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Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It? 251

Aguazul2 writes "I live in Peru and use OpenVPN to connect to my own Linux VPS in the UK for non-live TV. Recently the VPN connection has slowed to a crawl (5% previous rate). Further investigation shows that all connections to my VPS from Peru (even HTTP) are equally slow, whilst the rest of the 'net seems fine. My VPS host says they do no traffic shaping, and connections from Germany to the VPS are fast. This leaves the NSA and Telefonica (Movistar) as suspects. Could the NSA be slowing all VPNs to/from South America because of Snowden and Greenwald? A traceroute shows traffic going through domains with NYC in their name — are my packets being indefinitely detained in transit? Or maybe it is Telefonica and their Sandvine traffic management? Either way this certainly isn't network neutrality, especially on an 'unlimited' plan. Is there a way to tell for certain who is throttling me? If Telefonica have throttled traffic to/from that one IP address, what options do I have to work around it? It seems that separate connections are throttled independently, so can I multiplex over many UDP ports without having to hack OpenVPN myself? This is really frustrating, especially with two untrustworthy parties on the route. I wonder, is this kind of mess the future of the internet?"
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Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

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  • by For a Free Internet ( 1594621 ) on Friday August 23, 2013 @10:10PM (#44661551)

    Try breaking free of the binary straightjacket. I transmit all my data in ternary and it is untraceable and unstoppable. This gives me unlimitered bandwidsh to post my brilliant world-changing essays and thoughts on Slashdort, the Facebook of the Internet!

  • Re:NSA (Score:5, Funny)

    by houstonbofh ( 602064 ) on Friday August 23, 2013 @10:29PM (#44661661)

    It's just amusing to me to see NSA as the scapegoat of the day for any quirk anyone experiences related to computers or connectivity in general.

    No one ever got fired for buying... I mean blaming the NSA. :)

  • Re:NSA (Score:5, Funny)

    by larry bagina ( 561269 ) on Friday August 23, 2013 @10:58PM (#44661789) Journal
    Unless you're an NSA whistleblower [], in which case you are fired and prosecuted.
  • by Sarten-X ( 1102295 ) on Friday August 23, 2013 @11:27PM (#44661941) Homepage

    No. That's the KGB. Since the alleged fall of the Soviet Union, they've had to run their operations under far more secrecy than ever before. Sometimes, this means they have to leave a job before they have a chance to clean up entirely.

    In your case, you've become a test subject for the Soviet loyalists' conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. They are attempting to steal your very essence, and it is your patriotic duty to resist them. Place loaded mousetraps around your bed to damage the stealth robots that are invading your sanctuary of slumber. To prevent their essence-extractor from invading your body, apply a liberal coating of cyanoacrylate to your penis before sleep. It may cause an unusual sensation, but that's far better than the empty fatigue the Communists will inflict.

    The NSA is actually fully aware of this conspiracy, and you should assist their efforts to protect our precious bodily fluids. As it is clear that the Red Menace is most interested in corrupting your penis, you must aid the resistance research that is underway. As the NSA must also keep their research secret, no scientists will contact you directly, but you can still contribute to the noble cause by announcing publicly every time your penis functions normally, and especially whenever it does not. This is best accomplished by loudly shouting your results from an open second-story window, followed by displaying your penis for remote optical inspection. Be sure to announce that you are a subject of General Jack Ripper's studies.

    The Soviet collapse was a sham, designed to lull the Americans into a false sense of security. The KGB have not given up, and neither can we. God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural fluids.

  • Re:NSA (Score:5, Funny)

    by arekin ( 2605525 ) on Friday August 23, 2013 @11:43PM (#44661985)
    Hi, my facebook wont load and is showing more adds when it does. Do you think this could be the NSA snooping on my facebook and pushing me to buy audiobooks that will contain subliminal messages to hate Snowden and freedom?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 23, 2013 @11:44PM (#44661991)

    Who gave a slashdot account to that computer trained to tell jokes?

  • Re:NSA (Score:5, Funny)

    by real-modo ( 1460457 ) on Saturday August 24, 2013 @02:51AM (#44662479)


    Better stop using Facebook--in fact, the entire internet--now. Discuss this feeling of yours with your doctor, and then use all the free time you'll have to learn scrimshaw and grow tomatoes.

  • by maxwell demon ( 590494 ) on Saturday August 24, 2013 @03:32AM (#44662579) Journal

    Didn't you know? Slashdot is a large Turing Test system. Most of the participants are AIs.

    Interestingly, the most promising test results are with the "First Post" trolls. Apparently nobody can imagine that an AI could be that stupid.

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye