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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

What makes you say that? I guess sketchy streaming with Kodi plugins has popped up semi-recently, but I haven't really heard of anything new and groundbreaking lately.

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NAB OP wrote

i mean i suppose i have no definitive proof, but these days it seems like I can get almost everything from websites that get taken down but go back up from time to time. Mabye Im just the weird one not using a torrent, idk. But I have not used one whatsoever yet, and I only started pirating in recent years, and it sounds like things like limewire and utorrent used to be the norm.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

Networks like Gnutella (Limewire) have definitely become less popular. One of the primary reasons is the death of Limewire itself, although other clients such as gtk-gnutella are still in active development and work fine. The other reason is that searching is done p2p within the network itself and is easily flooded with garbage. I've never really used it myself but I've heard horror stories of people searching for music or movies and accidentally downloading everything from malware to child porn.

One advantage of BitTorrent is that only file data itself is shared within the network and searching is done out-of-band, generally on a website like TPB/KAT or a private tracker, which allows those websites to moderate torrents. Public trackers generally do their best to get rid of malicious garbage that plagues Gnutella and other networks like it, and private trackers not only do that but also moderate for quality and remove low-quality uploads, either whenever they're discovered or whenever a better alternative comes along depending on how strict they are.

I do occasionally find myself using Mega or whatever other scummy file upload sites on the rare occasion that I can't find a torrent of something (generally comics or ancient software), but that's pretty rare. BitTorrent traffic is estimated to make up at least 50% of internet traffic, so it's definitely still popular.

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NAB OP wrote

idk if I buy 50%, but okay.

For me, I still have never used a torrent. I suppose this is likely because sites like... well im not naming any, have things such as movies online for free, and things that require product activation these days can usually be downloaded as a trial for free from the manufacture, and then cracked after the fact with key hackers that are widly distributed everywhere and likely not even illegal since there are still legitmate reasons to use them if you have a genuine licence but dont like activation servers.

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