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Comment Am I the only one who thinks this is okay? (Score 1) 282

You have things that need low latency. VoIP, online gaming, and http (especially for audio/video), maybe ssh traffic, etc., and then you have things where it's okay to lag a bit, especially things like email, usenet, etc.

I can go a few seconds or even minutes longer between reloading the newsgroups I'm reading (I forget what the protocol word is, XLIST?) if it means I'm not going to catch a sticky grenade to the face in Call of Duty: World at War. I don't mind if my email shows up a couple minutes late if it means my VoIP calls are intelligible -- and I've been on my cell to a VoIP user where I got maybe 2/3rds of every sentence because they were downloading something.

Honestly, this doesn't bother me. I'd be happier if it were me doing the shaping, but I get where they're coming from.

(Yes, I have a cable ISP, for some reason.)

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall