Tribler P2P Uses 'Currency," Rewards Uploaders


Hate it when leechers ruin your BitTorrent experience? A Harvard team has developed a client called Tribler that rewards uploaders with faster download speed and punishers leechers with death. Wait, hold on… No, not death, but with slower downloads. My mistake.

The system introduces a sort of currency concept to downloading. Called “TV watching minutes” (damn that needs a better name), users would earn “minutes” by uploading a lot. Conversely, you’d “spend” your “minutes” whenever you download. Easy peasy, to quote Joel Johnson.

Tribler [Harvard via The Beeb]