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Usenet Audio

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the dejatunes dept.

Music 136

Carel writes "Everybody who has done some streaming knows the downside: as soon as you're getting popular the costs are getting sky-high. While there have been some efforts in the P2P area these didn't have the impact they need. Enter Usenet Audio, a project that uses the existing, distributed and proven Usenet as its medium. Check the site for details and for the beta-versions of the software (which is available for Linux, OS X and MS platforms)."

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Congratulations (5, Funny)

frenetic3 (166950) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738841)

Usenet Audio joins an esteemed coterie of previous spectacular endeavors including Usenet Porn [alt.binaries.erotica] , Usenet Warez [alt.binaries.warez] , Usenet Fashion Magazines [binaries.f....magazines] , and Usenet Moderated Nonviolent Underwater Images [underwater....moderated] .

Re:Congratulations (4, Insightful)

Mistlefoot (636417) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738996)

it's April Fools day, but....... you never know.

If this is true it will be bad for one reason.

The Usenet has always been a place where those in the 'know' could go to grab or share stuff. Making this mainstream will make this a target as well. If this were to ever become the new 'napster' it would only be a matter of time before laws would start to pop up to deal with it.

Re:Congratulations (1)

ttldkns (737309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739046)

Dont April fools have to stop at 12:00 Midday?

i suppose it depends what time zone you're living in :)

Re:Congratulations (5, Insightful)

debian4life (701155) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739594)

Usenet should not even be used as an April Fool's joke. You can take my P2P and my WWW, but leave my Usenet alone. This is the last bastion of the original "Internet" yet to be totally whored out to commerce and regulation. Please keep it on the dl.

Re:Congratulations (2, Funny)

alanw (1822) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739237)

and not forgetting Usenet hamster fetish [bestiality....duct-tape]

Vote up something funny instead of /. 4/1 crap (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738847)

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a EYES ONLY : (HARD COPY ONLY)
a NEED TO KNOW : (DIRECT DEV)
a
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a +ooooooooooooooooooVoooooooooooooooooooo+ | rampage I went on in that
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a .,. V | the very low UIDs whom I'd
a +oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo+ | smacked down, I though about
a |Was the feature implemented or|+-->yes-| the many user moderations
a | suggested by a known Troll? | | that me and the other
x +oooooooooooooo|ooooooooooooooo+ | editors had unjustly
a .,. no .,. .. | overturned..."
x V |
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a | Have hundreds of users suggested |+-yes-| / \
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a no no ^
a V | |
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a | knowledge to kludge it in? | /\ I THOUGHT OF IT!!! TIME / |
o +xuuuxxxusxuxuxuxxisuuxusxuxxsuxxx+ \xu..FOR SAILOR MOON!...ixx/ |
a | ^
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a IMPORTANT NOTE:
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FIRST POST (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738849)

I'm a student of Darwin. I believe that we should stop supporting such obviously inferior countries and let them self-destruct without intervention. It's Nature's way. The US, et al, seem to think that if they dump enough money into this dodo-bird of a continent that it will somehow recover, but the truth is that we're only delaying the inevitable extinction. Instead, use the money to help developing countries that at least have a chance of succeeding, like those in Latin America.

Also, once the dodo bird is dead, we can use the newly-empty continent to store our garbage and nuclear waste. It's a win-win situation.

Re:FIRST POST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738895)

I thought that you were using the whitehouse to store your garbage and nukular waste.

Kerry in '04!

Re:FIRST POST (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739342)

I think France and Britain should immediately launch nukes at the US to end the misery of these obese bitches. I wouldn't worry about a counterattack, because obviously their fingers have become too fat to push the right buttons.

April Fools! (2, Informative)

mrklaw (98550) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738856)

Download link "Not Found"

Re:April Fools! (2, Funny)

dealsites (746817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738917)

These April fools joke articles are killing me! Please put me out of my misery.

Might as well pull a joke on myself now, Slashdot my page! [dealsites.net]

Oh the shame... I will be the fool.

Re:April Fools! (1)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738979)

Better than last years dupes.

Re:April Fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739228)

NNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO, YOU STOP THAT. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR SITE. STOP ADVERTISING. OR BETTER YET, PAY FOR IT!@!!!

lame filter lame filter lame filter

Please try to keep posts on topic.
Try to reply to other people's comments instead of starting new threads.
Read other people's messages before posting your own to avoid simply duplicating what has already been said.

