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By CheeseburgerBrown (Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 08:26:23 AM EST) rolloffle (all tags)

My brother showed me how to poke a little hole in my firewall in order to let BitTorrent scream through without tripping my ISP's peer-to-peer detection system, which caps suspect downloads down to a trickle. Because of this development my wife and I are now watching a lot more television than normal.

(If the connection between these two phenomena is not readily apparent, please check your generation.)



Clone Wars

Clone Wars was very good, I thought, but then again I'm a loyal fan of Genndy Tartakovsky and I'm pretty sure he'd have to rape baby crocodiles with a chainsaw in order for me to find his work offputting. He is one of today's rare animation directors who has a deep understanding of how to link two dimensional design and three dimensional design. The stylization was excellent.

A lot of fighting, though. Fights generally go on too long for my taste, even when the warriors are executing extra-impossible ninja-style coolio moves (as Jedi, especially cartoon ones, are wont to do). Littlestar found the endless fighting especially tedious, and uninvited herself from the screening of the second Clone Wars series.

As far as bridging the gap between sequels goes, Clone Wars did a better job than The Animatrix, a more random and indulgent dip into miscellaneous facets from the Matrix universe with only one story contributing concretely to connecting up with the plot of the next film. (Then again, this retrospective point of view may owe something to the fact that Revenge of the Sith did not suck as badly as the God-forsaken two-part conclusion to The Matrix series, The Matrix: Fully Loaded and The Matrix: Load Blown.)

Anakin Skywalker was easier to buy in cartoon. Even in love.

The coolest part was when the Separatist battleships came out of hyperspace right in the middle of the Republic starfleet, and two of the ships crashed and made a big explosion. Cool!

(Shut up.)


Six Feet Under

Littlestar and I watched Season 1 over the course of about two weeks. It's cute, I guess, although we both felt a little bit unclean afterward for indulging in a soap.

"It's a comparatively intelligent soap..." Littlestar pointed out.

"I kinda wish that genius girl Nate's doing had a bigger rack."

"...A fact which may be wasted on you."

"She's all pointy."

"Uh-huh."

I liked the idea of having an opening elipsis in which someone dies, but was disappointed how quickly the show descended to connecting this prelude sequence to members of the cast as a dramatic hook. It made Los Angeles seem like a very, very small city indeed and thereby strained my credulity.

My step-mother "warned" us that the show contained "graphic" homosexual love scenes. This turned out to be a couple of guys kissing...with their shirts off. I know, I know. It's hard to imagine. On television, no less -- where they can be seen! Jesus Murphy Brown.

(I bet watching Six Feet Under is what turned Mr. Sulu gay.)

In another shocking scene too rancid for Springer, two clothed men are seen in a medium long-shot gyrating as if bum-boinking. I mean, that's practically gay porn right there...on the same HBO that children watch!

On a less sarcastic note, I thought the gay storyline was interesting. David's struggle with his sexuality and its slow introduction into his familial life was believable and modern, rather than stilted and didactic. It's too bad he broke up with Keith. He seemed like a solid fellow.

The coolest part was when David told off that motherfucker from Kroner in the greasy spoon, and threatened his life. I cheered. The reversal of cruelty was delicious.

My brother says he has Seasons 2 & 3 on disc, so I'm hoping he'll bring them by to dinner tonight so I don't have to download them. My connection is currently busy with other items.

That's right, FBI. I'm ignoring the warning screen. I'm watching this shit without commercials, and I feel fine. Eat my shorts, HBO. You may say I'm stealing your property, but I say you're tricky pale-faces who stole my soul with your flash box.


Firefly & Serenity

I have never deleted six gigabytes faster. You people are insane.

The strongest point in the franchise was probably the final episode of the TV series (Objects in Space), in which a lithe black man in red leather named Mr. Early craftily sneaks aboard Serenity and with icy confidence some philosophical whimsy efficiency smacks the crap out of the crew in an attempt to capture River, the simpering space-ninja.

