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London's forgotten pneumatic messaging system.
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 4, 2015 - 38 comments

Rise of bot traffic: websites seen more often by non-humans than humans

In a survey performed in 2012, Incapsula found that 49% of the visitors to 1,000 selected sites were human, compared to a growing percentage of "good bots" like search engines, and "bad bots" including hackers, scrapers, spammers and spies of all sorts. Last year, human web visitors accounted for 38.5% of site visitors, with an increased percentage of search engines and other good bots, and similar ratios for the "shady non-human visitors." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 27, 2014 - 22 comments

Understanding Mobile Spectrum

Understanding Mobile Spectrum (NY Times video) - A short video explaining mobile spectrum and the debate. A graphic that also explains. As the FCC plans to license spectrum previously used by TV broadcasters, FCC Chair Genachowski tries to convince the dubious. Mobile carriers say we are going to have a spectrum crunch. Technical details at the excellent FCC Spectrum Dashboard.
posted by Argyle on Apr 18, 2012 - 14 comments

It’s probably not unrealistic to say that porn makes up 30% of the total data transferred across the internet.

It’s probably not unrealistic to say that porn makes up 30% of the total data transferred across the internet.
posted by analogtom on Apr 10, 2012 - 81 comments

The Magic Dollar Sign

The page for a single tweet is 2.0 MB and 80% javascript. Michal Migurski profiles the sizes and compositions of typical pages from popular web sites, MetaFilter among them.
posted by ignignokt on Mar 5, 2012 - 71 comments


In perhaps the lowest key announcement of a world-changing breakthrough ever, Steve Perlman, CEO of technology research incubator Rearden Labs (and the once controversial, now successful, OnLive gaming network), claimed during a presentation to Columbia Engineering students on June 6, 2011 that Shannon's Law ... need not apply. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Jun 29, 2011 - 98 comments

I drank your milkshake

PBS's excellent weekly news magazine, Need to Know, explains why European broadband speeds are racing ahead of the USA. Britain now has 400 broadband suppliers with service available for as little as $6/month. Bonus: Harvard's Berkman Center reports on broadband supply trends around the world.
posted by anigbrowl on May 13, 2011 - 53 comments

Circumvention of Bell's Throttle Monster: three alternatives.

On November 20th, the CTRC made a landmark ruling that defeated the CAIP's plea to stop Bell's conjuration of the Deep Packet Throttle Monster. However all was not lost, as consumers of Bell's copper pipes can take solace in three recent developments that aim to reclaim the pipes for We, the little guy. hooray! [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Jan 17, 2009 - 28 comments

The Year of Net Neutrality, Part 2

It seems that previous MeFi post heralding The Year of Net Neutrality may have been frighteningly accurate. Between the recent CRTC and the FCC filings on Bell's illegal throttling practices in Canada, and FCC ruling against Comcast to "Stop Blocking Internet Traffic" in the USA, it seems the issue is finally sparking action, and we may be seeing much more to come. For those interested, there is an open-source documentary called Human Lobotomy which discusses the way this issue weighs on freedom of press and freedom of speech, and also an activist blog, Save the Internet which promises to stay abreast of the issue.
posted by tybeet on Aug 8, 2008 - 5 comments

Tiered internet use

Timewarner has set a precedent by creating tiered internet use that is capped at certain levels. Pricing will be about $29.95 per month for a 5 GB monthly cap to $54.90 per month for a 40 GB cap.
posted by ejaned8 on Jun 4, 2008 - 64 comments

RENDITION = reply by private code immediately

posted by Horace Rumpole on Nov 17, 2007 - 21 comments


Shooting the Messenger (PDF). A new report from Free Press "dispels the many myths manufactured by the telecommunications industry to excuse America's poor broadband performance compared to the rest of the world."
posted by homunculus on Jul 19, 2007 - 38 comments

You make it fun; we'll make it run

Coral: The NYU Distribution Network "Are you tired of clicking on some link from a web portal, only to find that the website is temporarily off-line because thousands or millions of other users are also trying to access it? Does your network have a really low-bandwidth connection, such that everyone, even accessing the same web pages, suffers from slow downloads? Have you ever run a website, only to find that suddenly you get hit with a spike of thousands of requests, overloading your server and possibly causing high monthly bills? If so, Coral might be your free solution for these problems!"
posted by jonah on Sep 6, 2004 - 4 comments

The NoCat Night Light

How many cats does it take to screw in a light bulb? Anything to help the cause of Infinite Bandwidth Everywhere for Free... via WebMonkey
posted by dg on May 13, 2003 - 3 comments

The ODP bans its successful users.

The Open Directory Project bans TNL.net Tristan Louis's web site can no longer be used to access the Open Directory. Why? apparently they can't handle the traffic, so they banned links coming from his pages in the early afternoon.
posted by clevershark on Jan 17, 2003 - 25 comments

Canadian high speed ISP's are putting caps on downloads/uploads.