Re:April Fools! (1)

cluckshot (658931) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739373)

Ughhhh! Am I going to have to endure a whole day without the borg guy popping in from M$ and sturring up something? Just imagine the SCO and M$ news that might really be hiding behind the Data, er Date?!

Available on MS platforms? (2, Funny)

paroneayea (642895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738866)

But nobody using Windows reads usenet.

Re:Available on MS platforms? (1)

paroneayea (642895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738902)

Oh, sorry, my bad.... I forgot that Microsoft also makes MS-DOS.

I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (1)

turnstyle (588788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738964)

Sheesh, even though I make streaming software, I still fall for this (and every) April Fools Day gag. If you're interested in streaming, you might want to check out my app, Andromeda [turnstyle.com] .

Re:I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (1)

VivianC (206472) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739136)

Is a new verison ever coming out? Not that the old one isn't working fine, I just feel the need to be bleeding edge.

Re:I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (1)

turnstyle (588788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739273)

Hey Viv,

Most recently, I've actually been putting a lot of work into the docs on the Andromeda site -- it seems lots of people never knew about many of the features *already* available. ;)

I'm also trying to help highlight user sites, like bands that want their music shared.

PS, you're certainly free to contact me anytime via email.

-Scott

Re:I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739253)

The is Usenet-Audio streamer _IS_ running with LIVE-audio on-line.
So, no real gag it is.
RIAA eat your hart out!

http://tuxlab.clsnet.nl/ua-demo.php

Re:I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (1)

turnstyle (588788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739318)

"The is Usenet-Audio streamer _IS_ running with LIVE-audio on-line."

Yeah, and I fall for that too... ;)

Re:I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (2)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739321)

You should have called it 'Andromedia' :)

Re:I fall for every April Fools Day gag! (1)

turnstyle (588788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739549)

"You should have called it 'Andromedia'"

Here's the story of the name. I was joking around with my S.O. Amy, and I told her that I had replaced her with a perfect android replica. She asked, "what's my android name" and I just said "Andromeda."

When it came time to give it a name, that's what I picked.

PS, some people call it Andromedia anyway... ;)

Re:Available on MS platforms? (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739162)

But nobody using Windows reads usenet.

Not true! Some helpful groups:

comp.microsoft.bsod

microsoft.useless.posts.on.dotnet

alt.windows.0wn3d

alt.windows.no.you.stupid.piece.of.shit.just.do. it.damn.you

rec.windows.uninstall

BS. (5, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738867)

whois usenet-audio.com
[snip]
created-date: 2004-03-31
updated-date: 2004-03-31
registration-expiration-date: 2005-03-31
Uh huh. A domain created yesterday for a minimum 1 year term.

Also, searching google for "El-Katabi Investment" or "Nim services BV" (mentioned in their press page) returns no results. Those plugins likely just say "April Fools" over your speakers (if the plugins really exist: one online mirror has none of the files and the other says the limit of 500 users has been reached.)

The goofy idea of streaming over usenet aside, this sounds like YAAFJ (Yet Another April Fools Joke) to me.

Re:BS. (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738909)

umm... its no secret that EVERY april fools day has zero real articles on slashdot. Quit trying to ruin the fun.

No one wants to 'ruin" the 'fun' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738960)

I'll prove it to you. Bring out some of this 'fun' you talk about; and we'll enjoy it - instead of flaming these consistently lame joke articles!

Re:BS. (1)

baudilus (665036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739109)

You just ruined the fun of the people that didn't know about it. Like me.

Thanks. (Score: 5 Sarcasm)

Re:BS. (1)

realdpk (116490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739118)

Quit ruining the fun? Why let the editors be the only ones?

Re:BS. (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739239)

If you had any less of a life, you would be undead.

Re:BS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739514)

I agree. These so-called USA-centric "April Fools" jokes are ruining the fabric of our global society. I believe we should form a comission to investigate these egregious misuses of power, and bring these evil jokers to justice. Since you seem to be the foremost leader in april fools debunking, would you like to take the lead role in this comission?

Godwin's Law (4, Funny)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738872)

I assume this would apply to songs written by or mentioning Nazis?

Re:Godwin's Law (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739360)

Like this [geocities.com] one?

Seriously, Michael... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738882)

Not so much coffee for you, old chap!

Enough, k? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738886)

and we gotta endure a whole 24 hours of these posts over and over?
Ugh, shoot me now....

Re:Enough, k? (2, Funny)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739006)

You do realise that the browser you are currently using can be pointed at pr0n when /. gets boring, don't you?

