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DeadBeacon

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Are we allowed to talk about torrents here if we don't specifically name what we're going to download?

Just a how to.
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I'm not sure. Should be a Mod in about 1 1/2 hours.
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Lots of results on a search of torrents at GLP but they don't really get much attention.

I wonder if it's because people don't know how to use them or if everybody knows how to use them and just don't ever view the threads.

Surely most people know about torrents by now, right? 1dunno1
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They're ascared. The word torrent alone conjures images.
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"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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02/07/2013 04:51 PM
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putin

Sites use GEO location based on your IP address. This will do NOTHING to prevent that.

Basically they match up your IP address, (which you can't block sites from seeing unless you connect via a VPN service) against a database that is freely available from providers like Maxmind, here test it out for yourself:

[link to www.maxmind.com (secure)]

if you still believe OP.
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02/07/2013 04:53 PM
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You're the man Op.cool2
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Thank you!!!



Yer Awesoooooommmmme!
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putin

Sites use GEO location based on your IP address. This will do NOTHING to prevent that.

Basically they match up your IP address, (which you can't block sites from seeing unless you connect via a VPN service) against a database that is freely available from providers like Maxmind, here test it out for yourself:

[link to www.maxmind.com (secure)]

if you still believe OP.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18475264


Yes, I agree.....so they've got me narrowed down to my city of 179,000.... it ain't down to the yard!

Edit: the coordinates took me to my local server.......4.9 miles away.

Last Edited by DeadBeacon on 02/07/2013 04:57 PM
:Canadian F::State of Texas:

"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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02/07/2013 04:55 PM
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hmm i get navgation cancelled whne i type about:config in my browsers address bar.
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02/07/2013 04:56 PM
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thanks OP... when did the browser thing and when I tried to post here I got banned... how does that come???
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Are we allowed to talk about torrents here if we don't specifically name what we're going to download?

Just a how to.
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I'm not sure. Should be a Mod in about 1 1/2 hours.
 Quoting: DeadBeacon


Lots of results on a search of torrents at GLP but they don't really get much attention.

I wonder if it's because people don't know how to use them or if everybody knows how to use them and just don't ever view the threads.

Surely most people know about torrents by now, right? 1dunno1
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They're ascared. The word torrent alone conjures images.
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I've been using torrents since they first came out when everybody was still using Napster and Kazaa. lol

I have never one time received a letter from my ISP or anybody else for that matter.

If you know what you're doing and only download from trusted members, they are extremely safe.

I can't recall a single virus caught from them either to be honest. I always scan mine though before I open them.
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02/07/2013 05:04 PM
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Thanks OP for the reminder! hf





Speed up your Firefox


about:config


Several tweaks required for this

Config name: network.http.pipelining
Default: False
Modified value: True

Config name: network.http.proxy.pipelining
Default: False
Modified value: True

Config name: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
Default: 4
Modified value: any value higher than 4, but not more than 8

Config name: network.http.max-connections
Default: 30
Modified value: 96

Config name: network.http.max-connections-per-server
Default: 15
Modified value: 32
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This one is worth repeating. Excellent!!!! Mid-page 4 for those coming on later tonight.
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Absolutely! I forgot to thank that guy for posting that.

Excellent info for people with slower computers.

Thanks man!
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All of my threads are OPEN SOURCE!!!!

Add what you got!
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i have higher values in these two:

32 = Config name: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
Default: 4
Modified value: any value higher than 4, but not more than 8

256 = Config name: network.http.max-connections
Default: 30
Modified value: 96

NOT FOUND: Config name: network.http.max-connections-per-server
Default: 15
Modified value: 32

Should I just leave it alone?
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If you're using Opera, and search for

geo.enabled

you get a not found message

so you have to check "show all', then scroll down to Geolocation, and uncheck the box that says

Enable geolocation
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Excellent! Thank you!

I use FF, so I'm not familiar with Opera much.

Great post.
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It doesnt work on IE. How do u do it in IE?
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hmm i get navgation cancelled whne i type about:config in my browsers address bar.
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I haven't heard that one yet but you're back and it didn't happen again, right?

Looks like you're good to go.
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02/07/2013 05:07 PM
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Dude.

You are awesome. You need to offer your services for a nominal fee. I'd pay you to help me out!

hf
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02/07/2013 05:09 PM
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
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02/07/2013 05:11 PM
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
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Best line of the day!
:Canadian F::State of Texas:

"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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02/07/2013 05:13 PM
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This one is worth repeating. Excellent!!!! Mid-page 4 for those coming on later tonight.
 Quoting: DeadBeacon


Absolutely! I forgot to thank that guy for posting that.

