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Ars Technica has an article up comparing the feature sets of Miro and Joost. The reason for this is because Miro has recently begun a campaign comparing Joost and Miro, but the Ars article seemed to have missed the biggest point.

But Joost’s partnerships with the big boys pick up where Miro leaves off—Joost carries a number of current broadcast shows such as CBS’s fall season of Kid Nation (which several Ars staffers are huge fans of) and NUMB3RS, MTV’s Punk’d series, CNN’s Larry King Live (Miro only carries a Larry King video podcast with the “best” of his interviews for the week), and a selection of full-length films from Paramount.

Uh, I think you missed the biggest feature of Miro: RSS feed-based “TV.”

Whether it’s legal or not, the point is that you can add feeds from a site such as tvRSS (highly recommended, by the way) and get regular programming, on your computer. So, in the end, Miro’s selection is infinitely more vast than Joost’s, because of all the RSS feeds you can add.

Other people pointed this out in the forum topic discussing the article, but it amazes me that Jacqui Cheng, the author of the article, completely ignored this fact when comparing selection.

RIP OiNK

OiNK, the known yet unknown tracker that everyone wanted an invite to, has been shut down and the site replaced with a gray message from the authorities. Apparently the servers, which were in Amsterdam, were seized and the owner, a 24-year-old man from England, was arrested.

What I don’t get are both the charges being brought against him and the purpose of this. As far as I know, though IANAL, it’s not the trackers themselves that are liable, because technically they’re not sharing the files themselves. The users are the ones that upload the torrents, and the users are the ones that actually share the content.

Secondly, why OiNK? It’s a relatively small, and private, tracker — 180,000 “hard-core file sharers” by the IFPI’s own figures. The Pirate Bay has many times that, and they’re a public tracker, flaunting the law in the open. Yet they seem to be fine after their servers were seized recently. Even Demonoid would be a much juicier prize.

That said, R.I.P. OiNK, 2003/2004 — October 21, 2007. May you have a speedy recovery. Please?

(More information in the Ars Technica article.)

Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a weird “throttling” effect on my Internet traffic. I’m on Qwest’s “Fastest” home DSL, and after I start up my BitTorrent downloading and uploading, it fluctuates. Every once in a while it will rapidly descend to 0 kb/s, and the connection goes dead, essentially. I can’t download, upload, surf the web, ping servers, and so on.

Then, after around 5 seconds or so, it ascends back to normal, and I can download and access the Internet once again. Until, of course, this whole process repeats itself. It’s getting quite annoying, and I did a bit of Google research, coming up with a forum thread on which ISPs throttle BitTorrent traffic. The last one caught my eye:

Despite what the website says, Qwest doesn’t block P2P traffic. People have had problems with the modem locking up due to too many connections and the like leading them to believe that Qwest is throttling them. This issue has come up multiple times on the Qwest forum.

Every connection generates errors; moreso if you have a long line with high attenuation. Interleaving trades latency for stability. Some don’t like it, but the policy has nothing to do with laziness. #

I don’t know what to do about this, however. It seems rather surprising that a modem would cave under minor BitTorrent traffic (around 30 kb/s altogether) and if it does, the next thing I may try is to use another modem to dial up to the Qwest DSL, since all it uses is PPPoA.

Thanks to an article on CNET, I’ve begun to use Miro, formerly known as the Democracy Player, for all my television viewing. I’m subscribed to quite a few feeds on tvRSS.net, and I’m all set for this fall, when all the new seasons start.

So far Miro’s been decently stable for a “public preview,” with no crashes yet but I swear it eats up memory, because for some reason my computer keeps slowing down after Miro’s been open for quite a while, but I think this may just be my imagination. The interface is nice, and is integrated into the whole Mac OS X feel quite well, considering it’s an XULRunner application. It’s got a few visual bugs here and there, but, once again, it’s only a “public preview.”

I actually don’t have cable service for TV (new house, no cable lines, yet) and I don’t want to have to get a satellite, so I guess it’s internet TV for me.