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What's the go with Torrents these days?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by vladtepes, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. vladtepes

    vladtepes Member

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    Well I finally have a 100/20 NBN plan as opposed to 1.5 / 0.2 Mbps ADSL so torrents would be worth doing now.

    However I had heard along the way that torrent sites have been blocked now?

    (I don't have a VPN in case that matters)

    Perhaps someone could 'catch me up' on the current state of play please - and if torrents are still a thing, what program is best?

    Thanks
     
  2. power

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    there's DNS blocking on the sites themselves. don't believe traffic would be affected though.
     
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  3. mr camouflage

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    Yeah, they block the sites via their (your ISP's) DNS servers. So for instance if you were using someone else's DNS servers (eg CloudFlares 1.1.1.1, 1.0.0.1) then ....

    Also you can use a browser with a built in VPN like Opera for browsing those websites
     
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  4. dirkmirk

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    Surely this is a thing of the past?

    With good internet connections and movie rentals and subscription services?

    In the too hard basket these days IMO!
     
  5. waltermitty

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    If you want specific content that you cannot find on streaming services or buy, there's torrent communities that cater to this, and archive impossible to find media better than the creators often do.
     
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  7. power

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    imo everyone should whack cloudflares DNS into their router anyway the way the govt are carrying on these days.
     
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  8. Sphinx2000

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    • Still very much a thing.
    • Use a different DNS provider, such as Google (8.8.8.8) or Cloudflare (1.1.1.1) to get around any ISP censorship. VPN isn't necessary.
    • Private sites are way better than public sites for speed and content (don't ask for details), but you need to maintain more than 1:1 uploading to downloading or you will be kicked. Sharing is caring.
    • Plenty of clients out there, even NAS servers can do it these days. Most casuals use qBittorrent client https://www.qbittorrent.org/
    Have fun.
     
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  9. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Always have been viable, and still very much are. Older uTorrent client still the preferred choice.
     
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  10. guy.incogneto

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    Even if you get past the website being blocked. If your downloads aren't on a VPN, and your IP is tracked as downloading an illegal file.
    Don't the owners of the media send a copyright infringement to your ISP and you get a warning? 3 warnings and a ban? Is that still a thing?
     
  11. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    Hahaha, no. The Australian government is still struggling to understand how the Internet works.

    Good lord please don't listen to this person. Ancient builds of proprietary, ad-ware clients are a bad idea.

    Stick with open source clients. Plenty to choose from.
     
  12. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I have no doubts it still is. But it's a case of small fish in a big sea, numbers game.
     
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  13. guy.incogneto

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    Just depends on luck I guess

    There was the Dallas Buyers Club case a few years ago which had me worried about torrents. My dad recently got a warning from his ISP for downloading a movie.

    If you're into tv shows and movies, it's impossible to watch what you want. You need like 7 subscriptions and then even some like HBO which you can't get in Australia you still have to stream "illegally" using a USA vpn.

    Since the start of music subscriptions, I can get everything I want with one subscription, so easy and stopped me using MP3s years ago! I haven't opened Winamp in ages :lol:
     
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    It's not music or movies I'm looking for but, that aside, which music subscription do you mean as I find plenty of songs missing from apps like Spotify which I pay for..
     
  15. power

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    rights holders are making so much money from streaming services piracy is niche again.

    they also tend to target those that run the sites or the dumb ones who upload shit early (like that nob that uploaded some Nintendo shit).
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Yeah that one scared a lot of people off terrenting :lol:

    And because of aal these deals with providers you get this situation where stuff is split between platforms. Not ideal. And I guess another reason why people will torrent.
     
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    I've been using Google music from the start. Has all my old stuff and keeps up with the new.
    Might be different depending on what you're listening to.
     
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    I've heard some people live on Torrents, just make sure your ISP doesn't throttle P2P traffic moreso than overall speed. I've also heard qBittorrent is stable.
     

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