If you use AOL to try and surf newsgroups now, you get the following:
Please Note: The AOL Newsgroup service will be discontinued in early 2005.
For members using AOL over a dial-up connection, you will no longer be able to access Newsgroups. If you have a separate high-speed connection, you can contact your broadband provider to see if they offer Newsgroups. Newsgroup services can often be accessed through a third party reader, such as Mozilla Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/).
Alternatively, you can access Newsgroups via Google at http://groups.google.com/.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
Wow, nothing like cutting out access to a part of the internet, huh? That's like AOL saying "We're not going to let you use the World Wide Web using our software anymore."
Sure, newsgroups aren't the big thing they once were, but it was nice to have the newsreader functionality built in. Now there's one less thing AOL can't do that you can do with the rest of the internet.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a long overdue aquaintance to make with Mozilla's newsreader, now that I've found my ISP's newserver. ;)