Archive for the ‘bit-torrent’ Category

Nordic Noir

My wife was asking me about when the latest series of the Killing (aka Forbrydelsen, meaning The Crime) was going to appear on BBC Four.  Alas, that is yet to come, but the Radio Times has announced that more Nordic Noir will be hitting the airwaves soon.  The only one of these new series with a definite start date is the Bridge, which is coming to BBC4 on 21 April at 21:00.

On the other hand, the Radio Times mentions a few other series which have made it to the airwaves on both sides of the pond, Lilyhammer, which was put out by Netflix in the US and NRK in Norway, will show up sometime in the future on BBC4.  The plot line is somewhat hackneyed–Criminal gets put in witness protection, but in this case, he finds himself in a totally different culture.  Steven Van Zandt is basically rediong his role as Silvio Dante from the Sopranos.  The series is OK, but a bit of a stretch.  Jonseing Sopranos fans tend to like it though.

The Danish version of the Killing has not officially made it to the US, which is why I mention DRM here.  Also, its relevant since Lillyhammer was “broadcast” by Netflix over its internet streaming service.  Likewise, the US version of the Killing showed up on the US Cable channel AMC.  It was broadcast in the UK on Channel 4.  Although, I gave the US version a pass. Fans of the Danish series felt let down since the US series tried to make it a cliffhanger and not announce whodunit.

Of course, all the networks would prefer that you watch the version officially sanctioned for your locale.  That means people in the US should not have seen the Danish version of the Killing, or they caught it through the grey areas of distribution: buying another region’s DVDs or downloading from the BBC.  Although, the Killing is readily available in the bit-torrent underground, as I found whilst researching this piece.

Of course, buying another region’s DVDs is the best way for the studios to make their money, short of the BBC coming up with a scheme for non-UK residents to get a licence which doesn’t hit the UK licence holders.  Although, there is still the download underground, whether directly from the BBC or via bit-torrent.

It doesn’t take too long for a show to appear as a bit-torrent after it has been broadcast in the UK.  In fact, one episode of  BBC 2’s White Heat didn’t appear immediately after broadcast on BBC iPlayer.  I almost googled (or used a bit-torrent search engine) it to see if it was on bit torrent.  Although, I can come up with more reasons not to want to go the bit torrent route than to do it.

Amusingly enough, BBC world service radio is rebroadcast through Sirius/XM and Vermont Public Radio in the States, which makes me wonder why they aren’t blocking it to US IP addresses.  World Service TV is not available in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany and Japan.  I know it is rebroadcast via cable in the US on Xfinity (at least WDC). Although, I am not sure the situation in other US media markets.

Personally, I prefer to remain within the law rather than skirt it.  Although, I would feel much better if I could make a contribution to the BBC for all their material that I use.  But, I have no television reception meaning I can’t access the material short of satellite or cable–which I am not paying for! Radio reception in my area is poor, and I access that material through the internet while broadcast.  No “live” viewing–no licence necessary!

Somehow, I find DRM blocking the end user from accessing the material as being counterproductive.  The entire idea is to make sure that the rights holder makes money, but if it isn’t reaching as large an audience as possible–are they really making as much money as they could? And while the free market system talks about personal choice, the ultimate person who should be able to choose is the consumer–not the producer.

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From my iPlayer category, I learned about a series called The Great Offices of State about the Home Office, Foreign Office and Treasury from Joshinomics. I passed on that I thought that Getting Our Way about British Diplomacy was also another fantastic series.

I’m not sure how I missed seeing The Great Offices of State, but I hope that such treasures don’t escape my attention.

As I said before, I wanted to link up with other iPlayer users especially now that the Beeb is trying to tighten up its control on programmes. We’ll see how that works since Great Britain has the largest population of video pirates on the planet!

Not really WordPress related, but American Creation has an intriguing post titled that John Calvin Taught Rebellion to Tyrants is DISOBEDIENCE to God that interests me. There are two thoughts about the War for American Independence and the protestant movement, which would be the Calvinist this post mentions, and the Anglo-Presbyterian view, which teaches that God is the highest law. This view was expressed by the Scottish Covenanters. And gets me into this article Scottish Factors and the Origins of the Second Amendment which I need to reread since these will provide interesting fodder for thought and a possible post.

