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Comment Twitter is a Mobile Social Network (Score 2) 81

Twitter is a Mobile Social Network. But it's design was for 2006, not 2016, and this is the problem. Twitter was designed to be a communications platform before smart phones. The entire platform was designed around sending/receiving text messages, and having a simple, clean, and fast web based front-end for accessing these text messages. Connectivity has expanded. Device capability has expanded. Multimedia capabilities have expanded as well. But twitter is still living in the past, in the era of simple text messages.

Also, another killer to Twitter is their web front end is now the most bloated piece of shit on the face of the earth. If I leave a twitter tab open for any length of time (sometimes even just a few minutes), the background JavaScript processing is so horrendous, that the tab literally stops responding, and requires closing it and re-opening the tab (refreshing the page isn't enough to fix the issue). This entirely kills the idea of letting twitter stay open in the background in a pinned tab for casually checking updates.

Comment Re:strange (Score 2) 123

Actually, not quite. I see this device being better for the corporate space than the consumer space. This is exactly for the people who DONT want to carry a laptop around. Have you ever had a job with a "work from home" option with a company provided laptop that you had to lug back and forth to work every single day? Now imagine if you just had a cheap device at work and a cheap device at home, and only had to port your phone back and forth, and could easily dock into both.

This thing is essentially an alternative to docking stations for laptops, only now it is a docking station for your phone.

Comment Thanks Google! (Score 2) 104

In my neighborhood, the options were city owned cable internet at 30mbps, Comcast at "50mbps" (we all know how accurate THAT really is), or Centurylink at only 3mbps!

Thanks to the push of Google Fiber elsewhere in the country, the local ISP and Comcast have increased their speeds to about 150mbps, and Centurylink has pushed Gigabit Fiber, which I've been greatly enjoying since the beginning of the year. The only downside is that my monthly bill is roughly double that of Google Fiber in other cities. But considering it is only about $30 more than I was paying for the 30mbps down (and 6mbps up), the symmetrical gigabit connection has been more than worth the extra fee!

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 4, Informative) 106

Just look at the city of Tacoma, WA, who built their own fiber network and cable TV operator, when previously the city had a single monopoly provider with very low quality of service and more expensive than surrounding areas with better competition. The city FORCED competition into the market by entering it themselves.

Comment Re:Popular for the moment (Score 5, Insightful) 174

"Pokemon has a limited lifespan" Pretty bold statement about a gaming franchise going as strong as ever 20 years later down the road from where it started. Not bad for a property that is older than the entirety of the XBox existing, and almost as old as the original PlayStation, just to put things into perspective. But yes, let's keep on claiming it has a "limited lifespan"

Comment Comcast (Score 5, Insightful) 104

Can we just have the article renamed to Comcast instead of NBC Universal, since they're the same danm company? This is similar how they always file their lawsuits under the the RIAA/MPAA names, to mask who's doing the bullshit.

The reality is that Comcast doesn't want you to use your Comcast connection to download Comcast content without using the Comcast approved DRM software. WOAH, I'M STARTING TO SOUND JUST LIKE THE APPS GUY ON HERE NOW!

Comment NO NO NO (Score 1) 221

NO NO NO, JUST NO. PLEASE DON'T CALL IT THAT. We already have UFS as "Unix File System" for a storage technology. At least when other acronyms are reused, they're at least slightly different technology. Now the same acronym is used for both the physical and logical layers of storage, just a generation or two apart? NO!

Comment Developers (Score 5, Informative) 293

If you're a software engineer or a system administrator, you probably already know exactly what the technical glitches are. People are trying to throw a shitfit without understanding technology. "Facebook" isn't just a single server with a single purpose. Information has to be distributed from the content source to the content consumers. If an account normally has a reach of 5-10 viewers, it is easy to have them stream internally though a single server that is handling several streams at once. They are shoved on this particular data delivery path based on past low viewer counts... then all of a sudden they stream something that hits a 100k+ reach? Yes, the content then needs to be moved to high capacity and more dedicated servers. This isn't an instant process. The easiest explanation to the laymen is a "technical glitch", because how many people outside of technology even know what a server or routing digital data even is? This exact scenario DOES happen with other content too, but only when it involves something controversial does it become a conspiracy and censorship theory. A great example of other content that has had this exact issue was the selfie taken at the Grammys that had overf 1,000,000 shares. Yes, that took out an entire Twitter datacenter. Not just a server, the whole datacenter went offline for some time.

Comment Testing Their Servers (Score 1) 43

I see this more as a way to test their servers more so than our own connections... well, at least when testing from Gigabit FTTH

CenturyLink: 535 / 727mbps (the fastest I've ever gotten from my ISP's test server. Usually in the 200mbps range)
Comcast: 470 / 819mbps
Speedtest.net Sprint Seattle: 657 / 751mbps
SourceForge: 282 / 133mbps (usual speeds when testing)
Netflix Fast.com: 44mbps (the fastest I've ever gotten, I usually get around 10mbps from them)
MeasurementLab.net: 71 / 67mbps
SpeakEasy.net: 500 / 896 mbps
AT&T: 325 / 889 mbps
Google: I cant get their speedtest to show up

The question becomes... how saturated are the speed test servers themselves? And then how saturated are the links in each direction between the client and servers? Since download is generally significantly faster than upload with cable/dsl, the reverse is easily seen with fiber. The links are only saturated in one direction from the speed test servers, so pushing content to them has that extra headroom to really push the speed limits.

Also as a side note for those curious, on the tests that report latency, they're all in ~4ms range. The lowest I've ever seen is 2ms with this connection.

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