Posts Tagged ‘p2p’

Research Before Subscribing to a VPN

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a VPN service.

While many would probably disagree, I consider VPNs essential when it comes to improving your privacy and security on the Internet. The past couple of years have seen a surge in VPN services that all try to get a piece of the market that grew significantly ever since Edward Snowden revealed how national agencies tracked users across the Internet. There are big differences between VPN services, from price and availability to privacy and traffic.


Could Netflix Switch to P2P to Lower ISP Pressure?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

I’m not sure how well this would work, but it’s certainly an interesting idea …

Several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the US are pressuring Netflix to pay money to ensure the optimal delivery of Netflix streams to customers. Brian over at Betanews thinks that Netflix should pay ISPs, while the majority of users who left a comment on the article disagree strongly with him. Logic is not always applicable in a business environment, but here is how it stands right now. Netflix pays for bandwidth to the Internet, so that users can connect to the site and stream contents. Netflix users pay their Internet Service Providers as well to connect to the Internet with a certain bandwidth.


So What is a Torrent Exactly?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Here’s a nice, brief explanation of how torrents work and what you need to participate …

After having received numerous emails in the past that asked me to explain what a torrent is, I finally decided to write this little guide to help everyone who wants to know more about torrents, how they work and how you can use them. Many Ghacks reader without doubt know exactly how they can make use of torrents, and it is likely that this guide is not revealing any new information for them. I invite you to contribute to the article by leaving a comment below.


uTorrent 3 Final Bittorrent Client Released

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I know that this has very little to do with networks or equipment racks, but I bet I’m not the only one out there who’s busy filling up a hard drive with torrents …

After what felt like an eternity, the final version of the popular lightweight Bittorrent client uTorrent 3 has been released today. The final version is build 25406 and existing users should see update notifications when they start their client on their system, or by manually checking for updates by selecting Help > Check for Updates. Users of uTorrent 2.x can download the latest version of the program from the official website, where it is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit application for the Microsoft Windows operating system.


Bittorrent Client uTorrent 3.0 Alpha Released

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

It looks like it’s time to update my Bittorrent client (but keep those copyright lawsuits in mind too!)

The Bitorrent client uTorrent has made a huge leap forward today with the release of the first public uTorrent 3.0 alpha build. This continues the release policy of the developers who have always offered access to both stable and development builds of the popular torrent downloader.

The latest stable version offered on the uTorrent homepage is version 2.02, the latest official beta 2.03. Utorrent 3.0 Alpha replaces the latest development release uTorrent 2.x. It is not clear yet why the developers have decided to make the version jump to 3.0.


Judge may dismiss 4,576 of 4,577 P2P defendants from lawsuit

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Wow. Only one valid lawsuit out of 4,577 … talk about a waste of time and resources.

Federal judge Rosemary Collyer sits on the DC District Court, where several of the recent US Copyright Group lawsuits against alleged P2P users have been filed. A few of those lawsuits ended up on Judge Collyer’s calendar, one of them filed against over 4,000 anonymous “John Does” at once.

This week, Judge Collyer issued a terse demand to the lawyers behind these cases: convince me within two weeks that jamming 4,577 people into a single lawsuit is a proper use of the court system.


US Copyright Group Slams Time Warner Cable – While Verizon hands over user data freely…

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I’d be more impressed if Time Warner was doing this out of respect for our privacy rights … rather than just to save money.

As we recently noted, Time Warner Cable is one of the only ISPs fighting the U.S. Copyright Group’s new “copyright-o-matic” mass lawsuit threat campaign. Time Warner Cable has stated that the group — which promises right holders a new revenue stream by scaring P2P users into settling potential lawsuits — is being too demanding in terms of IP address identity requests. The group has now fired back, insisting that Time Warner Cable is “a good ISP for copyright infringers“: