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Thursday, July 30, 2015

New VyprVPN Servers Available in the Middle East and India


Golden Frog added new VyprVPN server locations in Bahrain (Manama), Qatar (Doha), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) and India (Mumbai). These additional servers will offer our Diamond and Platinum members security and freedom when accessing the Internet in these regions. We are excited to see the expansion of VPN server locations in Golden Frog's fight to defeat online censorship and to keep the internet open and accessible. At Giganews, we feel it is important to protect your Usenet connections with SSL and protect all of your internet connections with VyprVPN.

How to Access the New VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable these servers as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to 50+ server locations.

If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Newsgroup Spotlight: rec.food.cooking



Welcome to our Newsgroup Spotlight where we highlight one newsgroup on Usenet by sharing some of the stories going on in that community. For the month of June, we present to you: "recs.food.cooking" (Over 1.7 million posts).

Recs.food.cooking is one of the most active newsgroups on Usenet. Posts are in the double digits on a daily basis. After all, who can say enough with headers like "Curry soup", "Rabbit Bolognese" or "Corn and Green Chiles"?

But there's more where that came from. "Pork tocino", "Grilled beer Bratties", and "Herbalicious chicken" fill the headers like a menu, as well as conversations about technique. For example, "Think about your knife use", "Smoking on a gas grill", "Fermenting Jalapenos", and "White Lily flour substitute". It's an excellent way to join a group of people from all over trying to improve their skills.

Users poll the community for advice, "How many knives are too many?", "Perfect dish in a wedding reception, anyone?", and "Is it OK to eat moldy food?".

Much like some of our other active newsgroups, the rec.food.cooking community branches out from its explicit topic. It's not simply a recipe and advice sharing forum, but a place for news and lively discussion about "Sushi chef at Santa Monica restaurant sentenced in whale meat case" and "Trans fat ban".

And ever the philosophical bunch, the conversation can turn to "How do you slice a slice?", "Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Food TV?", and "Food Shame: The Morality of Eating".

Feel no shame. For access to these stories, this newsgroup, and many, many more (over 110,000 newsgroups to match your interests), sign up for a Giganews account today. All accounts come with a 14 day free trial. And without further ado, here is a recipe from Usenet and a story to consider.

And how about a 5 minute black bean sauce rib recipe? (May 6, 2015)

Since black bean sauce has been in play lately, let's rib it up.

Anything from steamykitchen is good eating - no exception here:

http://steamykitchen.com/203-chinese-steamed-spareribs-with-black-bean-sauce.html
  • 1-1/2 lbs pork spare rib (rib tips)
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger (on microplane grater)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
DIRECTIONS:

Cut the spareribs crosswise into 1" - 2" sections. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Transfer spareribs and sauce into a shallow, heatproof pan that will fit inside your wok (a pie plate or 9” cake pan works great.) Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Set steaming rack inside of wok and fill with water almost up to height of rack. Turn heat to high and when water is boiling, turn heat to medium-high. Set pan with spareribs on top of a steaming rack in wok. Steam on med-high heat for 18-20 minutes until ribs are no longer pink. Make sure that when you are steaming that you don't run out of water in the wok. Replenish with additional water, if needed.
Sage and ??? (March 20, 2015)

What other herbs or spices go well with sage? I know about the song, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. What would you season with fresh sage? Talk to me . . .

Janet US

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With pork, goose and duck I love sage and onion stuffing.

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Have you ever done fried sage leaves? Wonderful . Use them as a condiment on many different things.

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Fried-Sage-Leaves

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Fried sage leaves with lambs liver, mmmmmmmm

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Sage leaves in a brown butter sauce is divine. Love it over pasta or anice steak

koko

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Saltimboca.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltimbocca

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Scrapple is sage, black pepper, and marjoram. I also insist in my lamb rub - with rosemary, pepper, and garlic. Sage is also the main component of "poultry seasoning" - along with thyme and marjoram.

-sw

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SXSW Take Back Your Internet Recap

We were honored to be a sponsor of Golden Frog's "Take Back Your Internet" panel and party. It was a great event with lively discussions about the open internet, what the privacy landscape will look like given the new FCC ruling, and much more. At Giganews, we believe in an open internet and privacy online. We were the first Usenet provider to provide SSL connections and we were the first to bundle encrypted VyprVPN service and storage to offer our members tools to take back their privacy online.


Take Back your Internet panel:
  • Marvin Ammori – Internet lawyer, activist, and scholar, Ammori Group
  • Edward Henigin - CTO of Data Foundry
  • Chip Pickering - CEO of Comptel
  • Gigi Sohn - The special counsel for public affairs at the FCC
  • James Waterworth - Vice President of CCIA Europe
Moderator: Rob Pegoraro, Veteran technology journalist

Thanks to all who joined us. You can view photos from the event and check out just a couple of our awesome Giganews members below tweeting out their support of @Giganews.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Giganews Wins Big Judgment Against Perfect 10 For Baseless Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Earlier this week, Giganews secured a significant legal victory. And with it, an important validation of Usenet as one of the essential protocols of the Internet and recognition for the users who rely on it everyday.

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has ordered Perfect 10 to pay more than $5.6 million in attorneys fees and costs to Giganews. In granting Giganews' motion for legal fees, the court recognized that:

"The Usenet services the defendants offer serve to foster an exchange of information or opinion on a particular topic from, say, the music of Wagner to Balkan politics to AIDS prevention to the Chicago Bulls," and the Court took the position that Perfect 10's "unmeritorious claims against the leading Usenet service provider in the country posed a serious threat to the public's access to free and competitive expression."

