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Re: Can P2P applications learn to play fair on networks?

  • From: Jim Popovitch
  • Date: Sun Oct 21 18:07:15 2007
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On Sun, 2007-10-21 at 17:10 -0400, Daniel Senie wrote:
> I have Comcast business service in my office, and residential service 
> at home. I use CentOS for some stuff, and so tried to pull a set of 
> ISOs over BitTorrent. First few came through OK, now I can't get 
> BitTorrent to do much of anything. I made the files I obtained 
> available for others, but noted the streams quickly stop.

I have Comcast residential service and I've been pulling down torrents
all weekend (Ubuntu v7.10, etc.), with no problems.  I don't think that
Comcast is blocking torrent downloads, I think they are blocking a
zillion Comcast customers from serving torrents to the rest of the
world.  It's a network operations thing... why should Comcast provide a
fat pipe for the rest of the world to benefit from?  Just my $.02.

-Jim P.