Archive for September, 2012
I’ve said in the past that using a provider’s EU server as a backup is a good way to get around completes, but that is no way of getting around a DMCA takedown.
All US providers will have to do the takedowns on their EU servers as well. No way around that. If they didn’t follow through with the takedown on all of their servers, that would open themselves to legal problems.
This is why I’ve always told people to get a dutch provider as a backup server. If you’re primarily getting console games, then you’re going to be out of luck on US servers. At least for the major ones.
If getting console games is important, you might want to invest in getting an unlimited account overseas. The retention will probably be around 800 days or more. Pricing is tiered by speed.
Tweaknews is worth a look, but there are others out there.
Old, I know.
Hope all of you guys got an account before they closed registrations.
I’ve been bouncing around nzb.su, nzbs.org, and dognzb.cr got the last few months. Can’t quite make up my mind which one I like the most. Loyalty brings me back to nzbs.org, but sometimes I feel like nzb.su is slightly better. But then I’ll eventually wander over to dognzb.cr.
No one perfectly replicates each other’s indexes. NZBs.org seems to mostly pick up only group releases from IRC channels. Nzb.su and Dognzb are both better at picking up uploads uploaded by people who aren’t part of an IRC group. So the results tend to be a little better.
Dognzb.cr has a one time fee, but I feel like they’ll probably have to start some kind of annual fee. Or close, but who wants that? I’d gladly pay a little bit to keep dognzb open and have an account.
If you’re new to Usenet, I’d head right over to NZB.su and get an account right now. Hell, even if you’re only thinking about it. You should go get an account. All of these sites tend to close up their registrations quick, and having that one account can mean the difference between a good indexer or being relegated to NZBMatrix or a forum.
Edit: DogNZB zeroed out everyone’s invites, so getting in will be extremely difficult.
Couchpotato looks completely different now. I haven’t installed it on my own box just yet. But it’s looking really good.
For the uninitiated, CouchPotato is an automatic NZB and torrent downloader for movie. Like most of these projects, it works with SABnzbd. You can easily add movies into a ‘I want’ list, and CouchPotato will do the rest.
As always, I recommend running from the Python source, as that will always keep you up to date.
Don’t forget to friend them on Facebook too
I saw that in the dashboard for incoming search links, and it made me laugh a little. I always like it when people are asking their search engines honest questions .
Although, to answer this question, I guess it really depends on what you mean by censoring. Most people who happen to run across this site will probably be looking for files. I’ve talked about how Giganews, Astraweb, and Highwinds all do DMCA takedowns. I’ve always been a big proponent of getting a euro block account. No way around it, in my opinion.
But what if this guy wasn’t wanting to download files? What if he was one of these old school dudes who was in it for the text discussion. In my experience, this one can get kinda tricky. Well, maybe not. The only issue I’ve ever seen is that Giganews, at least in the past, wouldn’t always show PGP signed messages from users that had posted them. Giganews would show PGP signed messages from users on other providers. Haven’t tested if this is still the case.
news.mixmin.net is my favorite for just regular straight up text. You won’t get any binaries here, but it is good for text. Most people I know think of it as a pro-free speech anonymous usenet provider. Haven’t quite tested that. To post I believe you have to use SSL on port 563.
Doesn’t seem like much has changed on the usenet landscape over the summer.
Astraweb is finally cracking down a bit on DMCA complaints. Pay-per-view MMA are the only targets I know of right now. Giganews is jumping on those fairly quick too. Still a good idea to have a backup block account in the Netherlands. They won’t be hit with DMCA takedowns.
Unfortunately for Astraweb, they’re starting to be a victim of their own success. A few years ago, only GigaNews was taking down usenet uploads. Even then, they’d just take down parts of it, and leave enough for the parchive to repair. Hardly a take down.
Now we see full uploads being yanked left and right. If you like MMA or console games, usenet is becoming a little inhospitable.
I’m not quite plugged into those two scenes, but I wonder how people in the trenches are getting around these problems. The usual choice is to just slap a password on the RARs. Works fairly well, but you have to be in the loop and know the password.
I hope passworded archives aren’t the future for usenet. I don’t want to search through forum posts to find a simple download. We’ll all be saddled with nzbmatrix or a forum style. I suppose programs like SickBeard could adapt, but who wants that.
Perhaps release groups could feed their passwords to auto-indexers, but there are problems with this too.
If it gets too hot, I’ll just switch to a euro provider, even if the retention isn’t that great.