Namehelp: improve public DNS web performance

Public DNS services have been around for several years, but they took really off in 2009 when companies such as Google started to enter the market. The Google Public DNS service is but one of the many services that Internet users can switch to if they suspect that the DNS service offered by their Internet Service Provider is lacking in one regard or the other.

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Namehelp – Vos DNS fast and furious

Namehelp est un logiciel qui tourne sous Windows, Mac et Linux et qui permet d’après ses concepteurs, d’optimiser jusqu’à 40% la résolution DNS. Pour cela, ils partent du principe qu’avec un serveur DNS, la résolution de noms de domaines relatifs à des CDN n’est pas toujours efficace. En effet, un DNS peut vous envoyer vers une IP de CDN qui n’est pas forcement le plus proche de vous. Ce n’est donc pas totalement optimisé.

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Công cụ tăng tốc DNS, cải thiện 40% tốc độ duyệt web

Việc tăng cường bảo mật và tính riêng tư trên các dịch vụ DNS công cộng như Google Public DNS (DNS khá quen thuộc với người dùng Việt Nam, OpenDNS sẽ ảnh hưởng đến hiệu suất truy cập web. Công cụ “namehelp”của nhóm nghiên cứu sẽ giúp khắc phục điểm yếu này, cải thiện tốc độ truy cập web lên 40% thông qua tối ưu hóa các thiết lập trên máy tính người dùng, hỗ trợ tương tác giữa các dịch vụ DNS công cộng với các mạng truyền tải nội dung. Bạn sẽ nhận được nội dung từ nguồn cung cấp gần nhất.

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Study Reveals Impact of Public DNS Services; Researchers Develop Tool to Help

A new study by Northwestern University researchers has revealed that public DNS services could actually slow down users’ web-surfing experience. As a result, researchers have developed a solution to help avoid such an impact: a tool called namehelp that could speed web performance by 40 percent.

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Using Virtual Worlds to ‘soft Control’ People’s Movements in the Real One

Northwestern University researchers have found they can influence smartphone users’ movements by creating mobile games that have incentives designed to steer people toward specific locations. “We can rely on good luck to get the data that we need, or we can ‘soft control’ users with gaming or social network incentives to drive them where we want them,” says Northwestern professor Fabian Bustamante.

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Who pays for your P2P habit? ISPs or you?

Who’s paying for peer-to-peer traffic across the internet? It’s not the largest ISPs, which can actually profit from such traffic, but smaller regional internet providers and those who operate campus or corporate networks, according to a new paper out that studies how P2P applications affect ISPs. The paper claims to look at the whole ecosystem, across network boundaries and geographical borders to detail the effect of the entire system of files.

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Japan’s earthquake didn’t even slow BitTorrent use

Not even the worst earthquake in its recorded history can keep Japan’s file-swapping community down. Last month, a team at Northwestern University near Chicago used its own BitTorrent monitoring tools to watch the number of BitTorrent peers exchanging data during the week before the earthquake and the week of the earthquake. They were largely identical, with one exception.

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