never gave me a single problem in the 3 years I ran it. That plus a separate box running diablo to manage the feeds was a winning combination :)

More and more people are outsourcing news because providing good news service requires tons of disk space and loads of network bandwidth, i.e. it costs a lot of money to operate, and for many providers, it doesn't make any money.

The last time I looked at newsfeed stats, a full feed with all the alt.binaries crap was running around 350 GB/day - I wouldn't be at all surprised if it's substantially higher now.