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Sunday Evening, the New Web Rush Hour

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-a-creature-was-stirring-except-that-darn-mouse dept.

The Internet 88

Barence writes "For anyone who assumes weekday evenings are the worst time to enter the online scrum, it may be a surprise to learn that the peak internet rush hour, when average web speeds slow to a crawl, is in fact Sunday between 5pm and 6pm. This surprise fact came out of Ofcom's recent research that also told us the blindingly obvious news that actual broadband speeds are less than half of those advertised by the ISPs."

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88 comments

SO do the Brits have a consumer Affairs (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375181)

body they can complain to?

Just curious.

Re:SO do the Brits have a consumer Affairs (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375193)

they can drink a couple pints of scrumpy.

Re:SO do the Brits have a consumer Affairs (1)

nicolastheadept (930317) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376213)

We have several: Ofcom for communication complaints (TV and telcos), Office of fair trading for general consumer protection and competition law, ASA for advertising complaints.

Re:SO do the Brits have a consumer Affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26377139)

I don't normally belong to those who think that telling people to RTFM is always the best thing to do when they ask something stupid. In fact, I will do the ground work for you here.

http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=british+consumer+affairs [letmegoogl...foryou.com] . The first result has a lot of useful links, including consumer organizations...

The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (3, Insightful)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375183)

I have 3 MB/sec DSL, and I get about 50 kbs downloading. Maybe up to 100 on a really good day. They really need to regulate what they can claim as far as speed with real world random sampling, or let you pay according to whatever speed you can actually get in your area, or something.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375299)

I have 3 MB/sec DSL, and I get about 50 kbs downloading. Maybe up to 100 on a really good day. They really need to regulate what they can claim as far as speed with real world random sampling, or let you pay according to whatever speed you can actually get in your area, or something.

It's based off of your areal, however I would bring it up with them if you haven't already.

I technically should get 20mbit, but I only actually download at 12mbit. It's all based off of your neighbors downloading if you're on shared lines, like I am, or if they start shaping your traffic, like Comcast does.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375321)

Area, not areal.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26376813)

I's from Brizle and I's tells you, it's areal.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375635)

The only thing my aerial receives is TV and FM. I never tried internet. ;-)

I have Verizon DSL which advertises 750 kbit/s, and that's exactly what I get (100 kilobyte/second downloads). I don't know if I'm sharing my line with anyone else or not, but I've always been satisfied with the service I get. It's a great bargain at just $15 a month.

I also have Netscape Dialup for $7 a month.
That too provides the full 6 kilobyte/second bandwidth.
Good service to have when traveling.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (4, Informative)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375319)

Back when I had Verizon's 3mbit DSL my speeds would be relatively close to the promise. Sure, some websites could max out quickly, but overall I was close to my limit. The same would go for if I downloaded multiple files simultaneously, their combined speed would be close to 3 mbit.

Now with Verizon Fios, I am once again hitting my speed (or very close to it) more most of my downloading.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

IronChef (164482) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376661)

I never thought it would be possible, but I am really happy with my Comcast business-class cable connection. It's advertised as 16Mbps/2Mbps. In reality, it is usually faster. Obviously, YMMV...

NATURALLY, the week after I got Comcast, Verizon flyered my street announcing FIOS was coming. But that was 6 months ago and they haven't even started trenching.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376803)

Are you sure they have to trench?

For some neighborhoods (like mine) they just use the existing telephone phone poles, so maybe they did yours already.

They did my entire street in a day or 2, and you wouldn't have known unless you drove by them or saw them doing the length in front of your house. Personally I'd rather they went the trench route, but oh well.

In any case, it's always refreshing to hear a happy Comcast customer. It's such a rarity (or at least was back when they were my cable company).

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

IronChef (164482) | more than 5 years ago | (#26379063)

There are no overhead telephone wires in my area, and I know that they have trenched some nearby streets. I don't think it's in yet, but I guess I can't be sure. I figured I'd get some junk mail announcing it, but I am on a Comcast contract for a while yet anyway.

