[ubuntu-uk] Upgrading to 8.04

Matthew Wild mwild1 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 23:49:06 BST 2008

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 11:34 PM, Mark Allison <home at markallison.co.uk> wrote:
> Indeed ISPs don't care about port numbers (and why should they?). They
> inspect packets and throttle bandwidth hoggers (this is termed packet
> shaping). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_shaping

This would be why my ISP at one point were throttling IM (that is,
Jabber), SSH and telnet? :)

Jabber was not on their whitelist, SSH was encrypted and therefore
couldn't be whitelisted through inspection (and yes, this actually
prevented large web pages loading over HTTPS), telnet the same.

When I say throttling, they actually ensured that the connection died
after X amount of data was transferred.

Thankfully they just do normal limiting now, and my speed drops for
all ports and protocols during popular hours.

> I'm glad they do this because that means that most people's primary use of
> the internet is not affected (email, web) by bandwidth hoggers downloading
> gigs on bittorrent. As the years go by and pipes get fatter, hopefully one
> day this will be a thing of the past.

I can't say I'm glad, since I don't use BitTorrent and the likes, and
I still got punished. Who decides what is a priority and what is not?
I don't believe you can judge that just from the protocols.
(Ironically during the time mentioned above I was able to download
Linux ISOs at full speed over HTTP).


PS. I just realised that ISPs aren't the original topic of this
thread, and I do want to contribute to the original topic :)

I always do a fresh install, preserving my home directory (which is on
a separate partition). Installation takes no time, and I have all my
documents and settings as before. The only thing to do is reinstall
applications as and when I find I want them.

It's a nice excuse for a fresh start every 6 months :) I also like the
Hardy wallpaper...

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