Originally posted by Wrong Robot
It's common netiquette, hotlinking pictures like that saps bandwidth for that user who then has to deal with hundreds more people having the load that image off their server. Granted, a lot of people don't care about this, and even many people who preach it don't necessarily always follow through, and also, you linked from starwars.com which I'm sure has more than its share of bandwidth, as they likely have a very high daily traffic. BUT generally if you have web space, it's a courtesy to host images off your own space rather than use others.
think of it this way, how would you feel if someone on fark or /. linked an image from your site, it got a million hits, causing you to either have to pay heinous bandwidth charges, or forcing your site off-line for an indefinite period of time, because of the constant bandwidth drainage.
I thought you were a web designer or something, shouldn't you know this?
Of course, I realize this as I work for an Internet provider. We are a small yet growing one and this has never even come up in conversations as it is really not an issue.
Now if you are worried about www.starwars.com
don't. It would take 1M new people to hit it at the exact same time to cause bad things as a result of dling that pic. In which case it would take 44,000 minutes to serve all of them, of course the picture would just timeout in most cases. Assuming they are hooked to a T3.
But let's say a million people hit that picture over an day's time, that's 3,888,000,000,000 bits of info or 3.8 trillion bites. Anyway... the chances of getting 1M people to visit the same site in the same day for the first time is very slim.
Most browsers cache images so you may only download that picture once despite visiting the same page/site 100's of times.
But hey, I will make a link.