Newsfeed/NNTP access [was Re: SETI sci.astro.seti newsgroup created]

Robert J. Bradbury (
Mon, 1 Nov 1999 14:23:40 -0800 (PST)

On Mon, 1 Nov 1999, Larry Klaes wrote:

> Subject: SETI sci.astro.seti newsgroup created

Its been years since I've been on the receiving end of a Usenet News feed but this sounds interesting. I've looked briefly at and it looks like the discussion may have some content though it is now dominated by complaints & questions regarding SETI@home (IMO a pretty useless activity).

The problem is that Deja is slow (and who wants the ads). I'd prefer a standard news feed but my ISP (being a big bureacratic telcom company) doesn't seem to have the newsgroup, might not grant me access to their news server and will be wonderfully slow (and probably ill-informed) in responding to my queries on this topic.

The question is what to do?

Does anyone know of public/free NNTP servers that are relatively fast? Is there a "source" NNTP server for the SETI newsgroup(s)?

I've got rn, bnews & cnews & nntp but they are 5+ years old. I can use got Netscape Messenger as a client anything better? What is "state-of-the-art" now-a-days?

Also, if it is of use to people, I could arrange to setup a free relay news server on "extropian" topics. It would be nice to accumulate a list of Usenet topics of interest to extropians & transhumanists and archive them in a single place. My ISP for example carried sci.nanotech but didn't seem to have sci.longevity and had no messages in bionet.molbio.ageing, so we may have to hunt around for places that will serve up the various topics and concentrate them in a single location.

Please copy either or me directly with any response.