From: Mike Hebel <yahoomail@...
Sent: Wed, October 13, 2010 4:51:28 PM
Subject: Re: [sparetimegizmos] Re: *** UPDATE *** - IOB kits - "rest of the
Parts" - Kit Splits
On Oct 13, 2010, at 3:47 PM 10/13/10, mcbinc@... wrote:
> "Mike Hebel" <yahoomail@...> wrote:
> > *shrug* Perhaps my viewpoint is no longer valid. I don't know.
> Think of it as the Telegram moved to the Web.
Yes. STOP. But the format of the telegram always bothered me.
IMHO, the failure belongs with the destruction of Usenet, with the masses
looking to build websites they can control OR allow folks with a browser, rather
than a letter-reader to run.
The problems, well, see my user name, is the ability of the services offering
"free" net lists, to make a pretty penny selling all the names, and linked data
about a person's connections.
As for style: as an old newspaperman with an RO-19 sitting in my livingroom, the
BIG problem is the failure of the priority system to do anything - Everyone
ought to know the difference between a Flash (ringing 10 bells on my machine,
whatever you want on yours - abusers get the silent treatment), a Bulletin,
Urgent, Regular and Delay-able copy (contents): the more important, the shorter
maximum length. Make it work on every e-mail-Usenet system reader and we get to
`the telegram moved to the net`.
It`ll mean a bad period of spamming, but ...
I think it would be worth it. All it would take is a big server bank somewhere
donated and run by volunteers, patience, patience &c. and education, perhaps
treaties and individual national laws defining misuse of the priority codes,
Yeh, it`ll be tough, but I`ll be sure I`m getting a second note with
at the bottom, or a
telling me it was the end.
...And exactly how much attention I need give it.
(For those of you who don`t know the wireless `wire services`, a FLASH is no
more than 5 words long, like President dead or one I vividly remember, ``Saigon
falls`` A Bulletin is the top of a story, the `lede``(cq, way we spell it) that
fleshes out the Flash, followed by `writethrus` or`pickup(s)`` moved as
bulletins or urgents that extend the story adding -more- or pickup at graph 5
(throw the old bottom away). That`s the way we actually spell in North American
newsrooms. `-more-`and -30- are old telegraphers`slang.
'btw. for those who have questioned MY use of language, I use the kind of stuff
reporters use talking to editors and each other when I`m dealing with e-mail.
Have to - until I get a word-to-text system that works.
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