Music Industry Seek BitTorrent Blackout

"P2P faces its toughest battle "

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The music industry is making another steadfast push in a bid to stamp out P2P file sharing by demanding that ISP's block all torrent-based file sharing sites. Irish ISP Eircom has reportedly stated that it won't block any sites, but that it would actively disconnect users it suspected of sharing copyrighted material.

The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), which represents EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner is demanding that Eircom also block a list of P2P sites.

The music industry and IRMA are using Eircom as an example for all other Irish ISPs. “We don’t support illegal activity on our network but this is an unprecedented agreement," said a spokesman for BitBuzz, an Irish Wi-Fi service. “Is the music industry planning to become Ireland’s de facto internet censor?”

Popular P2P site 'The Pirate Bay' are currently fighting copyright infringement charges in a Swedish court, and they have been blocked in Denmark. According to the source article, if the agreement between the IRMA and Eircom stands then Ireland will be next. Even if the agreement falters then it may still have serious implications further abroad.

Is P2P file sharing creeping ever closer to its demise? Will ISP's comply with the IRMA's demands to block known file sharing sites?

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20-02-2009, 09:48:54

Ok a few months ago my PC was playin some music whilst i was washing the dishes and suddenly it died. The power was still on but the monitor had switched off.

I tried to turn it off and on again but it won't even boot to bios now. The keyboard won't light up and the monitor doesn't activate.

I've removed most of the components to test the mobo. I noticed that I can't even reset the PSU or hold the Power switch for a short while to switch it off. BUT when i remove the 4 Pin 12v the computer will allow me to use the front panel reset and power switches.

I tested the PSU using a testing device and noticed that the -5v was not lit I assume that this may be a problem. I've tried removing certain components and the motherboard beeps under certain circumstances so I assume it's still doing something.

My aim here is to figure out which component isn't working so I can replace it and get my computer working again.

I narrowed it down to either Mobo or PSU as these are the most likely to fail imo.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am literally going insane without a computer.

Thanks, Chris.

20-02-2009, 10:13:27

Sounds like a PSU issue, BUT my friend had this problem, he replaced his PSU and it was his mobo aswell. Try get another PSU from one of your friends or one you can find anywhere and try it.

20-02-2009, 10:16:48

Yeh I think that's what I'll have to do. It's moment like these I really hate computers but at the same time I realise my life turns to **** without them. Haha.

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