Re:Enough, k? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739165)

porn? what pron?

Not his (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739187)

He participates in the "Buddy Browsing" program developed by the Rev. Jerry Falwell. I am his "Browser Buddy" and I see the sites he visits (it's how I got here). If he browses for pornography, I shall see it, and I will report him to his local church.

Re:Not his (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739353)

Holy porn, Batman!

You'd think (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739369)

On April Fools Day, people could take a joke.

Re:Enough, k? (2, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739140)

and we gotta endure a whole 24 hours of these posts over and over?
Ugh, shoot me now...


You're new here, aren't you?

No, no, no (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738903)

The less usenet's capabilities are publicized, the better. Do we want the RIAA/MPAA/etc pressuring ISP's for people that download from specific groups? Or pressuring to have those groups removed entirely? Keep it quiet!

Re:No, no, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738935)

My thoughts exactly..

Re:No, no, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739119)

Frontiernet.net already removed ALL binary newsgroups

You put teh.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738910)

ween in teh coconut, and move it up and down.

repeat 10x

Damnit (3, Funny)

Jonas the Bold (701271) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738924)

Damnit Michael, just stop. They just aren't funn- oh wait, this isn't a April fool's article. Carry on :)

PS: The moderation you're looking for is "funny", and not "troll"

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739168)

whois usenet-audio.com
[snip]
created-date: 2004-03-31
updated-date: 2004-03-31
registration-expiration-date: 2005-03-31

Re:Damnit (1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739246)

PS: The moderation you're looking for is "funny", and not "troll"

You forgot the hand gesture to go along with that.

(Makes sweeping hand gesture) You will mod this post 'funny'.

April fools, the one day a year (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738929)

where we're told what's funny [userfriendly.org] . In that case, however, notification was needed. sorely needed.

When will this end????? (-1, Redundant)

egatenby (64256) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738945)

It's 13:10 EST. PLEASE! Enough already!!!!!!!!

Re:When will this end????? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739022)

Probably around 23:59 EST.

Surely /. isn't so important that you can't wait that long.

Re:When will this end????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739208)

Probably when michael's head exlpodes from all of the Scanner-type hate-waves heading his direction from readers like you and I.

Future versions promise to add... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738948)

...messaging functionality! Imagine that! USENET used for messaging! Who needs flying cars?

text to song based audio is brilliant (3, Funny)

planckscale (579258) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738950)

It's just that all the songs seem to sound the same in that droning "Would you like to play a game?" voice that we heard in War Games.

"You light up my life, you give me hope, to carry on."

I'm pissed. (5, Funny)

syphax (189065) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738952)

These stories are lame. Therefore, rather than spending time working productively, playing with the kids, or having meaningful dialogue with my spouse, I am going to spend my time closely monitoring /. today so that I can rapidly post whiny comments every time a new (lame) story is posted.

Did I mention the stories are lame?

Get a CLUE! (2, Informative)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739009)

Man, you people who CAN'T FUCKING GET A JOKE are really starting to piss me.... Oh. Nevermind.

Re:Get a CLUE! (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739642)

You're new here, aren't you?
or is it some kind of a joke inside a joke... Oh. Nevermind.

Re:Get a CLUE! (1)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739737)


MAN I can't STAND you PEOPLE who can't GET A JOKE ABOUT GETTING JOKES ABOUT GETTING.....oh

I don't get it. :-(

Re:I'm pissed. (1)

iswm (727826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739105)

It could be worse; they could still be posting minute-by-minute updates of the whole SCO thing.

Re:I'm pissed. (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739256)

they could still be posting minute-by-minute updates of the whole SCO thing.

Now you've done it.

Re:I'm pissed. (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739314)

Marvin: "I'm not getting you down, an I"? Arthur: "No, not at all".

slashdot crying wolf? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8738961)

what happens when real news is posted?

"what happens when real news is posted?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739103)

Not much, since most of us will have already read it in google news three days earlier.

Re:slashdot crying wolf? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739133)

You'll recall seeing it 5 days prior at a reputable source of news.

Re:slashdot crying wolf? (1)

sik0fewl (561285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739222)

what happens when real news is posted?

Hahahahaha!! Sorry.. that's the funniest thing I've seen all day.

Interesting.. (4, Interesting)

iswm (727826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738971)

But I think a neat idea for streaming audio would be a BitTorrent type protocol, where if you listen to the stream a client will help distrubute it to other listeners using your bandwidth. There could be some issues with it I suppose, but I think it could be a reasonable idea.