To my mind the somewhat plumper cold black man hunting down River in the movie seemed like a cheap imitation of Mr. Early, with none of his panache.

The earthy fiddle music dotting the incidental music in the TV series was a nice touch, I thought, especially during the silence-in-space sequences. In contrast, this tone was missing entirely from the soundtrack of the movie, which also seemed to labour to find ways for Serenity to be constantly dipping into the top of an "atmo" so that the foley artists had an excuse to use sound (tanging laser blasts, booming explosions, roaring engines, airy swooping -- the whole nine).

I thought the Western motifs were laid on way too thick. While I liked the idea of grounding scifi in some dusty, septic, rusty elements of reality, I found it just made me giggle when the people of every moon turned out to speak with exaggerated drawls (intermittently) and make (irregular) use of 19th century-style colloquialisms. I mean, I think you can communicate that frontier je ne sais quoi without necessarily putting everyone in ten gallon hats. Also, the uniformity of cultures was a bit boring. (That they can help, unlike the way they probably couldn't afford to vary the landscapes any further -- every fucking moon was eastern California...holy Star Trek, Batman!)

I heard some fans talking about "plot twists" when the movie came out. It turns out these twists are all of a kind: <spoiler>major characters die.</spoiler> All I can say is: cheap, Joss. Very cheap.

Also: why did the whole cast have to lose 20 lbs. to be in the movie? What's up with that? The little engineering girl went from being cute to looking sickly. The Shepherd was fasting, I guess.

Speaking of Shepherd Book: what ever happened to the revelation from near the end of the TV series that "he's no shepherd"? I was pretty sure that was going to lead to something in the movie...connect up with why the shepherd got such special treatment from the Alliance ship they ran into around mid-season. Turns out not.

Considering the religious undercurrent of the franchise, I'm surprised they managed to do the whole run without once saying "Jesus."

I liked the way the sets of the interior of Serenity were all connected together. The muddy lighting, however, often made it difficult to see which set we were in at any given time. For some reason this effect was exaggerated in the movie, in which the corridors were cast in almost complete darkness. The kitchen had a good colour/lighting balance. The bridge was like a half-glimpsed messy closet.

The big turny thing in the engine room? Um.

The Reavers were an interesting idea. Too bad they were wasted on such a ridiculously contrived plot-point on which the movie ended up hanging -- <spoiler>that our lovable ruffians are all about to sacrifice their lives in order to let the whole stellar system know that the Alliance accidentally made the Reavers</spoiler>. Why? Because a) the people "deserve to know the truth" and because b) we are led to believe that this is the secret the Alliance wanted to kill River for, and now, presumably, they'll allow their escaped schizoaffective killmonkey go on her merry way.

Littlestar pointed out that the Reavers were basically made into Orcs for the purposes of the movie. They came, they screamed and gibbered, they lined up at the doorway to be shot. Super.

You have a culture of hyper-aggressive sadomasochistic cannabalistic fetishists that scour space hunting for playthings, and reduce them to scarred-up inarticulate cosmic pirates. Klingon extras. SOCs. They might as well have been a CG swarm.

Nice, Joss. Daring!

Speaking of daring or lack thereof...there are a number of actual and latent love affairs that developed or were in the process of developing onboard the ship through the course of the TV series: the Righteous Captain and the Elegant Whore, Wash and Zoe (married), Jayne and his own cock (single), Kaylee and the Captain, Kaylee and Simon, and -- of course -- Simon and River.

Out of this list, which does Wheadon choose to explore?

You guessed it -- <spoiler>Captain Reynolds admits he has a crush on the shipboard prostitute with a heart of gold.</spoiler> Wow. Will scifi ever be the same?

I kinda liked those big skyscraper-like Alliance ships with green windows. Why weren't they in the movie?

The coolest part in the franchise was when Captain Reynolds' apparent wife went all busty-psycho and stalked around the ship incapacitating everybody and showing her cleavage. Like I said, it was neat how the sets were all connected together.


