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BitTorrent and Comcast

Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by Twriter, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. Twriter

    Twriter Get a Mac!

    Feb 25, 2002
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    Here's an interesting article about Comcast disrupting some BitTorrent up/downloads.

    Here's a key quote:
    "Comcast's technology kicks in, though not consistently, when one BitTorrent user attempts to share a complete file with another user.
    Each PC gets a message invisible to the user that looks like it comes from the other computer, telling it to stop communicating. But neither message originated from the other computer — it comes from Comcast. If it were a telephone conversation, it would be like the operator breaking into the conversation, telling each talker in the voice of the other: "Sorry, I have to hang up. Good bye."

    I've never used BitTorrent, but this really bothers me. Are any other Comcast users experiencing interrupted downloads?
    --- John B.
  2. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

    Jul 26, 2001
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    Technically, Comcast could be putting themselves into a legal 'grey area'. It's now against the law to 'spoof' packets, i.e sending packets of data pretending it originated from somewhere else. It was put in place to help prosecute spammers and the originators of denial of service attacks.
    In essence, this is exactly what Comcast is supposedly doing: They are sending packets claiming to be from you to another party, and as such, spoofing. That's a big no-no...
  3. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

    Feb 14, 2002
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    just use USENET ;) I don't like 100 people connected to my computers...
  4. merky1

    merky1 Member

    Feb 24, 2005
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    USENET is the next RIAA target....

    I think that its sad that bittorrent is being targeted, since it has so many positive uses.

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