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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Tosa90, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Tosa90

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    So I'm loving my Bionic so far. Hard not to like it coming fro man OG Droid.

    Only problem I seem to have is getting IRC to connect. I use Freenode and I can not get it to connect.

    I can connect just fine using WiFi, but as soon as I leave WiFi it stops working.

    Won't even connect over 4G.

    Any ideas? Or is Verizon blocking IRC on the 4G network?
     

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    I installed Freenode after i saw your post because i needed an irc app and it is working fine for me.
     
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    Verizon blocks IRC networks as it comes across them.

    You might be able to sign on using a certain server they haven't blocked. For example, you might have to use kornbluth.freenode.net specifically instead of chat.freenode.net.

    The fact that Verizon blocks you from joining IRC networks is a serious cause for concern.
     
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    Why would they block IRC? Is IRC a source of a lot of bandwidth abuse? It seems like it would be a low bandwidth application.
     
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    I would like to know the answer to this as well.

    If I had to guess, it might have to do with the fact that malware schemes often use IRC as a method of transmitting stolen data. The malware application surreptitiously connects to IRC and transmits your data to a bot that's connected there.

    If that's the reason it's a lousy one, because any internet service can be abused for nefarious purposes.

    IRC is also used by some as a filesharing service, which could cause a bandwidth issue. But again, other internet services can be used for the same thing (BitTorrent for instance). And not all filesharing is illicit.

    Does anyone have first-hand information?
     

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