Category: Just Interesting

Video Proxy – Video Not Available in Your Country

Ever seen this message, your mate has just sent you a message something like – “you have to watch this, I lolzed so much I nearly died. Lol lol”. So you make a mental note to get some cleverer mates, then click on his link and are presented with a YouTube message like this –

video proxy

It might not be that specific one, it might be the – Sorry this Video is not available in your country, or this video is not available – pretty annoying huh!

There are a variety of reasons for these messages but the vast majority of them are due to your IP address or more specifically the location of your IP address. Some are blocked automatically (like lots of BBC content outside the UK), some blocked by Youtube and some like this example specifically targeted by the person who uploaded it. So let’s take this video as an example – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYYUdDNJXaw&feature=related
the uploader appears to be from Germany

It’s likely that this video relates to some some of movie, music or TV show that is only licensed for free in Germany. So when YouTube checks our location we will be blocked (I’m in the UK at the moment). Anyway what we are going to do is use . to connect via a German video proxy server and then try and view the video again.

So when we start YouTube it will now think we are in Germany and so apply restrictions based on this country.   Now we can see the video and don’t get the – Video Not Available in your Country error message.  Sorry it’s so small – graphic size was huge when I uploaded, click on it to make it a bit bigger.

Video Not Available in Your Country

It’s actually a movie broadcast by the German TV company Kanal which is why it’s been uploaded with the restriction of being seen only in Germany.  Remember though when you are using a German video proxy server, you may get blocked from other stuff which you can normally see without problems.  It’s a pain but I’m afraid you need to switch servers depending on where the site is based – the most essential to have are firstly your home country and then probably fast UK IP Address, US and a good European server in somewhere like France or Germany – here’s one for example, you can find on Youtube.

Watch a Video Proxy in Action

This is all you need in 2018 to unblock video sites, well at least those on YouTube. Unfortunately accessing media sites needs one of these paid services as the free unblock video sites won’t work for them. For example the last large media site to block the use of the simple servers you could find on the proxy sites list was the BBC but even they started automatically blocking proxies in 2017.

So if you want to say goodbye to all these Video Not Available messages invest in a proxy ninja service or hunt down some free ones online if you have time.

Hey I Like My Kids Music

Well that can’t be right, but it’s true – my eldest loves Green Day and for once in his life I think he’s right. Yeah I know you’ve all been listening to this for years – but it’s new to me !

Not sure what genre it’s called now but to me it’s intelligent Punk rock.
Awesome video and reminded me why I enjoyed being young but don’t want to go there again.

Jesus of Suburbia is wonderful, great punk rock plus a story and (fuck me) a real message……..

Makes me feel young again….except I keep worrying about who will have to clean those walls again!

BitTorrent Monitors – You Are Being Spied On

It’s no great surprise to me, but at least when it gets covered on the BBC News then more people will believe it’s true. We are not anonymous online and in fact there are people actively tracking and spying on us for a variety of reasons. The BitTorrent story is related to a study completed by Birmingham University, who concluded that anyone using the file sharing service BitTorrent was being monitored.  The study is published here – The Unbearable Lightness of Monitoring: Direct Monitoring in BitTorrent

The study points out that there are at least 10 large monitoring firms logging details of illegal downloads using these sites.  If you start downloading a pirate copy of a popular film or album, your IP address will be recorded within 4 hours by these firms.  So if you don’t fancy being on a list of individuals guilty of copyright theft sitting on the desk of some sneaky litigation lawyer – then you’d better be careful using torrent sites like this and Pirate Bay.

So why are these firms doing this?  What are they actually planning to use these huge lists of illegal downloaders for?   Well there’s probably a certain amount of ‘just in case’ – the data could potentially be lucrative so they are grabbing it now.    The biggest clue comes in the various court cases that have appeared over the years – one of the most famous being the slimy bunch from – ACS Law.

This UK Law Firm obtained thousands of these names and IP addresses from the ISPs of individuals who’s computers had been used for downloading illegal copies of films (mainly pornographic).  Instead of taking them all to court for copyright theft, they decided to send each and every person on the list a demand for a sum of money usually around £500 in order to stop any further action.

These threats were often a complete surprise to the receivers,  they included the list of the films that were downloaded illegally.  Often they would know nothing about these films because of course the person who received the letter was merely the person who paid the ISP invoice.  So grandparents were receiving letters about downloading illegal porn films that others had downloaded using their connection.  Fortunately this horrible practice was eventually stopped but not before thousands had paid up to these threats.

Take a look at these logs which were what the solicitors had obtained from the ISPs.

It’s a new business model for the porno industry.   Instead of making a cheap, low budget porno flick and sell it online for a few bucks – you monitor ISP logs and then blackmail anyone who had downloaded a pirate copy.   I mean even the innocent are going to have some nerve to stand up and defend themselves from the charge of downloading a pirated copy of “Freddie’s British Granny F*ck Volume 1” !!  No of course I didn’t download it dear, don’t you believe me !!!!

So don’t use Torrents if you’re going to download pirated stuff, there’s a whole army of commercial lawyer leech types waiting to track you down if you do.  It’s very easy for them to pay a firm to monitor the downloads of files from P2P sites – they can see your IP address in  the Peer list of the tracker or even just join the download when they’ll directly connect to your computer.  Your IP address (and hence your name and address – check this) is then directly linked to the illegal download and you’ll be on a list like the one above.

Use proxies and security software like Identity Cloaker to protect your self and hide your identity.  There are also a few Private Usenet feeds you can subscribe to with SSL to encrypt your connection – like Astraweb and Bintube.

 

Higgs Bosons Wednesday

I am here sipping my cheap grade Whiskey (run out of the good stuff), just about to go to bed and suddenly remembered – HIGGS BOSON !!!

Rumours are they’ve found it, or perhaps found some evidence it may exist….. but what ever they’ve found to prove or disprove the ‘God Particle’ will be pretty incredible.

1960s God Particle

This is a picture of Peter Higgs,  who predicted the existence of this particle in the 1960s.  His predictions and perhaps dreams may about to become true….

Watch the news tomorrow – there might be the most incredible news !!!!!

I’ll probably have a lie in though……..

The Most Astounding Fact about the Universe

Well nothing about technology again – probably because I have spent the day fixing extremely crap DNS installations and have become overwhelmed with the futility of existence. But fortunately my mood was saved by this (well this and alcohol) so I had to share this wonderful video.

Kinda puts life’s little tribulations in context doesn’t it.