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Offline Eichizen

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #25 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 03:54:44 PM »
Limewire is not torrenting.
It supports torrent files though the last time I used it

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #26 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 04:00:08 PM »
It allows BitTorrents, but it's a filesharing P2P programme.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #27 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 04:26:56 PM »
It allows BitTorrents, but it's a filesharing P2P programme.

isn't the definition of a torrent pretty much a P2P transfer?

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #28 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 04:36:28 PM »
The only similarity between the two is that they're P2P.

Limewire and any other similar one use decentralized sharing. When you search for a file, it searches other people, who are using the same programmes, computer to see if they have that file to share.

For a torrent to work, you need sites set up with Magnet links or the  .tor files, and for one person to start it. After the initial downloading/uploaded is done, you still need seeders to allow the leechers to download the file, and they need the magnet link or .tor file.

The way it's downloaded is also different. Torrents are done by swarm downloading, where you don't download the file from A - B, rather you download from A - Z and pick up random pieces of the alphabet whilst you're downloading it.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #29 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 06:12:03 PM »
The only similarity between the two is that they're P2P.

Limewire and any other similar one use decentralized sharing. When you search for a file, it searches other people, who are using the same programmes, computer to see if they have that file to share.

For a torrent to work, you need sites set up with Magnet links or the  .tor files, and for one person to start it. After the initial downloading/uploaded is done, you still need seeders to allow the leechers to download the file, and they need the magnet link or .tor file.

The way it's downloaded is also different. Torrents are done by swarm downloading, where you don't download the file from A - B, rather you download from A - Z and pick up random pieces of the alphabet whilst you're downloading it.

Clearly I lack the expertise, they still sound the same to me, I'll bow to your superior knowledge on this subject.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #30 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 06:17:50 PM »
Basically torrents allow you to obtain pieces of a file from people who don't have a complete download.

With limewire, someone needs to have the ENTIRE file downloaded to be able to share it.
With torrents, someone only needs a piece of the file to share it.

Anyway, I have an IP blocker set up for peace of mind, but also have protocol encryption enabled. Yeah it reaches less seeders because of the encryption, but I'd rather have that, then being unencrypted.

ISPs don't check on your activity. These anti-P2P companies track your IP, then notify your ISP, and then the ISP is obligated to deal with you. For all they care, you're paying to use their service, so why would they want to hunt you down if not forced to?
« Last Edit: Saturday March 06, 2010, 06:20:57 PM by insanecrazy07 »

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #31 on: Saturday March 06, 2010, 06:25:40 PM »
If I can, I use direct downloads but when it comes to it I use torrents.
Most people get caught for uploading rather than downloading.


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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #32 on: Sunday March 07, 2010, 01:04:38 PM »
I live in Indonesia. The government SIMPLY DOES NOT CARE about piracy. ;)

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #33 on: Sunday March 07, 2010, 01:09:16 PM »
I live in Indonesia. The government SIMPLY DOES NOT CARE about piracy. ;)
But America does buddy

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #34 on: Thursday March 11, 2010, 10:49:54 PM »
can anyone recommend a ip blocker?

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #35 on: Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:18:20 PM »
I use ipfilter.dat

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #36 on: Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:24:47 PM »
I know some ISPs just throttle P2P users during peak hours now instead of "catching" you, so it's unlikely that they'll do something about it. They would most likely send you a letter if you use a torrent/P2P client constantly, and when I say constantly, I mean 3-4 weeks non-stop without closing the client. :X

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #37 on: Friday March 12, 2010, 03:29:00 PM »
I use ipfilter.dat
But blocking peers doesent really do much

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #38 on: Friday March 12, 2010, 10:36:25 PM »
Torrents are probably safer than direct download because you can get virus/crap. Too bad Pirate bay is gone...
that is like the torent data base...
Anyawys, I don;t download much (except for updates, etc.)

