This is How Your Internet Browser Works

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ikefu

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So all these browser wars and speed test races we see are actually just a bunch of guys bragging about who has the faster walking polka-dots?

I knew it!
 

nukemaster

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A very simplified version of packets getting where they have to go and back.

[citation][nom]icepick314[/nom]I don't see series of tubes...FAKE!!!!!!!!!![/citation]
You act like the internet is not a big truck....and that we can't dump something on it.
 

jedi940

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Clever. I like it. Although its probably only funny to those of us that understand what actually goes on. The average user probably still won't get it.
 

emjayy

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LOL! That's pretty good.

I guess if the browser was accessing the Internet using broadband, it would have to be illustrated as driving a car (instead of running around on foot -> dial up)? And maybe VPN could be represented in the cartoon as a limo service with security escort :)

And the 'tech savvy' user would be the one telling the browser
"Bring me Google.com...but talk to this DNS server first (hands browser OpenDNS config settings), 'cause the ISP's default DNS server is a really slow bird!".

 

joebob2000

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The firewall should be facing the other way (i know, pedantry at it's finest, i'm sorry!) The traffic outbound is subject to little to no scrutiny except in the most complicated and strict corporate firewalls. It's the return trip that the traffic must pass muster, the firewall should have said "take this passport, you will need it later" and then when the browser dot thing gets back, he hands it back to the firewall to gain access to the king.
 

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@joebob2000

If you're not using least access principle for outbound access you're doing it wrong in any environment. You may decide that http/https traffic outbound is acceptable to anywhere but you're still using the principle of least authorized access for both outbound and inbound.
 

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[nom]Jedi940[/nom]Clever. I like it. Although its probably only funny to those of us that understand what actually goes on. The average user probably still won't get it.[/citation]

Judging how stupidified the information was i figured it was for mac users and then looking up in the menu of the site confirmed it, Steve's hardware does another clever marketing one
 
Nice way to explain to the really blonde.....
Even she'll not find it difficult to understand, but, for all you know, she might be looking for the owls the next time to see how they get in and out of her rig....
Cool portrayal though.....
 

gm0n3y

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Kinda funny, but Its actually a lot more complicated than that cartoon.

[citation][nom]joebob2000[/nom]The firewall should be facing the other way (i know, pedantry at it's finest, i'm sorry!) The traffic outbound is subject to little to no scrutiny except in the most complicated and strict corporate firewalls. It's the return trip that the traffic must pass muster, the firewall should have said "take this passport, you will need it later" and then when the browser dot thing gets back, he hands it back to the firewall to gain access to the king.[/citation]
Actually, firewalls do work both ways. Even Windows firewall prompts you for a program to be allowed outbound access.
 

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If this was an IE browser, it would be taking a break every few steps, drinking a beer under the tree, and sometimes won't even come back at all.
 

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[citation][nom]ikefu[/nom]So all these browser wars and speed test races we see are actually just a bunch of guys bragging about who has the faster walking polka-dots?I knew it![/citation]
Actually, browser wars are waged on step 1 (client side java applets, AJAX) and 8 (where the rendering, layering, etc, of the page happens).
 

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[citation][nom]phosun3000[/nom]If this was an IE browser, it would be taking a break every few steps, drinking a beer under the tree, and sometimes won't even come back at all.[/citation]

^ TRUTH!
 

joebob2000

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[citation][nom]gm0n3y[/nom]Kinda funny, but Its actually a lot more complicated than that cartoon.Actually, firewalls do work both ways. Even Windows firewall prompts you for a program to be allowed outbound access.[/citation]

Except when that program is a browser that the firewall is in love with... truth is that in a normal browsing session, from a typical home pc out a commodity "firewall" the packets aren't getting interrogated (just re-addressed) while they are outbound, only when they are inbound.
 
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