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Average latency to

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< 1ms (pinging localhost)
  267 votes / 1%
= 1ms to < 5ms (servers are across the street)
152 votes / 0%
= 5ms to < 20ms (same US state)
  1001 votes / 4%
= 20ms to < 40ms (fellow US citizen)
  3920 votes / 18%
= 40ms to < 80ms (same continent)
  5544 votes / 25%
= 80ms to < 150ms (a pond divides us)
  6692 votes / 30%
= 150ms to < 200ms (many hops later...)
  1728 votes / 7%
Over >=200ms (still stuck on dialup, or in space)
  2450 votes / 11%
21754 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @12:13AM (#43533317)

    DSL over 1950's copper wire on base.

  • by mjvictory (2658093) on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @08:15AM (#43535211)
    NBN is (mostly) about having more bandwidth. Unfortunately the NBN cannot overcome the speed of light in a fibre. According to Wolfram Alpha, Sydney to LA is 12048km. This takes approx 56 ms (assuming amplifiers add no delay), one way. So absolute fastest would be 110 ms. However there are many more steps along the way.
  • by jandrese (485) <> on Wednesday April 24, 2013 @01:06PM (#43538225) Homepage Journal
    The problem is that Modems have so damn many buffers in them (Compression, UART, Error Correction, Serial Driver) that they typically see high ping times just because the packet spend so much time waiting around for other packets instead of getting clocked out on the phone line. A long time ago I had a precursor technology to "Winmodems", a modem that had most of the hardware except for the error correction and compression parts. Those were handled by a separate (Windows 3.1) driver. After installing FreeBSD and Windows 95 on my box, I lost access to that driver, but discovered that the modem actually performed better for online games (Doom 2, C&C, Warcraft) than it did before. It wasn't able to recover from someone picking up the phone in the middle of a call, but generally the connection was stable. I undoubtedly had good phone lines though.

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