I'm not confident if this is the proper place to situate this, so feel free to move this if it's in an imroper location....
Can anyone explain torrents to me? I downloaded bittorent a while ago at the behest of a friend, but so far I've found it slower than my normal broadband connection (about a dozen Mb/s) by orders of magnitude! I don't think I've managed to DL a single thing with it; whether it be the Freespace 2, which was up on GD quite some time ago, or the latest Buggo interviews, I've found bittorent to be as ponderous as my old 56k Dial-up!
No matter how high I set my general transfer rate, the damned thing takes about an hour to even get to a couple dozen kilobytes per a second transfer rate, and it tends to oscillate between values at complete random. Am I doing something wrong here? Is my client corrupt? Most of my friends claim that torrents are several times prompter and more efficient than conventional downloading, but for me torrents merely extend my DL waiting time to days instead of hours!
In fact, the only reason I'm bothering with it is because numerous larger files appear to be posted exclusively in that abominable torrent format, so I can't just breeze through them with my default connection and instead have to be handicapped by my blasted client's capricious and generally miniscule transfer rate.