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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Questing Vole Press (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978590767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978590765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A remarkably calm look at the technical, social, economic and cultural issues arising from file-sharing, and it's also a damned practical guide to navigating the strange world of file-sharing technology.
--Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net

An essential primer on File Sharing for those not in the know.
--Leo M, Brain Scratch

Chris Fehily won't exactly call [middle-class consumers] suckers, but he will show them -- as well as college students, crackers, digital anarchists and others -- the Pirate Way.
--J.D. Lasica, socialmedia.biz

If you're technology averse and want to enjoy the fruits of piracy you should find this book has great appeal.
--Moshe Reuveni, R-Views

From the Back Cover

Contents
1. The Terrain
2. Understanding BitTorrent
3. File Types
4. Malware
5. Archives
6. Installing a BitTorrent Client
7. BitTorrent Search Engines
8. Finding Torrents
9. Customizing Your Client
10. Downloading Torrents
11. Movies and TV Shows
12. Pictures
13. Music and Spoken Word
14. Books, Documents, and Fonts
15. Applications and Games

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Customer Reviews

In fact: I absolutely recommend this book for parents.
Leo of BORG
Cancel Cable is direct and easy to follow, especially compared to the mess of piracy disinformation on the web.
Edwin Marticorena
This one is strong on the how-to: it's short, technical, and easy to understand.
D. Pennington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Pennington on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I originally disapproved of this digital-stealing book, but I was mistaken. Books like this are useful and, at times, necessary. This one is strong on the how-to: it's short, technical, and easy to understand. The author's experience and advice is on every page.

If you're an average Joe with low to middle internet skills, this book will prevent headaches, save your computer, and explain the price of gullibility. Accept as fact that internet pirates are technically savvy, and a few of them are malicious and may be a notch brighter and more experienced than you. You're an easy mark without experience. Cancel Cable provides knowledge. Chris Fehily knows his audience. People looking for something for nothing aren't likely to be cautious and skeptical, as they should be. Most of them aren't going to do the research needed to avoid the traps and false starts involved in downloading a DVD or game for free. It's easier to buy the item legally.

In sum, this book is a shortcut. It's a well-written quickstart guide similar to any number of computer books that you own or have thumbed through. The topic is a little racier, but the goal is the same: getting your computer to be more useful.

If you're not pirate material, but still want to know how pirates operate, then read this book for an explanation of the process and the very elegant technology behind it. I found the chapters that describe how this alien world works to be the most interesting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leo of BORG on March 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
There is a lot of disinformation, if not outright malarky from the 'PC security industry' as well as the mainstream media about File Sharing & BitTorrent-- and a lot of 'dancing around the topic' by other authors.

But there is none of that in this book. It is both a primer and a quick-start guide to the world of BitTorrent piracy: why it's done, how to do it, and what the pitfalls are.

But even if you're not a 'pirate' there is a LOT of excellent information here for 'normal' PC and Mac users.

Chapter 4 about Malware is a common sense introduction to threats that alone is worth the price of this book-- the other sections on files & archives are as well.

In fact, even without the sections on piracy this would be a good book for parents to understand just what is on their children's machines and why they should be secured.

In fact: I absolutely recommend this book for parents. If your child is talking about 'Matroska files,' 'seed ratio,' 'warez' or other such Greek-- and you're wondering what these terms mean-- you need this book. Even if they aren't, their friends are. Trust me on this one.

The only downside is that this book is written in an unapologetic, direct and matter of fact tone-- like The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Despite piracy not being my favorite topic, I found it to be a very concise and refreshing read.

Make no mistake: Lawyers that deal with intellectual property, system administrators, and your 12-16 year old son/daughter already know what is in this book.

Ignorance is no excuse. I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bartleby Scrivener on February 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you have ever wondered exactly how torrents work, and what to watch out for when you use them, this is the book for you. (And torrents aren't just for pirates!) This book could be huge, because the biggest impediment to using bit torrent is fear of the unknown. After all, you are downloading files which MAY contain malware or spyware. Cancel Cable goes a long way to dispelling that fear with its crystal clear, step-by-step explanations and common-sense precautions.

Chris Fehily is the author of many programming and computer books. His signature style is direct, simple, and succinct. When you need a working example (instead of a theoretical explanation) one appears; same goes for graphics. And you can't beat the price. Happy downloading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Marticorena on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
There are plenty of books on Amazon about cooking, engines, guns, and just about anything you could want, but this is the only recent one I could find about file sharing. (The only other one listed is a dinosaur from 2005.) Cancel Cable is direct and easy to follow, especially compared to the mess of piracy disinformation on the web. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kimo on December 19, 2012
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This is a devastating how-to to share information that we could originally share anyway.
I was amused that it was difficult to get a publisher.
Anyone can share a book or CD without a separate licence, so why not on the net too? Copyright is a broken system, being made worse by vested interests in the USA to extend copyright to benefit corporations who have purchased 'rights' from dead authors. I would like to see copyright revert to only items renewed on a register for the life of the author as we used to have. Then we could release all those abandoned orphan books in libraries with no recorded copyright holder.
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