Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Improved Way to Torrent - Right from the Browser

Using BitTorrent to share (not just pirate) makes a great deal of sense. I worked on a project at the National Institutes of Health years ago to share the "open source" human genome database.

A new, improved method of sharing torrents via browser is explained here. While the Opera browser has had this capability, the JavaScript libraries in the Torque project,

... is a JavaScript interface to a custom torrent client that exposes all the power of BitTorrent to web developers. Simply put, it allows anyone to utilize our powerful technology to create completely fresh and new experiences for users with just a couple lines of code.

Being able to stream video more efficiently, drag-n-drop files, and other innovations could come about. One issue remains -- there is no Pirate Bay for legit torrents. By design, there is no single BitTorrent network; the protocol has no provision for search. Generally, an organization wishing to offer a file via BitTorrent would place the .torrent files on a website in the place of the usual HTTP download link. Searching for .torrent files can be accomplished through web search engines, but this is external to the protocol -- trading of copyrighted (pirated) material is not inherent in the technology.

1 comment:

  1. I always torrent from the browser using Google search.. so wats ur point here?