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Why your Internet is slow

The major ISP monopolies in the US intentionally degrade Internet speeds for business reasons.

« In researching our report, we found clear evidence that interconnection between major US access ISPs (AT&T, Comcast, CenturyLink, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon) and transit ISPs Cogent, Level 3, and potentially XO was correlated directly with degraded consumer performance throughout 2013 and into 2014 (in some cases, ongoing as of publication). Degraded performance was most pronounced during peak use hours, which points to insufficient capacity and congestion as a causal factor. Further, by noting patterns of performance degradation for access/transit ISP pairs that were synchronized across locations, we were able to conclude that in many cases degradation was not the result of major infrastructure failures at any specific point in a network, but rather connected with the business relationships between ISPs.” »

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The Sci Fi Air Show

« The Eagle from the TV series “Space: 1999” has to be one of the biggest draws here at the Sci-Fi Air Show. Designed by British engineer Brian Johnson, its design reflects the earlier McDonnell-Douglas “Moonbus” (also used in “2001: A Space Odyssey”), and many of the earlier Gerry Anderson vehicles that preceded it. Although built in England in 1974-75 by British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce, many of its internal parts came from Italy (including Marconi Electronic Systems and the Associazione Italiana di Aeronautica e Astronautica), which helped co-produce the TV series. Three fully flyable models were constructed, with many modular replacement parts available when required for filming. »

Sept. 13, 1999: Never Forget
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