Bandwidth Cap

///MoH

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apart from stuff on news servers... I listen 2 allot of streaming audio by shoutcast via winamp... approx 5hours a day... i tend 2 leave it on... love the trance and dance stations

So let say 128k(depending on the station) * 60sec = 7.68 min * 60min = 460.8 * 5 = 2304

so 2304/8 = 288mb a day
288*30 = 8640mb for the month

So all in all i need about 8.6gb jis 4 my streaming audio :(
 

RSnow

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Just checking, on different lines though right ?
Chewing 200MB in 1 hour would require an avg speed of 56.888 KBps :eek: = 455 kbps :p > 384 kbps :D lol, forgive me I couldn't resist...

That's not really correct - remember, both download and upload are counted, and a 384 kbps line has a 128 kbps upload speed, giving you a total line speed of 512 kbps, and on that, it is entirely possible to do 200Mb in an hour, even on the 384 line. People seem to forget about the upload... It just makes the cap even more restrictive. :(
Also, downloading emails is all good and well, but you can add quite a bit on to that for forwarding the mails you do recieve.
On top of that, I'm a developer as well. I work on online apps. I spend the entire day in front of the pc. I would love to listen to streaming radio, but I can't afford to. I have to save a large chunk of my bandwidth for testing, research, and downloading development tools and components, as well as their updates. I'd love to download the beta version of Orcas to try it out (latest version of Microsoft's visual studio development environment, for those that don't know), but it is 4.5Gb on its own. I'll have to wait for it to turn up on a MSDN DVD.
There's also a lot of legal content available on things like bittorrent. So things using your upload will include things like bittorrent, skype (mostly use google talk's voice facilities myself), webcams and gaming. And if you're doing things like that, I've already managed to go through 4gb in a single day on my little 384k line... Without doing anything illegal. :eek:
 

TheLoot

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That's not really correct - remember, both download and upload are counted, and a 384 kbps line has a 128 kbps upload speed, giving you a total line speed of 512 kbps, and on that, it is entirely possible to do 200Mb in an hour, even on the 384 line.

True, true :eek:
 

magicman

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Im not a downloader, read forums, little bit of irc, my anti-virus updates ect,..Ive used 4.8gb just on that, so....................:D cap goes nowhere
 

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A not too serious reply:

If you want to watch one good porn movie you need to download 100gb and delete 99.
 
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Mypro-D

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If you want to watch one good porn movie you need to download 100gb and delete 99.

Haha!!! Thats a good one!

I go through around 10gigs a month and thats not downloading anything through p2p, just on gaming and browsing. My mother speaks to her parents in Europe through Skype using a webcam and that eats cap cap.

So the guy who wanted to know what we could use 30 gigs for. Id love that amount if not more :D Think of all the series i could get lol
 

kris860911

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Bottom line folks

The rest of the world aren't hindered by: "Why should we give you so much bandwidth a month, you will surely download illegal content" ideas.

If we want to download illegal content, then that is our choice! You cant say, "Don't open any more banks, people will rob them". That's just silly.

When you have a lot of bandwidth to play with, like the other countries do then a whole new prospect open up ,that us in SA are not even aware of. ie: Watching YOUTUBE videos is a mere pass-time, catching up on the Top 10 for the day.
Where as we are forced to monitor what we do. We think twice about downloading a (LEGAL) bit of content because the file size is too big.

We are being ripped off!
 

Mypro-D

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Bottom line folks

The rest of the world aren't hindered by: "Why should we give you so much bandwidth a month, you will surely download illegal content" ideas.

If we want to download illegal content, then that is our choice! You cant say, "Don't open any more banks, people will rob them". That's just silly.

When you have a lot of bandwidth to play with, like the other countries do then a whole new prospect open up ,that us in SA are not even aware of. ie: Watching YOUTUBE videos is a mere pass-time, catching up on the Top 10 for the day.
Where as we are forced to monitor what we do. We think twice about downloading a (LEGAL) bit of content because the file size is too big.

We are being ripped off!

How true.
 

carthage9

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Bandwith caps in SA are a joke!

I just read a story on www.gizmodo.com that mentions that fact that ComCast in the US has just put a 250GB cap on their usage accounts!

If you go over the limit morethan twice in 3 months they cut you off; but I mean how the hell could you actually get to use all that bandwith up? I know that streaming movies and music etc... uses loads of bandwith; but the amounts mentioned are insane!!

Check this out - http://gizmodo.com/5043253/comcasts-250gb-data-caps-now-official-starting-in-october

Can you ever imagine any company in SA offering this kind of cap?
 

gambithunt

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USING BANDWIDTH HELPS YOU LOOSE WEIGHT AND IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT

Here is my rationale;

I game online and have an addiction to demos and trailers. Therefore I'm always over my cap and so I end up topping up every month.

Topping up cost money, money that would be using to bye food and other life living essentials, therefore I eat less and so don't weigh as much, I also don't brush my teeth, use face cream, bubble bath or deodorant as much so I'm helping the environment.

If you care about the world and your weight follow me and use lots of bandwidth :D
 

Kasyx

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Why should the Bugatti Veyron in my garage be able to go 400kmph? I mean, legally I can only go at 120km...
 

LazyLion

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Here's a question, just want a reasonable answer please!

I understand that we are moaning and complaining about cap/bandwidth restrictions but here's another point i`d like to ask:

What do you need 30GB for a month (Legally)?

What normal (i.e. legal downloads etc) adsl user would need so much bandwidth?

Can you give some examples of what you could legally use 30GB for a month?

Or even 10GB?

Is 5GB enough?

Playing Second Life for 8 hours a day all month would easily chew that 30 Gb.
 
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