Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Unless you haven't been on many of the news sites, such as Digg, you probably don't know much about the topic called Net Neutrality. The basic premise of Net Neutrality is that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) should not be allowed to discriminate on the different types of traffic that passes through their networks and instead to treat each type of traffic equally regardless of what it is. By not discriminating, we mean they shouldn't slow down certain types of traffic in favour of others.
Having said that it came out the Bell Sympatico (the service that I'm subscribed to) has an ongoing practice of slowing down (Packet Shaping) P2P and online video traffic between the hours of 4 pm and 2 am, where they see a peak in traffic. Now Bell's argument for this is, that they have to do this in order to allow everyone to use there network, as they say that a minority (5% to 10% of users) are consuming about 33% of their bandwidth.
But the bad part of this is that they have begun to do this to their Third Party ISP subscribers. Teksavvy Solutions has come out to say that they have notice, as well as their customers, that there Internet traffic has been coming in a lot slower lately. After some investigation Teksavvy was able to determine that it was in fact Bell that was slowing down there traffic, which is kind of bad for Teksavvy since they advertise that they do not discriminate against the types of traffic that passes through there networks.
Looking at all of this I have to say that this behaviour from Bell and other ISPs (as Bell isn't the only one doing this) sucks. In truth, if this is what Bell and the other ISPs have to do in order to keep me receiving my Internet service, I am more than for it, as I understand that when the Internet was started it really wasn't envisioned that people would be using it for video and other types of traffic. Having said that, these ISPs should not be selling to there clients that they are giving them "Unlimited Internet perfect for streaming video on the Internet" (as one of Bells TV ads stated), and not giving us unlimited.
If ISPs simply advertised that you get so many Gigs of download and that between the hours of 4pm and 2 am you may experience slower download speeds due to increased volumes of traffic, I don't think anyone would have a problem with that. But they don't and instead they go to the government (at lest in the US) asking the regulator to introduce a law that allows them to continue to discriminate against various types of traffic, all the while maintaining that they are offering unlimited Internet.
In truth I just don't understand why ISPs just can't be honest with their customers. If they were I think they would find more support for what they are doing and we would have to waste the time of regulators.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
At lest it looks that way. In an article by msnbc , which sights a Blender magazine interview, Alicia Keys talks about how she is now wearing a Pendant of an AK-47 and has read several autobiographies of several Black Panther leaders.
Also in the article, she has a theory that the feud between Biggie and Tupac was in fact started by the media and the government to keep a new black leader from rising up. Which doesn't make sense in light of Obama's rise. Why didn't they go after him? But anyways, I really don't know what is going on with her, since even her mother is worried about her.
I hope this phase that Alicia is going through goes away, since I really respect her and her music. I would hate for her to tarnish her career by getting into politics. Then again, politics made some bands famous. So I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.