Possible Torrent Alternative.

Lonnie Olson lists at kittypee.com
Wed Oct 24 18:00:37 MDT 2007


On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 17:28 -0600, Steve wrote:
> The whole point here is to make an attack like that impossible to pull
> off.  Because if Comcast is doing it today,. other ISPs will do it
> soon as well.

My point was to say that developing a new p2p protocol on top of UDP to
get around a few ISPs blocks, is not the correct approach.  This would
just start a war, with users one-upping Comcast, just to be one-upped by
Comcast later.  Trying to beat the ISP will never work long-term, and
long-term is what is required to design, code, publish, and advertise a
new protocol.

The correct approach is to complain about their poor service or switch
providers.  

As far as your discussion of TCP vs UDP, you are still confused.  Their
attack on TCP just happens to be the most convenient method to block
traffic.  Comcast has ways to block UDP traffic as well, it's really
quite easy.  

Consider that every other UDP packet is dropped.  Do you really think
that you can do better than TCP in terms of getting a complete file,
intact, with less overhead??  

--lonnie



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