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May 25, 2010 2:15 PM

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This is probably a stupid question but I'm curious considering this is my first time and I don't know how this stuff works like policy wise and such...

I knew that was going to happen... i ment university wifi, not school school, like grade school type of school.

and the reason why im asking is because i just tested the speed and it was at 20mb DL and 10mb upload so i'm like OHmaGah!
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May 25, 2010 2:16 PM

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What kind of school would let you install a torrent program on their network?

But yeah, I've done it a couple times. I'm kind of suprised they didn't catch me.
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May 25, 2010 2:16 PM

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Hahahaha, nope. I would never think of pirating shit at school. It's risky enough to get on proxies to go on Youtube and Facebook :/
 
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May 25, 2010 2:16 PM

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CDRW said:
What kind of school would let you install a torrent program on their network?

That too
 
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May 25, 2010 2:19 PM

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Using wifi to bt? I don't have a laptop, but if they can't stop you, why the hell not. Unless it's really slow.
 
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May 25, 2010 2:20 PM

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I knew that was going to happen... i ment university wifi

and the thing is i just tested the speed and it was at 20mb DL and 10mb upload so i'm like OHmaGah!

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May 25, 2010 2:39 PM

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Nope, there's no time. But I use their wifi for direct downloads all the time. Full series. It used to be much faster than in my home.
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May 25, 2010 2:41 PM

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CDRW said:
What kind of school would let you install a torrent program on their network?

Why not?

torrenting isn't illegal.

 
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May 25, 2010 2:43 PM

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MisterSaito said:
CDRW said:
What kind of school would let you install a torrent program on their network?

Why not?

torrenting isn't illegal.
Because it opens them up for litigation when you inevitably use it for illegal means. Because it punches a hole in your firewall the size of Texas. Because it consumes network resources like a rabid wombat, any more reasons needed?
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May 25, 2010 5:07 PM
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MisterSaito said:
CDRW said:
What kind of school would let you install a torrent program on their network?

Why not?

torrenting isn't illegal.


Torrent by itself isn't illegal--unless you download copyrighted stuffs--but it consumes tons of bandwidth, which in turns affects the speed of the entire network.

It may not be illegal, but it is unethical, nevertheless. Think of it like this: there is a chocolate pie for 10 people. (Why chocolate? Because I like chocolate xD .) But one of them selfishly eat a big chunk of it. Now the rest of them don't have as much to share :-'(
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May 25, 2010 5:40 PM
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Nope, I don't download on computers that are not mine.
 
May 25, 2010 6:42 PM
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I don't know any post-highschool institution that doesn't lock their network ports. If you enjoy torrents at dial-up modem speeds, why not?
 
May 25, 2010 6:50 PM

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Where do college students get their connections?
 
May 25, 2010 7:14 PM

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I don't have a laptop but even if I did our university's wifi is pretty slow most of the time.
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May 25, 2010 7:14 PM

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I've done it plenty of times.
 
May 25, 2010 7:20 PM

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No. No real point seeing as the bandwidth is shit to begin with. Unless I am already seeding something or downloading, I wouldn't, though I rarely download in the first place.
 
May 25, 2010 8:07 PM

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My university has pretty good wi-fi. At home my top DL speed is 200kb, whereas at the uni it's 500kb, and that's only an average figure, not the highest it's gone.

However, I'm too scared to use it :< They don't care if you fuck around on youtube or Facebook during lectures, but since torrents skirt the line of legality, they're probably forbidden.

Also, I heard the connections in residence suck. So glad I live at home.


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May 25, 2010 8:54 PM

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I don't generally need to take my laptop to uni so I had never actually considered it before... Now I really want to try it. I'm always going over my download limit at home.
 
May 25, 2010 10:04 PM
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hmmm... I must have torrented at least 2 or 3 terabytes of stuff off the university network, over the course of the last couple years. I would run them while I was in class, ect. torrents are not really allowed, and they try to block them from running, every few months there would be some new block they had, but it was easy to get around each time, and I never got in trouble.... (The IT department had shit for brains, it seems they tried to block machines using IP Addresses rather than mac addresses.... which is precisely why I did not go into that department)...

If I could easily walk around their network like a cakewalk with no actual computer training, what does that say for the university. seriously, I actually was able to do an arp poisoning middle-man attack on their network... and actually pull logins for all the student and faculty network accounts off the network, not to mention I was able to monitor all web traffic for whomever I wanted (if I was actually malicious and not just bored I could have done some good old fashion identity theft)... talk about security, they think just because they got a WPA2 Enterprise encryption that they don't have to have remotely competent staff managing it... >.>
 
May 25, 2010 10:26 PM
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Student's Blackberries messed up our school's internet connection, now to even think of a way to download torrents without getting caught will pretty much be 0 at this point, for me that is.
 
May 25, 2010 10:53 PM

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No. Prefer downloading on my own pc / laptop.
 
May 25, 2010 11:02 PM

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Some universities have their own "in-house" share networks using programs like DC++. Students can download whatever they like from other users and since it is run on the university LAN network, it is blazing fast.

Torrenting on my university network will usually not get you into trouble, unless you are downloading movies/music. Anime is obviously fine. For movies/music we use DC++ to get files from one another.
 
May 26, 2010 1:06 AM

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go for it... use the wifi in the library or something... the internet is for everybody drink up its good...
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May 26, 2010 1:28 AM

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I didn't have a laptop in college (had a desktop at home) and torrents were banned on the school computers, so definitely not.
 
May 26, 2010 1:56 AM

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Well.. I did.
I think ive been downloading a few terabytes over the last few years.
 
May 26, 2010 2:01 AM

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I'm sure most Universities have it locked so you can't install download programs on them (like mine, sigh...). A few of my mates do use direct downloads at Uni and just transfer the files onto their portable hard drives though.
 
May 26, 2010 12:52 PM

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12Gig in 4 hours during class (got to love wireless :P)
 
May 26, 2010 1:38 PM

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You can still watch porn right?(am going to uni in the summer)
 
May 26, 2010 2:16 PM
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I have yet to go to school yet, I enjoy my life the way it is right now. I don't want to give up my job! I would rather work for less cash and enjoy my job then work a job that pays great money but I loath having to do. I have got a few gigs off of other networks that were just not locked.
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May 26, 2010 5:01 PM

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Nabi123 said:
You can still watch porn right?(am going to uni in the summer)

i wouldnt see why not
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May 26, 2010 6:21 PM

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We had some people who did it and the University turned them into the Feds, they had to pay some nice fines. So none of us ever thought about trying it.
 
May 27, 2010 4:32 AM

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No I don't, for several reasons.

1. I dislike torrents and avoid them where I can
2. I don't download on computers that aren't mine
3. Why mess up the school network when I can download at speeds of around 7 Gb an hour at home? The school network is fast but not worth the trouble.
 
May 27, 2010 5:41 AM

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I only download from torrents at home. At school I use hosts like megaupload. Saves my bandwith :)
 
May 27, 2010 8:13 AM

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I never downloaded torrents, however they do let you burn music at my school. Reason I know this is because one of the techs there actually helped when I was first learning how to do it. Looking back, I can't help but wonder if they were even suppose to be doing that in the first place.
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May 27, 2010 10:42 AM

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Never. I never use my university's internet or computers for that matter. I only download torrents from my own internet to my own computer.

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May 27, 2010 10:56 AM

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Not much point when I have my own that's faster than the University net anyways. Plus I never bring my laptop to Uni, leaving my rig on at home to dl while I'm away is easier.

I did use the net on the barracks back in the army though. That is, I tried to. Worst bloody net I ever came across that one.

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