Guess what this is?
Well, it's a URI, and as a matter of fact it's a plain old HTTP URI. Now that might not be suprising to you, but it sure was suprising to me. You see, this turns out to be a link to a bittorrent of Jon Stewart's appearance on CNN's Crossfire.
Why is this suprising? Well, I have it on good authority that if you want to do anything new on the internet then, despite the admonition of the W3C's TAG, and a fairly detailed tutorial to the contrary, you have to come up with a new URI scheme. Yet, after installing BitTorrent, with a single click on that URI the BitTorrent application loads and the download begins. Is it voodoo? I was told this just can't work. I mean, I have it on good authority that using mime-types doesn't work:
MIME types alone do not solve the problem [Greg Reinacker
So let's look under that URI and see what's really going on:
C:\>curl --include http://bitflood.org:8080/file?info_hash=D%12%85z%88%AF%22%A7%C4VA1DP%97%A2%89%E9O8 HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Length: 3054 Content-Type: application/x-bittorrent Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=Crossfire-20041015-John_Stewart--compressed.wmv.torrent
Well it appears that BitTorrent does use mime-types to launch the application. Who knew? So now explain to me again why this works for BitTorrent but you have to create a new URI scheme to subscribe to feeds?