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Comment: Test peering (Score 1) 294

by imcdona (#48105875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?
I'd like to see a site that's capable of testing the peering throughput of a given ISP. As opposed to running a single speed test, it'd run run multiple tests consecutively via servers on different networks. Take the Verizon fiasco recently where they had a saturated link to Level 3 that affected Netflix. A peering test would be capable of highlighting this sort of thing.

Comment: Re: But... but nucular is bad! (Score 2) 143

by imcdona (#47620479) Attached to: Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science
Nothing is 100%. Something WILL go wrong. As each day passes without incident the probability of something going wrong increases. I'm all for nuclear power, but, the cost of a nuclear disaster has to be considered. Simply saying we can build it safe means nothing. Something WILL go wrong.

Comment: Do the ends justify the means? (Score 1) 828

by imcdona (#40188505) Attached to: Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition
At what point do you decide that gun related violence and crime outweigh the cost of liberty? The gun related deaths are a necessary evil that come along with having the means to rise up and overthrow an oppressive government. You might say it'll never happen. If history is any indication I'm not willing to gamble.

Comment: Re:Congratulations, Verizon (Score 1) 331

by imcdona (#40023465) Attached to: Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

I tether often, and I don't notice this on pages loaded on the tethered PC. It must be a forced proxy they have set up in the stock browser?

It doesn't matter if you're using the stock browser or not. In the past you used to be able to switch to a different APN (internet2.voicestream.com, internet3.voicestream.com) and avoid the compression. I've heard that modifying the headers with a Firefox addon get's around the issue but I haven't tried it. I personally connect to my router at home via PPTP on my android to get around the compression. If you're curious if your carrier is molesting your images, download the same image over cellular and wifi and compare the size of the two.

+ - Are you thinking of moving to low-power servers?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PCWorld has a nice piece talking about low-energy server computing, and how the era of traditional high-energy servers, supported by racks of air conditioning, might be coming to an end. What do you think? Could you use a server made from Atom chips, or even ARM chips (bearing in mind Windows is coming to ARM soon)? Has your company looked into it?"

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

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