nweaver writes: Many Slashdot readers are no doubt familiar with Netalyzr, our free, comprehensive network measurement and diagnostic tool that runs in the browser using Java. For those that aren't, its checks a ton of network properties and provides a handy report. At the same time, Slashdot readers also know that Java should probably be removed from the browser. We've been hard at work on a solution: a Android port of Netalyzr, which is both free and advertisement free. We implemented the full Netalyzr test suite, test run in the background (so you don't need to wait), and if your debugging someone else's network, you can have them run Netalyzr and share their results with you. Help us understand what works on the Internet, and what doesn't.
nweaver writes: Michele Catalano has a scary story about how innocent web searches for Pressure Cookers and backpacks (and perhaps quinoa) apparently resulted in a visit from Anti-terrorism Law Enforcement. If true, this implies one of two possibilities. Either Google is, on their own initiative, checking people's activity for "suspicious" behavior and reporting it to the government, or the government has mandated that Google report such "suspicious" behavior.
nweaver writes: Bad news for patent trolls: Someone is trying to patent being a patent troll. Yes, Clive Menendez, on behalf of Halliburton, is trying to patent "Patent Acquisition and Assertion by a (Non-Inventor) First Party Against a Second Party". Lets hope it gets approved, pity there is probably too much prior art out there already.
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!