The Pirate Society

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This old pirate has a story or two to tell, about life on the high seas back in the golden ages, so kick back and enjoy. We'll have some rum, sing some chanteys, and perhaps even find some treasures you swabbies never knew existed. I will warn you up front that this is a long post, and don't expect a TL;DR from me, because that's not how I do things. If you care about history, you will want to read this.

Torrenting. Most of you probably know it as the way to get movies, TV episodes, music, and various other booty without paying a fortune. Oftentimes you can get your treasure even before the public does. A few clicks and a couple of search phrases, then you wait as your precious loot is delivered to you ever so quickly. Sounds easy, you say? Well, it is easy. TOO EASY. Let me tell...
This blog article is meant for beginners who are not TPS members, those thinking about joining TPS, and our own members who want some "food for thought." It is sad when my motivation to write blog articles happens after we ban a TPS member. ;) Our most recent Castaway is a guy who never sold invites, traded invites, or ratio cheated. But he was an active invite BUYER. This is kind of a first for us. We've had members who we have kept at TPS who have bought an invite or 2 because they were n00bs and found a "bad forum" via Google search and not knowing better, tried to buy their way into their first trackers. We forgave these members because they were truly new to private trackers. The guy we just banned was a fairly longstanding member of multiple "bad forums" and had a track record of...
Well we made the 10 hour drive to Norfolk, got a room and a 12 pack. All things said I figure each trip cost me close to $800 each, between gas, food, rooms and lost work, these were expensive trips.

I showed early for court, too bad my lawyer wasn’t so inclined. The guy looked as if he slept in his suit. In the court room I final got to put faces to the names of Stash, Hoad, and EZ. We had never met in person. I was shocked to see that Stash and Hoad were as old as I was. I was also surprised when Hoad and EZ both plead out that very day, unbelievable. Well I plead NOT GUILTY, need to see what they have for evidence. After court I have to go to the Norfolk Probation office and check in and of course donate some urine. A few hours later I meet with my Lawyer, he suggests I plead...
The following text is an amended excerpt from my Wordpress music journal.

This summer brought many changes to my personal music library. First I started fresh with a Linux OS and finally said "farewell" to Windows. There was a brief period of limbo as I tested various open source media management software to find the right fit for my collection. I finally settled down with gmusicbrowser which outperformed Clementine and other major players in its handling of large libraries and in the incredible versatility and customization of its GUI.

This was the very first time since the launch of Winamp 5 (the amusing successor to Winamp 3) that I'd explored the power of music metadata to organize my library dynamically across multiple data points. (I'd...
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...