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I feel like the American governement is having a Captain America moment. When our powers combine..."
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I recently moved to the US for work from the Netherlands though still follow the Dutch news (www.nos.nl) and local forum based video posting site (www.dumpert.nl). However, I have had terrible buffering issues that i attributed to being in a far away land but today, when working on my VPN, performance jumped up. I tested in speednet without VPN (1.) and with VPN (2.) with only a jump in the ping. Then I wget'd the flash video file after getting the address from firefox plugin, 'Flash and Video download' for a 38MB video on www.dumpert.nl. Download average without VPN 92 K/s, with VPN 168 K/s.
I have read about the contraversy surrounding the throttling of Netflix or other for profit sites and hate to be honest but companies making money think other companies making more money should pay them, whatever. Companies will be companies. My impression was that AT&T's argument to throttle bandwidth heavy sites, like Netflix, as these single sites using large amounts of bandwidth for free while making money (But www.MLB.com isn't throttled!).
But what about non-profit (www.dumpert.nl) or public services (www.nos.nl) that do not use large amounts of bandwidth? Do American companies simply assume that it will only affect a limited number of immigrants? Or is it more sinister in that it is acceptable if it is a small under-represented group, which may be applicable to US citizens then.
As an immigrant I do not expect to be treated fairly but this was the first I had read about it. I would be interested in hearing from other immigrants in the US and the differences in downloading streaming media. I cannot imagine it is only sites in the Netherlands.
1.) without vpn: http://www.speedtest.net/resul...
2.) with vpn: http://www.speedtest.net/resul..."
The company lays out the details of their investigation and though it is in Dutch it was interesting that the conclusion was largely due to "someone" leaking the information about the hacker. It raises a couple of questions, if you were a security company and obviously not going to get anywhere would you hack a company's user database (regardless of the legality of the service provided) and say that it was leaked by "some" hacker to avoid being charged yourself? Also, is it not a bit odd that the information that brought down the hackers was still retained 9 years after the attacks? Or that being stupid once, 10 years ago, can still bring you down. Should there not be a push for statute of limitations on cyber crime?
Sorry, the link is in Dutch.