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Mon Apr 7 09:10:36 PDT 2014
On 04/07/2014 03:50 AM, ChaTo (Carlos Alberto Alejandro CASTILLO
> An answer to the "single point of failure" of having a URL to pull the
> content is to use a secure distribution mechanism.
I agree that would be nice, but the more important point is that two of
the dev teams pulled the code from github and shut down their web site.
Project X is being bullied of the net. Project X is free software. How
can we as a community protect Project X and its development?
> 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 win-win.)
>> 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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