Doctor Who, Series 27

The newest version of Doctor Who is a big hit around here. The balance of interesting premises versus tongue-in-cheek groundedness makes even the weaker episodes palatable. I like what they've done with both the theme music and the incidental music. The dialogue is sharp, even when it's about goofy scifi conceits.

As soon as each episode was done Littlestar and I both wanted to watch another, which meant we tore through the whole brief season very quickly, and we are shocked and appalled to learn how long we have to wait for things to resume on a regular schedule. We're both looking forward to the Christmas special, and seeing the new Doctor find his new wardrobe and show us his attitude.

I am not looking forward to the rumoured launch of the "dramatic" spin-off series (can't remember the title, some butt-stupid anagram of "Doctor Who") starring Captain Jack & Friends, which will apparently be combined with the events of the Christmas Special. I hear it will be set in 21st century Cardiff, and involve people who screw one another investigating strange (and possibly alien) phenomena...sort of like if those dorks the Lone Gunmen from The X-Files got laid.

I don't have much curiosity about the spin-off, as it sounds fairly retarded.

Other rumour mongers tell me that in the 28th Series the Doctor will be joined by his Aibo, K-9, which I remember being fond of as a lad.

The coolest part was when Rose went all pan-chronologically ape-shit and said something along the lines of, "I can see every atom of your existence, backward and forward through time forever -- and I divide them!" and then dissolved the Dalek armada into pixiedust. (Then they left Captain Jack behind, which was a real highlight of the series for me. So long, sucker!)

I have always loved the TARDIS. I'm glad they didn't mess up the sound it makes.


Battlestar Galactica

I have just received Season 1 and Season 2 of the new incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, but have not yet watched it. As an act of prelude Littlestar and I watched the original 1978 movie version last night, knitted and pearled by Glen A. Larson (whose other brainchildren include Quincy, M.E., Magnum, P.I. and Knight Roder).

Much like Firefly Larson's universe is fed by a steady undercurrent of latent Christianity, and I wonder how much (if any) of that particular aspect of the vision survives in the remake. It is exposited early on that human history is some six thousand years long, and that thirteen races of men (twelve civilized nations and one lost tribe) were dispersed among the stars by a superior intelligence. Strong, politically right wing family men of strong moral fibre shoulder the responsibility to reunite the survivors of the Silon Holocaust with the lost tribe in defiance of the simpering of frail peacenik boobs.

Lorne Green's Commander Adama's righteousness is predicated on his absolute knowledge that the Silons (subtext: Communists) abhor freedom, and that they will not stop until they rob every being, human and alien alike (American and Foreign), of their freedom to freely choose being free. The Silons "cannot understand justice" and "will never learn", and thus it is encumbant upon right thinking members of the surviving human race to kill or be killed in a holy jihad for the ownership of space.

The humans Adama is hauling around are distracted by gambling, booze and whores in a crafty trap set up by the Silons who, despite their reported inability to grok humanity, are able to deceive masses of people by manipulating their vices and readiness to fall into sin.

The casting follows the standard twentieth century television logic that the fairer one's hair, the more easily acquainted one is with sinning. Wholesome people have brown hair (or white hair that used to be brown), and their stalwart sidekicks have black hair. Reckless space jockeys and whores have blonde hair. The Silons have reflective heads, like Kojak, and eyes like KITT.

The scads of lumpy grey spaceships that comprise this fleet of survivors would be easier to follow if the exact same motion-control coordinates weren't used for 75% of the pans, leading to a muddling consistency in the model photography. The soundtrack is offensive in its repetitiousness: the same laser "ba-zang!" noise and the same concussive explosion ("ker-plow-wow!") are used for every exchange of fire, without modification. A loop of anthematic brass cycles up every time Adama waxes Heston.

