[LINK] Democrats launch anti-filtering site

Glen Turner gdt at gdt.id.au
Fri May 22 09:53:35 AEST 2009

Craig Sanders wrote:
> On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:20:49AM +0930, Glen Turner wrote:
>> Latency is the one thing us network engineers can't reduce. There's a
>> lot to be said for putting your website within 50ms of your users.
> that's what caches are for, and that's one of the reasons why
> web-designers who deliberately use cache-busting techniques to maximise
> the hit-count and user-tracking capabilities of their site ought to
> be strapped into a chair and given a Ludovico treatment of non-stop
> rickrolling.

When the web was brouchure-ware I was in full agreement. But these days
websites are more about two-way communication, and that leads to every
page being customised for the viewer.  A good example would be the old
static pages that used to contain comparisons of ISPs versus today's
Whirlpool forums.

Having written that, websites that chop articles into "pages", try and
download IMR's tracking software to my PC, hang whilst Google Analytics
does its thing, or write web pages which can't be rendered until the last
byte of HTML is parsed annoy the heck out of me.  Circling back to my point,
that annoyance is because of the lessened user experience, not because of
the number of bytes involved.

  Glen Turner

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