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Yarmouth Port, MA
reply to Deadpool0

Re: yay sandvine

I'll dispute whether you can throttle anything by breaking a connection and replacing it with nothing. A much wiser choice on their part would have been to simply mimick what a congested network would do and start randomly throwing away packets.

Once again, congestion is not a new problem, and the Internet is already built to handle it. There is nobody running around in a suit and tie visiting buyers with the advice of "don't buy anything -- there are at least 10 RFCs with the 'Internet Standard' label already explaining how to handle networking congestion."

The problem is that Sandvine perfected a method of performing TCP packet forgery, which was an awesome feat -- but worth little unless they could sell it. So, using P2P as a bogeyman, they convinced buyers that they had a new problem and that their solution was the solution.

Well, it wasn't a new problem.

Back in the early 1990s (and this time, I do have the decade correct), file transfers took up roughly the same percentages (40%-60%) of bandwidth use as it does now. User behavior hasn't changed, only the protocol has. Back then, the preeminent method was FTP. These days, its P2P.

The lesson: You can't throttle progress, nor should you try.
Robb Topolski -= funchords.com =- Hillsboro, Oregon
"We don't throttle any traffic," -Charlie Douglas, Comcast spokesman, on this report.