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  •  Still, I don't remember USENET as (0+ / 0-)

    the "bad old days".  It could get rough I suppose but much of it was funny.  Kibo lives!

    Best Wishes, Demena Left/Right: -8.38; Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

    by Demena on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 03:45:00 AM PDT

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    •  Before the "summer that never ended" (0+ / 0-)

      It was damn hard to bully anyone on USEnet since most of us were admins or students with access to Unix shell accounts.

      Hiding you actions from your admin could be done but was not really easy when those of us with root could see your history and every email you thought was deleted.

      I cooperated with other admins around the world and I remember making several phone calls to 14 year olds threatening to tell there parents what they were doing and shut down the account if they did not get a clue.

      One was the son of my Regional VP.

      Almost as much fun as later on barging in the door of local spammers and confiscating their (really my companies) CPE.

      I always used my real name and my info was public record for SWIP and DNR.

      I think slashdot was the first place I created a nom de guerre.

      The biggest threat to America is not communism, it's moving America toward a fascist theocracy... -- Frank Zappa

      by NCrefugee on Tue Sep 22, 2009 at 05:24:53 AM PDT

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      •  But after the summer that never ended (0+ / 0-)

        It started going down hill.

        I got to Usenet on the last glory days... prodigy was still king, and AOL was the upstart. God I've dated myself.

        I use my real name, even today, mostly because I use the damn thing as a writer. But yes, I remember the bad ol' days, and it also depended on the group. Some groups were better than others.

        :-)

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