My wife and I both cracked up laughing when the robotic monkey-dog thing lumbered out to nuzzle the lonely white child Apollo was working through in order to date his widower mother. Is there a mechanical daggit in the new version? If so, I hope its arms aren't twice as long as its legs.

Man, I used to really dig Battlestar Galactica when I was a kid. But then again I also thought Galactica 1980 was high art so it is obvious my critical faculties were...undeveloped.

At any rate, I'm ready for the new one. I'm unRARing it now.


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There's A Hole In My Firewall, Dear Liza Dear Liza | 43 comments (43 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback
I Hate To Pick Nits, But by Improbus (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 09:10:20 AM EST
It is spelled Cylon not Silon.



If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
Thank You. [nt] by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 09:17:59 AM EST
also by persimmon (2.00 / 0) #42 Tue Nov 01, 2005 at 06:54:35 AM EST
purl, in the context of knitting.
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BG's inspiration isn't just Christian, but by chuckles (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 09:20:42 AM EST
Mormon.

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
Thank You. [nt] by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 02:59:58 AM EST
1.83 metres sous la terre by lb008d (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 09:44:45 AM EST
My partner and I just finished season 4. We've been totally hooked for the past month - it's so much more convienient to watch a show after it comes out on DVD.

Don't feel bad because it's a soap - at least it's pretty well written and acted.

It Seems... by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #17 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:01:47 AM EST
There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think SFU reached its peak in Season 1, and those who think Season 1 stunk like an old man's unwashed pajamas.

I don't know which kind I am yet.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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I recommend ... by me0w (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 09:51:11 AM EST
Nip/Tuck. The ass raping clown (a.k.a. The Carver) is the best!!!


"the only reason we PMS is because our uterus is screaming at our brain to go out, get fucked, and have a baby ... and it makes us angry."

Goodness! by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:02:51 AM EST
bleh by 606 (2.00 / 0) #35 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 07:12:29 AM EST
I gave up on that show during the pilot when that dude's liposucked fat went spraying around the room and then they had to quarter the body or something. Just too dark for me.

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Seriously by me0w (4.00 / 2) #41 Tue Nov 01, 2005 at 06:12:22 AM EST
You can not beat ass raping clowns. It's something we should all aspire to be.


"the only reason we PMS is because our uterus is screaming at our brain to go out, get fucked, and have a baby ... and it makes us angry."

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Feature proposal by ni (2.00 / 0) #43 Fri Nov 04, 2005 at 08:22:45 AM EST
Trusted users should get the ability to give one "8" rating every three months.


I CAN FLAKE MY OWN PARSLEY, RAWR -- persimmon
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BitTorrent by duxup (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 11:23:44 AM EST
I got to get on that whole BitTorrent thing.  I'm so not an early adopter anymore :(
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Always Remember... by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:04:20 AM EST
...to never forget.

Listen, if I'm screwing around with BT then the next in line must be my grandmother. We're past early adopter and now deeply into "that's so two-thousand-and-one" territory.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Feh by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #7 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 11:30:22 AM EST
Whedon's TV series are still the best things I've seen on the small or big screen this millennium. The movie less so, but sadly, still the best "outer space" sci-fi movie I've seen in decades.

When watching the Firefly extras I thought they said they actually built the ship and used the interior as the set (and the exterior for exterior shots.)

The series was only Christian as far as there was a Christian character in it whom the writers tried to do justice to; Whedon's an atheist as was Captain Mal.

6 Feet Under was fun, but I hear it tries to get all dark and twisted after season 1, so I left it there.

The new Battlestar 2-part miniseries was great. The series that followed, kinda uneven and a little to shrill and humourless for my taste. Religion plays a Big Part in this series, but ultimately pointless as far as I can see.

I dunno how people can sit through these new Doctor Who episodes.

Not that you're wrong overall about the show by notafurry (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 04:58:51 PM EST
But the ship didn't exist as a single set. The sets were connected, yes, but at least for the series only as two separate sets, one for the upper deck and one for the lower. You couldn't film a movie in a ship like that, you need to be able to put cameramen where walls should be. (Perhaps you're thinking of Varley's Red Thunder novel, where they pretend the spaceship they're building is a movie set to hide it in plain sight.)

