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On 2/29/20 6:51 PM, Bill Ricker wrote:
> Tangential reply ...
> On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 3:02 PM Miles Fidelman via Internet-history
> <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
>>   (My Google Foo doesn't seem to be working today, or
>> it happened too long ago to be indexed.)
> I don't think it's you.
> As you're probably painfully aware, the DejaNews archive that Google
> bought is mostly inaccessible now (since 2015), alas.
> AFAIK there is not equivalent mirror on-line.
> (One hopes Henry Spencer or UT kept a copy of the Usenet 1981-1991
> that he sent Google in 2003.)
> So it's not /your/ Google-Fu that's lacking, it's Google's.
> (Which is a shame for history and research, but may have prevented
> quite a few careers from being cut short by youthful indiscretions
> resurfacing. I don't think /mine/ were CLM but ... there's something
> to be said for EU's "Right to be Forgotten", as well as plenty to be
> said against it. I wouldn't be surprised if the impossibility of
> compliance with that EU directive may be why DejaNews qua Google
> Groups no longer does the Usenet for which Google doesn't have a
> user-agreement for each account.)
> I gather the Smithsonian Inst. has some of Usenet as well as snapshots
> of important Dot.Com pages archived for posterity
> (we were informed our Dot.Com had been included! :-D)
> but AFAIK they're mostly offline.
> // Bill

Damn.? Now doesn't that just suck.

Another case of Google being Evil, I guess.



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