Robert Spangler on 10 Dec 2009 18:39:58 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Google DNS...?

On Wednesday 09 December 2009 22:13, Brian Vagnoni wrote:

>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: zuzu
>  > isn't anyone who's already interested in this sort of thing already
>  > using OpenDNS?
>  ----- Original Message -----
>  Yes, it's just the way Google markets it that vexes me the most.
> We(Google) are doing you a favor, making the internet faster for the
> world(warm fuzzy world, with hugs, kisses and purple unicorns). When
> actually they aren't, just making themselves more money. I personally
> wouldn't use either Google or OpenDNS; for the simple reason that their dns
> servers are farther away(more hops), than my isp's.

What Google is doing is relying on cached information to make it seem that 
they are faster.   For popular sites like Google, Youtube, MySpace and so on 
it might seem like it is faster but in reality it isn't that much faster.  A 
few ms here and few there.  The question is how often you need to lookup 
something and that all comes down to the TTL of the record.  This is all 
smoke and mirrors and the general public doesn't know any different.  They 
put out there a few lookups with faster times and the general public is 



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