So, I’ve been noticing that Lime Wire has started to … well, suck.
Most people don’t use P2P sharing programs like Lime Wire, and the creators of such packages tend to get into a lot of trouble. But, I have a unique situation and haven’t really found a solution for it yet, so … what do you think, The Internet?
Here’s my problem: Comcast.
Yep. Love their high-speed digital cable Internet access, but — and this is a serious issue — there are a lot of things they do to make life difficult for me. (Charging too much for Internet access is only the first of those sins.) For example, the most efficient, common and flat-out BEST way to download P2P is Bit Torrent, period. By using Bit Torrent downloads, you’re getting genuine P2P sharing and — theoretically — tremendous speeds. By downloading tiny aggregate pieces into a single file from multiple sources (the mo’ the bettah), the downloading and sharing process is fast, efficient and safe. (Unless, of course, you’re a “mooch” or “leech” and don’t share any files to be downloaded. In which case you’re going to either be hammered with incredibly slow download times or banned from Torrent streams altogether by IP address.)
However, Comcast has taken it upon itself to ensure that Bit Torrent files are screened at their equipment and slowed to a pre-28K modem crawl. In fact, it can take days — that’s literal 24-hour periods — to download a single Torrent.
Well, Comcast’s claim is that they’re doing it to prevent overloading their equipment. That is, by blocking the Torrent files to a crawling download snail’s pace, they can better “serve their customers” by not having excessive bandwidth consumed by Torrent downloading. In effect, they want to improve service by preventing the very thing most users want high-bandwidth Internet access for — up- and downloading files.