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Why torrent low-ratio banning is killing the network and is generally a bad idea.

It seems a growing trend for people to get banned for low share ratios.

Now I can understand how this would appeal to some people`s sense of (in)justice as there are people out there who do not understand that not sharing while you download will ultimately make you download yours slower as you supply bits to other people who would otherwise been supplied by the seeder, making it possible for you to download from open slots at the seeder. These are typlically low-intellect `kiddies` who don`t do math and then download hacked clients because they are just stupid.

I agree that these people are evil.

But putting a share-ratio of 0.9 and higher as mandatory is just insane. (IMHO 0.1 is the absolute maximum)

Take the following example (using mathematical induction and taking values to extremes) if I limited my download to 1k/s and my upload to 25k/s (I have a 256/256 connection) my share ratio inexorably tends to go to sub-1.0. In fact, I find that only the T1 people seems to get any us…

Firefox Tweaks/Speed-ups

These options can go into the user.js file, or can be set from the 'about:config' url.

(Editing the user.js file may need to be done when FireFox is not running)
(Editing the about:config may require a FireFox restart)


user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 128);
user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 48);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 24);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 12);

// Enable pipelining:
user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 100);

Firefox: Open diverted links in new background tab instead of new window

This has frustrated me for a long time... something I really liked about Opera.

Go to 'about:config' url and set:

browser.tabs.loadInBackground to true (should be already)
browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs to true
browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground to true

Then in advanced preferences is a new option:
'Force links that open a new window to:'

can be used for immesdiate effect.