Quoting from the NTK page: BitTorrent's a helper app that's designed to allow servers to redistribute the download burden of slashdottings amongst the audience. Download a big BitTorrent-enabled file, and you'll simultaneously upload chunks to your fellow downloaders. It's a nice practical application of P2P.
The test file which I'm downloading is really rather large and is also unsuitable for minors, allegedly to encourage people to join in the stress-testing.
NTK again: So he's got a 700meg ---- file on his site he'd like you all to download. All of you. Preferably at the same time.