BTW Comcast business-class internet has a steep cancellation fee. You owe them 75% of the fees for the remaining contract period! Ouch. Now here's hoping it doesn't get flaky.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26381007)

Same here, yesterday I was getting 30mbps down and 3 up; I pay for 16/2.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26375421)

It sounds like there is a problem with your line. Call them up and bitch. If it's a problem, they might be able to fix it and get you the full 3Mbps. If the line is fine, that's all they can deliver you. You might as well switch to a lower tier. No point paying for 3Mbps, when you're only getting about 1.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (4, Informative)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375523)

Unlike cable, with DSL the bandwidth between your house and the CO is not shared with your neighbors. If that's where the problem is, the phone company may be able to fix it.

If the problem is between the CO and your ISP's POP, well, that shouldn't happen - it means the LEC screwed up pretty badly somewhere.

If the problem is between your ISP and the Internet, then your ISP sucks ass and you should find a better one. Your phone company probably doesn't advertise this fact, but most likely, it is possible to choose from many local ISPs. Again, this is unique to DSL.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (5, Funny)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376165)

If the problem is between the CO and your ISP's POP, well, that shouldn't happen - it means the LEC screwed up pretty badly somewhere.

Or a very bad case of too much acronyms.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (2, Funny)

z0idberg (888892) | more than 5 years ago | (#26378945)

Theres nothing worse than a bad case of TMA.

Yes, it's starting the sentences (1)

lorenzo.boccaccia (1263310) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386957)

just before the text

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26383681)

Don't forget that with DSL the quality of *your* wiring is important. In the UK, British Telecom are responsible for all cabling up to the "master socket" inside your house. You're responsible for the rest of it, which is fair enough.
I'm on Sky Broadband's "up to" 8 meg package, and until last month was getting around 1.5 meg. When I could be bothered to troubleshoot this I realised it was down to my crappy wiring - had a new master socket fitted with an ADSL direct socket on it, phoned up Sky and got them to see how fast they could profile my line. Got up to 13.5meg before it started to hit its limits.

My point? a) It's not always someone elses' fault, and b) there's a reason that ISPs say "up to" - no-one would be willing to pay for 1:1 contention ratio on DSL for domestic purposes.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#26390577)

Don't forget that with DSL the quality of *your* wiring is important. In the UK, British Telecom are responsible for all cabling up to the "master socket" inside your house. You're responsible for the rest of it, which is fair enough.

Good call! The concept is the same here in the US; there's usually a gray plastic box installed by the phone company called the NID (Network Interface Device), MPOE or DMARC (see demarcation point [wikipedia.org] ). Anything on your side, you're responsible for; anything on their side, they're responsible for.

I highly recommend installing a DSL splitter [ebay.com] at the NID, and running a dedicated cat5 line from the DSL side of the splitter to the DSL modem. Then connect the rest of your house wiring to the telephone side of the splitter, and you can get rid of all those annoying little filters.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (5, Insightful)

fo0bar (261207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375745)

I have 3 MB/sec DSL, and I get about 50 kbs downloading. Maybe up to 100 on a really good day.

Are you getting that number from your web browser? Both IE and Firefox express speeds in KiB/s (bytes, and in base 2), whereas network line speeds are expressed as bits per second, in base 10. 3Mb/s is 3,000,000 bits per second, 375,000 bytes per second, 366.2KiB/s.

That's still a far ways between your numbers, but it does explain some of the difference. There is some protocol overhead at various levels to deal with, but those are relatively minor. Your best option is to use something like SPeakeasy's speed test [speakeasy.net] , which will test your speeds, and report back in Kb/s (bits, base 10), and take protocol overhead into account, to see if you're actually getting close to advertised speeds. That way you're not comparing apples to oranges.

(If you are actually getting 50 kilobits per second, I am sorry, both for making assumptions, and for your sub-56k modem-ish speeds.)

