Human greed causes Internet traffic jams

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Fri, 25 Jul 1997 07:42:32 -0700


Glitches and goofs aside, Internet traffic jams are largely a product
of human greed, scientists said Thursday. Most net-surfers feel
justified "to consume greedily while thinking that their actions have
little effect on the overall performance of the Internet," researcher
Bernardo Huberman and colleagues wrote in this week's edition of the
journal Science. Huberman's research showed repeated spikes in
congestion, as if users had all agreed to surf the net at appointed
times, then got frustrated at delays and quit. See story at


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