Also, Mal's not an atheist. He believes in God. He just doesn't like him very much. See the original opening scene, on the DVDs as deleted scene #1. Zoe: "Thank God, we're getting out of here." Mal: "God? What colors 're he flying?"

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Atheist or God-hater by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #38 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 08:44:18 AM EST
Yeah, he wore the cross in the first episode, but then after losing the war seemed to have abandoned his faith... I guess I'm not sure if he converted to atheism or just decided to be a God-hater. In any case, he seemed to adopt the philosophy that you can't rely on God for anything and should pretty much live life as if he doesn't exist. I saw Mal's character, after the intro, as a textbook libertarian (viewing life as business, contracts, interests.)

Besides Shepherd, the rest of the crew seemed to be pretty ambivalent toward religion. i.e., I don't think the show was Christian beyond having one or two believers as characters.

I thought I heard someone say in one of the interviews that they used the ship as the set (not that the layout inside was exactly as it appeared on screen). Maybe that claim was exaggerated and they only used it for some loading bay shots or whatever.

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Chacun Son Gout by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:08:08 AM EST
What's this about a Battlestar Galactica miniseries? Does that come before the series I've downloaded? Should I beb finding that first? What's it called?

Dude: Cap'm Malcolm Reynolds believed in more God than the pope. You didn't see that storyline about his deep religiosity slowly building up in Season 1 up until the point when it became clear to the producers that there would be no Season 2? The seeds were laid in several brief conversations between Book and Reynolds.

What do you hate most about the new Dr. Who?


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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The miniseries by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #27 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:20:59 AM EST
It's on DVD. Called, inventively enough,BattleStar Galactica (2003 Mini Series). It covers the Cylon attack on the Colonies, and the escape of the various Heroes from the same.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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yes by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #33 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 06:41:07 AM EST
the series picks up where the miniseries leaves off.

jared and his friend erik watched the miniseries without me and hated it; we've been watching the series together and enjoying it, and i didn't have any trouble picking up where the series started.

i later went back and watched the miniseries and liked it better than either of them had. YMMV.

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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Well by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #39 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 08:58:43 AM EST
I saw it as Reynolds being convinced to do the right thing from time to time by appealing to his sense of morality, despite Book's needling proselytization. It could be open to interpretation. Or maybe I missed something.

Re: Doctor Who - I just find the campy bits not funny enough and the slick/serious bits too campy; it seems stuck in a place not knowing what it wants to be. Which is weird because I enjoyed Buffy which is such a mix... but it actually works for me.

That said, I only saw the first episode and a couple others later on in the first season (the one with gas mask creatures). I dunno... I just find it too poorly crafted despite having something of a production budget. But then I never did see any of the older series which may be a prerequisite.

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Haven't you got some work to do? by Idempotent (4.00 / 2) #8 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 11:43:24 AM EST
Or something?

I Can Walk AND Chew Gum. [nt] by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #25 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:17:35 AM EST
But do you get paid for either? by Idempotent (2.00 / 0) #29 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 04:08:23 AM EST
If so, that's a neat job you got there.

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It Is Indeed. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #30 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 04:32:03 AM EST
YES. by Rogerborg (4.00 / 3) #9 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 11:47:43 AM EST
YES.

THAT WOULD BE AN ECUMENICAL MATTER.

YES.

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Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.

Phew! by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #26 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:19:14 AM EST
babyupdateplzthx[nt]haveaniceday by debacle (2.00 / 0) #10 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 03:59:06 PM EST


IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

"graphic" homosexual love scenes by ShadowNode (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 04:22:43 PM EST
To be fair, she's probably referring to the three seconds or so of implied ass fucking. Maybe that's in one of the later seasons, though.

