State of The Network

Here at NIU the torrent protocol is outright blocked and downloading any file ending in .torrent from an HTTP server ends in a reset connection error. Blocking the most efficient and distributive method of transferring files, is a careful balance between laziness and the want to cover their own ass.

Every time I watch a video on Hulu or YouTube, it’s nearly impossible to get all the way through without it stuttering or stopping to buffer. Each time that happens, I think about how happy I’d be if NIU simply allowed me to torrent overnight at 1Mb/s. The Cogent connection that NIU uses for student connections is a 1000Mb connection, of which, only a quarter is utilized at peak usage. During peak usage, I get more than 1Mb/s download speeds, so what’s the problem?

It’s not a matter of usage or statistics, it’s the scare tactics used by the MPAA, RIAA and other like-minded, archaic thinking, self-serving regulatory agencies that keep bringing this nation down.

Take a look at the insurance agencies in this country, which make astounding amount of money to prevent sick people from getting care, while siphoning money out of our pockets on a recurring basis. The RIAA takes a cut of what artists get, and in every lawsuit, they get the court-ordered payment. I’d think the artist should get the money but you have to look at it from another point of view, are they really losing money or not making what they would if everyone paid for the music.

Sure stealing is illegal and wrong, but copying and using isn’t stealing, is it? Would you arrest and fine heavily someone with a photographic memory who walks into an art gallery and fills their mind with paintings, which later get painted and hung up on the walls of his house? This person doesn’t sell them or attempt to make any money from them, they use these for their own. He has a copy of an original, and the only loss here is tim spent to make a new painting. You may say, well the artist lost money! I beg to differ, it’s only a perceived loss.

It all stems from money.

That’s what it all comes down to, isn’t it? NIU doesn’t want to deal with lawsuits and having to lose money.

Challenge: What does a college need with money? It needs to pay the staff and bills, (if you simplify it a bit). What do those people need the money for? All of it ends up in the hands of an individual, more or less, which they use to buy shit.

What if there was no money?

I find it an interesting proposition. Would the world be a better place? I don’t know, but I’d probably be able to torrent, and Hulu wouldn’t annoy me because they still use flash.

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