p2pnet news view P2P:- In the last decade I owned and managed various ISP’s and Co-Lo businesses. I used to get a buzz out of sitting in front of the monitors and watching the MRTG graphs never peaking.
Peaking was bad. Peaking meant customers weren’t getting what they were paying for, Internet access. Or at best, some customers were receiving a reduced level of service.
Not peaking was good. Not peaking meant every customer was a happy customer because they received their content with no packet loss (fast).
But in my day, we didn’t have it as bad as ISPs do today. In the late nineties most clients were connected via dial-up with only corporations connected via bonded dial-up, ISDN, bonded ISDN or frame relay.
Ten years ago you could put 100% of your traffic through a squid cache and no one knew any better.
In fact in 1997 with Andrew Chris, Stephen, Adrian and Rex, we built the world’s first Terabyte Squid Cache. We called it the Fridge. Then we hung an entire country wide IX off the fridge and everyone told us we had a kick-ass network.
Of course today with P2P, VoIP, demand built PHP database pages, we wouldn’t get away with caching everything. (Which is why I feel sorry for Optus. Their Satellite batteries don’t get much of a charge during the winter months so users in the bush get a raw deal after about 10:00 pm. In fact, just like batteries in cars need swapping out every few years, so do batteries in satellites.)
We may be getting a brand new NBN in a few years but before that, unless someone at NASA feels like doing a grease and oil (battery exchange) on three Geo Satellites over Australia, the people in the Bush will be left with no connectivity.
However, I digress. We were discussing me watching MRTG charts.
There’s something about owning/running a network you built every step of the way the Telcos/RBOCs will never quite grok. You know every point of failure, potential failure, chewing gum and shoelace repair location in the whole network. It’s yours. You created it. Therefore, when some little kid comes along with Napster and tries to take it down by filling up all the MRTG graphs, you start a battle of wits.
It’s you versus the kid. He wants to rape your entire bandwidth and you have another 25,000 customers don’t really want him too.
So you watch graphs, you reconfigure routers; you purchase expensive $24,000 Alteon smart switches so you can traffic shape the little kid.
However, he gets his mates in on the Napster thing.
Suddenly there’s not just one leak in the dam; the whole network in multiple locations around the country is holier than a set of fishnet stockings.
You’re left with no choice: all the Napster traffic has to be routed via an alternative source. You buy a satellite feed and divert all the P2P traffic straight out the dish on top of the roof to Pas-8.
Hah! fixed his wagon and his little mates. They’re now Sprint’s problem. The other customers click on blissfully unaware you just single-handedly fought off the invading Mongol hordes to ensure the MRTG graph didn’t blip over 90 %
What’s all this about?
There’s no such thing as net neutrality.
Anybody who thinks there’s should with 19 other people squeeze into one 9 metre square washroom with a single toilet bowl and tell them this is the only opportunity they’ll have for 72 hours to go to the toilet and they only have two minutes (for all 20) in which to do it in.
Can’t be done.
P2P is killing the networks in their current format.
It’s killing the networks because the content industry insists on flooding the net with fake files and DoS packets.
They consider by making it harder for a P2P’er to obtain a file, he/she will give up and go and buy the music/video. Ummm, no!
All happens is a quantum addition to the amount of CRC packet retries occurs as various p2p clients reject the corrupted data and re-ask for the part file again.
Sometimes the file (usually the wmv files boys and girls try not to download those ones they’re usually the fakes .) arrives and requires connection to obtain a license usually a virus do not bother just download the next file in the list and if necessary the next one.
The harder the content industry makes it the more determined the individuals attempt at getting the file is. I know I can see the repeat IP numbers going after similar named files.
How to Get a Record to Number One.
But then again, this is not news to the content industry. They learnt years ago the way to make a record number one in the physical vinyl world was to not print enough copies and let the record stores sell out. This would cause would be purchaser to do the pub-crawl of the record stores to obtain the desired item. Record stores would be inundated with requests from individuals for the record and consequently order up big. The following week, with lots of stock, the sale people would be encouraged by the management to push the well stocked labels.
So whilst I’m not saying the Record Companies are devious enough to repeat modus operandi in the digital world, their actions do make think.
Therefore, the problem is the Internet is being filled up with junk, denial of service attacks, virus masquerading as legitimate content and thousands of little content industry bots invading your home networks peeking and probing your service ports (which of course goes towards your monthly bandwidth total without your permission some would call illegal trespass and theft).
The result of course is the net is slowed down for everyone.
Your computer is slowed down (by answering all the bot queries) and the entire world looses billions (daily) in loss of productivity and ecommerce.
I blogged the other day someone should sue the industry for the Denial of Service attacks on networks outside of the USA.
However, I also think ISP’s should penalize P2P and video/music streaming users on a pro-rata basis. i.e.: During peak load periods, the heaviest down-loaders should pay the highest fees. Just like in the Electricity and Gas, demand marketplace.
There you have it. I’m a proponent of P2P, but also a pragmatist when it comes to ensuring Service Level Quality for all users.
Sort of like the Smoking on the bus example, I gave a few weeks ago. One smoker can ruin it for everyone.
Does mean I think P2P should be outlawed?
Hell no. I think P2P is the only chance the Internet has of becoming very self-healing and independent of all negative growth regulatory interference.
However, I do believe some regulation has to be inserted into the equation somewhere and if the ISP’s do not implement the regulatory environment, they probably will not like the alternatives I see coming over the horizon.
Basically, I believe Internet users want to be able to get what they want, when they want it and I believe there should be a methodology developed for eventuality to be possible without becoming a criminal.
I believe if the world could obtain content without having to loose their anonymity or having to take out a second mortgage on the family home, then the whole illegal file sharing debacle would disappear.
Therefore, I propose a voluntary set of P2P Commandments.
I’m not a deity, so this is just a very rough beginning draft .
1. Thou shalt honour the Net, only use P2P in a responsible manner, and only file share for two hours per day.
2. Thou shalt not use non-P2P video or music streaming services.
3. Thou shalt pay for at least one item you download into the P2P conscience fund* daily. Thou shalt pay what you can afford.
4. Thou shalt immediately report illegal content to the authorities as soon as you’re aware of it. Dial 1-800-Dob-in-a-Pedo
It’s a short list. However, I’m sure readers could suggest additional commandments.
*No there’s no conscience fund, which I’m aware of but someone should start one.
Tom Koltai - p2pnet
[Koltai is an economist in Sydney Australia. He's says he's been online for 26 years, has run several ISPs and, "lobbied governments in four countries to prevent Internet restrictive usage legislation from being enacted". He says he's a strong believer in P2P, "as being a technological requirement to fully exploit the convergence of telephony with computers and remove the last barriers to human communication and interaction".]
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