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #39 on: Friday March 12, 2010, 10:37:17 PM »
direct download is safer than torrents if the site is trustworthy. Torrents are far safer than all other forms of P2P though.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #40 on: Saturday March 13, 2010, 03:23:17 AM »
Too bad Pirate bay is gone...
eh? ive just been looking on there

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #41 on: Saturday March 13, 2010, 04:41:48 PM »
Torrents are probably safer than direct download because you can get virus/crap. Too bad Pirate bay is gone...
that is like the torent data base...
Anyawys, I don;t download much (except for updates, etc.)

Pirate Bay is only "gone" if you live in Ireland and use an eircom connection.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #42 on: Sunday March 14, 2010, 11:50:33 AM »
Piratebay wanted to buy a country to put their servers on! Quite cool. Some artificial island called 'sealand' But yes, i dont know many ISP's that ban the pirate bay. Except China but the government owns the whole internet  there.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #43 on: Sunday March 14, 2010, 01:57:14 PM »
I am unlikely.

I do not trust torrents.
I do not trust them. My dad doesn't trust them either.

*facepalm*

If you or your dad have no clue how to use torrents safely, then yes they are dangerous.



You do know what p2p is right-it's the same as limewire, kazza, winmx and ares.


Torrents are safer than all of those generally...though an ip adress blocker is handy :)

I use ipfilter.dat

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #44 on: Monday March 15, 2010, 02:59:07 AM »
*facepalm*

If you or your dad have no clue how to use torrents safely, then yes they are dangerous.



You do know what p2p is right-it's the same as limewire, kazza, winmx and ares.


Torrents are safer than all of those generally...though an ip adress blocker is handy :)

* hYpNoS IS getting this



"You do know what p2p is right-it's the same as limewire, kazza, winmx and ares."

P2P is not the SAMEAS, P2P sharing is the broad term to describe those programmes. They are all categorized differently.

"Torrents are safer than all of those generally...though an ip adress blocker is handy :)"

Not really. They give you piece of mind, that's all. Who do you think sets the lists of IP's to block? And if someone is 'tracking' you, they won't be on that list.
« Last Edit: Monday March 15, 2010, 03:00:52 AM by Paddette »

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #45 on: Monday March 15, 2010, 06:04:41 AM »
I am never going to get caught as long as i live in the philippines. american security tracking only can track people who live in america meaning they can't do anything to anyone outside the country. besides, torrent isn't illegal in the philippines.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #46 on: Monday March 15, 2010, 05:58:57 PM »
I am never going to get caught as long as i live in the philippines. american security tracking only can track people who live in america meaning they can't do anything to anyone outside the country. besides, torrent isn't illegal in the philippines.
Torrenting may not be illegal, but the games/movies/music is. And besides many people outside of america get tracked by the american film makers. Look at China or Australia for example.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #47 on: Monday March 15, 2010, 06:00:21 PM »
they can track anyone in the world, they just cant legally take action against anyone outside the US. Not that it stops them.

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #48 on: Tuesday March 16, 2010, 07:56:47 PM »
they can track anyone in the world, they just cant legally take action against anyone outside the US. Not that it stops them.

I saw 'Panorama' on BBC last night. It was about illegal music downloads. These guys could just see what you where downloading and even hack into other peoples broadband and use their internet to download their illegal files! Pretty cool. Just shows you how easy it is. They also said thay proxy servers where the only 'fool proof' solution but its still not 100% safe..
Watched it LL? Your English and being on the net, you should be intrested in the 'net police' no? ;p

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Re: How likely are you to get caught downloading torrents?
« Reply #49 on: Tuesday March 16, 2010, 08:00:04 PM »
I saw 'Panorama' on BBC last night. It was about illegal music downloads. These guys could just see what you where downloading and even hack into other peoples broadband and use their internet to download their illegal files! Pretty cool. Just shows you how easy it is. They also said thay proxy servers where the only 'fool proof' solution but its still not 100% safe..
Watched it LL? Your English and being on the net, you should be intrested in the 'net police' no? ;p

Panorama is a scaremongering program, it has very little factual accuracy. Only one I watched was the one about wireless networks and I was completely appalled at how blatently incorrect it was.