Why Telecom Operators Deliberately Slow or Stop Your Surfing

Wondered why your favorite Web page gets hung up or downloading of a large file inexplicably stalls? It's often due to telecom operator using a technique called throttling.


What's the Latest Development?

Wondered why your favorite Web page gets hung up or downloading of a large file inexplicably stalls? An expert reveals that the blame often lies with the telecom operator, which selectively slows broadband speeds to keep traffic flowing on its network, using a sorting technique called throttling.

What's the Big Idea?

To detect whether broadband services are being throttled by a network operator, people around the world are turning to software called Glasnost, which measures whether operators are slowing uploads and downloads. The latest results suggest that throttling occurs worldwide, though operators are reluctant to discuss it much beyond confirming they use it.

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The stories we tell define history. So who gets the mic in America?

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A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.

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Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you. 

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Orangutans exhibit awareness of the past

Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club

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  • It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
  • This ability may come from a common ancestor
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