[TUHS] Steve Bellovin recounts the history of USENET

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Sat Nov 23 08:21:20 AEST 2019

On Fri, 22 Nov 2019 at 16:06, Kurt H Maier <khm at sciops.net> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 03:49:58PM -0500, Henry Bent wrote:
> >
> > Has anyone definitely proven that any of the contents of these files are
> > not in the searchable Google Groups interface?  I don't really see any
> need
> > to duplicate their efforts.
> That data is essentially unavailable to people without Google accounts.

Why do you say that?  I used a browser that was fully logged out of Google
and in paranoid/private settings mode and I could browse newsgroups, do
basic searching, etc. eg:

> Even back when it was, the search had degraded to the point where you
> could paste explicit quotes from messages and those messages would not
> be in the results page.

I alluded to this sort of problem in my previous email, but in my recent
experience the search results have been satisfactory and I consider the
degraded search problem resolved.  I have been able to search for very
precise text strings with entirely satisfactory results over the last few

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