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26377351)

(If you are actually getting 50 kilobits per second, I am sorry, both for making assumptions, and for your sub-56k modem-ish speeds.)

The OP doesn't understand the difference between MB, Mb, and mb. I think it's safe to say he wouldn't be able to tell whether his actual speed is what he's paying for.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26379859)

There is some protocol overhead at various levels to deal with

To take that into account, I divide by 10 rather than 8 to convert bits to bytes. It is both easier to do in your head, and gives you a more realistic expectation of the throughput to expect. In the old days it was actually accurate, as you had stop and start bits as overhead on every byte.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26381209)

Toy bandwidth tests are not all that useful. It is very easy for ISPs to allow full bandwidth for short sessions but throttle long running ones. Try downloading an Ubuntu CD if you want to see what your real bandwidth is.

Anon

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375941)

Have you tried contacting your DSL provider to see if there's a problem with your line?

I've had DSL in 4 locations over the past 13 years (tested it for Bell Atlantic in 1996) and Cable in 2 locations. The only times I didn't get advertised speeds was at certain times of day with the cable accounts (not surprisingly). Otherwise, they could hit peak most of the time, and I've always been able to hit peak with my DSL lines.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376397)

I'm on 8Mbps and have peaked at 1MB/s downloads so almost 125% of rated bandwidth. This after a free upgrade from 6Mbps, and upload went from 300Kbps to 1Mbps which is great for torrents and VoIP. I like my ISP when my AP department sprung the requirement on me to get a detailed bill to pay for my internet service they overnighted me the detailed billing report after I explained to someone at the head office the situation, Wide Open West (WOW) rocks. The only knock I have on them is their default DNS service is of the hijack variety but they do have ones without the feature as well as allowing DNS out to anywhere (I used L3's as I have never seen them go down in a decade of use, they must be a well run transparent cluster).

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26376465)

And I thought I was getting a bad deal when my 8mbit only managed just under 800k/s.

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#26380149)

Well. The problem is the little "up to" before the bandwidth number. So in fact, they could give you one bit a month, and be ok with it.
What they really should sell is a minimum guaranteed bandwidth. And as soon as someone comes with an ad, saying that they are the only ones, guaranteeing a minimum bandwidth above 0 kb/s (hinting, that with the others, you could end up with nothing for your money), this will change. It only needs a little company with a good marketing department.

So if you know such a company: Tell them to advertise this way. Tell them to "hint" (you know... the way they always say but not say something in ads), that the others give you nothing, guarantee you nothing, and wanna rape you in the ass with their contracts, and think of the children and all that! ;) It's unfair. It's evil. But hey, why should the big companies be the only one being evil and unfair. Let's fight them with their own weapons. :D

Re:The speed thing alwasy pisses me off (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 5 years ago | (#26382529)

I have 3 MB/sec DSL, and I get about 50 kbs downloading. Maybe up to 100 on a really good day. They really need to regulate what they can claim as far as speed with real world random sampling, or let you pay according to whatever speed you can actually get in your area, or something.

With DSL, the speed is affected by two main factors, 1 your distance from the DSLAM (normally at your local telephone exchange) and 2 the quality of the copper between the DSLAM and you. The further out from the DSLAM you get the lower speed you will get. For ADSL1 this is 5.5 KM. For ADSL2+ RE I think it is 7.5 KM. After about half of the distance speed tends to drop rapidly. Please look at this graph for more details [on.net] (courtesy Internode). In older areas it gets worse as the copper laid in the 60's and earlier is not typically of the highest quality. ISP's in Australia have to advertise that service will be degraded by environmental factors, most ISP's don't advertise the how much they will be degraded relying on adding the words "up to" before mentioning the maximum theoretical speed. I get "up to" 24 Mbit on my ISP (iishaft) but because there is about 4 KM of copper between me and the exchange I realistically get 5 Mbit.

But you have a good point, this should be better advertised so people know what they are getting.

