The pirate bay should never be down. their network is I believe based on world wide cloud computing. IF the feds ever come back in and raid them, another server in another country will just come online with all data already loaded. Now this is great for the network but... Those pesky stats the Feds and RIAA like so much with you IP would also be in multiple countries. If you use TPB make sure you have a few proxies to loop through. That or a starbucks open wi fi.
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