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Demonoid BitTorrent Tracker Apparently Back Online 134

Posted by samzenpus
from the share-away dept.
Freshly Exhumed writes "TorrentFreak has broken the news that after more than a year of downtime the Demonoid tracker is back online. The tracker is linked to nearly 400,000 torrent files and more than a million peers, which makes it one of the largest working BitTorrent trackers on the Internet. There is no word yet on when the site will make a full comeback, but the people behind it say they are working to revive one of the most famous file-sharing communities. As the single largest semi-private BitTorrent tracker that ever existed, Demonoid used to offer a home to millions of file-sharers. Note that this is apparently the original Demonoid and not the d2 site that claims to be using the Demonoid database."
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Demonoid BitTorrent Tracker Apparently Back Online

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  • Sounds safe (Score:4, Funny)

    by ArbitraryName (3391191) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @02:08PM (#45932829)
    I'll get right to downloading and shop on Silk Road while I wait.
    • by arisvega (1414195)

      I'll get right to downloading and shop on Silk Road while I wait.

      You would not sound sarcastic and an ass if perhaps you knew that in the future it will not be as easy for a central authority to take down websites at a whim.

      You may want to look at what Namecoin [wikipedia.org] is.

      • Oh good. In the future it will not be as easy.

        Well I live in the present, and "not as easy" is hardly a ringing endorsement anyway. But thanks for letting me know someone has reinvented decentralized DNS. That's certainly an idea that has never been tried before. Mentioning that as somehow relevant to a Tor hidden node being compromised leads me to believe you don't understand the topic anyway.
        • by arisvega (1414195)

          Mentioning that as somehow relevant to a Tor hidden node being compromised leads me to believe you don't understand the topic anyway.

          Nice try. Only you forgot that it was actually you who brought the cryptocurrency subject up, when you proclaimed that "you will shop at Silk Road while you wait for your download", perhaps in an attempt to be the funny guy of this hour by throwing an unspecified 'joke' in the form of general mockery against 'all things cryptoanarchy', most probably because of your personal distaste and/or fear for them.

          See how simple you are to figure out?

          • Nice try. Only you forgot that it was actually you who brought the cryptocurrency subject up, when you proclaimed that "you will shop at Silk Road while you wait for your download", perhaps in an attempt to be the funny guy of this hour by throwing an unspecified 'joke' in the form of general mockery against 'all things cryptoanarchy', most probably because of your personal distaste and/or fear for them.

            Wow. The joke was that Silk Road was compromised and user data was gathered. Implying that the new Demonoid was likely compromised and being used as a honeypot as well. Bitcoin has exactly zero relevance to that. Considering Demonoid doesn't even involve currency I don't know how you're failing to grasp that.

            See how simple you are to figure out?

            That's rich from a guy who responded to being told he doesn't understand something by doubling down hard on not understanding. Never go full retard.

            • by arisvega (1414195)

              Wow. The joke was that Silk Road was compromised and user data was gathered.

              What I mistakenly thought was that the joke was on cryptocurrency --hence my reaction. Now then, I apologise for my tone.

              Never go full retard.

              Actually it's 'never go full retard, man'. Know your memes! I believe you are not quite ready to give up your regular job and become a comedian.

              By the way, thanks for collaterally pointing out to me that I can become borderline psychotic with bitcoin if I do not keep it together.

      • Re:Sounds safe (Score:5, Interesting)

        by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968&gmail,com> on Sunday January 12, 2014 @03:15PM (#45933191) Journal
        And YOU sir might not sound so naive and clueless if you knew that this wouldn't be the first time a honeypot [neoseeker.com] was set up to catch P2P users. Personally I'd trust this about as much as I trust the NSA right now, which is zero. Hell the head of Demonoid said last year the odds of coming back were zip, they had cops all over their asses, then suddenly out of the blue they are back, fulled loaded, plenty of bandwidth? Yeah and if you pull the right leg it plays jingle bells.
        • Trackers like demonoid dont need plenty of bandwidth.

  • You can't stop the signal
  • Yo-ho, Yo-ho, a pirate's life for me!

    I remember a disk copier for the Commodore 64 that used to display a flaming golden skull while playing pirate themed music. I didn't own a computer at the time, and my buddy had, of course, pirated the pirate software. :P

    • by msobkow (48369)

      The sad thing is, though I download 2-3 movies a week, I haven't watched one to completion since last summer. They're just *lame*.

      I couldn't even stomach sitting through the latest "Star Trek", and I consider myself a Trekkie, having watched all the original movies and every episode of every series.

      There are lots of really good special effects in the movies nowadays, but it seems they've forgotten about the SCRIPT and the STORY.

      • by lgw (121541)

        Ever stop to think that could be because script and story are just as good on the torrented copy, but special effects look better on the big screen?

        • Yes, I think that's the problem. No matter where you view the movie the script and story are still crap.

          • by lgw (121541)

            Sure, sure, but people still see the movies. The studios are still focused on what sells tickets and discs, being still blind to making money through online distribution for the most part, and people will pay to see big budget special effects.

