Google is doing newsgroups now,

Google is doing newsgroups now, and with’s database behind them, they’re going to do a damn good job of it. For instance, here’s comp.soft-sys.matlab, the newsgroup devoted to the product I work on, MATLAB. As they say in their FAQ page, “Our goal is to offer improvements both in the quantity of postings available and in the ease and speed of searching. It’s exactly the kind of mind-numbing, brain-sapping, brute force mud-wrestling with gigabytes of unruly data challenge that we enjoy.” Amen.