That's In Season 1 by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #21 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:09:54 AM EST
Didn't I mention it in my diary? Or maybe there's more than one sequence of frenzied buttlove.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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i have this sadistic streak by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #34 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 06:42:22 AM EST
that makes me want to take anyone who warns people about the graphic scenes of homosexual sex in "six feet under" and force them to watch the first couple of episodes of "queer as folk".

fuck, graphic sex is graphic sex. it don't matter what the genders are.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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VS2FP by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #13 Sun Oct 30, 2005 at 06:30:30 PM EST
Also, it would appear that your un-inquisitive mind did not stop to ponder the importance of animals being connected to the Matrix, as indicated by three of the episodes.

For shame.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Who Cares About Animals? by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #22 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:10:47 AM EST
Six Feet Under by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 12:02:20 AM EST
Seasons 2 and 3 are better, it finds its feet. There's some spot-on stuff about being at art college you might like.

I'd imagine that if you watched more than one episode a week you'd get really annoyed with it. It's good in small doses.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

Small Doses. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:11:43 AM EST
Yes, we were alternating viewings of it with other shows. A SFU marathon would overload my pretentious-o-meter.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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So what the hell did you do? by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 02:49:32 AM EST
You don't tell everyone you have a way of sneaking torrents past the ISPs without telling us how you did it. I mean, you just did do that so it's clearly within the realm of possibility but you're not supposed to do it that way. Did you make some adjustment and have BitTorrent use port 443 hoping the ISP just figures you for an extremely diligent worker in his home office getting lots and lots and lots of company info from the main office 24 hours a day, everyday without sleep or pee breaks?

woof.

OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup

I'm Less Technically Inclined Than Any Of You. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #24 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:16:37 AM EST
...And you're asking me?

There are five ports in use somewhere in the 6000+ range, using a custom entry he made in my firewall for the whole network, plus a custom entry for the firewall of each individual computer-like appliance involved in downloading. I don't think it's anything terribly complicated -- all I know is that I had been downloading at 30 k/s, but I'm currently downloading at 220 k/s.

The current problem is that my modem seems to become intermittently overwhelmed by all the traffic. It freaks out and has to be reset a few times a day. I don't think this has anything to do with Big Brother at the ISP (Rogers).


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Heh by hulver (2.00 / 0) #28 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 03:32:17 AM EST
If you don't open holes in your firewall, bittorrent will not download at full speed because you're just a leach.

If you open those holes, you upload chunks to other people while you're downloading, and so you can get full speed downloads.

No ISP involvment.
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Cheese is not a hat. - clock

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Thank You. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #31 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 04:32:46 AM EST
That said... by 606 (2.00 / 0) #36 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 07:16:19 AM EST
some ISPs actually detect traffic types no matter what port you put them on. There's one ISP around here that drops all bittorrent traffic to 100 kb/sec no matter what you do. Really annoying.

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Daggit by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #32 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 06:13:31 AM EST
The reason the daggit's arms are so long is that there's a chimpanzee inside the suit. Probably the same one that starred in every made-for-TV-movie between 1978 and 1984.

Battlestar by 606 (4.00 / 1) #37 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 07:24:15 AM EST
The thing about Battlestar is that the religious overtones are just so thick on it. Over and over again the crew's faith is tested, and salvation eventually rests in the stories of the "Bible". Not to mention there's this huge subplot about trusting the President even though her policies are obviously coming straight out of the Good Book whilst the secularist military are fucking things up.

Despite the fact the show goes completely against what I believe in, I still watch it because it's so damn good in terms of character development, acting, and exciting space battles.

Too bad about Firefly. I haven't seen the movie but it sounds kinda weak from what you describe. I really like the TV series, mostly because there are very few other shows gutsy enough to combine genres like that. I also liked how the show struck a balance between cheesy Western gunfighting and space opera plotlines. Also, Jayne is awesome. He's from Full Metal Jacket.


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All right! by theantix (4.00 / 1) #40 Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 01:40:54 PM EST
Free soup!


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