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Peer-to-peer applications dominate internet traffic even in generally lower-bandwidth areas, according to a recent study by German web traffic analyst ipoque. The firm studied three petabytes of anonymous data from ISPs and universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Australia between August and September …


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  1. Gower


    Why so low on the number of users encrypting they're data I wonder?

    Apparently France are going to "Ban" pirates, facilitated via monitoring done by ISPs, (watch everyone churn to the ISPs who don't monitor overnight) so I think users awareness of encryption features will increase.

  2. Kenneth Bradley-White

    It's "their" dammit!

    Another case of the their illiteracy. Why is it that no one knows these things? It's like it's and its. Little lesson...

    - There = positional ("it's over there")

    - Their = possesive ("that's their ball")

    - They're = they are ("they're coming tomorrow")

    There, I said it.


  3. Anonymous Coward


    Possibly they have worse problems.

  4. Nick Stallman

    How do they know?

    How do they know who is using encryption?

    It should just be random data.

  5. Greg

    Danger, danger. Apostrophe abuse!

    I don't mind being pedantic. Someone has to do it.

    Gower, this is BASIC stuff.

    "their data" (they're=they are)

    "users' (users) awareness"


  6. Anonymous Coward
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    there is no other reaons for broadband at high speeds

    It is in ISP's interests, no one would want the top range broadband except for games and file sharing.

    Why pay over the odds for 8 Meg if you just browse and watch TV, that can stream onto a 1 Meg line.

    Interesting to see ebooks are bigger in the middle east. Whats that all about?

  7. Olly
    Paris Hilton

    @ Kenneth Bradley-White re: "Their = possesive"

    I applaud the sentiment - but the word is spelt "possessive"

    Glasshouses - bricks and all that!

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Isn't it obvious?

    "Interesting to see ebooks are bigger in the middle east. Whats that all about?"

    Terrorist training manuals and the Jolly Rogers cookbook :p

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    re: How do they know?

    The traffic may be encrypted so you can't see the payload (it will be random data). However if the traffic still uses the same TCP port you can be fairly sure it's bittorrent. If you use a random port it's harder to tell.

    If you can run your p2p encrypted using the same port as HTTPS (443), not only can providers not see the content, but they can't block the port without stopping all e-commerce at the same time. I'm not sure there are any clients that do this yet, but the idea has been around for a while.

  10. Simon Kirby

    re: @ Kenneth Bradley-White re: "Their = possesive"

    Good to see Skitt's law is still affective. Or is that effective?

    /gets coat

  11. Brett

    re:re: How do they know?

    Well its not BitTorrent but UseNext do it. Damn handy too I can get around filters thanks to it. Also I have wireless broadband and they block all p2p already but its the only option I have (countryside arrrgh). Dont suppose anyone has any other ideas for p2p on a network like this. Tried http tunnelling. It works with limewire but not bittorrent?

  12. Anonymous Coward
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    Bloody hell Kenneth

    I like your style mate, but if you're on a one-man mission to correct every grammatically-challenged post on the Internet, you're in for a long night.

    (Did you like the way I sneaked your / you're in there?)

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Olly, Olly, Olly...

    Is "spelt" a word? I thought it was "spelled".

  14. Geoff Mackenzie

    Spelt ...

    It's a form of wheat.

  15. BitTwister

    @Olly, Olly, Olly...

    > Is "spelt" a word? I thought it was "spelled".

    As I understand it, either "spelled" or "spelt" can be used - rather like "burned" or "burnt".

    Or maybe not. I'll get me lead apron anyway.

  16. fred base


    Sounds like an ISP to name and shame - who is it?

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