What exactly is a Usenet group? I went to wikipedia and they say its a way of sharing news "articles", I'd be done there but usenet service providers such as giganews charge quite a lot of money and on top of that there seems to be a lot other software you need to BUY.
It seems that you can pirate through usenet groups and that like bit torrent its a way to connect to a large group of people who you can share files with.
Ok so is Usenet a paid for file sharing (legal or illigal) setup with servers instead of peer to peer?
I'm really puzzled, normally a quick look on wiki would wipe away my ignorance of most thigs (unless its a bit too complex for me) but I just don't get it. Why pay so much?
What can you do with usent that you can't with a bittorent? Or is my comparion of Bittorent and Usenet completely off.
Originally, Usenet was similar to forums like these. A place where people opened threads and others would reply. Usenet also supports binary attachments, that is where you get people using them to pirate software: people posting software in attachments.
The biggest difference between Usenet and bit-torrent is with Usenet a binary file is uploaded to a news server and then propagated to other news-servers. Once uploaded, the file is there until the news-server drops it. This means it is not peer-to-peer, but a more traditional client/server model.
IMO, Usenet has lost it's charm due to spamm and forums like these. Forums are more robust than Usenet was, though.
EDIT: the biggest advantage of Usenet binaries vs bit-torrent is speed. Usenet hosts generally have fat pipes to d/l from.
Just like bit-torrent Usenet binaries are full of malware and other junk.