Your company or college wants to stop file sharing, but is too cheap to get a dedicated traffic shaping solution? Chances are they're instead blocking the download of .torrent files to stop you from getting your latest Bittorrent fix. No Torrent file, not download. Or so they think.

Txtor begs to differ. The site features a number of entertaining reasons why filtering Torrent files is a bad idea:

"1. The technical solution is at most mediocre. Blocking content based on file extension, that's not very web 2.0.
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5. We think it's stupid in a general kind of way."


Reason number six would probably be that it can be easily circumvented - a point that Txtor is proving by making it possible to download Torrent files as simple txt files. Change the extension of the downloaded file, and you're ready to go.

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