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Downloading Stuff ( megaupload/ torrents)

macauboymacauboy Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
Hey,

Can anyone share with me whether downloading would be a wise thing to do with the school's internet? Are megaupload/sendspace links ok? What about torrents?

Any insight? thanks!
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Replies to: Downloading Stuff ( megaupload/ torrents)

  • LieselLiesel Posts: 746Registered User Member
    I've heard direct downloads are okay. But not torrents. Definitely not torrents.
  • KenderKender Posts: 1,114Registered User Senior Member
    Torrents (even legal ones) are an issue because of the bandwidth limit (2GB per day). I was nervous when I first saw this since I do 2GB of data transfer a day on a regular basis without doing any heavy downloading. However, I learned something that the IT website does not tell you (or at least didn't at the time; it may now, but I'm too lazy to check at the moment): the bandwidth limit is only for uploads. There is no limit on downloads. Obviously don't go crazy, but I've definitely downloaded several gigabytes in one day from legal downloads and have never had a problem.

    It's easier to just avoid using torrents completely. You will lose internet if you go over bandwidth and if you're caught illegally downloading, then you will lose internet for even longer. Direct downloads are fine, though.
  • Daydreamer81Daydreamer81 Posts: 130Registered User Junior Member
    I don't use torrents but last year I download a ton of stuff from megaupload, sendspace etc. and never had a problem.
  • LieselLiesel Posts: 746Registered User Member
    They keep a close eye on these things. One time in my computer science class, we were called out by the teacher because he had gotten a report from IT. Apparently SOMEONE in our class was using the wireless to torrent. >_>;

    You'll lose your internet for 2 weeks on the first strike, I think.
  • KenderKender Posts: 1,114Registered User Senior Member
    So I looked up the bandwidth information again. It does finally specify "outgoing" instead of just "bandwidth." Woot!

    UCSC - Be Smart on the Net

    Anywho, for going over the 2GB outgoing bandwidth cap, the punishment is loss of internet access for three days. But, as Liesel mentions, punishment for being caught illegally file sharing is much worse:
    If you are caught sharing copyrighted material on the Internet, UC Santa Cruz receives a “take down” notice from the agency representing the copyright holder (RIAA, MPAA, etc.)

    ResNet then sends an email notice to you, the ACAO at your College, and the Student Judicial office to notify you of the complaint.

    Your network connection will be limited to the campus email system and a few other campus servers for a period of 14 days and you will be required to complete a copyright education quiz. Information about the quiz is provided in the notification email. Your network connection will be restored after the 14 days period and quiz have been completed.

    And for repeat violations:
    For subsequent violations, your network connection will be disabled for 30 days, you will be required to complete the quiz again and you will be required to meet with the Director of Student Judicial Affairs.

    UCSC - Be Smart on the Net
  • itisme1760itisme1760 Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    I torrented all the time. You just need to make sure to encrypt your bandwidth or else torrents are throttled. Once encrypted, they can't tell what's going through so it gets blasted at full speeds. Of course, IT is pretty smart and will catch on.
  • KenderKender Posts: 1,114Registered User Senior Member
    You still run into the upload limit unless you choose to be a leech =/.
  • theineffablebobtheineffablebob Posts: 64Registered User Junior Member
    Forced encryption through uTorrent?
  • itisme1760itisme1760 Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    @theineffablebob - yes enable that

    @Kender - gotta find a balance between uploading and downloading lol.
  • KenderKender Posts: 1,114Registered User Senior Member
    You can, but you're still a leech if you're not uploading until the ratio is 1:1 and this is just not feasible with the size of some files and the upload limit. Unless, of course, you're only downloading one file every so many days and then letting it upload until your ratio is good again before you download another file. And really, who only torrents only one file ;)?

    The risk of losing one's access to the internet just does not seem worth it to me. And while encrypting may work for awhile, IT will catch on. It just takes enough slip ups (usually too many times over the upload limit; a friend of mine did this and was caught torrenting because of it) to send up a red flag for your account to warrant additional monitoring.
  • crummycrummy Posts: 65Registered User Junior Member
    You guys need to get on usenet. Download as fast as possible, no risk of getting caught, no uploads. There's a small monthly fee, so share it with your dormmates.
  • KenderKender Posts: 1,114Registered User Senior Member
    Paying for pirated material? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of pirating ;)?
  • theineffablebobtheineffablebob Posts: 64Registered User Junior Member
    Hmm, kinda disappointed with UCSC's internet speeds. They cap it at 5 megabits up and down. At home I get 30 megabits down and 8 up. My cousin gets like 84 megabits down 53 up at Berkeley, though I hear they're very strict about usage: 5GB a week, which I can blow through in a couple hours.
  • crummycrummy Posts: 65Registered User Junior Member
    @theineffeablebob, agreed. Ah well.

    @kender The costs come down low when you share, and it's worth it for the speeds and peace of mind. But I get your point :)
  • powerarmpowerarm Posts: 50Registered User Junior Member
    can i watch porn
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