DMCA Experiment, Part 3: Searching For The Delete Triggers

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So far, so good. In the first two steps, we established that anti-piracy firms use bots that check for certain parameters, the most important being keywords or keyphrases. If an exact release name is used as a title (for example Game.Of.Thrones.S05E01.FRENCH.720p.HDTV.x264-Scaph), it seems to triggers a sure takedown, even if the rest of the subject line clearly shows the file …

Highwinds And The New Usenet Monopoly

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Usenet is one of the oldest discussion platforms on the Internet. Long before the World Wide Web with all its flashy websites and services became what we know today, people all over the world discussed politics, programming, or asked where the next episode of Star Wars would be released (remember that one episode of The Simpsons?). Of course, in the …

QuickPar Tutorial – How To Repair Your Downloads

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This article describes how QuickPar works and how to repair Usenet downloads with it. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to create your own parity archives for your own Usenet uploads, please check out our guide on how to upload to Usenet:  How To Upload To Usenet, Step 2: Creating Recovery Using QuickPar Anyone who has been using …

Are There “Exclusive” Newsgroups From SSL-News?

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Usenet was always meant to be accessible to anyone, and especially when it comes to binary newsgroups were all the files we love so much are posted, all are available without any limitations. However, in 2014, some Usenet forums became notorious for some bold claims, concerning so-called “private” or “exclusive” newsgroups. The claim is that these forums (or Usenet posting teams) …

Binreader Configuration Guide

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To use Binreader, you don’t have to go through all the options. Here are the most important things: – Enter your provider information under “Server”. – Activate SSL (encryption) in the same tab. – For maximum performance, check the following option under “Advanced”: “Buffer downloads in memory”, and increase the number of connections until you get full speed. ADVANCED GUIDE: …

NZBClub – Not available anymore

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NZBClub is another free Usenet search engine, and definitely among the better ones out there. Bankrolled by advertising for Usenet providers on its front page, there are almost no ads on the entire site (except for one very annoying exception). Advanced search features allow you to pinpoint file size, newsgroups to search, and age of file, definitely a good thing. …

Encrypted Or Password-Protected Posts – How To Use Them

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Even though Usenet communities have been fighting and discussing about the pros and cons of uploading password-protected content for years, no consensus could be reached. Some argue it protects posts from takedowns, while others argue it is against the spirit of Usenet and blocks out many users from using the upload. Be it as it may, chances are you noticed …