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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

almondo Re:ndt (294 comments)

Interesting, traffic shaping based on URL path, cute, bogus, not surprising.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

almondo Find a real data source you can trust,not a 'test' (294 comments)

I have 90Mbit up * 10Mbit down lightning service from Brighthouse and it is quite real. I can say for certain it is real because I have a co-located machine at Terramark on a 1GBit link running SNMP and I move enough data both ways to be able to do the math to validate. The fact is that they deliver well over rated speeds as well as I routinely push 11Mbits sustained up and pull over 100Mbits sustained down. Sustained to me means over at least an hour down with some of
my sustain up running 8 or more hours(a lot of cameras, a lot of data pushed offsite everyday).

One thing you really need to understand in this battle for bandwidth is that you are absolutely owned by your network transit path. An interior network (you are part of your ISP's interior network in the context I refer to) may have plenty of capacity while their edges may be grossly inadequate (as in Comcast and AT&T the last time I was on their pipes) and this fact can thoroughly convolute your test results because they can (and some definitely do) divert bandwidth test traffic onto a better path than you will ever see with real traffic.

The short answer IMHO is that you can only really determine true bandwidth with a real, uncongested validation point that you can trust. Bandwidth tests are circumvented other ways too. One trick is traffic shaping with a burst that gives you full rated pipe for a minute then hacks you down step by step until you get what they decide you get sustained. That will show high bandwidth in a test but the ISP chosen rate will surface when you actually move some traffic around.

Personally, (and Larry Ellison may want to kill me for this) I have used various Oracle image downloads (not little Java tarballs but ISOs for Solaris and other various big Oracle stuff) as a basis for occasional test in the past. My trust in this methodology stems from the fact that I can routinely pull over 300Mbits from Oracle to my co-located host and I can nearly always saturate my inbound to well above spec on Brighthouse.

about two weeks ago
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Grilling For Geeks

almondo You really need the Extech Tach+IR too (169 comments)

I use the Extech Tach+IR's laser temperature sensor to check and deliver precise meat temperatures.

You can make a test cut and in one second of laser thermal analysis you know the meat temperature to 1/10 of a degree. It is much more accurate than analog

You could also use the tach function to precisely set the rotisserie RPM but I tend to avoid dizzy meat options.

more than 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

almondo Schwagger is a Bagger, go figure (667 comments)

Heh, yeah it is true. The copyright infringing lawyer simulator is just another freeloading right wing teabagger. They don't respect copyright laws, game laws, the constitution, women who aren't barefoot and pregnant or much of anything else. The whackjob probably has been standing out in the rain too long and needs to change the teabag on it's forehead.

more than 2 years ago
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Big Brother Calls 'Shotgun' In Illinois

almondo Clearly we need more counter-technology patents (475 comments)

An excellent application for my patent pending micro image tape which will be available with images of a wide range of characters including Johnny Cash, John Wayne, Elvis, Beavis & Butthead, Bugs Bunny and of course my preferred choice, Taz.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins 'Open Surface'

almondo I thought all Microsoft products were... (191 comments)

I have been around a while (I even had one of those wire wrapped IBM PCs a while back) and I have always thought that all Microsoft products were open sores. I guess I missed something along the way.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

almondo An Open Office casualty? (233 comments)

I suspect there is some behind the scenes aspect to this they don't want you to know. I raise this possibility because I have advocated and implemented it as a solution for others. When relatives asked me 'how to get rid of the billy office nag or the billy I can't read my own file format sickness' I just tell them "toss it and get Open Office. It supports the current formats, is more interoperable, and is free!". It works every time. If MS is counting the pirated copies as market share (which I have no doubt they are) then my action and those like me results in depletion of that 'market share'.

Microsoft Office has gone the way of Trumpet Winsock in my book, overchargus obsoletus extremus.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL Certificates For Intranet Sites?

almondo $126/year wild card or 10$/yr individual certs (286 comments)

I do deploy them but I do avoid getting robbed by Verisign for these and other certs by shopping around.

