|MadSci Network: Computer Science|
No... ideally the pipeline between you and your ISP/connection is as fat as it is going to get, it doesn't swell and shrink depending on the amount of data going through it. There may be phone line conditions, ISP connection issues, or the host web servers connection which may all make the line fluctuate in clearity, but if you connect at 28.8 kbps, that's all that can be squeezed through. So, if you download 500K at once or 2x250K files, the net amount of data to be transferred is 500K. that will occur, for example, in one 30 minute chunk or 2x15 minute serial chunks. This will be hard to reproduce due to differences in each connection, modem, modem config, tcp/ip stack, and other variables, which may give one or the other an edge in testing. Compression of files also factors in, so two files of differing composition will have different compression ratios and thus download differently. But it's a good question... good luck, Ben Saitz mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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