Just How Hard Is Verizon Throttling AWS? Spoiler: AWS Is The Shoe

Update 04/17/14 2:47pm Eastern

Alright guys, I messed up – I never ran the other test I was working on, and I apologize for dropping the ball there. Sounds like the issue was with an interconnect, and it also sounds like Netflix is setting up deals with ISP’s to avoid this type of problem.

Update 02/13/14 9:25am Eastern

Just a quick update for you all – I’m still working out a testing solution that standardizes as many variables as possible. Just for fun (and for the sake of actionable data) I’ve been running the original test periodically both on AWS and Akamai content. Neither has reached anything approaching the speeds my connection is capable of, however, in most cases the speeds have been usable (more like 1 – 2mb/s instead of 60kb/s). It does seem like something is consistently interfering with the data rate, though it’s still impossible to say with certainty whether it’s throttling, a dodgy backbone or node, or something all together different. I’ll update with more info when I can.

Update 02/11/14 9:24pm Eastern

As some of you have pointed out, it’s hard to say anything definitive about whether Fios is throttling without traceroute information. Additionally, it’s come to my attention that the file I was testing on today is hosted on Akamai, not AWS. Turns out I had some outdated info – sorry about that. It does, hwoever, look like Akamai is subject to the same slowdown based on what I found. I’m going to look into testing Akami further, and I’ll be running more tests on AWS in the coming days.

Original Story

Articles and tweets have been popping up over the past couple of days accusing Verizon of throttling content hosted by AWS, Amazon’s cloud-based content storage solution. Today, I decided to spend a couple of hours running tests on my Fios internet connection to see if I could find signs of throttling, and the results were shocking.
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Bitcoin Mythbusting

bitcoinsI’ve recently become extremely interested in and involved with bitcoins, and the more I research the topic the more misinformation I see. There seems to be a lot of confusion over what bitcoins are, how they’re used, and even whether or not they’re legal. I decided to put together a list of common myths about bitcoins, and debunk those that deserve debunking, and validate the ones that got it right. I will continually update this post with new myths, so feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with a bitcoin myth you’d like me to address.  Continue reading

Dear Microsoft,, Please Plug These Holes.

Over the past several months Xbox Live accounts (including mine) have been getting hacked en masse. Once the hacker has taken control of the victim’s account, they’re buying up as many Microsoft Points as they can, and spending them all on in game currency for FIFA 11 or FIFA 12. Then, from within their FIFA game of choice, the hacker buys up items for FIFA Ultimate Team, and presumably sends those items off to their personal XBL account.  Continue reading

Swag Bucks Tells Us How They Feel About Cancer

Swag Bucks is known for offering great sweepstakes, and all sorts of freebies and goodies, but they’re more than that. They have strong feelings on the tough issues facing the world today as evidenced by this “cancer sucks” captcha. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these on their site – maybe “the recession blows” or “screw poverty”.


Kevin Mitnick Will Have Work in 2027 Thanks to Deus Ex: Human Revolution

In these uncertain economic times no one can claim full job security, much less predict where they’ll be working in 16 years. No one except for Kevin Mitnick that is.

Thanks to Eidos Montreal, developers of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Mitnick now knows where he’ll be in 16 years – working for a fictional company that produces human augmentations. Not to shabby for a guy who did time for hacking!

Who Wants to Buy My Diablo 3 Loot?

Diablo 3 may be the most anticipated PC game of all time, but, as it turns out, it will implement one of the most loathed concepts in PC gaming – a system where you can pay real money for in-game loot. Blizzard announced today that Diablo 3 will contain an in-game auction system where players will be able to buy and sell items with their hard-earned cash.  Continue reading