Category Archives: Internet

Illinois

The Illinois auction is simply amazing in its ineptitude. In Alaska, they would have put the Senate seat on eBay.

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Why Kevin Martin was throwing things and cussing today

A cable guy saved a few lives today: When Jorge Rivera saw thick, black smoke force a woman to drop a young girl from the top floor of a Silver Spring apartment building, he did not hesitate to act. The … Continue reading

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Internet routing around US

Here’s one more reason not to believe the claims of slow growth in Internet traffic in the US: the rest of the world is optimizing its routes. America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to … Continue reading

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Numb3rs botches Simpson’s Paradox

If you watch Numb3rs on CBS, you’ll have noticed a rather bizarre discussion last night of Simpson’s Paradox, which was alleged to say that combing two series of numbers into a single series can change their order (it doesn’t really … Continue reading

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BitTorrent net meltdown delayed

See The Register for my follow-up on the BitTorrent meltdown story: The internet’s TCP/IP protocol doesn’t work very well. As the internet’s traffic cop, it’s supposed to prevent applications from overloading the network, but it’s at a loss when it … Continue reading

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Note about UDP

One of the more amusing criticisms of my article on BitTorrent over UDP is that I’m a clueless dork for saying UDP was designed for real-time applications since there was no such thing as VoIP back in the day. This … Continue reading

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Reaction to BitTorrent story

My article in The Register yesterday about BitTorrent and UDP got some attention. It was a primary article on Techmeme and was Slash-dotted. Here’s the Techmeme link set: Slyck, DSLreports, TorrentFreak, Ars Technica, Icrontic, Joho the Blog, TMCnet, GigaOM, Industry … Continue reading

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Alarming Title: BitTorrent declares war on the Internet

See The Register for my analysis of the latest tweak in Bittorrent: Gamers, VoIP and video conference users beware. The leading BitTorrent software authors have declared war on you – and any users wanting to wring high performance out of … Continue reading

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A good synopsis of the Internet

Catherine Rosenberg, a professor with the University of Waterloo’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has written a great synopsis of the Internet for our cousins to the North: The founding principle of the Internet is resource sharing and hence … Continue reading

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Mumbai Massacre

The terror attack on Mumbai is an outrage, of course; it’s India’s 9/11 and 7/7. The terrorists attacked India’s most open city, entering by boat and killing random people at locations carefully chosen for traffic and impact. Indian security forces … Continue reading

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