... in the UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26375213)

Everyone knows the busiest hours for Americans at 9am-5pm, weekdays.

Kids (2, Interesting)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375233)

It's probably kids doing their homework before school the next day.

From TFA:

On weekdays, there is a sharp decline in speeds between 3pm and 4pm (school finishing time) followed by a levelling-off between 6pm and 7pm, which can perhaps be attributed to people leaving their computers for dinner (a similar resurgence in speed is seen on Sunday evening at the same time).

Re:Kids (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375325)

not a lot of homework requires a ton of bandwidth. Just loading a few webpages for research doesn't do much. 1 person watching youtube videos could probably outdo 25 people surfing around for school.

Re:Kids (3, Insightful)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375495)

1 person watching youtube videos could probably outdo 25 people surfing around for school.

Mom: Tommy, go do your homework!
Tommy: Okay Mom!
Tommy then sits down on the computer and watches Youtube.

Re:Kids (1)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375873)

Tommy then sits down on the computer and watches Youtube.

If by "youtube" you mean "pr0n".

Re:Kids (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375973)

not a lot of homework requires a ton of bandwidth. Just loading a few webpages for research doesn't do much. 1 person watching youtube videos could probably outdo 25 people surfing around for school.

So more like kids "doing their homework".

Not News to Ebay or TV watchers (4, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375525)

Nope, not just the kids. The whole family.

"Primetime is Sunday between 5pm and 6pm" is not news to Ebay sellers or people who watch TV ratings. The reason why virtually every network or cable channel schedules their best shows on Sunday night is because almost everyone is at home that evening. Take Sci-Fi Channel for example. Or FOX. They moved Battlestar Galactica and X-Files from Fridays to Sundays, because they knew they'd get more eyeballs.

And Ebay sellers have known for a long time that Sundays net the most auction views. I schedule my auctions to end 9 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific because I know I'll get the highest number of bidders during that time, and therefore higher sale prices.

Re:Not News to Ebay or TV watchers (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375771)

Or FOX. They moved Battlestar Galactica and X-Files from Fridays to Sundays, because they knew they'd get more eyeballs.

I hated it when X-Files was on Friday, I was never home to watch it.

Re:Not News to Ebay or TV watchers (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376395)

Oh I loved FOX's Friday nights. They had X-Files of course, plus Sliders, Brisco County Junior, Millenium, Firefly, and other fantasy-type shows.

One theory on why X-Files succeeded on Friday was because the college kids and 20-somethings would watch X-Files at 9, and then go out drinking at 10. X-Files became a kind of pre-drinking ritual. I suspect that's why Sci-Fi Channel invented "Friday Prime", because they were thinking along the same lines.

Not news to gamesr either. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26377123)

The gamer knows exactly when peak times are as well. For at least 7 years I have noticed that on Sunday nights, I have noticeably more lag whenever I am online. Nobody ever schedules anything that requires skill and reflexes on Sunday evening.

Re:Not News to Ebay or TV watchers (1)

wurble (1430179) | more than 5 years ago | (#26377137)

I didn't know eBay let you have it end an hour early for another time zone.

Re:Not News to Ebay or TV watchers (1)

Jay L (74152) | more than 5 years ago | (#26380491)

It hasn't been this way forever, though. As AOL grew, peaks were our nightmare, and I'm pretty sure they happened during the week - I think 8-9pm Wednesdays (the West Coast was getting home from work, and the East Coast was still online).

More interesting was the big dip on Thursdays from 8pm-11pm. That'd be NBC's Must-See Thursdays: Friends, Seinfeld, ER, etc. I bet that doesn't happen anymore.

Home alone. (1)

Ostracus (1354233) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375253)

"For anyone who assumes weekday evenings are the worst time to enter the online scrum, it may be a surprise to learn that the peak internet rush hour, when average web speeds slow to a crawl, is in fact Sunday between 5pm and 6pm. "

Naturally. For most people the weekend is their time away from work. Sunday is also a slower day than Saturday. Plus since Monday's around the corner one has to get in their last bit of relaxation in before the weekly grind.

