Archive for October 31, 2007


 31 October 2007 

 Wake Up USA ! Get With the Mobile Phone Program.

I think it was Will Harris on Leo La Porte’s TWIT program  that commented about how the USA is out of sync with the likes of the UK, when it comes to mobile phones.

Here in Australia (the place god made when he wanted paradise),  due to the evolution of mobile phone plans (1st UK, then Australia, now USA), my fellow USA countrymen and women seem at odds with being able to fork out a few dollars for a phone. 

Hearing the whinging about the I-phone cost at $USD600 when it came out (now $400), we folks here down yonder laughed (and cried), wanting to get our hands on one.  

 You see Australians had mobile phones before they really had mobile phone plans, think about that. If everyone buys a phone then sorts out a phone plan, the system just works. 

 Now that there are more mobile phone plans (and confusion) then you can shake a stick at, we Aussies (been one for 2 months now), can choose our destiny, buy a phone cheap (unlocked on eBay or the corner shop) then pick any plan we want.

You can do this in the UK and the USA but not as common as they are here.

This means the idea of forking out AUD $1200 for a new HTC TYTN 2 (my phone of choice) or a Palm Treo 750 (also made by HTC) and my wife’s choice just under $1000 is often cheaper then the plans where you may have to pay over $2000 for the phone with service over 2 years ($89 per month). 

 The problem for phone companies is they know Aussies being a resilent bunch will order from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Japan, if they feel they are being ripped off. 

This makes Australia a country the size of the USA but with the population of a few more than Holland (The Netherlands) and less folks per square mile than almost anyone, a tough egg to crack.

When (and if) the I-Phone comes to Australia, if it is on a phone plan and folks get too upset here, they will just buy one from one of our nearby neighbors, and screw Apple. 

Until then we will import them from wherever or  whomever we choose, unless someone comes along and offers us a good reason to do something else. But we got it right. A mature well educated market close to countries that now how to sell cheap.

 As long as the USA market is what it is, the likes of AT&T and Apple can force folks how to buy, when to buy and now how to pay.

USA, get with the program.


 <Edititor> I often heard in college, ‘Plagersim is the greatest form of flattery”.  I tend not to ‘flatter’ very often but wanted to archive the story.

October 30, 2007

The guys from The Pirate Bay are always working on interesting side-projects, but there is one in particular that’s so significant, it might be the future of filesharing. For a while now, they have been working on a brand new protocol – which may come to replace BitTorrent in the near future.

Why a new protocol? Well, the current BitTorrent protocol is developed and maintained by BitTorrent Inc. This company, founded by BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen, recently decided to close the source of some newer additions to the protocol. According to The Pirate Bay, this gives them too much power and influence.

Another reason for a new and improved protocol is the massive number of spammers and anti-piracy organizations that abuse the BitTorrent protocol, either to make money or to bust people who download infringing material. The new protocol will be designed with these potential problems in mind.

The protocol will most likely use the .p2p file extension compared to the .torrent extension BitTorrent uses right now. The good thing is that the .p2p files will be backwards compatible which should ensure a smooth transition from .torrent to .p2p files.

It will be interesting to see whether other BitTorrent sites will support the new protocol. Erik from Mininova, the most popular BitTorrent site at the moment, told us they will absolutely support the new protocol. We at TorrentFreak are of course a bit concerned about these new developments since we owe our name to BitTorrent, but we wish The Pirate Bay crew the best 😉

The new protocol is still in the development phase, but the initial release is planned for sometime early next year. More features and information about the new protocol, which is still nameless at this point, can be found at the protocol design page.

Plagiarized with thanks from from TorrentFreak