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April 1, 2010 AT 3:18 am

Twitter File Sharing

Pt 2764
Twitter File Sharing from FAT Labs, nice work –

So why is filesharing on Twitter important to FAT Lab? Governments and private organizations continue to lock down legitimate file sharing through raids, law suits, and “consumer protection” laws & treaties. And while larger file sharing arenas are targeted, many forget file sharing has existed across many different mediums for decades. Early filesharing beginning with Usenet groups, where the binary data was converted to text characters and reprocessed for download. Facsimile machines follow a similar method of dissemination of binary data. And even ham radio used teletype to transmit photos across long distances by converting photos to ASCII before transmission. If Twitter is today’s Usenet and Usenet was used for file sharing years ago, why shouldn’t Twitter be utilized today for file sharing?


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2 Comments

  1. Wouldn’t it be much more efficient to use Unicode characters? Even base64 encoding or hex would be much more compact than a string of space-delimited decimal numbers.

  2. Ha Ha Ha… April Fool’s… ;>) Good One…
    Right up there with the George Foreman USB Grill…

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