Excellent info for people with slower computers.

Thanks man!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


All of my threads are OPEN SOURCE!!!!

Add what you got!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


i have higher values in these two:

32 = Config name: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
Default: 4
Modified value: any value higher than 4, but not more than 8

256 = Config name: network.http.max-connections
Default: 30
Modified value: 96

NOT FOUND: Config name: network.http.max-connections-per-server
Default: 15
Modified value: 32

Should I just leave it alone?
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No you can go ahead and adjust them.

Just remember, as with all types of repairs, remember what you did so you can go back and change it if problems pop up.

The worst thing that can happen if things ever go sour, is you will have to uninstall all of your browser (including personal settings data) and reinstall a fresh copy.

But remember, if you do that, you will automatically be at the default settings again and need to rest your personal preferences.
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02/07/2013 05:16 PM
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
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Best line of the day!
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Lol

rockon
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02/07/2013 05:17 PM
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What a pathetic post, wtf is this pined aswell ?. Yuo r IP addy tells them excatly where you are. You can try to hide that but you have to log on through your isp. So then their addy is loged at other end. How do you think they get hackers in the end. You can bounce it around as much as you want, but at the end of the day you still have to go through an isp's main hub, so no matter how much you try to spoof or go through a proxy as long as you are at home there is no way of stoping what local exchange you have loged into being loged.

Dont believe what you see in films of them trying to trace and then they cant. The only time they cant is if the perp logs of and disconects then the trace will stop.
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Dude.

You are awesome. You need to offer your services for a nominal fee. I'd pay you to help me out!

hf
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I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. lol

I enjoy helping, especially when I'm poking my finger right in "the man's" eyeball.

Glad I could help man.
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
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Best line of the day!
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lmao
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02/07/2013 05:19 PM
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5 stars OPhf
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What a pathetic post, wtf is this pined aswell ?. Yuo r IP addy tells them excatly where you are. You can try to hide that but you have to log on through your isp. So then their addy is loged at other end. How do you think they get hackers in the end. You can bounce it around as much as you want, but at the end of the day you still have to go through an isp's main hub, so no matter how much you try to spoof or go through a proxy as long as you are at home there is no way of stoping what local exchange you have loged into being loged.

Dont believe what you see in films of them trying to trace and then they cant. The only time they cant is if the perp logs of and disconects then the trace will stop.
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This ^^
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
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To try to set your mind at ease a little, or maybe not. lol

If the "authorities" (public servants) want to find out what you're doing online, as a few people have already mentioned in this thread, there is very little you can do. Your ISP ALWAYS knows where you've been and they keep records.

The fixes, laid out on this and other threads of mine, are more geared towards preventing the corporations and advertising leeches and the creeps who like to remotely turn on your webcams and mics on the net from accessing you or actively tracking you very little if at all.

Do these fixes stop everything? I think we would be a little naive to assume that. It does, however, puts in place a line of defense that will at the very least slow them down if not stop most of them altogether.

VPNs have been mentioned that hide your IP, that's another layer of protection.

Using Tor and search sites that don't record your IP is another.

Making sure you know how to properly delete internet files stored on your computer and how to say no, GLOBALLY, to people turning on your webcam or microphone remotely.

Things like that.

It's the whole package that really gets it right but in the end, anytime you are on the net you should assume someone is in fact watching you and act accordingly.
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02/07/2013 05:34 PM
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glp gathers more data than any browser ever could, so why you here?

just use a paid vpn, 10 bucks a month and your internet communications are encrypted.
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32899686


To try to set your mind at ease a little, or maybe not. lol

If the "authorities" (public servants) want to find out what you're doing online, as a few people have already mentioned in this thread, there is very little you can do. Your ISP ALWAYS knows where you've been and they keep records.

The fixes, laid out on this and other threads of mine, are more geared towards preventing the corporations and advertising leeches and the creeps who like to remotely turn on your webcams and mics on the net from accessing you or actively tracking you very little if at all.

Do these fixes stop everything? I think we would be a little naive to assume that. It does, however, puts in place a line of defense that will at the very least slow them down if not stop most of them altogether.

VPNs have been mentioned that hide your IP, that's another layer of protection.

