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Old 10-10-04, 11:00 PM
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what do you do with 3Mb down?

I took advantage of my ISP's offer to bump me from 256Kbs to 3Mbs for an extra $3/month for two years. Someone please tell me why I did this (i.e. what can I do now that I couldn't do before). I honestly didn't have a use in mind. Grades to follow ... creativity being a plus.

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You will be able to read an extra thread on BikeForums a week, now that you are saving .001 seconds on each page load.

And porn.
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Honestly, I can't think of anything else but porn.

And go to www.mountainbikebill.com to download all the videos.

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Now just get a Gmail account and your ready to become a power user!
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Is this upstream or downstream. There aren't really any "legal" uses for more bandwidth up or down (if you know what I mean, hehe).
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Well if your on an unsecure wireless soho then your neighboors will appreciate it
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Originally Posted by operator
Is this upstream or downstream. There aren't really any "legal" uses for more bandwidth up or down (if you know what I mean, hehe).


P2P the following:
-- Dead Like Me
-- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
-- Spaced
-- Shaun of the Dead
-- 2004 USPS TTT

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Old 10-11-04, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by LordOpie


P2P the following:
-- Dead Like Me
-- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
-- Spaced
-- Shaun of the Dead
-- 2004 USPS TTT

LONG LIVE AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE!
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Bleh 3mbps...I have 9mbps...fastest residential service in Canada.
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Bleh 3mbps...I have 9mbps...fastest residential service in Canada.
Lies.
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Like others have said, there aren't many legal reasons for most normal users, but the ISP doesn't care, they don't take any of the liability for you. The ISP wants you to download movies and music, since that provides a reason for you to continue to purchase faster services as the roll them out, and because they get their bandwidth cheaper the more they buy. They're not really being evil per se, just being a business and doing the thing that results in more profit to them.

As for legit uses, I honestly can't think of any.

For what its worth, I have the 3Mbps plan my service offers, and when I actually use it, I download movies mostly. This has declined since the Blockbuster near me started offering unlimited rentals for $20 a month. Now I just rent DVDs and rip them to the hard drive to watch when I feel like it.
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Old 10-11-04, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by geneman
I took advantage of my ISP's offer to bump me from 256Kbs to 3Mbs for an extra $3/month for two years. Someone please tell me why I did this (i.e. what can I do now that I couldn't do before).
Microsoft Windows XPSP2 upgrade. Not the 70 Mb version that seems to often screw things up, but the approximately 300 Mb administrator version that works much better.
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Old 10-11-04, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
Well if your on an unsecure wireless soho then your neighboors will appreciate it
256 WEP ... NO FREE RIDERS!!!
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Old 10-11-04, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Maj.Taylor
Microsoft Windows XPSP2 upgrade. Not the 70 Mb version that seems to often screw things up, but the approximately 300 Mb administrator version that works much better.
Now this I HAVEN'T heard of. I only know how to update Winblows through their standard update site. Where might I find a copy of the 300 Mb file?


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Originally Posted by damianb
Like others have said, there aren't many legal reasons for most normal users, but the ISP doesn't care, they don't take any of the liability for you. The ISP wants you to download movies and music, since that provides a reason for you to continue to purchase faster services as the roll them out, and because they get their bandwidth cheaper the more they buy. They're not really being evil per se, just being a business and doing the thing that results in more profit to them.

As for legit uses, I honestly can't think of any.

For what its worth, I have the 3Mbps plan my service offers, and when I actually use it, I download movies mostly. This has declined since the Blockbuster near me started offering unlimited rentals for $20 a month. Now I just rent DVDs and rip them to the hard drive to watch when I feel like it.
Heh, sorry. I think that's b.s. You try using 100gb up/down a month and see how fast the cable company will come down on you. What they REALLY want are users who are just surfing the web and checking their email using their high speed service. In effect using way WAY less than 100mb a month if that.

Any bandwidth you uses, costs them. Even though it says "unlimited", they WILL 'pwn' your ass if you start using egregriously.

The only legit thing would be downloading linux isos. Specially the 4.4gb fedora core x64 dvd_iso. How often does that happen though. Not very. Not for the regular user anyways.
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Any bandwidth you uses, costs them. Even though it says "unlimited", they WILL 'pwn' your ass if you start using egregriously.
Yes, more bandwidth costs more. However, the cost per unit drops the more you buy. Where I work, on high traffic days we can push over 2Gbps sustained, but I doubt we are paying the as much per bit as the average consumer pays. By the same token, the carrier whom we pay gets a much lower price.

And yes, you are right, the ISPs want users that don't really use their full pipe. This allows them to oversell connections. I stand by the fact that they are marketing to those that violate copyrights.
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Originally Posted by geneman
Now this I HAVEN'T heard of. I only know how to update Winblows through their standard update site. Where might I find a copy of the 300 Mb file? On a site note, I think it's worth pointing out that you're a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for your contributions to this site.
Link --> https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

First, thank you for your kind words. The file is actually somewhere around 275 Mbs. Simply ignore Microsoft's instructions not to use that location if you're downloading for only a single computer. And don't worry, it will install only what is needed, not the entire 275 Mbs.

[edit] Oops...you can also pick up a free CD with the full package at Office Depot. You may have to ask for it.

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Originally Posted by geneman
256 WEP ... NO FREE RIDERS!!!
256 bit can still be cracked, it just takes a while longer. WEP sucks.
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It's nice to be able to stream video off of NASA TV, or play CS without your connection choking when you run into a crowded room. I occasional upload large files to my webserver via ftp, and doing that more quickly is nice. I listen to internet radio a lot (via winamp and shoutcast.com) at 128 kbps, and since 256 kbps is the max speed, it would probably choke a lot if I were on a basic DSL connection.

As long as people are braggin about connections, I'm on a DS-3 capped at 20 Mbps. Unfortunately, it's shared across a college campus. Interestingly, there is so much disgusting virus traffic flooding the intranet that the outside traffic getting through is averaging only about 7 Mbps. Crazy.
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I download a lot of legitimate software. Some of it runs into the 600MB range. The download speed comes in very handy.
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I'm actually running on an OC-48. I downloaded the internet last night.
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