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Old Feb 03, 2004, 05:54 PM
quinterrya quinterrya is offline
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Thanks for the replies. This situation is kind of weird, because my friend stays on campus, inside of a dorm, and downloads ****, movies, and mp3s with kazaalite for over a year now. Maybe the rules work alittle different, since his room is his privacy and the library is public. But I think they should be able to detect his activities. But then again, probably 95% of the people on campus downloads these type of things.

Another thing, I do believe the administer does plays some role in monitoring what we do, but maybe it is a that big one. I remember at the beginning of the semester when I couldn't log into ********** without the administer password (so I never bother doing so in the library.) Now, the administer gives you the option to proceed to any site that you wish, by hitting the "yes" to proceed or "no" when the site is secured. Or some hacker probably found away around the administer's password. I will probably never know.

So, what I will probably do is use my friend's internet connection in his room. Most of you guys answer my question clearly. Thanks again for the replies.
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Old Feb 03, 2004, 06:33 PM
zachariah zachariah is offline
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It is a big job to monitor users internet activity and what you will find is that they probably monitor trends more than each individuals internet activity, that said however if they want to see what you've been up to (if someone like the RIAA wants to know) it is really easy
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Old Feb 03, 2004, 06:38 PM
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[b]Rubbish, it's all logged electronically.[/b]

They are protecting themselves incase the RIA or police come along saying they want the address of John Doe.

I'd do it from home, but not from a campus where you don't own the equipment.

I find that the height of arrogance when someone thinks it's their right to do whatever they want on someone else's equipment.
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Old Feb 03, 2004, 10:41 PM
zachariah zachariah is offline
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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by Insomniac [/i]
[B][b]Rubbish, it's all logged electronically.[/b]

was this to me?? the reason I said that was because it is exactly what happens at my work where there is over a thousand users, of course it is logged electronically and they can go back and find out what you've been doing that is why I stated that they could tell really easily but I wouldn't expext most places to have the manpower to monitor who is doing what, if other people on the network can use Kazaa this means taht the ports are open (which is a bit stupid) and there is probably a lot of traffic on those ports meaning that you would have to be specifically targeted for them to know what you have been up to.
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Old Feb 03, 2004, 11:28 PM
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As I recall at my old uni you signed something when applying for internet access in your room to say that you take responsibility for what you are downloading - so in that respect the admin doesn't care what you are using it for.

What they do care about is if users are using up most of their bandwidth which (IMHO) is why they are interested in keeping your usage down. And as said they have every right to block ports as its their service not yours.

Its different in schools of course because you are "minors" and they are responsible for your actions - so you absolutely shouldn't be doing it - "heck its only a couple of mp3's" - to which you don't own any copyright ...

@zachariah, they would only have to look at the IP address of the heaviest users and put a flag on them, not difficult and certainly doesn't require any manpower.

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Old Feb 03, 2004, 11:48 PM
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I realise how easy it is to do it is technically part of my job to monitor internet traffic but it just isn't worth the effort. Though I can't say I would necessarily feel the same way if I was the network admin for a school, we block all unnecessary ports to, so P2P traffic isn't an issue added to this I would like to think that most of the users are responsible adults with work to do.
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