Is it me or is aus.electronics dying?

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It seems over many years that aus.electronics is carking it.

Apart from active input from Don McK, Dave LJ, its really quiet.

PA seems to have morphed into |-|erc and Sylvia seems to be channeling Rod
Speed.

Whatever became of Bob Wilson?





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"Dennis"
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** Nearly all usenet groups have faded or died in the last couple of years.

The main reasons are masses of spam and an army of brain dead trolls that
ruin intelligent discussion for everyone else.

The existence of Google Groups is responsible for most of both problems.


....   Phil



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Agree with you there.  Are there any web based places taking up the
slack?  I only rejoined electronics groups recently.

Grant.
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:>"Dennis"
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:>> It seems over many years that aus.electronics is carking it.
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:>> Apart from active input from Don McK, Dave LJ, its really quiet.
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:>** Nearly all usenet groups have faded or died in the last couple of years.
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:>The main reasons are masses of spam and an army of brain dead trolls that
:>ruin intelligent discussion for everyone else.
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:>The existence of Google Groups is responsible for most of both problems.
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:Agree with you there.  Are there any web based places taking up the
:slack?  I only rejoined electronics groups recently.
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:Grant.
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I find that a well designed kill filter for Forte Agent works wonders

for example;

message-id:
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You can remove the usenetmonster and the @usenetnow ones if you only want to
eliminate all messages emanating from googlegroups.

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Usenet is dying due to lack of interest, it seems.  Google did major
harm by not bothering to improve their crappy web interface, and the
newbies don't seem to have much of a clue what this place is?

And the spammers.

Always the total wackos and idiots here, I think many just give up
and go over to web to fora where the idiots get banned, or something?

Is general conversion between people disappearing?

I've accessing usenet in various forms since '91, much has changed
over the years.

Rejoined a.e only recently, it's a lot less active than it was a
decade ago.

Grant.

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They don't even know it exists, Twitter has taken it's place for the new
generation.

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IF you consider Usenet and similar to be "conversation", then it's actually
increasing due to Twitter being FAR more popular than usenet ever was.
Not to mention email and SMS are more poular now than letter writing ever
was.
But IF  you mean face to face conversation, then that's probably dropped
markedly.


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As are all newsgroups, but Twitter, MySpace, Blogs, YouTube, and a hundred
other on-line fora are FAR more active.

MrT.





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In the real world it is - without a doubt.  Most people these days
seem very dull and unable to hold much of an interesting convo - like
they used to be able to.  The other problem is that most I know in the
real world who have ability in anything seem to have less time for
socialising, from taking on more work, due to shortage of others who
will or can do it (and not just in tech stuff either). As a result you
dont seem to catch up that often.

A lot that you see when out and about will be texting on their mobiles
rather than talking - especially young people. Probably sit for ages
on Facebook  etc rather than talk when at home too.  In the virtual
world, they probably talk many times more than in the real world.


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You are not wrong with that one. I do miss the good ol' days I must
admit.
It was exciting and new back then.


Also, witness the slow death of newspapers and mainstream media. (not
that its undeserved given the low quality and high quantity of
propaganda and biased stories, not to mention horrid yank programs
that are aimed at people with a mental age of 13 or so.)

I would suggest that radio probably still does ok, as you tend to
listen to it in the car when driving, and often in workplaces and home
as "background company".



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Earlier this year it was widely reported that American teenagers are
sending over 100 text messages per day. At the rate I am going, it is
quite likely I will not send that number in my lifetime.

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/under-aged-texting-usage-and-actual-cost /



Andy Wood
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Astonishing isn't it, but that's what happens when you send a few characters
at a time rather than a 10 minute phone call I guess. My bet is those 100
SMS are to only a handful of different people, NOT 100 different people.


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But how many usenet posts, emails, phone calls etc? It's simply a choice of
technologies.

MrT.



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In general I think you would be wrong there too with MP3 players being so
ubiquitous. I for one listen to radio VERY rarely these days, and younger
people do even less so IME.
MTV drives record sales (MP3 downloads) now not radio, and how many
intelligent people can stand the dribble on talk back radio I wonder?

MrT.




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You are probably very right on that too, while I don't have the
facility in my car, most cars over the last couple of years are being
advertised as being
"ipod compatible" or at very least will play MP3 CD's, or have a line
level input.

The reason I probably didn't think of that is that I don't own a
portable MP3 player and do have the radio on when driving around.


A lot of modern music is getting so bad - Im starting to prefer
silence (IE: Im getting too old:)


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ABC Classic FM?  What I listen to most of the time in the car, or
Radio National on AM if I'm too far away from FM stations.

Grant.

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Personally I never listen to classical music in the car or on an MP3 player.
For classical it MUST be live, on my HiFi system, or nothing, but each to
their own I guess.

MrT.



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It's a bit like a bakelite phone with a curly cord!

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Naah, just shows ho reliable usenet is that you don't need to keep
reconfiguring it all the time.

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Yep, but that would be top in *number* of posts only!
(with apologies to Don McKenzie for him being included with the others)

MrT.



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The fact that Phil and Rod are the top posters surely didn't help much
either!

MrT.



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Like others have said it's probably a natural decline due to alternative
means of communication, but in my experience, the fact that asking a
question (even a genuine one) usually includes a high likelihood of
being flamed (often due to perceived lack of assumed knowledge), doesn't
encourage one to participate in this particular newsgroup anymore.

Regards,

Ross..

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