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The Relevance of FTP in 2020 and Beyond
#1
I have a question: is the FTP protocol used for file-sharing?

I would imagine that it's less so than torrenting, streaming, and direct downloads.

What about other venues of file-sharing? I've been using FTPs back in the early 2000s, which is a long time, I know, but what about the question?

EDIT: And to the mods, if this belongs to the Software Application section, just move it; the reason I posted it here was that I thought it has something to do with "Networking," like Internet Networking.

If you want to move it, fine, move it, but don't up my Warning Level. I am doing my best not to get off-topic; I didn't mean to crosspost.
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#2
(Nov 14, 2020, 19:34 pm)RobertX Wrote: I have a question: is the FTP protocol used for file-sharing?
sure
(Nov 14, 2020, 19:34 pm)RobertX Wrote: I would imaging that it's less so than torrenting, streaming, and direct downloads.
of course
(Nov 14, 2020, 19:34 pm)RobertX Wrote: What about other venues of file-sharing? I've been using FTPs back in the early 2000s, which is a long time, I know, but what about the question?
no comment
(Nov 14, 2020, 19:34 pm)RobertX Wrote: EDIT: And to the mods, if this belongs to the Software Application section, just move it; the reason I posted it here was that I thought it has something to do with "Networking," like Internet Networking.
i think when we are connected to any networks, that means we are connected Smile
(Nov 14, 2020, 19:34 pm)RobertX Wrote: If you want to move it, fine, move it, but don't up my Warning Level. I am doing my best not to get off-topic; I didn't mean to crosspost.
@Spud17...
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#3
SuprBay should hire you to clean up RobertX's posts! Uncle Winston wants you!

Well, I guess I've found my answer.

Right now, I can conclude that FTP is pretty old, but it's pretty nifty, very curious piece of technology when used for piracy. (Is that the right word?)

theSEMAR, it seems that you have been paying attention in file-sharing for some time. Have you ever had to count on FTPs, or IRC file servers, or did you begin torrenting in your "career" in piracy?

Trivia happens.
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#4
Ah the good old days of Altavista, searching for open FTP folders.

Even older, I ran a pirate BBS on a 286 IBM-AT with a whopping 160GB of hard disk space and a 9600 baud modem., swapped and shared files as far back as 1988.

Yeah, torrenting is a lot easier...
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#5
anonemoose, a small processor and a screaming 160GB hard drive?!?

You can't get that from a store pre-built; you must have built it yourself!

I salute you!

Which software do you use to make a pirate BBS?
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(Nov 16, 2020, 22:17 pm)RobertX Wrote: anonemoose, a small processor and a screaming 160GB hard drive?!?

You can't get that from a store pre-built; you must have built it yourself!

I salute you!

Which software do you use to make a pirate BBS?

PCBoard 12 and then 14

Yeah, had two full height 80 SCSI drives in an external chassis, had 4 AST memory cards for a whooping 16 meg of RAM.

Could make grilled cheese sandwiches from the heat that monster put out....
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#7
Wow, I would really want to see how a BBS works.

Did you charge per access?

Did you phone hack?
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#8
torrenting more safer than FTP because of many IPs in uploads rather than FTP wich server record your upload IP!
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(Nov 17, 2020, 23:40 pm)RobertX Wrote: Wow, I would really want to see how a BBS works.

Did you charge per access?

Did you phone hack?

Mine was free although I ended up having to limit the user base. Started as a way to play a couple online turn based DnD games, joined a Cooking recipe forum that shared recipes across the county.

I was sharing a lot of copy protection hacks and I was reverse engineering serial number algorithms as part of learning assemble language programing. Which ended up analyzing virus code and ended up with a great rep for virus and malware removal.

Phones.... Had worked for Pacific Telephone and used that knowledge and social engineering while working at a nation wide bank to mask and route things..... never had an issue.
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(Nov 18, 2020, 01:00 am)theSEMAR Wrote: torrenting more safer than FTP because of many IPs in uploads rather than FTP wich server record your upload IP!



That has nothing to do with the FTP protocol. Any TCP/UDP connection exposes the IP addresses used at each end. In your scenario torrenting would be less safe as you expose your IP address to the entire swarm rather than a single server.

As with other protocols, and proxy or VPN will hide your originating IP from the server.


Like IRC, FTP is a old and well known protocol. Also like IRC, it did not originally have security in mind so things like SSL were hacked on later.
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