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Old 11-15-2009, 04:26 PM   #1
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Default New series of Top Gear on in 35mins (minor spoilers)

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not on my guide menu
Unless you get BBC (not BBC-America), you won't be seeing it. However, there will be torrents available in a couple of hours.
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Yeah I think I only get bbca
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I think Directv just carries BBCA. Damn it...
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www.finalgear.com you newbs. You can download it in 720p this season.
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www.finalgear.com you newbs. You can download it in 720p this season.
Bookmarked !! Thanks now i can get my fix whenever.
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OMGEE why not 1080p! Everyone runs an hdmi from their comp to their 1080p TV nowadays, geez.
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OMGEE why not 1080p! Everyone runs an hdmi from their comp to their 1080p TV nowadays, geez.
Heh. I'm just happy for 720p finally. Should look nice enough through the component video cables I'm using to connect to my 1080p TV.
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www.finalgear.com you newbs. You can download it in 720p this season.
I forgot all about that...
Downloading it now. Thanks
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Hooray for the Dacia Sandero!
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Hooray for the Dacia Sandero!
Man, they just love breaking May's heart. I lol'd when the tractor trailer did it in.

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Man, they just love breaking May's heart. I lol'd when the tractor trailer did it in.
The moment Jeremy brought out the keys, one word immediately came to my mind: Piano.

I was actually kind of saddened that the car wasn't more fully destroyed.
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Thanks for the reminder dudes, new season looks sharp in HD even if it isn't 1080p. Streaming to PS3 w/ HDMI cable FTW...
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Can anyone school me, or teach this torrent stuff to a download newb like simply how to do this. I left downloading with napster, but would love to see these episodes. Is there any Torrenting for dummies sites out there.
How safe are torrents to your machine? I really don't want to open a back door for leaches of my computer info.
Helpful hints and ideas would be optimal. Which sites are used. Ive seen few... VUSE. Bittorrent... etc. What is recommended?
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Careful torrents are dangerous for tech noobs, scan EVERYTHING you download with antivirus software.

Torrents can be great just check comments and reviews on torrent sites before you hit the download link.

You will need some sort of software to download them with and then you find things to download on torrent search engine sites (mininova.org,thepiratebay.org) just a few popular ones
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Dacia Sandero!
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I use bittorrent to download, piratebay.org to find the torrents. I was just like you, left napster to use Oregon State University's FTP, and didn't really download much after that. My friend hooked me up with bittorrent and it's super easy

PS: let's add a "spoiler" warning to the title
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Can anyone school me, or teach this torrent stuff to a download newb like simply how to do this. I left downloading with napster, but would love to see these episodes. Is there any Torrenting for dummies sites out there.
Like most 133t file-sharing systems of the past 15 years, it's somewhat user-hostile. Not as bad as jumping into UseNet for the first time (those guys make us look like a bunch of Care Bears.)

First, download uTorrent. This is the application that you use to do the actual downloading.

Second, find a search engine. MiniNova and Pirate Bay are the big ones. FinalGear usually has the latest Top Gear episodes. I have a couple of invites to TheBox, if anybody is into British TV generally, and I apologize in advance if I don't give you one, but they're pretty hardcore about making sure that invitees seed, lest I be punished. (If this didn't make sense to you, don't worry, just read on.)


Order of operations:

First, you use a search engine to find a .torrent file. This is just a tiny little piece of data that contains pointers. You download the .torrent file to your PC, usually direct from the search engine site.

Next, you open the .torrent file with your Torrent client, such as uTorrent. The client connects to the swarm (peer group) and starts downloading the actual file(s). Torrents can (and often do) contain multiple files.

The reason for the added complexity (separating the search engine from the access server) is robustness. Every .torrent usually has multiple trackers, and the trackers themselves are scattered far and wide. You can take one or two down, and the swarm goes on unaffected. Previous filesharing systems had a single point of failure. This doesn't.


Terminology:

Leech: One who is currently downloading a file, even if you are also sharing the parts you already have.

Seed: One who has a complete copy of the file, and is sharing it. A Leech becomes a Seed once the download is finished.

Peer: Another machine to which your PC is connected at any given time, downloading from, uploading to, or both simultaneously. (Torrents break the file into many pieces, so it's quite common for me to be downloading one piece from you, while at the same time you're downloading a different piece from me, while both of us are also downloading other pieces from other places.)

Tracker: Central server that maintains pointers to all members of the swarm.

Swarm: All the people who are uploading / downloading a particular torrent.




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How safe are torrents to your machine? I really don't want to open a back door for leaches of my computer info.
The act of downloading itself is relatively safe, particularly for video files. Your only worries here are being jailed for copyright infringement or having your internet access throttled or cut off by your ISP. Both seem to be relatively uncommon.

Now, if you're downloading games or apps, you really need to have a dedicated machine (or virtual machine) for opening and scanning them. Viruses / trojans / etc are pretty common in these packages. Reading the comments for a particular torrent will often reveal whether previous downloaders have encountered problems, though of course a lot of those folks are idiots who wouldn't know ASCII from EBCDIC if both were latched onto their ******* and biting furiously.

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