            Hell, modern action films are just discordant short action clips that don't even explain what's happening in the scene, let alone tell a coherent story where you care if the heros win, and people still pay to see the effects. Or, rather, or more likely to pay to see

            • I never said that the industry wasn't making money. Just that I thought they were producing crap. I've only been to the theatre a handful of times in the past decade because of the poor quality of product. But then I want a good story when I see a movie or watch a TV show.

              Torrents have completely changed my viewing habits. I try out lots of things and when I find something that I really like I usually buy it. I say usually because there are a few shows from New Zealand that I would have loved to suppo

              • by lgw (121541)

                Sure, my point was just that the industry only cares about money, and a quite unfortunate effect of torrents is that it makes incoherent effects movies the center of the target, because they're now selling only what people who can see a movie for free on their iPad would pay to see one for.

                The worst part is: if the studios would embrace an iTunes-like model for movies, making it easier to pay than torrent (assuming you didn't mind paying), that incentive for crap movies would be greatly diminished.

        • Re:Yo-ho, Yo-ho (Score:5, Insightful)

          by msobkow (48369) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @06:06PM (#45934143) Homepage Journal

          Buddy, if it's not worth watching for free, it sure as hell isn't worth paying for.

      • It's because of the effects. The cost of making a movie has grown ridiculous - audiences demand big-name actors, sophisticated effects and on-location shooting. That means movie-making is a big investment, and a studio isn't going to gamble their money on a high-risk project. They want something with a good track record of financial success. That's why most major movies now are either franchises, sequals, or stick to well-trodden genre formulae.

  • Technical Details

    www.demonoid.com uses an invalid security certificate.

    The certificate is not trusted because it is self-signed.

    The certificate is only valid for americanstoner.net

    (Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer)

    American Stoner? I guess it'll be a real buzz-kill if the copyright cops get them for possession with intent to distribute.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Maybe it's a U.S. based copier supply company.


       


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      • by Anonymous Coward

        Could they provide ink refill for a pen I got from penisland.com?

    • by LubosD (909058)
      At least for me, it is not only a matter of certificate. All I see on demonoid.com and demonoid.me are the contents of american stoner. WTF? That's a comeback?
  • *whi-TISH!*
  • by Anonymous Coward

    It had all the problems of being a 'public' site. Shit seed ratios and all that low speed public leechers stuff. Crap descriptions. The same useless crud uploaded 50 times when a current active good version existed. No comments on the QUALITY of the files. Just completely useless "thanks for uploading" repeated for pages.

    Along with all the drawbacks of being a 'private' site. Requires logins. Don't say anything to anyone important or you might find your account banned. Don't mouth off. Don't ex

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Demonoid had a treasure trove of rare files you could not find on other public OR private trackers let alone on USENET. So no, Demonoid was like no other file sharing site on the web. And the community is what made Demonoid great. Who care about the latest LOST or Intelligence tv episode ? But then you were looking for some rare comic or ebook the D was the place to go. I still have a lot of torrent files from Demonoid. Could never bring myself to delete them hopeing for a day when the tracker would come ba

      • Demonoid had a treasure trove of rare files you could not find on other public OR private trackers let alone on USENET. So no, Demonoid was like no other file sharing site on the web. And the community is what made Demonoid great. Who care about the latest LOST or Intelligence tv episode ? But then you were looking for some rare comic or ebook the D was the place to go. I still have a lot of torrent files from Demonoid. Could never bring myself to delete them hopeing for a day when the tracker would come back online again. It seems that day has come. Long live the D and its superb community.

        Exactly this. Demonoid was like a torrent Library of Alexandria, and the whole human race was made poorer when it went down. It'll still be a long while before I'll trust the new one though.

      • by nurb432 (527695)

        And plenty of obscure things that you couldn't buy if you wanted to. I agree, now we are stuck with 'top 40' type sties. ( or going underground )

        But all that said, i don't trust them. This may be 100% legit, and the original founders have come back to life but at this stage of the game, i doubt that has happened.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        If demonoid was such a treasure trove of rare and awesome files. And the community was just so great.

        Then all those files should still live on and be perfectly downloadable today thru DHT.

        Are they? No?

        So the community wasn't that great. Nobody cared to seed after they couldn't get credit for doing so anymore.

        And the files were not that special because nobody gave enough of a crap about them to continue seeding them into the DHT swarms.

        Trackers are obsolete. As are dedicated sites that can be shut down a

  • by Karmashock (2415832) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @05:08PM (#45933797)

    The tracker is the least important part of demonoid. The interesting bit was their website that had such a great catalog of stuff AND such a great system for search it.

    SUB CATEGORIES! Oh man. There were so many sub categories. Which meant if you wanted something you could search just that sub category. Honestly, Amazon.com often has an inferior search system to what old Demoniod had.

    If the resurrected the site but kept the tracker offline it would be nearly as good as the old days... assuming anyone ever used the new demoniod again.

    • by Guest316 (3014867)

      Amazon.com often has an inferior search system to what old Demoniod had.

      That there is a fine example of damning with faint praise.

      • To the contrary, amazon's search system is itself better then most.

        The point is that Demonoid actually had far and away the best search site for torrents. Nothing has come close to it before or since.

  • D2 Site claims.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by nurb432 (527695) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @06:00PM (#45934101) Homepage Journal

    Well, it knew my old login and password. So at least part of the database was there.

    Still, no way to know any of these things are not an *AA honeypot now.

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