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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Maxwell Re:Really? (294 comments)

Maybe you should follow the instructions on their Tools page:

Speed Test
We have the following speed tests

Flash (Adobe) download/upload speed test
Accurate for tests of residential DSL and cable connections

Java download/upload speed test
Capable of higher speed testing, for example, fiber

Mobile browser Speed and Latency Test (
Javascript Speedtest, for mobile full featured browsers (iPhone, Android and so on)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Maxwell Really? (294 comments)

How are people not aware of DSLReports and their speed tests? And how could this possibly make /.?

Also, your wi-fi sucks. Get a cable if you want to know what your real speed is.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

Maxwell Yeah, advice that leads to 90MBps is BAD (279 comments)

If you spent more money, buy way more expensive gear, buy a real rack, throw in a patch panel, do the crossover thing on it, patch it all in you can get 91MBps! The fools!

I wouldn't do more than this for a house - why would you?

about two weeks ago

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Maxwell Re:Here's another perspective (389 comments)

Do a masters at a better school - you can do one in a year and it will hide your weak undergrad. I have an associates, a horrific undergrad upgrade to bachelors and a big buck masters, and it definitely opened doors for me. Just having access to a careers center at a top graduate school - they know so many people, who know people, etc. When I get hired, it's the skills learned at the Associate level that people find most valuable....

about three weeks ago

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Maxwell Creative types don't need college... (389 comments)

Those with less than perfect grades might go on to dream up blockbuster films like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg or become entrepreneurs like Steve Job"

If the C students are that creative, they'll find a way w/o college anyway, so why admit them?

The college application process is not meant to find a needle in haystack. Statistically speaking, your C student is more likely to be delivering pizza than founding Pixar.

about three weeks ago

Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Maxwell Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

So all windows software is garbage...including the makers of this suite called "Office". Would you be so kind as to call Microsoft for me? I am busy calling every other developer on the world

about three weeks ago

Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

Maxwell Re:Limited coding isn't everyone's goal (69 comments)

Building complex apps without coding doesn't seem like a useful goal. At some point you have to express the program logic and coding has always proven to be the best way.

The dividing line between graphical tool and actual code seems to have been a shifting one over the years. So when you go to a new environment or language where there's a substantial GUI component to building an app, the desire to see it all in code is strong. What actually happens when you add that button? I expect to be able to do it either through code of GUI and if they can't tell me what the GUI did in code, then I'm left clueless as to the underpinnings and so it becomes hard to think through the implications of design decisions.

I tried Swift recently. Swift was easy enough. But Swift+Xcode was impenetrable.

My micro processor prof insisted that C was an abomination and that code was easier to follow in native assembly. (Mostly Motorola, some TI)

There is a big chunk of people who have no desire to see the assembler, or the massively abstract C++ code that created it. Anyone who uses Access for example. I had a tool Palm Toolbox that made simple apps for PalmOS way back when. It was limiting, because I know better, but you could do a lot without ever looking at the real code.

Be prepared for multiple variations of the Fart Machine!

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

Maxwell Re: Moodle (97 comments)

Absolute nonsense. Moodle is for managing content and it happens to have an optional plug in to monitor viewers ('students') progress.

But as others have noted, it is not the platform that is the problem, it is getting and keeping fresh content that matters. Any platform with good content would work.

about three weeks ago

BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Maxwell Review are actually quite positive.... (189 comments)

...thanks for cherry picking the worst part of every review. Most reviews seem to like it, appreciate it, but are on the fence about the size and form factor.

about 1 month ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Maxwell Re:Not as much as it used to... (287 comments)

Similar experience here. You are now a service provider for your family. Reliability, ease of use are more important than bragging rights. I am down to a single xeon server, serviio, 24g, 8tb. PS3 as media player and servio handles the transcoding for phones and tablets. Kids can watch their movies, we can listen to music, watch movies.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Maxwell Re:Sensationalism? for BIOS updates? (294 comments)

If updating your BIOS is the *most* important feature of a motherboard, sorry.

I've never had a problem with MSI, Gigabyte or Asus . And the one time in a blue moon I had to update a bios, I simply booted off a USB HDD with windows on it.

Your deciding which car to buy based on how hard it is to adjust the cam shaft timing.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Maxwell Axis and Allies Board game (382 comments)

let the all nighters begin.

about 2 months ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Maxwell Where would we flee to? (257 comments)

Required comment: the big corps have won. Deal with it.

about 2 months ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Maxwell Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

For everything else, I'll take my solid-as-a-rock Gigabit ethernet thanks. Also, off the lawn please!

about 2 months ago

Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Maxwell Settle for 1M. No harm done (115 comments)

They settle out of court for 1M, he'll get to keep the car named condo and nothing will come of it. The city needs the revenue too badly to take the cameras down. Remember kids, white collar crime *does* pay!

about 2 months ago

Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Maxwell Doesn't scale anyway (81 comments)

One of the major drivers of online was for scalability/cost. Do the bulk stuff asynchronously online with some minimal in person or synchronous work. If this is an instructor led , real time course they might as well be 'in the building' anyway. How would 200 people take a course like this? All you need is 23 professors, easy right?

about 2 months ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Maxwell How did micorsoft 'solve' this problem? (249 comments)

For 20 years we had nothing but Microsoft (DOS, Windows) on PC's and somehow we survived. Now we need someone to curate the app store? Why not submit your app for review, like in the olden days? The reviewing, rating and recommending of apps should be a separate function than publishing...

about 2 months ago

Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Maxwell hard to hate this guy... (24 comments)

There is a lot of hate for his movie success - just 8 films to date, virtually all of them massively successful - but man he sounds cool in this interview!

about 2 months ago

Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Maxwell IE11=IE6 all over again (138 comments)

Sure, all we have to do is rewrite the internet to work with IE11 and we'll be fine. I propose Microsoft should start with Sharepoint, Project server, CRM Dynamics etc that currently don't work well with IE11...

Firefox 3.6 has better overall compatibility than IE11!

about 3 months ago


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