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+ - How Long Will You Tolerate Loading A Webpage?->

Submitted by zx75
zx75 (304335) writes "The internet is continuously changing and people's expectations of what they are getting and how fast it is delivered keeps changing as well. However, industry performance guidelines for webpage load times are often static or based off flawed methodology.

I am writing a paper on how to obtain quality webpage performance requirements and want to know how do you gather performance requirements from your target audience? You can also help me by answering a very short 4-question survey about what your 'magic number' webpage load time is."

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Comment: Re:Here's an idea. (Score 2) 252

by zx75 (#37217848) Attached to: Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

So, you've completely skipped over the obvious point and made an unfounded supposition.

The Amish are Mennonite which one of the founding tenants is non-resistance. It's like pacifism, except less militant. These days the tenants of mennonism are bent and broken six ways to sunday, but the Amish as a sect are extremely devout and are more likely to hold to them than modern mainstream Mennonites.

As a general rule Mennonites will not own, touch, or allow weaponry into their home that has no legitimate peaceful purpose. Some own rifles specifically for hunting, but in general guns are a big no-no. Mennonites historically refuse to serve as police, in the military, or in ther government as they will take no role where they may as a matter of course cause someone to come to harm, or be responsible for others who would cause someone to come to harm. (Government is responsible for both military and police forces).

A recruitment drive for undercover officers in an Amish community is beyond absurd and would involve the recruiters being forcibly removed from the premisis (figuratively).

Caveat: I am a modern mainstream Mennonite, and we have none of the taboos against technology and serving in police, security, and government is accepted these days. But I for one hold strongly to our roots of non-resistance and reject anything that may put me in contact with violence (or the possibility of it) or weaponry.


Experts Explain iPhone 4 Antenna Problem 427

Posted by Soulskill
from the darth-jobs-doesn't-see-what-the-fuss-is-about dept.
CWmike writes "Reports of call and data signal strength problems in the new iPhone 4 have a basis in fact, a hardware expert said Thursday. Later in the day, Apple acknowledged that holding the iPhone 4 may result in a diminished signal that could make it difficult to make and maintain calls or retain a data connection. 'Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone,' Apple said in a statement issued to several media outlets, including PC Magazine, which had run tests earlier Thursday. 'If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.' Scores of new iPhone owners confirmed the reception problem in a string of more than 360 messages posted to a thread on Apple's iPhone 4 support forum." A blog post from an antenna design company explains that the reception problems are probably the direct result of phone design adapting to FCC requirements.

Comment: Curse you imprecise intervals! (Score 3, Interesting) 543

by zx75 (#32064318) Attached to: How Old Is the Oldest Computer You Regularly Use?

I chose 6-10 because I still regularly use a computer that I built in the summer of 2000, just prior to attending university. Give it a couple months and it will be in the 10-15 category.

It's had some parts changed out in the meantime (video card, extra memory, case, extra harddrive, new CD drive) but the guts are still the same that I put together way back when, an Athlon XP 800 processor with slot mount causing the heatsink to dangle precariously over my video card.

Despite being moved ~18 times over its lifetime (I've lived in a lot of places), one of the CPU/heatsink supports breaking, and once completely coming loose and smacking around the interior of my case while dangling by its heatsink fan connection... it still works!

It now does its part as a database server for my website, and its used on a daily basis.

Comment: Re:Why write something people give away for free? (Score 2, Insightful) 393

by zx75 (#31876318) Attached to: Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable

Umm, if I am a customer buying a software product I do not care if the code is good quality, or cleverly engineered, as long as it doesn't impact the cost, security, or usability of the product.

All I care about is whether or not it works and meets my needs.

I am saying this as a consumer (end user), producer (developer), and requirements creator (analyst).

Comment: Re:Go go Nanny State... (Score 1) 794

by zx75 (#31445400) Attached to: Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking

Not really. If you take a careful look at most drug laws all the way back to prohibition they explicitly outlaw the sale and possession of certain substances, not the consumption. It effectively produces the same result, but avoids the thorny legal issue around legislation of what you can do to yourself.

Comment: Re:Landis grew up a Mennonite (Score 4, Informative) 259

by zx75 (#31155008) Attached to: Tour de France Champion Accused of Hacking

Please readjust your thinking about Mennonites... you are so very wrong that you almost circle completely back again.

I will state for a fact that I am Mennonite. I got my first computer when I was 6 (1988) and I am currently employed as a software developer.

Although the Amish and the Old Order are Mennonites (which are among the few sects that have community restrictions on technology) the reverse is not true. It is equivalent to me saying that you are Christian, sometimes mistaken as Mormon. I'm not saying it's impossible for you to be monagamous, but I'm sure you were raised in a polygamous cult.

I will further add to my comment in saying that I do know some Old Order and Amish people, and have had a nice long conversation with an Old Order deacon and teacher who explained that it is not technology that they shun, but anything new that may split their community. They take a very long time to evaluate new techology (usually about 300 years or so) but they do use some modern equipment. The Old Order community that I was on used modern combines (computer controlled) in order to quickly and efficiently harvest their fields.

Comment: Re:Password strength vs. how often you change it (Score 1) 499

by zx75 (#30845566) Attached to: Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords

I need to change my company password every month, but the password strength for my company account remains strong.

My password strength for a website forum where I never need to change it however, is usually weak.

The password strength I use is highly correlated with the sensitivity of the information it allows access to and the importance of the systems.

I would fall into the 96% of people who don't use non-alphanumerics for "Rockyou.com"

Comment: Re:One person's myth is another person's fact. (Score 1) 580

by zx75 (#30631586) Attached to: Myths About Code Comments

Yes, I've done that more than a few times myself. Under pressure of a deadline, and the code just needs to work is a situation I have found myself in more times than I would like. But given the nature of my job, it is entirely possible that the code gets done, and then not looked at again for years. Just recently a client came to us for enhancements to a codebase that hadn't been touched in close to 5 years, and there are a few spots that are 'make it work' instead of 'clean and pretty'.

In this situation I will often flag the section of code with a "TODO" and write a brief explanation regarding how the code SHOULD be structured such as: //TODO: Future Rev. restructure by abstracting common elements from X, Y, and Z and merge object creation into a factory.

This serves very well as a 'this is a hack' flag to me but also reminds me why it was a hack and what I was thinking on how to improve it.

Consultants are mystical people who ask a company for a number and then give it back to them.