[ExI] New Network Sitcom
emlynoregan at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 16:13:46 UTC 2009
2009/3/28 BillK <pharos at gmail.com>:
> On 3/27/09, ben wrote:
>> It seems that this is only for /american/ extropians.
>> Apparently I'm not good enough to be allowed to view it.
> Well, there are ways and means. But you have to jump through a fair
> number of hoops and be a bit geekish. Is it worth the trouble to watch
> a TV program?
> I can't be bothered, but the following hints may help those interested.
> All US-only websites or country-based restriction relies on the IP
> address. Blocks of IP addresses are issued and assigned to specific
> country in bulk. When an IP address is translated to be located in an
> unsupported countries, access will be blocked. So in order to bypass
> the IP address based blocking ban, just mask the real location with an
> IP address to one within the supported country, primarily United
> There are several methods of doing this.
> The easiest is to use a Web based proxy server.
> First, you find a US based proxy server, type in the URL you want to
> access, and click GO. Because you are bouncing through the proxy
> server it will appear as though you are coming from the US.
> That will work for many sites, but it also depends on the proxy
> server. Some are better than others. (And some may be dangerous, to
> trap the unwary).
> The aol link above is actually for an ABC tv show.
> When you get through to ABC, you will find that ABC insist that you
> download and install their own video player software so that you are
> forced to watch their ads.
> (Another no no for me).
> If you still want to do this, your pc has to meet ABC's requirements.
> 512MB Windows XP/Vista - Internet Explorer, Firefox
> Mac - Firefox, Safari.
> (Linux need not apply).
> If you are *still* determined to watch their tv, go to this proxy list site:
> copy and paste the show URL into the box and click on the first proxy
> site in the list.
> You will probably have to bypass all your security software temporarily.
> (You *do* have security software, don't you?).
> With a bit of luck you'll eventually manage to get to see the show.
> Whether your computer will ever recover from the experience, is
> another matter. :)
I haven't had any success with Proxies and streaming video. I think
the servers streaming the video don't use protocols that the proxies
understand, so it just doesn't seem to work (for me). Also, proxies
just give me the willies; what an excellent way to have your machine
Another thing to consider is that streaming video is a lot of data
over a short period of time. Most proxies aren't going to let you do
that (because it goes through them), or just wont support a data rate
that is fast enough.
Something better maybe is a vpn. I've had some success with Hotspot
Shield in the past (http://www.hotspotshield.com/), although when I've
tried to use it more recently, it's been too slow (probably a victim
of its own success).
I've been thinking of getting a commercial vpn to the US, does anyone
have experience with this? It'll become even more pertinent if
Australia really implements the internet censorship that's currently
Also, and I'm going to show my ignorance of how the net really works
here, is there any way from outside the US to be directly assigned a
supposedly US based ip address? That is, can we directly subvert this
mapping of ip-address to country?
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