My latest salvo in the ongoing debate with the EFF over Comcast is up at the Register today, Hogging the Trough: The EFF Strikes Back
BitTorrent’s behavior on the Comcast network is like a glutton at an all-you-can-eat buffet who insists on planting himself at the trough, preventing others from getting to the food. This causes multiple problems for DOCSIS cable networks, which caused Comcast’s network managers to throttle uploads under high-load conditions (but not prohibit them outright) using a technique called Reset Spoofing.
The EFF has a preferred way of dealing with this, random packet drop. For EFF this is the One True Method of traffic management. But as I’ve explained to Eckersley both in print and over the phone, the problems BitTorrent causes can’t be healed by random packet drop.
Packet drop would work with the regular diner who takes a plateful and moves on, but not with this super-hungry dude.