Using Tor and search sites that don't record your IP is another.

Making sure you know how to properly delete internet files stored on your computer and how to say no, GLOBALLY, to people turning on your webcam or microphone remotely.

Things like that.

It's the whole package that really gets it right but in the end, anytime you are on the net you should assume someone is in fact watching you and act accordingly.
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To add to this and this is towards the naysayers as well.

It is very difficult, if not impossible to get a conviction based solely on an IP address and "they" know this.

How many people in the house that use that PC?

Are you using a router that is capable of being hacked and piggybacked?

You see where I'm going with this?

But if they have an IP address with just one or two more locators with personal information in them, or they hijack and copy your hard drive with all the index.dat files still in tact, they can start to paint a picture of you and begin to track you down.

This is just one step, among many, that makes that more difficult to do.

And I say, any help we can get, we'll take!
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02/07/2013 05:39 PM
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What happens if someone uses an iPad for 90%of web surfing...with a home wifi?

I worry about all the conspiracy sites I go to, lol
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To try to set your mind at ease a little, or maybe not. lol

If the "authorities" (public servants) want to find out what you're doing online, as a few people have already mentioned in this thread, there is very little you can do. Your ISP ALWAYS knows where you've been and they keep records.

The fixes, laid out on this and other threads of mine, are more geared towards preventing the corporations and advertising leeches and the creeps who like to remotely turn on your webcams and mics on the net from accessing you or actively tracking you very little if at all.

Do these fixes stop everything? I think we would be a little naive to assume that. It does, however, puts in place a line of defense that will at the very least slow them down if not stop most of them altogether.

VPNs have been mentioned that hide your IP, that's another layer of protection.

Using Tor and search sites that don't record your IP is another.

Making sure you know how to properly delete internet files stored on your computer and how to say no, GLOBALLY, to people turning on your webcam or microphone remotely.

Things like that.

It's the whole package that really gets it right but in the end, anytime you are on the net you should assume someone is in fact watching you and act accordingly.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33873648


To add to this and this is towards the naysayers as well.

It is very difficult, if not impossible to get a conviction based solely on an IP address and "they" know this.

How many people in the house that use that PC?

Are you using a router that is capable of being hacked and piggybacked?

You see where I'm going with this?

But if they have an IP address with just one or two more locators with personal information in them, or they hijack and copy your hard drive with all the index.dat files still in tact, they can start to paint a picture of you and begin to track you down.

This is just one step, among many, that makes that more difficult to do.

And I say, any help we can get, we'll take!
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As OP-AC said so well, we all know that you're not gonna stop the three letter alphabet agencies from finding you...they will if you give them cause. It's the daily crap that the OP-AC is trying to help you with.

*steps down off soap box*
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"Misunderestimating is only 5/4 th's of the problem"!

"Some choose to hear, few decide to listen".

"Question what you know and know why you question".

"GLP will never be the sane...uhhh...same".

"The markets will determine the fate of government intervention, not government intervening in the market".
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Word-up!
"They cannot see what's-up if They are looking down." (TastyThoughts)
"Something is smelly! Something is smelly, like an old barnacle encrusted shoe washing ashore in the middle of summer." (TastyThoughts)
"Yes happy Earth day. Now go tell the wicked to stop damaging the Human Species therefore/and the Earth; For, they are discombobulating the entire Universe and upsetting the Most High God." (TastyThoughts)
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I'm thinking of doing a general computer repair/advice thread to help out with day to day computer issues.

I spend a LOT of time on GLP so I would be able to actively watch the thread for issues people are having. I'm no computer scientist, but I have picked up a few things over time that a lot of people don't really know about.

Let me know what you guys think!
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Do it do it do it rockon
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These posts are truly awesome.

I've made a file on two computers so I can store these directions forever.

Thanks.
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These posts are truly awesome.

I've made a file on two computers so I can store these directions forever.

Thanks.
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Now you're thinkin. wink
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There is a way to keep the alphabet agencies off your trail. It just requires a laptop and a great deal of discipline. It isn't something you would employ for common browsing, but for "anonymous" type stuff.

There's no secrets or software or tricks. It's really plain old common sense. You simply make sure that that laptop never crosses paths with anything that comes back to you. No real email, no home internet, or any internet that requires personal id. The laptop must not be traceable to you in any way. Did you register anything when you bought it? Did you buy an extended warranty or offer up your phone number at the checkout counter? If you aren't using it the battery isn't in it.

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