trademark a file transfer protocol which enables users to upload and download large files on the internet in the form of software, games, film, video, music, etc, from other users rather than from a central server
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A popular, distributed form of peer-to-peer file sharing that enables a client program to fetch different parts of a file (a “torrent”) from different sources in parallel. The system is designed to encourage users to make downloaded data available for others to upload. This is aided by a scheme for exchanging unique identifiers, commonly stored in “.torrent” files. A downloader who does not serve data to others is called a “leech”. A “seed” is a computer that has a complete copy of a file, possibly the original.
The bittorrent.com site claims there are over 100 million users as of 2007-03-24.
Most of the data is copyright material like films or commercial software.
bitty box abuse (Or “calculator”) /bit’ee boks/ A computer sufficiently small, primitive, or incapable as to cause a hacker acute claustrophobia at the thought of developing software on or for it. The term is especially used of small, obsolescent, single-tasking-only personal computers such as the Atari 800, Osborne, Sinclair, VIC-20, TRS-80 or IBM PC, but […]
any of various natural substances, as asphalt, maltha, or gilsonite, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons. (formerly) an asphalt of Asia Minor used as cement and mortar. Contemporary Examples Why Can’t America’s Newest Stealth Jet Land Like It’s Supposed To? Bill Sweetman May 25, 2014 Our Trip to The Climate War’s Ground Zero Darren Aronofsky September 18, […]
to convert into or treat with bitumen. verb (transitive) to treat with or convert into bitumen
resembling or containing bitumen: bituminous shale. Historical Examples Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV Edwin James The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith An Elementary Study of Chemistry William McPherson Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1 Various American Rural Highways T. R. Agg A New Guide for Emigrants […]