Re:Interesting.. (1)

electrichamster (703053) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739057)

It's called Peercast and you can find it here [peercast.org] .

I just wish more people would use it....

Re:Interesting.. (1)

Saeger (456549) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739497)

The concept behind PeerCast is great, but it won't get the Network Effect of lots of people using it until it "just works" better than conventional client-server streaming.

(Hey, is Howard Stern being streamed by fans on peercast? I'm just grabbing it off alt.binaries.howard-stern for now... those cocksucking ClearChannel bastards! :)

--

Re:Interesting.. (1)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739095)

There are already several proprietary players that do this. A radio station in Vancouver BC uses one, but I forget the name of the station. That player pissed me off a lot, because it wouldn't play properly over my modem connection.

Re:Interesting.. (1)

Keviniano (261786) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739323)

It's already out there.

http://www.abacast.com/ [abacast.com]

michael (-1, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8738992)

is *ALMOST* as funny as a mentally challenged 8 year old being anally raped by his AIDS infected ex-convice neighbour.

Seriously, give it up. You are so lame. Your jokes have no punchlines, no interest. They're just stupid.

Here's some other hilarious suggestions:

"Compaq to sell toilet paper" Haha get it? The idea of HP selling toilet paper! They're a computer company! That'd be just so WACKY and UNEXPECTED! And everybody will be tricked, posting about HP toilet paper, and their new line of PCs already caked with shit (lunix).

Purple-haired moonbabes run LINUX! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739116)

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With sexy chicks [startrekpics.cc] like the lovely Lt. Gay Ellis [startrekpics.cc] you could have people queuing up to buy open source products. Could you really refuse to buy a copy of Linux [netbsd.org] if she [framecaplib.com] told you to? Come on, you must admit she [framecaplib.com] is better than an overweight deamon [ericharshbarger.org] or a gay looking goat [gnu.org] ! Don't you wish you could get one of these [framecaplib.com] ? Personally I know I would give my right arm to get this close [lapam.mo.it] to such a divine beauty [iwarp.com] !

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Re:Purple-haired moonbabes run LINUX! (1)

DR SoB (749180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739155)

Some trolls have wayyyyy to much time on their hands.

Just to add to the chaos (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739159)

A lot of you have probably seen this, but I'll chip it in - since the point of today is fun, yes?

Got this in my inbox this morning:

1) Go to http://www.google.com/

2) Type in: weapons of mass destruction (DO NOT hit return)

3) Hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button, NOT the "Google search"


Enjoy...

SB

Would never happen (5, Informative)

pogle (71293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739056)

April Fools aside, there is no chance of this ever happening. Usenetters are obsessive about not wasting bandwidth, this protocol would never work because the creators would be flamed out of house and home in microseconds. Even worse, the website uses HTML, and thats just plain anathema in Usenet! For shame!

+4 informative? (2, Funny)

pogle (71293) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739657)

and I was aiming for a +5 funny. Darn.

Just a thought... (2, Insightful)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739073)

How about contracting with an ISP that supports Multicast UDP? Multicast is not broadcast, though it offers similar bandwidth savings.

You send out one packet and pay for it once, the routers split it as appropriate as it spreads. Any router that doesn't support multicast gets one packet for each recipient that must be routed through that node; therefore all ISPs can save money on bandwidth by enabling multicast.

The only downside is that packet storms that bring down whole sections of the internet become available. But, since its UDP and therefore the application should be packet loss tolerant, a simple throttling mechanism can be used.

Re:Just a thought... (1)

DR SoB (749180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739385)

Dude, UDP is dead, get over it.

Same as posting an mp3 on usenet (0)

i23098 (723616) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739082)

Besides being a bad April 1st post, there's nothing great about it... It's simply posting an mp3 file. Of course you can't listen to the audio in real time, but servers synchronize every days (I guess) so it would be possible to broadcast with a latency of one day. Impressive :-P

Nice! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739083)

I think what impresses me the most is that you guys actually go through the time to create the fake websites to link to for your fool's day postings!
Nicely done! (SCORE: +5, Detailed)

great, let's shoot down another source (2, Funny)

pimpin apollo (664314) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739085)

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! this was the last domain that the plebian masses didn't know about. now they're goign to ruin hands down the best source out there.

napster was great and all but if your mom hadn't heard about it then we'd still be downloading from it.