Re:Home alone. (2, Interesting)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375905)

The Asian economy is the powerhouse of the globe. Anyone who is involved in finance is going to be paying attention to it.

What time is it in Asia when it's Sunday evening in the UK? Monday morning.

Re:Home alone. (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26380005)

At 6pm UK time it is 3am Monday morning in Japan, and 2am in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore. None of the Asian markets are open yet. Probably its just that nothing is on TV at that time: BBC1 - Songs of Praise (church in your living room), BBC2 - World Darts Championship (pub in your living room, without the beer), ITV1 - You've been framed (long in the tooth Candid Camera clone), C4 - Time Team (reality TV for archaeologists), Five - 80's (or sometimes 70's) family movie.

5 or 6 pm? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26375323)

there are things called time zones that make date and corresponding times geography-dependent. such information would be useful when describing something global, like teh internets

Ok, where's the obivous answer? (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375353)

"I knew that nobody would watch " + $show_aired_between_5_and_6.

But seriously, maybe just the TV program sucks around that hour? It seems like that perfect little area between afternoon anime ending and pre-primetime sitcoms, when kids are already at the computer and adults are still.

Re:Ok, where's the obivous answer? (1)

UdoKeir (239957) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375713)

I would have said Songs Of Praise [bbc.co.uk] but that apparently starts at 6. If you've never seen it, this (very old) parody sums it up quite nicely: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpNIwx32F30 [youtube.com]

TV Program? (4, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376007)

Oh, you mean that thing they used to have, kind of like Youtube with feedback turned off? Does anyone still use that?

Re:TV Program? (1)

pne (93383) | more than 5 years ago | (#26384713)

YouTube with feedback turned off sounds like an excellent idea to me.

Re:TV Program? (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26386427)

If you're into non-interactive animations, I guess.

iPlayer (1)

akadruid (606405) | more than 5 years ago | (#26384687)

BBC iPlayer was 5% of UK internet traffic back in April [guardian.co.uk] . It's got a lot more popular since - I would be surprised if it was not 10% by now.

Late Sunday afternoon is a good time to be thinking about grabbing something to watch that evening. iPlayer downloads are very fast so you don't need to think about it any earlier than an hour before you want to watch it.

I call bullshit. (0, Flamebait)

harl (84412) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375361)

Less than half? Get a new ISP. I'm able to max out my cable modem consistently regardless of time of day, day of week, or direction.

Most high bandwidth usage friends are able to do the same.

I won't give them a penny for TV but the cable company in my area has the best net connectivity by far.

Re: No Bullshit (1)

colinnwn (677715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375765)

I have Time Warner in Dallas and live in a older poorer neighborhood (so probably oversubscription is limited), but the rich neighborhood is only a couple blocks away. I pay $50/mo for 10 mbps service with the 16 mbps temporary speed boost. I actually see 3.5-4.5 mbps consistently or 35%-45% of the advertised nominal bandwidth, and I never see the speed boost.

This is the fastest advertised residential internet option in my neighborhood. There are 2 other options. AT&T fastest offering is 6 mbps for $35/mo plus the required $15/mo landline which I don't need. And of course I could get slow and expensive satellite. Those are the ONLY residential options.

Don't think I haven't considered switching to AT&T, but I suspect their speed wouldn't be a whole lot greater. And with cable internet I get free local stations because they don't bother filtering them. Cable modem performance depends entirely on your service provider policies and their plant investment and maintenance. You're lucky.

Re: No Bullshit (1)

harl (84412) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376519)

That sucks.

This raises the obviously question of why are you paying for 10 mbps with a 16 mbps gimmick upsale if you never see that much speed?

Why don't you downgrade to a lower speed and you get the same thing for less money.

