I know I shouldn’t be too surprised, but you’d think there would be some honor among thieves. Omgwtfnzbs certainly doesn’t.
Grabbing the cash and running is bad enough, but keep an eye on your statements in case something worse happened.
***UPDATE: Seems as though he might have set up shop at a new domain. http://omgwtfnzbs.org/
***Update 2: Just found this in my inbox:
remove this post asap its a lie!
owner of omgwtfnzbs.com
Feeling all alone in this crazy post-NZBMatrix world? Wanting to reconnect with your old friends? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! A refugee forum has been set up on Matrix.nux.sx. It’s still kind of small, hopefully more people will start to wander in.
They also have IRC up at #NZBMatrix.chat on p2p-network.net
I can’t vouch for the quality of these, but better than nothing.
NZB-SA - Haven’t signed up myself, but commenters seem to like it.
Usenet-Crawler - NewzNab Index with open registrations. 1,000 API hits a day.
NZBZombie – New NewzNab site but open registration.
NZBFinder – $10 gets VIP with 5,000 API hits
nzbTV.net – Basic NewzNab site
Nzbs2Go – Open registration
NZB7 – Open registration
MuttNZB – Open registration
FileSharingTalk NZB Kind of an old but not very well known NZB forum. Server is a little spotty, but still good.
NZBgeek – Forums based NZB indexer.
newzNZB - New, similar to NZBx.co. Broken, but still taking VIP donations. NZBsRus They apparently still up. Only available for $9.99 for VIP in BitCoins. Might want to try the ones above first. Now VIP only. $12 in BitCoins. NZBRoyalty - Not too bad for an NZB forum. They like to password a lot of their uploads, and they’ll disable your account if you never contribute. Registrations closed by admin.
Remember, account hoarding is key for the long term.
And if you know of any others, please let me know.
Look NZBMatrix was bad for the community. No way around that. A lot of the DMCA takedown problems Usenet was having was specifically due to NZBMatrix. They knew it, and so did just about everyone else. But NZBMatrix isn’t the root problem. It’s the actual posts.
Newznab is the best way forward. It’s fairly easy to run, and you can get it set up in a single afternoon. Instead of having a few big NZB indexers, we’re starting to see smaller community projects. A single small Newznab site with only a few hundred users is much less of a target than a giant such as NZBMatrix.
Only, we could all have the most reliable indexers, and we could still be facing DMCA problems. I don’t think we’re quite at the point of being able to have community run Usenet servers. I wish we were, but even a low retention server would still be insanely expensive.
The big problem is the Usenet Providers themselves. US providers have to takedown posts, or they’ll become liable. No way around it. Would be better if they could drag their feet a bit. Or make the requester to jump through more hoops than simply emailing in the NZB.
At least more people are already moving towards the NL providers, but they aren’t 100% immune either. But we still have the posts themselves being the problem. Obfuscation isn’t a real answer, since that is bad for the community in general. It could be made to work, but more creative people than me will have to figure it out.
Seems as though NZB.su accidently opened up registrations last night, and too many of you got in. Welp, some of you might get removed. If you already had your account pruned, at least you know why.
The rest of you lucky ones. I’d make sure you get VIP as soon as NZB.su opens up payments again.
Edit: If you still have your free account. Congratulations, looks like you’re safe for now. They’re all done pruning accounts.
I know quite a few people will be rejoicing, but there will also be the refugees. For a while, many people viewed NZBMatrix as poisonous to the NZB community. Merely because copyright trolls liked to use it too for takedowns.
If you’re here, and a refugee, you already know what indexers you need to get on. So it’s just a matter of joining IRC or some forums and trying to network. But until you can find an invite or NZB.su or DogNZB open up registrations.
But there is one alternatives. Simply, welcome to the world of searching headers.
Find the release name on Orlydb and then search that exact string on Binsearch. Make sure that the file sizes match up and you should be good to go.
As most of you know, Newzbin2 closed their doors this week. Frankly I’m surprised that they lasted this long. The sketchy way the new management got the site back up and running always seemed like they would close down any night.
I had no love for NewzBin2, but I am sad to see Mysterbin close down. In the current climate, I don’t blame him. Maybe the code will be released for someone else to pick up the flag and run with it.
NZB.su is still the best bet for people without an indexer.
You shouldn’t need an invite to join.
Guess that isn’t true anymore. Sorry guys.
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.
Looking for another Newznab site for API calls in Sickbeard or Couchpotato? KERE.ws is one of the newest Newznab indexers. It is all in German, but if you’re just wanting additional API calls on top of what you get with NZB.su, it is a good site to have.
They’re hosted on Sweden on domain that wasn’t registered a domain that is outside the jurisdiction of the US Government. They’re thinking ahead at least. No one wants their domain seized. They’re running Newznab plus and they’ve enabled raw search. Even if you can’t read a bit of german, if you’ve ever used NZBs.org or NZB.su, you’ll feel right at home. KERE.ws has been up since about New Years.
So far they’ve only indexed about 50 days. I don’t blame them for not wanting to backfill. It would take forever. Seeing someone use it kind of has me interested in trying out Newznab for my own again.
TorrentFreak is reporting that Newzbin2 is now going to use their newzbin2.es domain. Pretty smart in the current climate. I imagine the closing of MegaUpload has given them some extra urgency.
Many similar sites have gone to the same solution. The US Government can only seize US domains, so by moving a site to a non-US domain, it makes seizing it much harder.
More interesting is that Newzbin2 is now wanting to start their own VPN service. With everyone getting so amped up about privacy, it’s no small wonder why this is becoming a booming business.
Like last time I wrote about VPNs and Usenet, I still don’t think it is useful for most people. It gives people peace of mind, which is worth something. I doubt that it would help fully protect your privacy except against your ISP or anyone on your home network.
Due to the amount of webtracking, people are anonymous in name only on the web. That WSJ article discusses how easy it is to de-anonymize data. The WSJ interviewed Peter Eckersley, a scientist for Electronic Frontier Foundation. He could nearly identify someone with even just a little information. In fact, he was able to narrow down their test subject to just one of 64 people in the world. And that was just by knowing just a small sample of his browsing habits.
Depending on who you are worried is watching your traffic, using a VPN won’t help very much if all of your browsing habits are the same.