Tagged With file sharing

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The lifespan of software is a curious thing. Unless a program is deemed irreplaceable by an industry (like Photoshop), most die out or are succeeded by a better — or cheaper — option a few years later. Even games, outside of retro collectors' items or unicorn hits (Diablo II), lose steam. After the downfall of Napster, Kazaa, Limewire and the rest of the early file-sharing clients, most people assumed that single source peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy programs — the kind where you download music or other files from exactly one user — died out. But one of them, Soulseek, weathered three of file-sharing's mass extinctions, and has quietly remained one of the best sources of obscure music.

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Almost exactly one year ago, MegaUpload unexpectedly went down in flames. Now, Kim Dotcom's new venture, plain old "Mega" is rising from the ashes. But things will be different this time. Why? Dotcom's prepped this baby against all manner of attack and its encryption is the first line of defence, for him and for you.

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Mega, Kim Dotcom's big, flashy new copyright-dismantling file-sharing/storage site with encryption up the wazoo has finally launched. You can head on over and sign up right now. That is, so long as the site can hold under the crazy traffic. So far, it looks like it's getting crushed under traffic. Different people are experiencing different things.

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Ever since Megaupload was raided and shut down, there has been wild speculation about what would happen to the data stored on its servers. Now, US prosecutors are proposing a route forward which will make it impossible for any normal person to recover their data.