So, now, the good news: I have a fresh round of evidence that I am not a monster of vanity and arrogance and can accept with tranquility people not finding every thought that pops into my head being as interesting as I think it is. The bad news: none of my Usenet postings have actually gotten off the local server and to the outside world since the start of the month and it took me this long to realize that people weren't responding to me not because I was dull but because as best they could tell I wasn't there at all.
So, the good news: when I e-mailed the parties nominally responsible for overseeing Usenet at my preferred providing source, they were not (at least in their response) confused about what Usenet was or whether they had a Usenet server or whether I shouldn't be talking with the Usenet Company instead of them. The bad news: my streak of never having a problem report believed in my first time around continues unbroken (they insist that as far as they can tell, there's no problems with it).
So, the good news: they haven't used a specific problem report that forced someone to look at the Usenet server as the pretext to discontinue Usenet service altogether as too much work for too little use. The bad news: they admitted that yeah, Usenet is no longer really supported by them anymore and they won't be putting any particular effort into maintaining or repairing it.
So, the good news: this is the chance to finally prod me into getting my own source of Usenet, possibly through news.individual.net, possibly through Panix as I like being awash in the comforts of a worldwide accessible Unix shell. The bad news: change bad scary want Usenet like it was in 1998 only with fewer jerks beat savagely YouTube comments stop being stupid world don't want don't want don't want do different thing from fifteen years ago stop.
Trivia: Jack Kilby's first ``solid circuit'', making all components out of a single 1/16-inch by 7/16-inch germanium wafer with
god wiree gold wires to connect the components, was an oscillator built in September 1958. Its patent, applied for in 1959, was granted in 1964. Source: A History Of Modern Computing, Paul E Ceruzzi.
Currently Reading: The Apollo Guidance Computer: Architecture and Operation, Frank O'Brien.