My ISP's news server is crap. How can I read cam.*?
Certain ISPs commonly used by cam.* readers have very poor news servers which are often overloaded so people want alternatives. The three most popular options are:
Use Google Groups - they offer access via the web to all the cam.* groups, here's cam.misc
Run your own local news server possibly combining feeds from your ISP and other free sources. Some contributors use Leafnode