Looking for a Good Seedbox
After using SeedM8 for quite awhile, I decided to look around for other offerings (not because of any dissatisfaction with SeedM8, mind you, just curiosity and maybe an overzealous hope of reducing my monthly outlay a bit) to see what else was out there. A disappointing stint with Seed.st (whose rTorrent configuration doesn't appear to have DHT enabled, so no magnet links ever worked -- pretty useless for my needs) ended quickly, so I'm on the hunt for a new seedbox. What I need:
Unmetered up/down bandwidth
It doesn't matter much how fast that bandwidth actually is, so long as it's better than American "consumer-grade" broadband, e.g. at least 100mbit up/down or better; what matters most is that it's unmetered and truly unlimited (SeedM8 did this very well with its M.50 (and higher) slots)
There's no better BitTorrent client, period. Sorry, Windows users, but this is yet another instance where Unix beats Windows hands down.
Note: I don't care all that much about whether ruTorrent (the de-facto standard web UI for rTorrent) is available, but if it is, being able to install plugins unfettered is preferable (again, SeedM8 did this well).
Magnet link support
Technically speaking, Seed.st supported magnet links, but they never actually connected to anything or managed to fetch the actual .torrent files they pointed to. This was presumably because DHT wasn't enabled, but I couldn't verify this as there's no way to check.
I don't want/need root, of course, but it's certainly handy to have "raw" access to my account's files (both torrented data and config/hosted files). Again, SeedM8 provided this. Seed.st did not.
I haven't actually used this much just yet, but given the current climate in America (with the MAFIAA effectively driving the government's behavior concerning "intellectual property") it's becoming clear that it'd be a good idea to start using one.
This is another spot where SeedM8 did well.
You're probably wondering at this point "why not just stay with SeedM8 since they were so perfect?" The answer is simple -- their domain name ends in .com, and while their whois information is a "DomainsByProxy.com"-guarded one, the provided address is an American one. This concerns me for two reasons.
First, the .com domain could easily be seized by the American government, essentially on a whim, solely based on accusations from MAFIAA organizations or agents, disrupting my access to the services provided. Second, there's no way for me to determine whether the seedbox itself is located outside America or not, or whether the company providing it to me is located outside America.
I can't in good conscience make use of American-based hosting services of any kind, including the .com, .net, and .org domains I currently hold (but will be letting expire this year after the near-disaster of SOPA) given the United States government's generally hostile attitude towards net neutrality, free speech online, and even basic internet connectivity and technology in recent years, so I worry about using SeedM8 without confirmation that they're an offshore operation that just happens to use a domain in a US-controlled TLD.
So, any ideas/suggestions, folks?