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NZBMatrix Closes Their Website 144

An anonymous reader writes "Hot on the heels of the closure of Newzbin2, this morning the usenet NZB indexing website NZBMatrix closed shop in the face of another DMCA notice. NZBMatrix allowed users to sift through messy usenet groups and quickly find data for download. NZBMatrix's API allowed automated polling from various clients, making it one of the more popular NZB sites. This is one of the last public NZB indexing sites, leaving mostly invite-only underground sites. A sad day for usenet users everywhere."
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NZBMatrix Closes Their Website

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  • by BenJeremy ( 181303 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @11:09AM (#42233507)

    You could always rely on a decent number of comments for popular releases to filter a good download form a bad one.

    Sad to see this one go, as I had relied on it more and more well before Newzbin closed its doors.

  • by Spritzer ( 950539 ) * on Sunday December 09, 2012 @11:09AM (#42233509) Journal
    How nice of them to accept premium payments up to the day they closed.
  • I am not sad (Score:1, Insightful)

    by houghi ( 78078 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @11:53AM (#42233781)

    Binaries killed Usenet. Because of these binaries, many providers stopped, because it was taking up too much space and bandwidth.
    Because they stopped, many people stopped using the real discussion groups.

    So instead of having one place where I can get to ask questions in one place in an easy way, I have to go to multiple websites that all have a lousy way of interfacing with other people.

    The websites do the filtering, where with Usenet I am able to do it myself. OK, binaries are not the only ones to help kill it. Others were webtv and Outlook (Toposting and HTML posting) and Google (By buying and then changing

    Yet I am sure that binaries are the most important one. Text based can be done by almost any provider with very limited resources.

  • by Mascot ( 120795 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @01:01PM (#42234189)

    They're going after the Usenet providers as well, via automated DMCA takedown requests. The providers have no choice but to comply (and to keep up, also automating the process), which means content is effectively gone within hours of being uploaded.

    The irony when it comes to TV shows/movies is the same as it used to be with the music industry: the stuff being downloaded is largely not available to buy online legally. I wish they would put their efforts into making this content available for purchase instead of wasting their time trying to stem the flood of copyright infringement.

  • Re:I am not sad (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 09, 2012 @01:38PM (#42234443)

    How is this moderated up so high. No provider was forced to shudder their doors because of the huge size of the binaries groups. Just dont carry the group. Usenet discussion died because of spam and web forums.

  • by SealBeater ( 143912 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @05:09PM (#42236303) Homepage

    I wish I could convey in words how obvious it is that you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • by X0563511 ( 793323 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @06:25PM (#42236927) Homepage Journal

    You've just further reinforced our impression.

  • invites? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by plazman30 ( 531348 ) on Monday December 10, 2012 @10:14AM (#42241749) Homepage
    Alright. Who has invites to hand out?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @02:27PM (#42244261)

    Erm, this is just flat out not true... I don't know if you're trolling or seriously that ignorant.

    let's see...

    DCC: Extremely Slow - majority of people have slow upload with their ISP, and on top of that most people who serve files have multiple slots, which cuts your download speed even further. Not to mention download queues, or the file server going offline. Not to mention it is not safe, I used to run an Mp3 channel before and I know people who got pulled up by the RIAA. XDCC is also just as bad.

    Bit Torrent: Not as bad - speed can really suck quite often... public trackers are terrible, and you have to upload what you download - which altogether is a terrible idea from a legal perspective. ISP's love to throttle bittorrent connections also. So this is not a particularly great way of getting what you want, but yeh it sure is cheap, at a cost.

    HTTP: I guess you mean the likes of Megaupload? Great until it gets shut down, costs money also, overall not bad except that it is a bit of hassle going through forums and finding the stuff.

    NNTP: Costs money also, but has been largely untouched by the MPAA, download is extremely fast... you say it is slow? I have a 32 mbit connection and I download at a consistent solid 4 MB/s, which is maxing my line, I'd never get that off bit torrent, not while uploading at the same time for sure. Not to mention I am using a non-standard NNTP port with SSL so my ISP don't know what I am downloading and don't throttle me. I don't have to upload a thing, so I feel far safer from prying eyes. You mention files don't stay for long, you obviously haven't used Usenet in a long time because retention is now over 1500 days. So it wins hands down from HTTP, not even mentioning all the applications out there that automate everything... watch a particular tv show? there are apps that automatically download it as soon as it is uploaded - no need to trawl through indexing sites,.... or forums in the case of sites like megaupload. It will be sitting in your media center when you come home from work.

    you say NNTP is costly... I say so is HTTP, and the other ones cannot compete as they are risky territory IMO. $10 a month for unlimited download is hardly a lot. The only thing that sucks about Usenet is the index sites are all closing their doors!

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