Monday, 12 October 2009

Why Virgin Media is a poor choice.

Do not fly in anger with Virgin Media ADSL, you will die, and loose your pod.
(Thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)

The pitch...


The reality...

Finally after months of complaining Virgin have agreed that they have a problem with their traffic shaping software and that it doesn't recognise gaming packets as priority. To be honest my traceroutes have been off the scale some days, with pings of 500ms making controlling my ships in eve impossible.

The loss...
 I should have known better, the connection was slugish, sometimes taking 10secs to jump between systems, and docking.. well I've seen the inside of the docking attempt already in progress too many times.

But in search of pew pew, Elth and I took the blitz route down to Goinard via lowsec, a nice FW lowsec pipe, with few targets showing their heads, and a short game of tag with a Abbaddon that only wanted to play docking games. We raced off into the next system, empty, then off to the next, Elth is in the lead, and jumps, I arrive on the gate and hit jump, only to hear the dreaded words "oh fuck! camp!" Dammit... I'd already jumped. Arriving the other side some 10seconds later the camp unfolds, cruisers, and BS's bugger.... I'm in a gank brutix this is not going to go well...
Being the cheaper vessel, and also furthest out from the cruisers, I hit the mwd and start to spam warp out to a planet directly ahead, oh dear hear come the locks. - Scrambled...

Elth at this point runs back for the gate saving the better ship. While I'm still in stucture I get the insurance notification... huh? OK...
I'm already spamming warp with the pod, but again "ping" and I'm waking up in the clone bay. - Virgin induced lag, not so much fun. Didn't even see the pod go down.

So I'm looking for a new ISP!