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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. Jan 5, 2016 #1601 of 1720
    KungFuCow

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    How many connections are you using?
     
  2. Jan 5, 2016 #1602 of 1720
    vertigo235

    vertigo235 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I think around 12
     
  3. Jan 6, 2016 #1603 of 1720
    logic88

    logic88 Well-Known Member

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    I guess this only works when the card auto-fails? I emailed them to cancel my Astraweb account (I'm back to Tweaknews for now) and my account stopped working on the day that it was supposed to. Oh well. ;)
     
  4. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    Where does SABnzbd store error messages? I've been having issues with SABnzbd this past week. I'll download an nzbd file and the yellow SABnzbd icon shows up in the icon tray in the bottom right corner. I also see SABnzbd.exe in the Windows Task MAnager. A few seconds later, the icon turns green but hovering the cursor over that icon shows that 0 bytes are being downloaded. About 20 seconds after that, the green icon totally disappears and SABnzbd.exe disappears from task manager. The SABnzbd web page never even tries to load.

    I had this problem two weeks ago off and on. I'd also get a message that some other app was using the port and to try loading from the cmd line and using port 9001. That didn't work. A reboot would temporarily fix the issue. I noticed that I was on an old version of SABnzbd and updated to the latest version. Everything worked as normal for a while and now I'm back to the issue of SABnzbd never loading. I can't even get to the configuration page to try changing ports. I located the sabnzbd.ini file but I'd like to know what the actual error I'm getting is before I mess around with settings in there.

    This started about two weeks ago. I haven't installed anything new on this computer recently other than Windows updates and I've had the same issue across two versions of SABnzbd..
     
  5. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    My SABnzbd problems seem to have stemmed from the latest update to my vpn software. I restored my system back to a May 12th restore point. Updating SABnzbd to the latest version worked at that restore point. It died when I updated the vpn. I emailed the IPVanish people. They stated that people have been complaining about their latest update and are working on a fix. We'll see what happens when that comes down the pike.
     
  6. Malcontent

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    I don't think you really need to use VPN when downloading from Usenet. For torrents, yes. As long as you use SSL with usenet that should be enough. Since your downloading from Usenet and not uploading (sharing) your not at risk. Usenet providers don't monitor what you download just how much. With SSL your ISP can't tell what your downloading.

    Using a VPN with usenet adds more overhead that you don't really need but if it makes you feel safer then the peace of mind is worth it.
     
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  7. ACoolDude

    ACoolDude Well-Known Member

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    This has been my experience, years and years using usenet over SSL, no VPN - no issues.

    2 warning emails on consecutive days over same song downloaded via a torrent without a VPN by my son. (When he could have just listened to on Spotify at the time :rolleyes:)
     
  8. Jun 1, 2016 #1608 of 1720
    jeremy3721

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    Newbie to Usenet. Any current recommendations or who I should use and who has open registration right now? Looks like a few folks recommend Supernews on Reddit so thinking about trying that out
     
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    vertigo235

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    Supernews is really good for new releases , they are fast and reliable, but the older stuff is missing due to DMCA takedowns.

    In currently use supernews and astraweb.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2016 #1610 of 1720
    jeremy3721

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    Any hints on how to find the good version of a file in the sea of crap? I need to.do more.research obviously but I don't understand why some files are password protected.
     
  11. Jun 2, 2016 #1611 of 1720
    Worf

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    The reason you got a warning letter was torrents - because you're uploading data, what the media companies do is camp out on popular torrents and record down all the IPs who send them data. You pretty much have to set your torrent client to leech only and upload 0 data to not get caught.

    Usenet is pure downloads, so even without SSL, you won't get a warning letter - the only way they can tell what you downloaded would be to actually spy on your internet connection which would mean you have far bigger problems than just downloading files.

    As for passwords, the main reason is content identification - on usenet, you can bet media companies are scanning all the uploads and doing takedowns of copyrighted files. The easiest way around it is to put a password on the archive which means manual intervention is required to scan the files, which takes effort and is unlikely to be done. You may note that filenames are also randomized - again, for the same reason.
     
  12. Jun 2, 2016 #1612 of 1720
    Malcontent

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    Frugalusenet offers 600 days of retention for $5.00 a month. It has great customer service. Since all of my downloads are automated 600 days is plenty for me.

    If you use a good indexing site you shouldn't have problems with passwords. The indexer will filter most of them out for you.
     
  13. Jun 2, 2016 #1613 of 1720
    logic88

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    My impression is that uploads are password protected to force users to visit certain sites. Either to gather ad impressions or to entice users to pay for a subscription.

    As Malcontent mentions, good indexing sites should filter out these files.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2016 #1614 of 1720
    Malcontent

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    Blocknews Independence Day 2016 - Block Special - 100Gb for $8

    https://billing.blocknews.net/signup/I7TSNQaO

    Anyone who only downloads occasionally from usenet might be interested in buying some non expiring usenet blocks (quota). $8 for 100 Gb is a good deal.

    Blocknews resells Highwinds. Blocknews is very reliable and they have excellent customer service.
     
  15. Jul 2, 2016 #1615 of 1720
    laria

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    This is a different provider than Astraweb, right? I'm still working on a 1 TB block I bought from Astraweb in some sale a few years ago. I still have 963 GB left. :D
     
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    Malcontent

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    Yes.
     
  17. Jul 2, 2016 #1617 of 1720
    laria

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    Ooops. :eek:

    I went to buy it and I thought, hrm, I did have a BlockNews account as a backup before, I better make sure whatever it was I bought is all gone.

    I apparently bought 25 GB and only have used 2.8 of it. Glad I double checked! :D
     
  18. tigercat74

    tigercat74 Lets go Bengals!!!!!

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    Anybody use Sonarr with an Apple computer? I'm thinking of using it to download shows but all I have is a MacBook Pro. Does it work well or should I look into getting a Windows machine. Thanks in advance.
     
  19. vertigo235

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    It should work fine I know a few people who use it on Mac with no problems.
     
  20. Jeff_in_Bklyn

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    I use it on a mini and have no problems.
     

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