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Re: [IL] Latency issues.
Latency obviously affects some applications more than others. I personally am more worried about lost packets than I am about latency, although I also don't use the applications most affected by higher latency values (such as VoIP, gaming, or maybe video, all of which are also higher bandwidth applications and more time dependent). To say there is an absolute value of latency below which you must have is also a misnomer, especially with web browsing, which is what Anonymous was pointing out. It is all application driven.
Latency is also something that will constantly fluctuate across a range of values, depending on time of day and network conditions. It also makes a huge difference whether you are hitting sites that are dispersed across the network (such as CDN) or a centrally located (and potentially overworked) server. [There is a classic example from the differences of measuring latency to yahoo.com versus www.yahoo.com, where the latter will resolve to closer CDN with lower latency, whereas the former will not, with latency being very high.]
ADDED: I got the Yahoo examples reversed. yahoo.com will be the quicker ping, with www.yahoo.com being a very long ping. At least when I just now tested it. I also just found similar between google.com and www.google.com.