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Proof of Concept: Open Torrent Trackers #bittorrent

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I use bittorrent, in fact I use bittorrent often enough that I look for methods to gains extra seeders and extra peers so I can get the object of my obsession quicker. I also like sharing items, with torrent that would mean I go to the relevant torrent sites and announce the creation of a download by uploading a torrent file which contains a reference to my file on my computer. As I have often stated I am also lazy, which means that I would like to get things into the hands of others with the minimal amount of effort.

I have taken the time to read some of the specifications of bittorrent – I wouldn’t call myself an expert – and discovered that it is possible to add trackers to a torrent file and even if those trackers didn’t originally contain a reference, in the form of an info_hash key, to the torrent they will be registered with the tracker. Which saves me some time when seeding files.

So I did a little experimentation yesterday and created a list of trackers which would automatically pick up the file. Naturally I searched for existing files, which include well known trackers using various torrent sites, after collating the list and removing the duplicates I created torrent files containing these lists and added the torrent trackers to the files. And waited for the trackers to pick up the file. Which trackers listed below did, you might recognize PRQ which is a free speech haven in Sweden.

To my disappointment the torrents where not listed on the torrent sites who’s trackers picked them up. So the next step is to discover which trackers, not listed below, will pick up and publish the torrent finding it in a web spider. The torrents can be found in trackerlist – 20110618.torrent and trackerlist – 20110619.torrent, the last one being seeded only by this link (private on pastebin).

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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USENET still going strong, and more environmentally friendly than BitTorrent 😉 internet torrent http://ow.ly/1ak0Gh

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

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USENET still going strong, and more environmentally friendly than BitTorrent ;) #internet #torrent

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2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posts

I like pronouncing things dead as much as the next guy, and don’t feel bound by facts. As I previously said in Death of USENET I don’t think is dead, and neither do the statistics[1].

Usenet traffic per day

The war against trackers and users of bittorrent continues while all these movies and CDs can easily be downloaded from USENET servers across the world without too much trouble and without revealing your IP to the world. The ISPs are slowly removing this service for their customers, opting rather to deal with the increased traffic to their network uplink rather than promoting the use of the USENET servers they host containing exactly the same material as their leeching customers want.

Besides from cheaper for the ISPs, it’s also more environmentally friendly! 😉 Rather than wasting bits and bytes and the network impact that has on the internet it’s a form of recycling where the ISP uses a limited amount of bandwidth to download the data from it’s peers and redistributes this to the users who are going to download illegally any way. These left over bits and bytes can be used to transport more important things, or can be turned into art projects by art students.

  1. Usenet traffic today (wikipedia)

Images courtesy of Marc Smith and Wikipedia.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

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Airport to scan laptops for “illegal” downloads

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Thanks to Jeremiah Cornelius who send me the article Airport scans for illegal downloads on iPods, mobile phones and laptops

“iPods, mobile phones and laptops could be examined by airport customs officials for illegal downloads under strict new counterfeiting measures being considered by G8 governments this week”

In the Netherlands it is perfectly legal to download “illegal” content, but not to upload it. It falls under a copy for personal use, whether you have the original or not. So when I travel my computer has some “illegal” data on it. According to a recent consumer program on Dutch TV since the actual downloading takes place in the Netherlands where it is legal to download the rest of the EU can’t do anything about it.The problem is that they will try to enforce it even when the illegal act took place in a country where it wasn’t illegal.

Another problem is that I can make copies for my personal use in most European companies, I’m not going to bring my collection of movies and music when I travel I want to bring my music. How can they proof that I downloaded it?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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