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(The Inquirer)   Bittorrent releasing mobile app so you can legally download gigs and gigs of copyrighted content on the road as well as at home   (theinquirer.net) divider line 13
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2014-02-17 01:36:56 PM
Because there aren't enough ways already to blow through your monthly data.
 
2014-02-17 02:02:18 PM

BizarreMan: Because there aren't enough ways already to blow through your monthly data.


Eh, I've long used the jailbreak torrent client when I've had to travel for long periods of time and was in hotels but didn't have a computer that I could bring along easily. Yeah, using it over cellular is stupid, but if you're on WiFi it makes perfect sense.
 
2014-02-17 02:18:02 PM
this has been out for awhile, actually.
 
2014-02-17 03:25:12 PM
Bye, bye Ms. Unlimited bytes...
 
2014-02-17 05:05:28 PM

Ashyukun: Eh, I've long used the jailbreak torrent client when I've had to travel for long periods of time and was in hotels but didn't have a computer that I could bring along easily.


Remote Desktop, VNC, Teamviewer, LogMeIn and everyone else sharing the same network would like you to take a moment to consider other ways you could more productively use crummy hotel internet.
 
2014-02-17 06:29:34 PM
People still trust BitTorrent (the company) for anything?  Isn't most/all of their software now closed source?

Transmission seems like the best of a mediocre lot.  Azureus got corrupt long ago.  But I'm a once a year torrenter kind of person so I don't know what the cool kids are running.  Last I checked the cool kids didn't seem particularly concerned about the auditability of their software.
 
2014-02-17 10:13:22 PM
Hah jokes on you. I live in a country that doesn't contribute anything to entertainment so we have lax copywrite laws

/not really, just hate that argument
 
2014-02-17 10:27:52 PM
I didn't know BT was still around. I figured with all the PirateBay lawsuits et all, BT would hide a little.
 
2014-02-17 10:42:42 PM

macross87: I didn't know BT was still around. I figured with all the PirateBay lawsuits et all, BT would hide a little.


I think it's been trying to go "legit" (deals with content owners, DRM, etc.) for a while now. Of course the open protocol survives independently.
 
2014-02-17 10:42:56 PM

utah dude: this has been out for awhile, actually.


The BitTorrent download client app has been around for a while, but the new BitTorrent Live app that the article is about hasn't been publicly released yet. It's sort of like Google Hangouts but based on P2P.

/BitTorrent employee
 
2014-02-17 10:52:55 PM

MrEricSir: utah dude: this has been out for awhile, actually.

The BitTorrent download client app has been around for a while, but the new BitTorrent Live app that the article is about hasn't been publicly released yet. It's sort of like Google Hangouts but based on P2P.

/BitTorrent employee


Hey MrEricSir, am I wrong about the closed source? Does BT provide its customers/users any means to ensure that TLA and/or **AA backdoors are not riddling your software and services?
 
2014-02-17 11:55:08 PM

Far Cough: MrEricSir: utah dude: this has been out for awhile, actually.

The BitTorrent download client app has been around for a while, but the new BitTorrent Live app that the article is about hasn't been publicly released yet. It's sort of like Google Hangouts but based on P2P.

/BitTorrent employee

Hey MrEricSir, am I wrong about the closed source? Does BT provide its customers/users any means to ensure that TLA and/or **AA backdoors are not riddling your software and services?


BitTorrent provides open source libraries for some of the core components like uTP, the DHT resolver, etc. (it's all up on GitHub, FYI) but you're right in that the apps themselves are closed source. There's always Process Monitor on Win32 to see what our software actually does to your computer and what it sends over the network, but I don't know off the top of my head if there's anything like that for Android.

These days the NSA makes BitTorrent Sync look like a good alternative to cloud services. This is just a guess but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a push to have a third party do a security audit of Sync, if not open source some/all of the app. That said, I know the difficulty firsthand of making any revenue at all when your software is open source.
 
2014-02-18 07:50:46 AM

MrEricSir: Far Cough: MrEricSir: utah dude: this has been out for awhile, actually.

The BitTorrent download client app has been around for a while, but the new BitTorrent Live app that the article is about hasn't been publicly released yet. It's sort of like Google Hangouts but based on P2P.

/BitTorrent employee

Hey MrEricSir, am I wrong about the closed source? Does BT provide its customers/users any means to ensure that TLA and/or **AA backdoors are not riddling your software and services?

BitTorrent provides open source libraries for some of the core components like uTP, the DHT resolver, etc. (it's all up on GitHub, FYI) but you're right in that the apps themselves are closed source. There's always Process Monitor on Win32 to see what our software actually does to your computer and what it sends over the network, but I don't know off the top of my head if there's anything like that for Android.

These days the NSA makes BitTorrent Sync look like a good alternative to cloud services. This is just a guess but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a push to have a third party do a security audit of Sync, if not open source some/all of the app. That said, I know the difficulty firsthand of making any revenue at all when your software is open source.


Hey you raised $50K for a Linux only mail client; that's actually impressive. Sorry it didn't work out.

Thanks for the forthright reply.
 
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