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Monday, December 01, 2008

Net neutrality, PHORM, Black Wednesday and BitTorrent

Interesting day - first PHORM gets 4 directors to resign and puts Kip Meek on the board with Norman Lamont (ex-Chancellor responsible for the 'day that broke the Bank of England' in 1992 - well he knows about recessions). There's no conflict of interest for Kip, apparently....and PHORM is both under investigation by police (for the great BT secret trial) and close to burning all its cash by the middle of next year.

Second, and more far-reaching, uTorrent is going UDP, which to this lawyer indicates that [a] TCP is going to be squeezed out of the main P2P traffic; [b] that will annoy those of us who use TCP for YouTube etc. [c] it will annoy ISPs even more than us; [d] so more discriminatory shenanigans can be expected. Its the Arms Race continuing at higher level.

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