[ubuntu-uk] Click downloaded Ubuntu

Harry Rickards hrickards at l33tmyst.com
Mon May 4 12:15:24 BST 2009

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Rob Beard wrote:
> Harry Rickards wrote:
>> Yeah, for some reason I always get faster speeds using BitTorrent. I was
>> downloading something via BT the other day that took about 25 seconds to
>> download a 200MB file, yet I only get 10 MB/s download when downloading
>> from Cachefly's 'distributed server network' or whatever they call it
>> now. Surely everyone should just use BitTorrent, not pay expensive fees
>> for Content Delivery Network's.
> One problem I find with Bit Torrent and my ISPs (I have both a Virgin 20 
> Meg connection and BT Broadband Option 3) is that they seem to throttle 
> Bit Torrent traffic, at least BT certainly do in the day, Virgin not so 
> much (sometimes I get fairly good speeds).

> What gets me is that these ISPs seem to think that Bit Torrent is only 
> used for piracy and seem to disregard that it can also be used for 
> legitimate purposes.  Luckily with Vuze I can have it running on two PCs 
> running on both different connections (each PC uses a different gateway) 
> and they can also share stuff over the network so it gives me a little 
> bit of a speed up as both connections are downloading different data and 
> sharing it (plus it means I can upload a bit quicker too).  Not an ideal 
> situation as it requires twice the disc space but it seems to work.
> Rob

Same here. I have suspicions that my ISP (PlusNet) is throttling
BitTorrent, but I'm not 100% sure. Does anyone have a packet sniffer or
something that allows you to see? Luckily I just use my VPS to download
stuff via BitTorrent (from FSCKVPS BTW, great prices and service), tar
it up and download it via scp. Luckily PlusNet haven't blocked torrent
entirely, unlike BT who blocked The Pirate Bay
but if I can get evidence that they're throttling BitTorrent, I might
write to them and ask them to unthrottle it, as not all stuff is
illegal. Even the BBC have their R&DTV show on The Pirate Bay

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Many thanks
Harry Rickards (a.k.a l33tmyst)

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