[RC5] seti project - MAKE IT STOP!
david at wirestation.co.uk
Wed May 26 18:07:23 EDT 1999
David Taylor said:
> I absolutely *HATE* message board scripts.
> One: They are also usually unreliable (as much as newsgroups anyway).
No less reliable than newsgroups, and at least they don't have the
propagation problems and dropped messages common on many news servers.
Even comp.* groups have propagation problems on some servers and ALL
servers drop the occasional message.
This is not the case. SOME do, MOST don't. MOST are entirely server
> Three: They look crap in lynx
So do most things ;-)
> Four: Newsgroups have lots of readers/utilities designed *specifically*
> for that purpose, for various platforms. Why reinvent the wheel?
I also despise message board pages, because they require me to do one
more thing every morning - that is, as well as slurping my news, I have
to remember to go to a particular webpage, which frequently has a piss-
> Low spam? Just use news.distributed.net and make a `private' dnet
> newsserver, if you're really that worried.
Nonononono. It is a real pain to use multiple news servers with many
popular news programs. A robomoderated but public group solves the
spam problem without the excessive delays inherent in a moderated
mailing list, as well as being more in tune with DCTI's stated aim of
being 'a gathering point for research and projects related to
distributed processing'. Putting our discussions onto a private,
unadvertised server is the antithesis of that aim. And don't forget,
distributed computing is more than just distributed.net.
We should be getting together with the SETI at home, GIMPS and (maybe)
Beowulf people to see about getting the comp.distributed.* hierarchy
created. Using a private news server locks those people out - people
who have valuable contributions to make, and whose support we will need
once an RFD is issued.
David - http://www.ThePentagon.com/NukeEmUp
" First, there are no rules; second, if you break any of
them, you will be treated to some classic British sarcasm "
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