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    Just curious - I'm looking at buying a decent PC (high specs for gaming etc). Would I be allowed to take this to Cambridge, or are they funny about gaming and high end computers etc as i've heard? Also, what's their view on Skype and stuff like that. I hear they're not too keen. I'm guessing most of it's rumour?

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    I'm at Trinity and I use a laptop mostly, but I know people who have desktops as well. A gaming PC should be fine, i'm sure most of the compscis have them.

    Also, i have a daily limit for internet stuff, and if you use too much you get cut off for a day. I've never reached it, but I know people who use a lot of video skype or stream live sports for long periods who have been cut off.

    I've used regular skype before and had no problems.

    They really hate p2p software though, and that gets you cut off too, so remember to stop all that **** before you come to cambridge.
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    (Original post by sprazcrumbler)
    I'm at Trinity and I use a laptop mostly, but I know people who have desktops as well. A gaming PC should be fine, i'm sure most of the compscis have them.

    Also, i have a daily limit for internet stuff, and if you use too much you get cut off for a day. I've never reached it, but I know people who use a lot of video skype or stream live sports for long periods who have been cut off.

    I've used regular skype before and had no problems.

    They really hate p2p software though, and that gets you cut off too, so remember to stop all that **** before you come to cambridge.
    Can you just clarify what you mean my peer to peer i.e. involving what?
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    (Original post by sprazcrumbler)
    I'm at Trinity and I use a laptop mostly, but I know people who have desktops as well. A gaming PC should be fine, i'm sure most of the compscis have them.

    Also, i have a daily limit for internet stuff, and if you use too much you get cut off for a day. I've never reached it, but I know people who use a lot of video skype or stream live sports for long periods who have been cut off.

    I've used regular skype before and had no problems.

    They really hate p2p software though, and that gets you cut off too, so remember to stop all that **** before you come to cambridge.
    I presume using it for gaming (when I have free time) would be fine too?
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    (Original post by TRLMaths)
    Can you just clarify what you mean my peer to peer i.e. involving what?
    I'm guessing torrenting, mostly.
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    I think it means like bit torrent stuff or whatever.

    Also, i imagine that gaming itself would be no problem, but if it uses too much internet i guess you would be cut off in the same way as using video skype for long periods or whatever.
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    They cut off your internet?

    surely you are entitled to unlimited internet as part of your room accommodation costs, you're an adult not a child who needs their daily intake monitoring how ridiculous, and if it was about the money they can clearly afford it, cambridge having the highest endowment and all.
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    (Original post by kingkongjaffa)
    They cut off your internet?

    surely you are entitled to unlimited internet as part of your room accommodation costs, you're an adult not a child who needs their daily intake monitoring how ridiculous, and if it was about the money they can clearly afford it, cambridge having the highest endowment and all.
    It's a pretty high limit. Normal usage would never get you cut off.

    I guess they don't want to spend all of their endowment letting nerds download terabytes of porn
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    (Original post by sprazcrumbler)
    It's a pretty high limit. Normal usage would never get you cut off.

    I guess they don't want to spend all of their endowment letting nerds download terabytes of porn
    This. You're a genius.
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    (Original post by sprazcrumbler)
    It's a pretty high limit. Normal usage would never get you cut off.

    I guess they don't want to spend all of their endowment letting nerds download terabytes of porn
    But if you say skype video calling cut some people's off that's pretty bad :/ Even HD skype over 10 hours uses less than 700mb. That's not even half an hour of netflix streaming, for example. Having people round to your room and watching a film on netflix would suck..
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    (Original post by sprazcrumbler)
    I'm at Trinity and I use a laptop mostly, but I know people who have desktops as well. A gaming PC should be fine, i'm sure most of the compscis have them.

    Also, i have a daily limit for internet stuff, and if you use too much you get cut off for a day. I've never reached it, but I know people who use a lot of video skype or stream live sports for long periods who have been cut off.

    I've used regular skype before and had no problems.

    They really hate p2p software though, and that gets you cut off too, so remember to stop all that **** before you come to cambridge.
    I have an offer for Trinity this year and was wondering: are there any websites they don't allow?
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    (Original post by sprazcrumbler)
    It's a pretty high limit. Normal usage would never get you cut off.

    I guess they don't want to spend all of their endowment letting nerds download terabytes of porn
    It depends on the college actually, we had a limit of 1gb and I got cut off fairly frequently watching tv online.
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    (Original post by Ho Chi Minh)
    I have an offer for Trinity this year and was wondering: are there any websites they don't allow?
    No. My college doesn't look at HTTP logs at all unless they get asked by the police (though I'm not actually at Trinity), and I think it's similar most other colleges. An encrypted VPN would fix it even if they did, that I know some people use for... more dodgy stuff.
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    (Original post by ale_jrb)
    No. My college doesn't look at HTTP logs at all unless they get asked by the police (though I'm not actually at Trinity), and I think it's similar most other colleges. An encrypted VPN would fix it even if they did, that I know some people use for... more dodgy stuff.
    Excellent...Thanks!
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    (Original post by milienhaus)
    It depends on the college actually, we had a limit of 1gb and I got cut off fairly frequently watching tv online.
    Yeah, we have a 6 gb limit and it's pretty tough to reach with ordinary use but 1 gb is fairly slim. A standard feature film, or 2 hours of tv, would pretty well kill 1 gb (just based on the size of iplayer files).

    *6 gb free. After that you pay, and after...10 gb?...there's speed limiting as well as a fee. But they don't cut your internet off outright.

    Finally, worth noting academic sites/sites within the intranet don't count towards the limit.
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    (Original post by kingkongjaffa)
    They cut off your internet?

    surely you are entitled to unlimited internet as part of your room accommodation costs, you're an adult not a child who needs their daily intake monitoring how ridiculous, and if it was about the money they can clearly afford it, cambridge having the highest endowment and all.
    :eyeball: Cambridge's internet is much better than private broadband. The personal limit is very high, and if you go over it then you must be doing something very abnormal, that your ordinary private home internet wouldn't cope with/or your service provider would fine you for anyway. (Edit: my college's limit was very generous anyway)

    I miss my Cambridge internet :sad: We've got Virgin cable and its noticeably worse.
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    (Original post by Craghyrax)
    :eyeball: Cambridge's internet is much better than private broadband. The personal limit is very high, and if you go over it then you must be doing something very abnormal, that your ordinary private home internet wouldn't cope with/or your service provider would fine you for anyway. (Edit: my college's limit was very generous anyway)

    I miss my Cambridge internet :sad: We've got Virgin cable and its noticeably worse.
    Hmm but some posters above were saying they had limits of 1gb and another person 6gb (which is in my opinion still too small). I understand I'm definitely on the heavy side of users, but I would expect at least 10-15gb (while I'd never consistently go over this, I do game sometimes and if I couldn't download a whole game from Steam in one day I'd be pretty annoyed.
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    (Original post by hassi94)
    Hmm but some posters above were saying they had limits of 1gb and another person 6gb (which is in my opinion still too small).
    That's why I added the bit in brackets :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Craghyrax)
    That's why I added the bit in brackets :rolleyes:
    Ah sorry I didn't see that, I hope Emma's limit is high (and more-so that I meet my offer )
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    Is it 1gb/day or 1gb/month... If it is the latter then I should consider signing a new smartphone contract with 3 this summer

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