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Submission + - The ICSI Netalyzr, now improved (

nweaver writes: Some Slashdot readers may already be familiar with our Netalyzr service, from
this June story. For those who aren't, Netalyzr is a free network measurement and debugging applet designed to check for a wide
range of network problems and neutrality violations, including unadvertised port filtering, DNS wildcarding, and hidden proxy servers. We are pleased to announce that Netalyzr is now out of beta. We've made many enhancements, user interface cleanups, and added a bevy of new tests such as enhanced DNS probing and checking for problems with fragmented traffic. Since the Internet is changing constantly, we would love it if
Slashdot readers would (re-)run Netalyzr so we can see how things have evolved since June. More generally, the Netalyzr project aims to
compile a comprehensive survey of the health of the Internet's edge. Your help in making the study a success is greatly appreciated — thanks!

Comment Exchange my laptop for BSOD?? (Score 1) 362

First of all, software consumers are in most cases (not all I admit) much savvier about their purchases than your average consumer headed down to the box store to buy a new toaster. There is a plethora of information available about the quality of software releases, including software reviews online and in print and support forums that often give the pulse of a broad range of user's experiences. I for one do not rush out and buy the first release of any new program or video game on release day, with the exception of some publishers of PC software that have shown to have a good track record of making timely updates when bugs are discovered in their software. I think that some sort of regulation as discussed here will limit the number of deep, creative games in the market because people will spend so much time on QA out of fear of a government backlash. We will end up with a large number of high quality, yet boring and unintuitive programs.

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