Dialog is an older windows app, with powerful filtering abilities compareed to most (more modern) news readers; including regex and custom scripting -- if you want to take things that far (expect a steep learning curve to employ regex, and custom scripts).
Sadly it is no longer supported by the author, but it runs well on XP. Under 7 (64-bit) I see some quirkiness with the GUI, but I'm able to work around it with minimal effort. Support is mostly user to user, on news.software.readers. If you read/write German there is an active group de.comm.software.40tude-dialog.
FWIW, I'm having pretty good luck using thunderbird - you can make a custom entry into the filter for "newgroups", and then just discard the ones with the flame NGs and almost all the screaming nonsense goes away.
Suck it up and get out a credit card. Agent works like a Timex - Takes a Lickin' and Keeps On Tickin'.
The same people who complained that they weren't going to buy Agent
1.0 because they wouldn't be around long to support it, and it would never get updated and upgraded...
Are the same people still bitching about "the Cost!!" trying to save the $30 for a full copy, or $5 -10 - 15 for an upgrade. Gawdddd. >_<
They "break" Usenet with new features like encryptions and newer formats and compressions, Agent has an upgrade out before it goes live. Same thing with the changes they've made in Binaries. You have a Support problem, they're right there.
I've been almost completely happy with Free Agent, then Agent, since version 0.96 over a decade ago. The only missing piece of tech I'd like is to be able to kill by person. If a troll's name was in the text of a message (or quoted by some idiot) I'd like to kill it before download. They still don't do text searches. DRAT!
Other than that, Agent is perfect.
-- Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. -- Thomas Jefferson
No Free Agent anymore, their website explains why. Cost for the full version is relatively trivial, works out to about $3-4/year for me. If filters are what you want, it delivers. If you're a regular expression guy, this is the tool for you. And you can try before you buy. A lot of free software is worth what you pay for it. I use my copy of Agent to do both usenet and email. Kills the junk, sorts incoming into the proper folders. Mailing lists are still out there and I'm on a few, this makes it easy to keep up.
It would go a lot like this story.... Do you know the secret handshake?
Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews) - Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers "duct taped inside fast food restaurant dumpsters," according to police officials.
"Something just went wrong, "said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest. "Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong."The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups, "growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older women wearing leather or fur coats," decided to protest the annual motorcycle club event "in a hope to show them our outrage at their wanting to use leather in their clothing and motor bike seats." "In fact," said the organizer, "motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it. ergo, they should stop."
According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage
1960's era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting "you're murderers" to passersby. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha began.
"They peed on me!!!" charged one activist. "They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me 'La Trene', and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!"
Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several bikers "farted on their heads."
Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the ongoing nature of the investigation; however, organizers for the motorcycle club rally expressed "surprise" at the allegations.
"That's preposterous, "said one high-ranking member of the biker organizing committee. "We were having a party, and these people showed up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names, and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them to the party! What could be friendlier than that? You know, just because we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we bent over backwards to make them feel welcome."
When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activists meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and 'farting on their heads,' the organizer declined to comment in detail. "That's just our secret handshake," assured the organizer.