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 -
PBS's excellent weekly news magazine, Need to Know
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Who caused the great flood?
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 -
? *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 -
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:
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 -
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 -
It has to stop!
) 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 -
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 -