As another person said, the insurrection myth of the Second Amendment comes from the Scots-Irish line of the American mind. The Covenanter view of the world would make that seem logical for the genesis of that myth. Not sure if I believe it, but as I said, it is a possibility for inquiry.

Anyway, the Bit Torrent thing is very weird to me since it can take forever for a file to download, or they can download fairly rapidly if they are popular. amazingly enough, The Great Offices of State downloaded fairly rapidly with over 40 users on at a time while The Trial of Tony Blair took forever. The best torrent though seems to be ” AERYN The Trial of Tony Blair avi” for those who are interested in seeing the programme.

Posted 18/03/2010 by lacithedog in BBC iplayer, bit-torrent

Michael Portillo, P2P, and Kiddie Porn?

No, Michael Portillo wasn’t arrested for downloading kiddie porn. I think John Major made the comment that the Conservatives didn’t invent sex in regard to scandals, which I just wanted to say even though it isn’t really relevant to this post. Michael Portillo is an upstanding chap: maybe a touch boring, but upstanding.

This refers to my being a bit of an anoraky train enthusiast (not to the extent of train spotting) and wanting a copy of the complete Great British Railway Journeys presented by Michael Portillo. I had downloaded the series from iPlayer, but found out two episodes were unwatchable after it had expired. One, Todmorden to York, had been available in a signed version, but I find signing distracting. Anyway, 14 of the 20 were downloaded in hi-def and it’s so interesting to know that the ticket he buys in the opening sequence is from Exeter St. David’s to Exeter Central. Also, you get to see all the grafitti on the viaduct in the same opening sequence when you see it in hi-def!

Seriously, I felt that I wanted the whole series complete and in hi-def and it was no longer available through the “official channels”, iplayer and just plain off buying it (Likewise The Truth About Christmas Carols is also history meaning that I have to suffer with a low def version–unless the Beeb rebroadcasts it next year). What does one do in such a circumstance?

One goes to the internet and hopes to find a download, which is possible for some popular programmes (e.g., Torchwood, Doctor Who, Being Human, Hotter than my Daughter, and so on). Less so for the arcane (e.g., The Truth About Christmas Carols and Great British Railway Journeys). Actually, Great British Railway Journeys was available on a torrent site, which is where my story takes me.

It seems that P2P technology is an up and coming area in the Child Pornography world. Pornography (and child pornography) has always been available on the internet. Clever distributors have used P2P as a method for sharing this stuff. Quite possibly, very clever ones could hide their wares under titles such as Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys or some other innocuous title.

US v. Borowy details how the kiddie porn images are red flagged. It also mentions how Borowy used LimeWire (a P2P sharing programme) to download this stuff. Furthermore, the fact that one is using P2P to open up your computer to share files means that you are giving up a privacy right. Not that you aren’t waving a red flag to law enforcement by downloading this stuff anyway. I’d like to think that one could claim innocence if you truly thought you were downloading Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys and found yourself watching something revolting instead.

Common wisdom is that you immediately delete the files with some sort of secure wiping software the moment you realise that you are not watching Michael Portillo and the shock wears off. I am not sure how long a period of grace exists for the shock to wear off, but hope that it doesn’t linger more than a couple of hours, or the time it takes for the heat to secure a search warrant. I do like to say that common wisdom isn’t always good legal advice, but it won’t hurt if you are a truly innocent train enthusiast with a love of Bradshaw’s Railway Time Tables and their applicability to modern Britain..

My point is that most of my clients use P2P file sharing in a more menacing way than just downloading songs in the mistaken belief that they won’t get nabbed. The reality is that these images are red flags to law enforcement. Law enforcement’s software is such that nabbing kiddie porn enthusiasts is akin to catching fish in a well stocked barrel. They have their hands full with people downloading vast quantitites of images. You aren’t really anonymous when you do P2P. For example, bit torrent has the possiblity of obtaining the IP addresses of all current, and possibly previous, participants in a swarm from the torrent’s tracker.

Unlike music file sharing, law enforcement is down on the kiddie porn crowd like flies on shit. So, BEWARE!