Currently I pay around $10 a year for individual host certs, and $126 a year for wildcards.
http://www.namecheap.com/learn/other-services/ssl-certificates.asp

If you have a large number of street facing certs the wildcard is the most cost effective solution anyway but for lower volumes I use individual certs as well.

It has some cost but the reduction in uninformed user headaches is well worth it.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Open Sources F#

almondo Re:/. snottery (212 comments)

History has shown that Microsoft can and will go out of it's way to earn inspiring magnitudes of disdain for itself.

If you don't like it, well, give me a $3000 rebate for money I wasted on the OS/2 1.0 SDK way back when and we can talk.

Perhaps they deserve some credit but due to a long standing pattern of debit overdrafts I will wait for the dust to settle to see if it is in fact merited before extending it.

more than 3 years ago
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Media Loves Apple and Its Army of Fans

almondo Re:MS is hurting (356 comments)

I was going to say gee there must be a decline in the number of discovered compromises but I guess that accounts for the 3% coverage they have.
I did heard a rumor that they are coming out with a new phone, the Flop-Phone.

about 4 years ago
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Return To Castle Wolfenstein Source Code Released

almondo Heh, I envision Politistein (92 comments)

Since all this political mire is becoming so deep I have been trying to think of a good game angle that would require minimal effort to roll out but could adequately ridicule politifools in a appropriately warped manner.

Imagine waxing all the idiots, elephant guns, mule launchers, exploding teabags, and another unelectable wannabe turned victim around every corner. Collect PAC money, rob the citizenry, pay off the mob, sell worthless stock, pull off billion dollar ponzi schemes and more.

The spewing of colorless metaphors, the wasting of valueless time. I have foreseen it.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech Sector Slow To Hire

almondo Re:It's called "offshore outsourcing" not unemploy (450 comments)

It is sad, IBM used to be much more ethical but now
"anything to make a buck"
has decayed to
"anything to make a shareholder buck"
I have been IBM free for several years now and I am glad to stay that way. There are better clients and opportunities even in this tough market.
The ongoing humor is getting these every week now...
"IBM Opportunity for IT Infrastructure Architect - GTS-xxxxxxx"

more than 4 years ago
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Tech Sector Slow To Hire

almondo Re:It's called "offshore outsourcing" not unemploy (450 comments)

Sorry but you are wrong. I quit dealing with IBM and heavy H1B users like them because the angle is hire domestic skilled labor to train cheap barely skilled or unskilled H1Bs that have been hired and passed off as having skills.
I have my pick of places to work I just don't train H1B people anymore. I make less but I don't have to clean up huge messes anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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FBI Instructs Wikipedia To Drop FBI Seal

almondo Perhaps they think they are related to Wikileaks (485 comments)

I know, it sounds stupid, but I have seen I don't know how many people blasting Wikipedia for the action of Wikileaks.

A brain is a really good thing. I think everyone should have one.

more than 4 years ago
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Hardware Hackers Reveal Apple's Charger Secrets

almondo Re:Good Lord! (371 comments)

Geek girls rule! (and Steve is probably calling the cops right now.)

more than 4 years ago
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World's Fastest Hybrid OK'd For Production

almondo Re:Does it burn fuel on the highway? (208 comments)

Actually I would like to see how fast I could go round and round in a traffic circle with one before launching onto one of the exit vectors. Electromotive breaking, stellar acceleration, hopefully it has a gforce comp active suspension too.

Yep, I could demonstrate how not to drive this car and have a great deal of fun doing it ;)

more than 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

almondo Re:Somebody call the waaaambulance (1018 comments)

"Hell, the data center I run makes millions every hour, but I don't expect that I should make 7 or 8 figures because of it."

Well I think you should, and you should get one of those fluffy shiny heavy gold parachute dealies too and some authentic Cuban cigars (the huge stogie kind that smell good) as long as you give me one.

more than 4 years ago

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Be The One to help restore America's Gulf

almondo almondo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

almondo (145555) writes "Please join us in demanding the restoration of America's Gulf. As BP works to buy off scientists and cuts cleanup efforts the damage grows and the survival of America's Gulf hangs in the balance."
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