Re: No Bullshit (1)

colinnwn (677715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376923)

Like an idiot I didn't test my cable connection speed for a while before upgrading. It's possible the download speed is a little faster than I had at their next to top tier. I've only had the top tier since Christmas. I figure I'll give it a month, contact them once if no improvement, and after another month downgrade to my old package if it is not better.

Online Gaming too (1)

Vandil X (636030) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375465)

When I used to play WoW, the login queue for my server would always appear on Sundays between 5pm and 11pm, server time.

Biggest class-action lawsuit of all time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26375473)

With hundreds of millions of broadband subscribers, any lawyer here want to make a few billion dollars?

Not CST, EST, or PST - GMT (0, Troll)

boyfaceddog (788041) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375489)

Bloody British! I think CST is what, 6 hours behind GMT? I think not so much in the US.

Wow wow (-1, Redundant)

no-body (127863) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375555)

What time period are you talking about?

5 - 6 on the east coast is 1 to 2 on the west coast,
5 - 6 on the west coast is 9 - 10 on the east coast and when and where is the congestion????

Between 5 and 6? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375589)

That would be all day and all night Sunday, since it's between 5 and 6 somewhere.

Re:Between 5 and 6? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376011)

I guess between 5 and 6 wherever your main audience happens to be.

eBay users already knew this (3, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375603)

I would have said Sunday evening was the heaviest time of use, just based on my experience selling items on eBay - it was always best to end an auction sometime Sunday night.

Re:eBay users already knew this (2, Interesting)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376077)

Well that's a little different. Plenty of workplaces block access to auction websites during the working week.

And people are likely to be out during Sat evening. On Sun however, work tomorrow morning, you know? Easily explainable.

Physical world still king (2, Interesting)

heroine (1220) | more than 5 years ago | (#26375827)

Even with all the digitization & virtualization, the physical world is king. People get home from whatever they were doing at 5pm on Sunday. People have to physically be commuting in another few hours. Packages are not physically shipped on weekends, so people wait until the last time they can place an order before the next shipment.

Re:Physical world still king (1)

mmcm888 (1448621) | more than 5 years ago | (#26384945)

I work for a VPN service provider and the 'real world' effect we see is a spike in usage (across all time zones) on Sunday evenings as people login to see what lies ahead for them on Monday morning at work. m.

Don't hold your breath. (1)

john.picard (1440397) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376127)

Yeah obvious that we get LESS than the speed we pay for. I've asked the ISP about that once. They guarantee "UP TO" whatever speed I'm paying for, so if I get less, it falls within the guarantee. I should become an ISP and guarantee speeds UP TO ten googolplexes of yottabytes per Planck unit of time. In the fine print it would explain the guarantee as follows: "We promise your speed will never be greater than the above mentioned speed, or your money back. In other words, the guarantee is NOT that you'll get super fast Internet. Rather, it is a promise that your speed will never be greater than the maximum stated speed. In order to make sure we are well under that limit, the actual speed may vary, will always be less than the maximum as guaranteed, and will probably be so slow that Google's home page will take 999 quadrillion millennia to load."

Re:Don't hold your breath. (1)

john.picard (1440397) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376231)

Replying to my own post: ten googolplexes of yottabytes per Planck unit of time??? What the hell is that, 10^4840^100 bytes per second? (Did I do my math right?)

Hmm (1)

SlashDev (627697) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376277)

now is that 5-6pm PST, CST or GMT?

Re:Hmm (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376883)

It's 5-6 pm local time, whereever you happen to live.

Same during early Internet days on dial-up. (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376433)

When I was in college and using dial-up (mid to late 90s) in L.A., CA, USA, I noticed higher pings and slower speeds on Sunday night on Netcom and EarthLink.

For those who didn't read the second article (2, Interesting)

hellfire (86129) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376457)

That second article is for the British Telecoms not telecoms in general. While I might be tempted to believe this for American or Canadian Telecoms, the article makes no such claims. So, as usual, the summary is inflammatory and deceptive.

