Monday, January 30, 2012

Common Bittorrent Mistakes, Part 1

There’s a number of common mistakes made by people, when they decide to torrent things Some of these are long-standing mistakes, and others are more common. The one thing they have in common, is that they’re all easily avoidable.

We’ve covered some typical mistakes and some handy tips in the past, but it’s always good to have a refresher. To many of the more advanced users, much of this will seem old hat, but as the saying goes, “we were all n00bs once”. In fact, some of these mistakes are not only made by those who have recently come to bittorrent, but by those who consider themselves ‘experts’ as well.

Part 1 here concentrates on mistakes by people who just don't understand bittorrent.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


A little over two weeks ago, I let slip about a little book coming out. Called No Safe Harbor, it featured two of my essays, one that had been here before, the other written specially for the book.

It is

Unfortunately, I posted the book info to slashdot, and it's... well, taken offline.

So, here's the links for the various formats, INCLUDING the torrent, which has them all

Torrent -
ODT - 
RTF - 
PDF - 

WE're going to work at getting the site back online ASAP
Meanwhile, enjoy

And you can get more info on Twitter, @nosafeharbor

I'll also add the press release here

The Pirate Party is proud to announce the release of its first book, No Safe Harbor.

No Safe Harbor, released January 24th 2012, is a collection of political essays, texts, and discussions that help explain and educate about Pirate Party positions. While some have been published before, many others are original to the book.

Contributors range from first-time writers being published for the first time, leading academics, to Pirate Party officials, and even international organizations like the United Nations.

Adding color to the book are cartoons by artist and free culture
activist Nina Paley, creator of the animated film Sita Sings the Blues.

Topics covered include notes on the 4th Amendment, the history of
copyright, biopatents, and corporate personhood.

The book is released under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA) and sharing of it is strongly encouraged. To further that, the book is available in a number of DRM-free formats, free of charge. In addition a
paperback edition can be purchased through for $9.99

"For anyone concerned with our rights today, but unsure where to start, this book is an invaluable guide," says Assistant Editor and contributor Andrew Norton. "Education on these very important topics, and their immense potential for harm, has been sadly overlooked in recent years. We felt it was time to correct that."

Further information, including the book and press resources can be downloaded from

About the US Pirate Party

The US Pirate Party was founded in 2006. Its aim is to bring
transparency and accountability to government, while restoring personal liberties and privacy that have been discarded in a panic since 2001. It also seeks to bring copyrights and patents back to their Constitutional mandated purpose of promoting the progress of science and the useful arts.

The Pirate Party is currently recognized in Massachusetts and Florida. Efforts to gain recognition in the entire country is underway.

[email protected]
+1 352-658-3824
Twitter: @nosafeharbor

Monday, January 23, 2012

Republican Caves to Homophone Pressure

You would think that a job based on public perceptions, and paying a fortune ($174,000/year) of taxpayer money would take the time to do their job properly, or at least employ someone who can pass middle-school English class.
It seems not.
A tweet from Freshman Republican Austin Scott [R-GA8] has cause to question the competency sometimes of those we put in office.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First Look – No Safe Harbor

On January 15 24 (publisher issues), the United States Pirate Party (USPP) will be launching its first book, titled No Safe Harbor: Essays about Pirate Politics. It will not only be offered in eBook formats free of charge, but you can buy it in paperback from

Friday, January 6, 2012

A SOPA Response from Rep. Austin Scott [GA-8]

NOTE This was also cross-posted at the Pirate Party of Georgia site

A week or two back, an email was sent to Rep. Austin Scott, who represents Georgia's 8th District in Congress.

The letter you can read here, but finally we got a response.