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Comment Re:Verizon owns the cables... (Score 1) 430

Firstly: their property is on our (the public's) right of way.

Secondly: Clearly I should apply your reasoning to other utility companies.
Lets assume you're a libertarian, and out of touch with reality.
As a result, your utility company, which is run by a greedy bastard, has decided to cut you off from water and electricity because:
    a) He doesn't like you
    b) You didn't buy his brother's product when it was offered to you

In any case, according to your argument, that is perfectly fine.

Wait, it gets better!

Lets assume you have a river running through your property...
Is it ok to drop some poison into the stream? It is on your property at the time, right?

Mapping back to today:
The bits flowing over Verizon's wires are NOT (for the mostpart) Verizon's. Why do they get to touch them?

Comment Re:free speech as a double edge sword (Score 2) 430

Shooting a man in the leg doesn't stop him from speaking directly.
By your definition, this would not be eroding someone's freedom of speech.

"The public venue" is no longer the public street corner. It is no longer newspapers.
  It is the internet.
If we wish to be able to converse freely and in a public venue today, it is done online.

Net Neutrality says that you cannot choose to censor or delay messages that you don't like on the network.
This kind of thing is essential to free speech, now that the gov't has given away the public resources to make the public venue to private corporations.


Submission + - SPDY makes Google search faster (blogspot.com)

grmoc writes: On the Google code blog: "... thanks to SPDY, a significant percentage of Chrome users saw a decrease in search latency when we launched SSL-search."
"With the help of Mozilla and other contributors, we’re pushing hard to finalize and implement SPDY draft-3 in early 2012, as standardization discussions for SPDY will start at the next meeting of the IETF. "

Comment Re:What about pipelining and keep-alive? (Score 2) 275

Yes. Pipelining support was optional in HTTP/1.1 effectively.
Multiplexing in SPDY is so essential that if you mess it up, Google (and probably all other sites that use SPDY) won't work at all.
People are thus strongly motivated to get it right, which wasn't true of many of HTTP/1.1's effectively optional features.

Comment Re:What about pipelining and keep-alive? (Score 1) 275

It all depends on the nature of the loss on the path the packets traverse.
Correlated (i.e. simultaneous) loss will be *worse* to the many-connection case. When a network is congested this is the likely loss-type.
Actual random loss (e.g. when using wifi and someone turns on the microwave) can cause a single connection to perform worse than many.
In most cases, the single connection can outperform multiple connections after a bit of startup time.

In all cases many connections adds to buffer bloat and decreases the ability of the TCP stack to react to real congestion.

Comment Re:What about pipelining and keep-alive? (Score 1) 275

As for server push... in that case, the server determines what the browser may need. The browser can cancel streams if it finds it already has the resource being pushed.
The server must announce what resources it will push before they're referenced in another resource (to avoid data races).
This assumes some smarts in the servers that doesn't exist in typical HTTP servers (unless they're doing inlining).

Comment Re:Supported since Firefox 11 (Score 1) 275

Ask Patrick McManus, who implemented it :)
There was a spec, which has been public since day one (no reverse engineering required), along with open-source implementations of both client and server.
The SSL patch has been available as well and is hopefully going into the next OpenSSL release (but... those take a while).

Unfortunately, the spec was wrong in a couple of places, which Patrick pointed out as he went along (and so we fixed the spec). That is why it is good (and imho I wish it was still necessary) that the IETF wants to see multiple implementations by different implementors of specs.

Comment Re:It'd be a faster still without all the redirect (Score 1) 275

If the server to which you're connecting is authoritative for all of the redirected sites, and you're using server push with SPDY... actually you could eliminate the RTTs for the redirects even if they were still there (by server pushing them all in sequence). ... but that is just too cute. Getting rid of the redirects would be better :)

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