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I've written numerous blog articles about how members should conduct themselves if they have any kind of negative "past" in the private tracker world, and how to handle it as a TPS (and tracker) member. Now I have no control on how individual trackers handle such issues, and different trackers will handle things differently. Some may just ask you to never do what you did again, and others may put you on the "bad user list" for all trackers to see.

However what I can set guidelines for is how we handle this at TPS. Also note these are more guidelines than hard rules. Because of the circumstances, I may handle the case of one member differently than another. (Every situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.) The staff was having a discussion about this in the staff forum, and we...
I feel there should be more clarity for noobs regarding the tracker do’s and don’ts, and while the majority of trackers is able to read between the lines, there are those rare exceptions who aren’t able to do so. I can’t specifically point out which trackers I mean because this isn’t meant to bash any tracker in particular, so I’ll have to stick to generalizations.

For me there was TPB and later on KAT to satisfy my pirating needs. Despite all anecdotes suggesting otherwise, I never experienced any trouble with these sites, be it safety-wise, content-wise or in regards to downloading speeds. It was smooth sailing – nothing ever happened in the sense that the downloading boat was never vehemently rocked. I pressed download and stuff started downloading.

And then it happened – one day...
Well the piracy, IMAGiNE and the UTN part is all done, all thats left is the BS,
It was September 8th, a few days before the dreaded 9/11. There were "credible threats " of terrorism and the country was on high alert. But still the Dept. of Homeland Security decided that 5 Movie Pirates rated 10 agents each, 50 agents tied up for a couple of days. It makes you wonder how credible these threats really are, but that’s a whole other article. My wife calls me at work around 10:30 am and tells me that the ICE agents just left. Bastards didn’t want me there, didn’t want me making sure they followed the law, or some sense of it. Of course I left work and went home.

When I got home I found my family visibly shaken this time. I guess the agents weren’t as nice this time as last. Of course...
We are getting scattered reports of some trackers either getting hacked or exploited in some way, and then the userbase begins to get PMs (on the site) or even e-mails with scam e-mail, usually a request for donations in Bitcoin. It isn't clear how these exploits are occurring, whether it be a hacker getting a staffer's password and accessing the userbase that way, or actually using a hacker technique such as SQL insertion. (Note I am a relative tech n00b, so I cannot get into the specifics of what that means.)

However, this blog article is written for regular tracker members and what it means for them. First, be wary if you get an unsolicited PM from a tracker and it looks suspicious. Some may fool you, if it comes from "System" or an actual staff member. If the PM asks for...
I wrote a blog article years ago about what would constitute "unwanted publicity" at private trackers and why respecting "publicity" rules at trackers was important. Back in the day, the culture was to never talk too much about private trackers on an open forum or blog, especially one read by the general public. Even here at TPS, we would almost never post full URLs of trackers and just use their nicknames or letter acronyms. Now some trackers were so secret you were not supposed to even discuss them at all, so some members would refer to them with a letter and a few "*" s , like F*N for the now defunct scene tracker. This would backfire as people not members of the secret tracker would get curious and want to know more.

Well how times have changed. I think one big change was the...
Lets see where was I

Oh yeah, driving to work and my phone rings. Its my wife and see says Homeland Security is there and I should come home. Nice way to start a Monday morning off.

I get home and there’s a dozen agents all over the place inside and out. Now I’ve read the law and am capable of making an informed decision, my decision was that I’ll get slapped on the wrist and sent home, no problem. I walked in my house and got frisked, was given a search warrant that was dated on the previous day. Damn they got a Judge on a Sunday? Well anyways the proceeded to take my 2 computers, the laptop and my children’s 3 computers, numerous disks and flash drives, and my MP3 recorder. They failed to take the USB Hard Drive that was lying on the floor or the 6 channel FM receiver...
Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I'd like to thank you for the warm welcome. There is so much to tell and do here and I'm sure we've got plenty of time. But let me start out by answering a few questions and hopefully filling in some of the blanks.

When they first came and raided my house back in May of 2010 they took 6 computers, after personally hounding the local ICE office for 3 months straight I got 3 of them back. What had taken so long was the ineptitude of the techs at our Buffalo Office. They had trouble searching the files of 6 unencrypted computers. Obviously they needed more training because 2 of the computers they gave back had counterfeit Windows on them.

At this time I decided to stop all the R&D I was doing, you see a year before that I got sick of watching poor...
The following text is an excerpt from today's entry in my Wordpress music journal.

As you're undoubtedly aware, media servers occasionally require a bit of maintenance and today was that day.

For days the Windows 10 free upgrade offer had been calling to me from the bottom of my screen. After nearly a week's hesitation I gave in and accepted the offer. Of course, this was a Microsoft upgrade, so it wasn't going to be a smooth ride. Three failed attempts and a non-responsive Windows Update later I found myself once again growing tired of Windows issues.

Curiously, my fiance was experiencing similar difficulties with her own machine - her latest Windows Update had run for an eternity with no response. Manual installation attempts were fruitless so we gave up and ran the...
This topic came up on the forums so I thought I'd explore the topic a little further. Seems like the topic is a little more nuanced than I thought. Read on.

There are some "pirate" sites which clearly "for pay" and "for profit" sites. Some are streaming sites and some may have DDL links. Their methods include either a fee to enter the site, or a "pay as you go" plan where you pay for what you download or stream. Some of the better known ones involved sporting events or popular movies. Now I've stated before I'm against these kinds of places, as filesharing should not be about profiting. Besides, I would prefer to buy the real thing than pay a "discount" for a pirate product. (This goes for fake and unlicensed merchandise as well.) Furthermore, if owners of such sites are busted,...
I've already wriiten a blog article on how making dupe accounts here doesn't pay because within time, they all get caught. Well we just caught another one. Read on.

Months ago we banned a guy. I already forgot what it was for, but it was more or less for general dishonesty. Then he made a dupe account and came back, and within a few weeks the dupe alarm went off and we banned him again. So every time an applicant from his area applied to TPS, I'd reject it unless the application was stellar.

Well for his third attempt at making a dupe account, his IP was hundreds of miles from the location of his previous accounts, and his application seemed a little different from his previous. So I didn't want to just reject the application because he was from the same country as the banned...