Giganews is obviously pleased with today's ruling and hopes it will put an end to the tactics of a serial litigator whose primary business model appears to be filing unmeritorious suits and then unnecessarily driving up litigation costs in order to drive a settlement. Though we are pleased, this legal battle has been going on for four years. Any system where it takes that long, and millions of dollars to defend yourself from frivolous lawsuits is flawed. Part of our motivation for continuing the legal fight with Perfect 10 is standing up for the online service providers and Internet companies that are under constant attack from copyright trolls. We have followed the DMCA since its inception and call for copyright law reform to make it harder for baseless litigation to proceed.

The entire judgment is embedded below. You can also download it at this link:

https://truck.it/p/k5p0b1mCCx

Here are a few of our favorite excerpts:

"All of the evidence before the Court demonstrates that Perfect 10 is in the business of litigation, not protecting its copyrights or "stimulat[ing] artistic creativity for the general public good."

"Perfect 10 has a long,documented history of sending service providers inadequate takedown notices under the DMCA that fail to identify specific infringing material, and then bringing suit for the service providers' failure to respond to deficient DMCA takedown notices."

"Despite numerous admonitions that its inadequate notices unduly burden service providers" and reminders that "the burden of policing copyright infringement falls squarely on" Perfect 10, Perfect 10 never attempted to submit a takedown notice in this action that Giganews could actually use. Indeed, even after Perfect 10 admittedly learned of a method to produce a takedown notice in "15 minutes" that would result in almost immediate removal of 90 percent of the Perfect 10 content on Giganews's servers, Perfect 10 refused to do so."

"Perfect 10's lack of interest in helping … actually remove the material from Giganews' servers is all the more salient in light of Perfect 10's admission that it has never taken any substantial steps to avoid copyright piracy from its own website. Perfect 10 has never taken any steps to prevent the images it presents on its website from unauthorized use or instituted any security measures (such as a digital watermark) to identify or track individuals who download images from Perfect 10's website and subsequently upload those photos onto the internet."

"Perfect 10 is not a "starving artist" in need of protection from an award of attorneys' fees – it is a serial plaintiff operating on a self-proclaimed business model of litigation. In light of Perfect 10's well-documented improper motive in bringing suit the Court has little concern that an award of attorneys' fees in this action will discourage "starving artists" from protecting their copyrights. If anything, it will discourage serial litigants from bringing unmeritorious suits and then unnecessarily driving up litigation costs in order to drive a settlement. Such a result is entirely consistent with the purpose of the Copyright Act, and this factor weighs in favor of an award of attorneys' fees."

"Because copyright law ultimately serves the purpose enriching the general public through access to creative works, is peculiarly important that the boundaries of copyright law demarcated as clearly as possible. To that end, defendants who seek to advance a variety of meritorious copyright defense should be encouraged to litigate them to the same extent that plaintiffs are encouraged to litigate meritorious claims of infringement... Thus a successful defense of a copyright infringement action may further the policies of the Copyright Act every bit as much as a successful prosecution of an infringement claim by the holder of a copyright."

Monday, March 09, 2015

VyprVPN "Port Selection" Now Available for Giganews Diamond Customers



For you Diamond customers out there, we've got a neat thing to share with you from Golden Frog. It's a new feature for VyprVPN called Port Selection, and it's now available for Windows and Mac desktop platforms on the OpenVPN and Chameleon protocols.

What and Why Is Port Selection?

Until now, VyprVPN has used a default port when attempting to make a VPN connection. Sometimes the port will be blocked or throttled – by a country, university, ISP, what have you – and this can compromise your ability to successfully connect and encrypt your Internet connection. Port Selection solves this problem and allows you to access a wide range of UDP ports so that you can defeat intentional port blocking or throttling. In short, get more consistent and successful VyprVPN connections by using Port Selection with OpenVPN or Chameleon protocols in the desktop apps.

A Few Things To Know:

  • Port Selection is only available for our Giganews Diamond account, which comes with VyprVPN Pro.
  • Port Selection works for OpenVPN and Chameleon protocols only.
  • Port Selection can be set to automatic or manual. Automatic will scan the ranges specified to defeat port blocking and throttling. With manual selection, you can enter the default ports (443 for Chameleon and OpenVPN256, 1194 for OpenVPN116) or any port within the specified range.
If you're not a Diamond Customer, but you really like Port Selection, you can always upgrade your account from your control panel. Or if you're shopping around for a Usenet provider with VPN, you can get a sample of our Usenet for 14 days free.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Taiwan!



Golden Frog launched a new VyprVPN server location in Taipei, Taiwan. This is the 10th VyprVPN server location in Asia. Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

How to Access the Taiwan VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Taiwan as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to 50+ server locations.


If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

To stay up to date on VyprVPN, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Giganews Facebook, Giganews Twitter, Giganews YouTube Channel, and Giganews Google+.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Golden Frog Added a New VyprVPN Server Location in Panama!



Golden Frog launched a new VyprVPN server location in Panama City, Panama. This is the second VyprVPN server location in Central America. Golden Frog offers unlimited VPN server switching and never throttles your connection. They have over 200,000 IP addresses so server connections are always available.

How to Access the Panama VyprVPN Server Location:

  • VyprVPN Desktop - If you use VyprVPN Desktop, the new server location will automatically be available when you choose your server location.
  • VyprVPN Mobile - To enable Panama as an option using VyprVPN Mobile, simply log out of the app and log back in.
Giganews members with VyprVPN have unlimited access to 50+ server locations across North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Central America.


If you don't have VyprVPN, upgrade to a Giganews Diamond or Platinum account today and get VyprVPN free. If you're not already a Giganews member, we invite you to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

To stay up to date on VyprVPN, please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Giganews Facebook, Giganews Twitter, Giganews YouTube Channel, and Giganews Google+.

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