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ChaTo (Carlos Alberto Alejandro CASTILLO Ocaranza)
chato at chato.cl
Mon Apr 7 00:50:03 PDT 2014
An answer to the "single point of failure" of having a URL to pull the
content is to use a secure distribution mechanism.
I think a great candidate is BitMessage, which I have been using for
some months now: https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Main_Page
BitMessage is a secure peer-to-peer communications protocol that allows
you to broadcast a message (or receive a broadcast message) without
revealing your IP address.
On 04/06/2014 11:41 PM, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> Hi list,
> streaming please take over the popcorn-time project? It looks like it
> was developed pseudonymously by at least three teams now which have
> all disappeared (probably due to pressure from Hollywood).
> If you haven't heard of it, see:
> Why should this interest you?
> * Licensed GPL v3
> * Has the most user-friendly interface I've seen in a piece of free
> * Runs on GNU/Linux, OSX, Windows
> * Streams downloads efficiently and uses Bittorrent to seed while the
> user watches (with no setup or intervention by the user)
> * Accessibility. Looks like the project is getting bullied with a
> game of whack-a-mole, probably due to pressure from Hollywood. AFAICT
> there is no new technology being used-- the original devs used mostly
> pre-existing libs to make something that is easy to use. What
> everyone on this list can do using Transmission and VLC can now be
> done by non-experts.
> How to stop the game of whack-a-mole?
> There needs to be something like a "popcorn kernel" team. It should
> use exactly the same API as the software currently does, but just have
> a place where the user can type in an address from which to pull the
> content. It'd be pretty easy to host a tracker with one or two public
> domain titles and test with that. Then if a site like archive.org
> decides to adopt the YTF API to access its public domain videos, users
> can just add that address and start streaming the content. (And again
> because they are also seeding this helps out archive.org, so it's a
> That would remove the only controversial line of code-- the url of
> YTF-- so that anyone who wants to improve the software may do it
> without being bullied. Also, if there were a well-known organization
> dedicated to hosting and defending free software that could host the
> repo and front page it would lower the risk of a rogue, suspicious
> site putting up downloads with malware in them. (And each time
> Popcorn-time gets resurrected at some new domain that risk increases.)
> The original code is still on github. Not sure about the other
> incarnations. It's worth noting that there seemed to be quite a bit
> of activity on each incarnation (bug fixes, improvements) so it might
> be worth it to try to find a link to the most recent incarnation.
> (And since it's git it should be easy to audit the changes.)
> myself. :)
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