Canadian high speed ISP's are putting caps on downloads/uploads. Could this spell the beginning of the end of P2P? The "basic" DSL package offered by Bell Canada will now give users 5 gigs up and 5 gigs down. For the average user, this is more than they'll ever use for e-mail, surfing, etc. But for users downloading movies and warez, it could be the end for them unless they're willing to cough up $7.95 CDN / gig - and most won't. Cable modem subscribers in Ontario will also be seeing a similar plan put into place in the next several months.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on May 26, 2002 - 30 comments

Who caused the great flood?

Who caused the great flood?
Yesterday, Ernie posted a notice that Steve from Blue's Clues was leaving to become a rock star. Now Steve's web site seems to be down for bandwidth overages. They might be unrelated; still, it raises important questions about the possibility of accidentally overloading someone else's server. Where do burdens lie in this scenario? Does anyone have a historical perspective on this sort of situation? =]
posted by spaceboy86 on Apr 30, 2002 - 22 comments

Time Warner/AOL to charge more for cable bandwidth hogs.

Time Warner/AOL to charge more for cable bandwidth hogs. No idea exactly what the bandwidth limits will be, but, according to this article, a tiered pricing structure is in the works. Grrr...
posted by shecky57 on Apr 10, 2002 - 33 comments

The b3ta server appeal

The b3ta server appeal is a desperate attempt by the viral entertainment geniuses at b3ta to stay alive... Almost every seriously connected person has seen one of their flash projects - from Buffy's swearnig keyboard, Cursor Love Bunny and The Cat Game and they've worked with (and helped support) rathergood.com's Joel Veitch in his work - most of us have seen Frightened Boy. And if you need any more proof that they need to be saved, then this should do the job.
posted by barbelith on Mar 21, 2002 - 5 comments

Dump broadband? *gasp* Well, according to this ZDNet article, it's a movement. With price hikes and a souring economy, some people can't justify the cost. Could you let it go?
posted by hotdoughnutsnow on Nov 7, 2001 - 50 comments

Animated GIF's are good for something.

Animated GIF's are good for something. PhotoDude's answer to the image and bandwidth theft double whammy. Got a smile out of me.
posted by southisup on Jul 17, 2001 - 24 comments

The amazing saga of Nosepilot continues

The amazing saga of Nosepilot continues -- Discussed here previously, the story behind the story of nosepilot is nearly as compelling as the animation itself. It has everything: Flash, viral content, independent authoring, bad customer service, how web hosts suck, hack threats, falsified documents, and more.
posted by artlung on Jun 13, 2001 - 7 comments

How to conserve Metafilter bandwidth: I'm sure you're noticing that MeFi's running slow today. Matt posted in Metatalk that he's running it off his DSL line. In the same post, he asked that people try to limit their front page views to three days or under. If you're new here, here's how you limit the views: Go here. Scroll down to "number of days on front page." The default is seven; I've set mine, as suggested, to two. After you've set that number, don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "change your preferences." Now you're done! Kaycee fans, if you're not using IE as your browser, or have collapsed the right-hand sidebar, there's also a call to keep Kaycee discussion over at the Yahoo newsgroup. Cheers to Matt for going to all of this trouble. * Thank you, Matt! *
posted by metrocake on May 25, 2001 - 17 comments

The aforementioned "unlimted bandwidth" has very recently become quite limited.

The aforementioned "unlimted bandwidth" has very recently become quite limited. What happened?
posted by arf on Apr 25, 2001 - 23 comments

The Martian Internet

The Martian Internet
This is a cover-eyes-and-post post: NASA has made it a goal to improve telecommunications in deep space. This is good since I would hate to get up to my lunar base, and not be able to check e-mail. For a while, it will probably be Arpanet-level bandwidth. Just when we master this whole optical fatpipe stuff, they redraw the amount of territory an ideal network should cover.
posted by rschram on Apr 17, 2001 - 1 comment

It has to stop!

It has to stop! (via rc3) Someone puts up a website, people like it and come back for more, then they tell their friends - and so on. The problem is, the site becomes popular and prohibitively expensive and a valuable resource either gets put behind a pay per view gate, disappears, or the site owner has to bite the bullet and pay a huge hosting fee. (more inside)
posted by owillis on Apr 13, 2001 - 36 comments

What hasn't been noted much on the DEN and boo.com closings

What hasn't been noted much on the DEN and boo.com closings is the high-bandwidth aspirations both sites trumpeted. No doubt this is why much of Metafilter's readership is privately reveling in these failures. They subtly reinforce the Web's "minimum" ideals -- keeping multimedia to a minimum, minimizing file sizes and download times, letting the minimalist purity of HTML reign supreme. Should this really make us happy, though? I'm a big supporter of fast browsing and markup-language standards, but aren't we missing the point when we secretly root for the bleeding edge to fail?
posted by werty on May 19, 2000 - 16 comments

The bandwidth speed test over at MSN

The bandwidth speed test over at MSN seems to be the most accurate one I've used so far. It gave out statistics that are very close to what I expected, and didn't choke just because I'm on a T3. (thanks blogblog)
posted by mathowie on Jan 13, 2000 - 0 comments

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