[LINK] NBN Long Term Satellite restrictions

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 23:30:19 AEDT 2015

On 10/23/15, JanW <jwhit at internode.on.net> wrote:
> At 08:53 PM 23/10/2015, David Boxall wrote:
>>Looks like they've finally realised that satellite isn't fibre - nor
>>even copper or terrestrial wireless.
> Fascinating data in there re usage levels.
> Hard to understand what everyone is doing with all that use -- torrents?????

Have you used Youtube lately? They implemented this bloody "autoplay"
feature that automatically loads another "related" video at the end of
the current one, basically making Youtube a continuos stream of
non-stop videos after you hit play on one.

One night I forgot a tab with youtube loaded where I was watching
music videos...
I woke up the next morning (10 hours later actually until I sat down
on the PC) and there was Youtube playing some 1080p full concert of an
artist I didn´t even knew, and using up my monthly allowance data plan
for no other reason than to please the Google overlords that want to
do an advert "impression" before each video....

There are ways to "fix" it based on setting a cookie, but if you per
chance erase cookies the default setting of autoplay is restored.

That´s the biggest threat to worldwide networks (think:clogged ISPs,
worse performance) and consumers´ finances I´ve ever seen. On my FTTH
plan things are not drastic (ie after the 500GB monthly quota is
consumed speeds go down to 10Mbps) but if this caught someone
tethering from a 4G/LTE smartphone with pay-per-megabyte data plan,
things can get nasty (I heard of someone receiving a USD $1,200 bill
because data after his 3GB monthly plan gets billed per megabyte...)

Yet Google can get away with this because... well... they´re Google*
* of course there´s the possibility of this being a secret plan by
$GOOG to make consumers revolt against data caps, or to give Google
Fiber a competitive advantage (can someone confirm if Google Fiber has
data caps?)

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