Re:great, let's shoot down another source (1)

pimpin apollo (664314) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739138)

yes i'm aware it's april fools btw, just to preempt any comments

Ahem, don't forget DOS. (2)

DR SoB (749180) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739122)

(which is available for Linux, OS X and MS platforms)."

I _always_ surf usenet with my 286, 2400bps modem, and DOS. It is available for DOS as well.. Thanks /. editor for not doing your homework.

Great (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739126)

Now I have to go find, install, and remember how to use 'trn', not to mention install a newserver, etc. etc.


On a more serious note, I remember working at "the U" back in the days (late 80s). I remember the news server disks had to be replaced on a regular basis, since they would wear out due to being constantly hammered. Considering how much crap floated around on newsgroups back then, I can only imagine how bad they are now.

Bit Torrent is better (1)

aminorex (141494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739146)

It's existing and proven. The implication that the peer space has not solved this problem seems unfair and inaccurate to me.

BT wins over NNTP on a large number of grounds, not least of which is the end-user responsiveness which is so desired by stream consumers.

MOD CHILD DOWN ! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739178)

MOD CHILD DOWN ! (overrated)

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps.

I hate April First... the jokes are lame. (0, Offtopic)

Jagasian (129329) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739209)

Slashdot is basically worthless on April First. Then again I have browse with posts moderated as funny modified with a -3 weighting.

Re:I hate April First... the jokes are lame. (3, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739394)

The sad part is a lot of people submit incredibly clever stories, but they get rejected in favor of stupid things like "Usenet Audio." Look, it's not funny to slap two things together and call it a joke. Just like someone else posted here, it'd be like "HP Sells Toilet Paper," like it's automatically funny because it's HP, and they're selling toilet paper.

At least when Taco is at the helm on April Fool's, better stories get posted. I remember some of the really clever April Fool's days of Slashdot's past, where the fun part was guessing which was real and which was fake. It was always hard to tell.

Re:I hate April First... the jokes are lame. (1)

Frennzy (730093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739739)

The best 4-1 'article' I've seen today, courtesy of The Register can be found here. [theregister.co.uk]

There's no need for anything like this (1)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739340)

We as a majority need to complain to your ISPs to enable Mulitcast on our broadband lines. Then we wouldn't HAVE to be worried about bandwidth issue when streaming.

This looks like a joke, but (3, Interesting)

Hythlodaeus (411441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739343)

This looks like a joke, but I did this back in the day. I checked out a number of bands by getting .au files UU encoded in usenet over my 14.4 connection to AOL. It took about 12 hours to get a song. And yes, I did buy the album later.

I get most of .... (1)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739357)

My movies off of Usenet. I have SuperNews Account and get all the alt.binaries subcategory.

I've routinely seen 5 gig packages of mp3's and flacs floating around ;-) And I've mirored them on my hd for (cough) safekeping.

Re:I get most of .... (1)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739561)

I'm surprised that /. is reporting this as "news" (joke or not), since music-from-USENET is older than music-from-p2p.

A legit idea (1)

dalutong (260603) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739358)

Well... not the usenet part, but p2p streaming.

Wouldn't it be interesting to have a bittorrent type of streaming interface? You click "watch this video clip" and it connects to all the other people watching it so you don't have as much choppyness?

I think it would be a great extention to BT, personally.

Spleing? (1)

phozz bare (720522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739361)

"Automatic and immidiate distribution"?

"Current equipment on which the netwerks of most (A)DSL-providers are built"?

If you're serious about making an April Fool's joke, at least get it spelled right...

phozz

I Usenet for Audio (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739387)

Seriously, who wouldn't use the Net for audio?

Who isn't usin'it?

Usenet Giraffes (2)

ajutla (720182) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739388)

Usenet giraffes. It's obviously the next logical step, isn't it? Once you've got text, audio, pr0n, and so on, the next thing to do is clearly to find a way to quickly and efficiently transfer giraffes via usenet. Once that technology's available, then we shall truly be in giraffe nirvana, and there shall be free giraffes available for everyone, and all shall be happy.

tartan paint (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8739442)

come on - someone post an article about Walmart selling tartan paint.

Overheard at the Google offices... (2, Funny)

Xformer (595973) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739459)

"Remember that 2nd terabyte server we were going to put in for the newsgroups archive search? HURRY!!!"

heheheheheh (3, Informative)

zogger (617870) | more than 10 years ago | (#8739567)

another good 4-1 submission!

But here's a *real* project, StreamerP2P, [streamerp2p.com] that could use some coders to help out porting to linux and making packages that work.

hint fedora hint
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