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Is Comcast at it again?

dreamchaser (49529) writes | more than 6 years ago

The Internet 3

dreamchaser writes "I'm a guitarist and frequently record my music to MP3 via a digital mixer/recorder. Yesterday I tried to share a few of my songs with a friend who happens to have Comcast Cable. We were using ICQ at the time and after I shot my friend a picture or two, I tried sending her a song. The transfer fizzled out at about 200k. Tried it a few more times, no luck. Tried another (large) picture and it worked. Scratching my head, I renamed the MP3's to BIN and they whoosed right through the old Internet tube like they should have in the first place.

In light of the previous news about Comcast throttling P2P apps, it now appears that merely trying to exchange a file of a 'bad' type (MP3 in this case) gets your transfer throttled. I do not have Comcast anymore, having given it up for Verizon's FIOS. My question for Slashdot is can those of you who DO have Comcast test this and see if it consistently like is all over? It's beyond ridiculous that one cannot send legal content to a friend via a direct IM connection wihtout having the filenames (and who knows what else) sniffed out and the transfer killed. Is anyone else seeing this? What can we do about it other than raise awareness?"

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what? (1)

notgm (1069012) | more than 6 years ago | (#21490615)

you tried to transfer your file yesterday, but today you have verizon?

did the magical fios-fairies visit you in the middle of the night?

Re:what? (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#21490713)

Maybe you should read better. My FRIEND ON THE RECEIVING END has Comcast. I fired them over a year ago.

ISO files as well (1)

flabbergasted (518911) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493709)

I spent nearly a week trying to download the ISO file for the RHEL 5.1 Desktop install DVD via my Comcast connection, only to have the download stall after a few minutes each time. At first I just chalked it up to a flaky connection with Redhat's RHN servers. However, over the Thanksgiving holiday, I used my computer at work to download the iso image with no problems. So apparently they are interfering with my ability to download paid software updates for my computer (I was upgrading from RHEL 4 WS to 5.1 since my Dell shipped with RHEL 4 and not 5.). I paid for the Comcast connection. I paid for the software. I know that I'm in the right. They will soon be losing my business.
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