Does watching a download make it faster?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by neutrino23, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    This is a tongue-in-cheek question for a Saturday afternoon.

    I regularly download the PDF of our newspaper with Safari. The file is about 50 to 100 MB. It often seems to be downloading slowly (~50 to 100kB per second) at the start. Then I open Activity Monitor and watch the network speed and the download rate will climb up to several megabytes per second. I know there can't be a connection, but it sure seems that way. Maybe the opposite of a watched pot never boils?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Note the download rate and close Activity Monitor. Summon the will power to leave the computer to its own devices for 15 minutes (or more). When you come back to it, open Activity Monitor again. Compare.
     
  3. neutrino23 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Will power. LOL.

    Actually, my guess is that during a download the sender and receiver continually negotiate the data rate so that the rate increases during the download, if the bandwidth is there.
     

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