It is the new stuff the ISPs are installing to smart inspect connections for UP LOADER violations of copyrighted works for the 6 strikes initiative
this year in the usa.
That is my 85% hunch. I could be wrong, it could be aftermath of errors from the MASSIVE amazon datacenter outages today in afternoon affecting much of internet but happened before then, and after.
His problem started with me the same day, but even after unplugging cable modem, changing my MAC address (to get a new IP), waited 20 minutes, then got a new IP, a few times in the day later on with lots of activity I got those.
IT IS ON GIGANEWS ***AND*** ASTRAWEB about equal per i/o as percentage , it is NOT nntp supplier fault it is happening between me and the the usenet suppliers I think.
for ASTRAWEB I was using 8 connections and NOT using SSL
for giganews i was using a pathetic 15 connections and standard SSL
issues for timeouts happen sporadically now and then day or night since the ISPS enabled the "6 strikes and you are out" copyright infringement detector for UPLOADERS a few days ago
I was using a tool called "netbalancer 5.2.1" (a no timebomb no-ad freeware throttler that is very very precise) to set my I/O to 74% of my contracted business line data rate. My ISP (comC$$t) uses 75% in an algorithm publicly stated twice officially, as the steady abuse threshold. The line can go over triple that speed if not throttled but result in calls from the IT section to me after only one day or so of "abuse" even with over a week of 100% NONACTIVITY before the ballsout test. I used to set to a lower number in newsbin but newsbins throttler is designed for very high datarates i think, and the scheduler interferes with the pause button when i try to pause BEFORE i hit quit for safety when i try to quit.
Anyway... I got EXACTLY the same issues starting the same day, but 6.4 was fine for weeks under the same load prior to that day.
Years ago, when I had dropped connections that got retried, I had a ping route time that seemed to go from USA to india and back... and the next morning I got a call from ISP it callcenter in india for "abuse" I also had for the very first time, an issued IP that was a unique C block I never had seen Here is a Oct 2012 "fluff" news article link on the 6 strikes ISP initiative and the new code on the isps backend, that apparently is an overworked box that at times I guess drops NNTP and SSL connections :http://www.ibtimes.com/how-six-strike-p ... bat-online
The only thing i use usenet for is reviewing pre 1925 content so no concerns on my end
example messages (a dozen per day since the beginning of this mess a few days ago)
"'ERROR NNTPSocket - Server:xxxxxxxxxxxx NNTPServer: Timeout - Waiting for Server to send Data: Socket - Read or Write Timeout"
and"ERROR Socket - Error: WSARecv Socket Error Code: 10060 A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond."
and"InterSocket - Error: Socket Open Failed, Host: news.astraweb.com Error Code: 10060 A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond."
I could be mistaken but I do not think it affected my downloads overall, I should have done more research, but I do have a debugging log from one day.
my machine was running nothing at all else because that box is essentially dedicated to the amazing program entitled Newsbin Pro 6.40