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Anybody want to explain Usenet to me like I'm seven?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cheesesteak, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Jun 15, 2011 #101 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    It means the individual number connections to their server. Sometimes users need more connections in order to max out their speed. But nobody needs 50 connections. That number is just marketing.

    Ideally you want to use the least amount of connections that allow you to max out your speed. On average it can run anywhere from 8-12 will allow you to max out your speed. The number can be different for everyone though. Add or subtract the number of connections that work best for you. Try to figure the minimum needed that allow you to max out your speed.

    To many connections can affect your computer/internet performance.
     
  2. Jun 15, 2011 #102 of 1642
    Ment

    Ment Active Member

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    Blocknews, since you are buying a fixed number of GB doesn't care if multiple people from multiple IPs use the acct at the same time. That may be one situation where a larger number of allowed connections would help.

    My rule of thumb is start at 2 connections and add 1 connection per additional 2 MB of max speed allowed by your broadband plan.
     
  3. Jun 16, 2011 #103 of 1642
    gsorel

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    Easynews has launched a Summer Special !

    The Easynews Summer Special includes up to 100 gig of free downloads over 14 days
     
  4. Jun 16, 2011 #104 of 1642
    orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    My ISP's provider of choice (NewsHosting) limits the total number of connections to 4. I've had occasion where SABnzbd tries to open a new connection to get an article before an old connection completely closes. As a result, I get "Too many connection" messages in SABnzbd. About a month ago, NewsHosting restricted my account. The following is the support correspondence with NewsHosting:

    and my reply:
    No further replies came from NewsHosting regarding Server-side acknowledgements...
     
  5. Jun 16, 2011 #105 of 1642
    The Spud

    The Spud Rather be cruising TCF Club

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    Am I SOL if a file is too damaged to be repaired, short of resorting to torrents?
     
  6. Jun 16, 2011 #106 of 1642
    orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    Not enough PAR files? More than likely, yep, SOL. I've had found (but damaged) files, not enough PARs for repair, and switched my "backup" (read: paid) and "primary" (read: free) servers, then redownloaded and replaced the damaged file with success. Is that an option you could try?
     
  7. Jun 16, 2011 #107 of 1642
    IndyJones1023

    IndyJones1023 Archeologist

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    Yeah, Game of Thrones episode 2 is corrupt. :D
     
  8. Jun 16, 2011 #108 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    Many usenet users buy a usenet block to use as a backup. They configure their usenet client to use the usenet block account as a backup server. The client will try downloading the missing/damaged parts from the backup server in hopes of getting the complete file. If the file was corrupted while being uploaded then it most likely is damaged on all usenet servers. Other times using the backup server will allow you to get the file intact. But it's no guarantee.

    The important thing is to choose a back up usenet provider that is different then your primary usenet provider. In other words, if your using a Highwinds provider don't use a backup that is a Highwinds reseller. Newshosting, Usenetserver, Newsdemon, Thundernews, ect. are all Highwinds. Use two of these providers won't give you an independent backup.

    Reliable backup providers are Blocknews.net and Astraweb.com. Users generally buy a usenet block from either of these two. They have the best completion out there. Both are different providers and are not Highwinds.
     
  9. Jun 16, 2011 #109 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    HBO, content is target by DMCA take down notices on Highwinds and Giganews usenet providers. If you download new HBO stuff quickly then it's no problem. But if you try downloading at a later date, then it can be an issue.

    Blocknews.net, Usenetnow.net and Astaweb.com currently don't have much if any trouble with DMCA take downs.

    Buying a block account to use a backup when you run into DMCA problems can help. Blocknews.net and Astraweb.com sell block accounts. Most usenet clients allow you to set up a second usenet account as a backup server. The client will try downloading the missing parts from the backup server automatically. Many times this allows you to get the file successfully.
     
  10. Jun 16, 2011 #110 of 1642
    The Spud

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    I've tried a Highwinds reseller and Blocknews, same result.

    TVTorrents has the same show available, is there a way to just download the missing stuff from TVTorrents and combine it with what I have already downloaded?
     
  11. Jun 16, 2011 #111 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    I'm afraid that you can't do that. Torrents and Usenet kind of like apples and oranges.

    Have you tried maybe downloading a different version of the show? Say if the standard definition version is damaged then try downloading the HD version. Or vice/versa. Maybe try searching for different releases of the same episode.

    Out of curiosity what is the show your trying to get? If it's damaged on Blocknews, then most likely it was a bad posting in the first place.
     
  12. Jun 16, 2011 #112 of 1642
    The Spud

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    Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. It's a series that aired from 1998-2001. It was posted to Usenet 726 days ago. I'll probably just get it from torrents, I've already wasted enough time (and bandwidth) for a show that probably isn't as good as I remember it. :p
     
  13. Jun 16, 2011 #113 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    That is a rather obscure tv show from the 90's. Not really popular enough to get reposted on usenet. From what I remember of it, not that good of a show. But to each their own. :)

    I thought you were having trouble with a more recent/current show. I was a little puzzled when you said you had problems with it on Blocknews. Blocknews usually has the best completion.

    After a quick check the original posting of this series was messed up to begin with. Who ever posted it never bothered to fix his upload of this series. Since the show isn't that popular it never got reposted.

    In this situation, torrents my be the way to go to get this tv series.
     
  14. Jun 16, 2011 #114 of 1642
    Azlen

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    Still maybe of interest because Ryan Reynolds was in it and it was Nathan Fillion's first regular prime time TV job. I also thought Jillan Bach was kinda cute.
     
  15. Jun 16, 2011 #115 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    From what I can tell, this series hasn't been released on DVD yet. Any copies out there are recordings made by viewers.
     
  16. Jun 16, 2011 #116 of 1642
    The Spud

    The Spud Rather be cruising TCF Club

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    Not to mention Traylor Howard as the girl.

    There seems to be 2 torrents out there for this show. One is 8gb (the same files as the one that didn't complete on usenet) and a 14gb one. The 14gb doesn't appear to be very well seeded as it would take 1-2 weeks to get. The 8gb one is at both TVTorrents and Demonoid and looks like I could get it within a day. I'll have to wait either way, since I'm getting close to my Comcast cap
     
  17. Jun 16, 2011 #117 of 1642
    cditty

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    Is there any way to get sabnbzb to better filter duplicates? So far, I've gotten the last ep of Game of Thrones 3 times now. I'm only using NZBMatrix as a source.
     
  18. Jun 16, 2011 #118 of 1642
    innocentfreak

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    Any reason you just don't use Sickbeard? It seems like it would be 100x simpler.
     
  19. Jun 16, 2011 #119 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    Are you using RSS feeds?

    Might try and tweak your filters on your feed. Maybe be more specific on show names/releases.

    Under SABnzbd Configuration:

    Switches / Queue / "Detect Duplicate Downloads" - Discard

    Another shout out for "Sickbeard". It's the closest you can get to Tivo like functionality.
     
  20. Jun 16, 2011 #120 of 1642
    danterner

    danterner Not it!

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