It's nice to know reporters on the other side of the pond make the same arrogant mistakes Americans do when they assume everyone has the same experiences as they do.

Re:For those who didn't read the second article (2, Informative)

tygerstripes (832644) | more than 5 years ago | (#26384231)

Fully concur with your first paragraph - the summary doesn't mention that key fact; the article is about British telecomms only.

How that leads into your second paragraph, though, is quite beyond me. Whoever posted (or edited) the summary was stupidly vague, but the article itself - and the reporter - is quite clear about the location of the services in question, even though it's a UK tech-site to begin with.

I'm not suggesting reporters on this side of the pond never make the arrogant mistakes to which you allude, but I'd say the article refutes rather than supports your posit.

Perfect sense (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376589)

Monday through Friday are obviously for working. Friday and Saturday night are for partying or Chuck E Cheese with the kids, depending on fate, a little quality time with the significant other on Sunday morning (or church I suppose), the big game on Sunday afternoon and there you are: a hour of internet before preparing for another work week.

Aren't there plenty of movies that put the American rut in perspective?

5-6pm in what time zone? (0, Redundant)

hicks107 (1286642) | more than 5 years ago | (#26376605)

What time zone? Or is it in every time zone?

ma8e (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26376979)

That is true for AmericaFree.TV (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 5 years ago | (#26377125)

I could believe this.

The AmericaFree.TV traffic almost always peaks for the week Sunday evening. But, that is because we are a video service and most people watch from home (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, local time, is the general peak audience for any time zone).

I would assume that that is true for most video services, so, if video dominates bandwidth usage, then it would be reasonable to assume that Internet bandwidth usage does peak on Sunday.

Web site /.'d (1)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 5 years ago | (#26377427)

"Sorry, your request cannot be processed at the moment."

Appropriate.

Using the Internet these days frequently reminds me of working on a green screen terminal attached to a mainframe over a slow modem twenty five years ago. Hurry up and wait...Between mislabeled bandwidth, simply inadequate bandwidth, overloaded servers and badly built Web sites with huge front pages loaded with images and connections to even slower ad servers, it's a wonder we connect at all.

Sunday evening, makes sense... (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 5 years ago | (#26379649)

Home from church, straight to the pr0n!

Re:Sunday evening, makes sense... (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 5 years ago | (#26385913)

Home from church, straight to the pr0n!

You spend all day until evening in the church?

Sunday and Monday (1)

head_dunce (828262) | more than 5 years ago | (#26382511)

In ecommerce, it's Sunday and Monday that have the heaviest traffic days. Friday and Saturday are the lightest. Oddly enough, it seems although Sunday may be a heavy traffic day, it's not a day people like to buy on - they'd rather buy on Monday, which is why you'll see most of your spam marketing on Monday. This is unlike other non-ecommerce web sites I've worked with, when it's more of a browsing web site for information or entertainment it seems like Thursdays are better... don't take my experiences as science though, I'm just a small fish in big surf.

The long dark (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#26382675)

the long dark ping time of the soul

Could it be due to bandwidth capping? (1)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26382921)

When I download a huge file, I always, always do it on sunday, because my ISP caps the bandwidth at something like 10 gigs a week, they reset the amount used at midnight on sunday, when a new week starts and bandwidth goes to 0 no matter how much you use.

... in the world. (1)

evilnissan (727313) | more than 5 years ago | (#26384551)

Sorry If I need my Top Gear/Final Gear fix.

Comcast (1)

ShannaraFan (533326) | more than 5 years ago | (#26388875)

This doesn't explain why my Comcast connection goes down for 20 minutes, every single day, at 10:30am. Without fail. You can set your watch by it. Modem doesn't lose sync, but I get 100% packet loss from 10:30-10:50, every morning. My assumption is that somebody on my cable segment is running a scheduled transfer or something...

confession (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 5 years ago | (#26392375)

I try to browse all my pr0n before confession. I guess I could start going to midnight mass.

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