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The kettle analogy was to show you that loads are balanced on expectation and demand. Power plants adjust the energy based on consumption. AC's are factored into this in AUS I would assume. They pump more juice into the grid during commerical breaks of soap operas, because they know kettles are going to be boiling, this is exactly the same with ISP's, they load balance based on demand.

I understand the reasoning behind your argument, but it raises questions. This load balancing you speak of in electricity is for the protection of the circuitry. Drawing too much power when it's not expected can cause failures and other damage. Likewise when providing too much power when it's not needed. They build tolerances into the equipment to make up for the inaccuracies of prediction, but that's as far as you can push the system.

I imagine that the internet would be more flexible in adjusting to usage levels, seeing as how most of the equipment is probably capable of stand-by or other such power saving mechanisms, and overloading lends itself to backup or workaround routes much better. Granted those cause slowdowns that people aren't very tolerant of, but all around the process is much less sensitive to critical failure.

Where I'm really trying to go with this is that using the explanation of load balancing is only good up to a point when you're talking about computer networks. No electrical company can "oversubscribe" their network and get away with it. Their system's max capacity must meet peak usage. ISPs can oversubscribe because they don't have that limitation, and the only thing to suffer when it is overdone is quality of service.

Now granted this doesn't negate the need to stop people from running a 24/7 server from a residential line. I just feel the need to make the point about hardware in a thread like this, because in general (Google notwithstanding) ISPs are somewhat notorious for being slow to upgrade the capability of their services.
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