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Filth in the Vatican
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:38:16 AM »
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  • (Whilst I don't know Bit-Torrent, I think I understand the technological principle behind it. So I conclude that the following article's content is correct from a technical point of view, and no cheap try to denounce the Vatican.
    I don't agree with the author's ignorance on and jokes about religion. Also I don't include the article's two snapshot pictures, which show the Vatican's Internet addresses behind certain file names. Those interested in these details and with good nerves, please visit the linked article.)  




    www.torrentfreak.com

    Priests watch DVD Screeners while Pirates download Filth in the Vatican

    By Andy, 7 April 2013

    While Thou Shalt Not Steal is one of the best known ten commandments, there is no directive ordering Thou Shalt Not Copy. This glaring loophole in God’s law, which runs contrary to established entertainment industry doctrine, apparently allows priests to watch pirated Oscar review copies of major movies without concern. Meanwhile, over in the Vatican, pirates are having the time of their lives downloading some quite eye-watering media.

    Paul Flynn, the owner of a DVD rental store in Limerick, Ireland, has a rather interesting customer.

    For the last five or six years a local priest has been calling in to rent movies. Paul describes the priest as “a lovely man who loves his old films” but there’s more to this man of the cloth than first meets the eye.

    “Back in January, he mentioned he had watched Lincoln the night before,” Paul explained. “So I asked had they shown it early in the cinema or something and he said: ‘No, we have a film club once a week and we watched it up at the monastery’.”

    Of course, back in January the movie wasn’t out on DVD, so either the priest is an Oscar voter or there’s another more likely explanation. And it gets worse.

    “We watched Django Unchained last week, which I found very violent,” the priest told Paul. “We watched Les Miserables the week before and Zero Dark Thirty the week before that.”

    What we appear to have here is a secret pirate movie club located in a monastery, run and frequented by priests. If that wasn’t enough, Paul says the priests just don’t see anything wrong in it either.

    This rather unusual tale piqued our interest. Is the pirating priest phenomenon isolated only in the beautiful city of Limerick or is it more widespread? Helped by Scaneye, TorrentFreak decided to take a look at the recent downloading habits of people living in the most religious city-state in the world – the Vatican.

    The Vatican is a small place so downloading levels are very low. However, we did notice that one particular IP address came up a number of times, on each occasion linked to TV shows such as Chicago Fire, Lightfields, The Neighbours and Touch. Another IP address showed an interest in The Americans.

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    While TV shows seem quite popular, when compared to their Irish counterparts people in the Vatican are a real disappointment when it comes to the downloading of pre-release movies – there were no downloads of DVD screeners whatsoever. In fact, only three Hollywood movies appear in the entire list – Love Actually from a decade ago, a cam copy of Snitch, and The Last Stand in x264.

    Music is also less popular than we expected. In addition to a compilation album there’s just one recent download of Ed Sheeran’s Lego House. Also from the same IP address was the only game download in the list – Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Madrid X.

    But just when the whole exercise was beginning to fall a bit flat, we spotted some downloads to get pulses racing. It seems that while Vatican dwellers aren’t all that interested in Hollywood movies, they do enjoy adult related celluloid.

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    In the interests of science we researched each of the titles (including the curiously named RS77_Episode 01) and discovered that downloaders in the Vatican have one or two unusual ‘niche’ interests. We won’t link to our discoveries here, but feel free to do your own ‘research’ using the titles shown above. There isn’t a commandment that covers these films directly, but some might argue there should be.

    TorrentFreak couldn’t find a priest prepared to make a comment and apparently the Pope is “busy” today. On a Sunday?

    Offline s2srea

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    Filth in the Vatican
    « Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 10:08:05 AM »
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  • Quote from: Ethelred

    In the interests of science we researched each of the titles (including the curiously named RS77_Episode 01)


    First post that comes up when googleing "RS77_Episode 01":

    Someone At The Vatican Is Downloading Tranny & BDSM Porn

    Subsequent posts support this. Sad thing is we didn't really need to google this to find out did we.


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    « Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 01:13:29 PM »
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  • Priests, especially Novus Ordo ones, are tempted and succumb just as easily as us. We need to pray for all priests.
    Regina Angelorum, ora pro nobis!

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    « Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 01:25:24 PM »
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    Priests, especially Novus Ordo ones, are tempted and succumb just as easily as us. We need to pray for all priests.


    I agree.

    However, I see this more about the fact that sodomite priests have been encouraged to enter the priesthood for many decades now.

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    Filth in the Vatican
    « Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 09:20:13 AM »
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  • We need to be careful with this one.  Just because an IP is registered with Vatican City does not mean that the "downloader" is in Vatican City.  Someone could be using a Wi-Fi connection that is registered to Vatican City via a publicly accessible "Wi-Fi hotspot," which means that it could be some tourist who is doing the downloading and not anyone in the Vatican.  (People do this all the time at McDonald's, etc.)  Also, someone within Vatican City could have had his/her laptop compromised, and the true pirates are just using it as a proxy to "hide" behind.  They could even be connecting to the unsuspecting laptop via Tor, JonDonym, etc., making it impossible to trace their true origin.

    Difficult to say on this one.


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    « Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013, 10:36:48 AM »
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  • Quote from: Jehanne
    We need to be careful with this one.  Just because an IP is registered with Vatican City does not mean that the "downloader" is in Vatican City.  Someone could be using a Wi-Fi connection that is registered to Vatican City via a publicly accessible "Wi-Fi hotspot," which means that it could be some tourist who is doing the downloading and not anyone in the Vatican.  (People do this all the time at McDonald's, etc.)  Also, someone within Vatican City could have had his/her laptop compromised, and the true pirates are just using it as a proxy to "hide" behind.  They could even be connecting to the unsuspecting laptop via Tor, JonDonym, etc., making it impossible to trace their true origin.

    Difficult to say on this one.


    Jehanne-

    I cannot disagree with you. I am sorry I led anyone to believe something that wasn't true. Thank you for the correction.

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    « Reply #6 on: April 12, 2013, 10:43:05 AM »
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  • Priests must live holy lives. Because of their bad examples and their
    scandals causes lost of many souls that they are responsible for.
    Their suffering in hell will be increased in proportion of every
    soul that they are responsible for the lost of.

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    Filth in the Vatican
    « Reply #7 on: April 13, 2013, 12:44:37 PM »
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  • So, I was at Confession at a NO Church and the priest told me that it is okay to use pirated software as long as not used for an evil purpose.


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    « Reply #8 on: April 14, 2013, 06:22:31 PM »
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  • Quote from: Pelly
    So, I was at Confession at a NO Church and the priest told me that it is okay to use pirated software as long as not used for an evil purpose.


    Was this a face-to-face confession?  And, what did the priest mean by "pirated"?  It's kind of like the term "hacker"?  To be a "hacker," as Matthew will attest, is not necessarily a negative term; in fact, most individuals in IT would say that "hacking" is perfectly legitimate.  Now, to be a "cracker" is something completely different!  So, it depends on one's terminology!!

    For instance, is the Pirate Bay all bad?  Well, yes and no.  These days TPB only has magnetic links; no more central tracker torrents on TPB.  Some magnetic links are legitimate, others are not.  It's kind of like guns; their licitness depends on how one uses them!

     

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