Saab 9000, 1984. The original Saab 9000 was the third of the “Group 4″ platform cars designed by Giugiaro. Saab proved the potential of the 9000 Turbo by participating in the Talladega project. The FIA randomly chose three cars directly from the Trollhättan production line that were shipped to the Talladega race track in Alabama, USA. Without any modifications and with all spare parts stowed on board, they were driven 100,000 kms with no stops other than for service, fuel and to change drivers. Full throttle was held constantly, day and night with the best of the three managing an average speed of 213.299 km/h and establishing a new world record.

Putting the Brakes on Web-Surfing Speeds

BERLIN — State-of-the-art Web surfing, for all of its breathtaking speed, can be baffling. A favorite page gets hung up. A data-intensive application, like playing a video or downloading large files, stutters or stops. Is it the telecommunications operator? Is it the Web site? Is it the smartphone or the computer? Or just a sign of Internet thrombosis?

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Now this you don’t see every day, even in Ukraine:

Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament throttles deputy

Vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Adam Martynyuk, on the right, throttles deputy Oleg Lyashko during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. According to reports, Lyashko had just asked Martynyuk to let him make a speech, which Martinyuk refused to do on procedural grounds. Lyashko then apparently called his interlocutor a Pharisee, at which point it was on.

via Boing Boing

Prepare to be throttled

I realize I’m a little late picking up on this but I guess starting October 1, ATT is going to “throttle” the Internet speed for customers still on the unlimited data plan…like me.  It’s their way of showing their appreciation for being a loyal customer for the past 3+ years, I guess.  Bear in mind that for me, I was effectively throttled for two years, living in an area that didn’t have 3G service until the first of this year.  Oh well, it was good while it lasted. 

Companies sure have strange ways of treating people nowadays, it seems.  (I’m thinking of you too Netflix.)

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Glasnost: Test if your ISP is shaping your traffic

“Glasnost tests work by measuring and comparing the performance of different application flows between your host and our measurement servers. The tests can detect traffic shaping in both upstream and downstream directions separately. The tests can also detect whether application flows are shaped based on their port numbers or their packets’ payload.”

I’ve been seeing a lot of tweets about AT&T throttling the top 5% of users.  Apparently I’m not the only one as the biased imbecile MG Sigler (@parislemon) has seen similar activity: AT&T’s Unlimited Data*

Apparently only AT&T is retarded enough to tell people with text messages that their speeds are being reduced; even though, Verizon has been doing this since September.  

There are plenty of twitter temper tantrums the above from @UmairA916 is just another example. Apparently this guy has some major anger management issues directed at telecoms and women.

Dear Charter,

You have replaced my modem and are now coming out to my apt at some point when I have time during the holidays. That does not change my feelings about the fact that tonight is my first night of freedom from school and I can’t watch one episode or movie without buffering. I pay $72 a month for premium Internet and I get this, but you swear you’re not throttling my Internet. Right, wink. Happy end of school year and merry Xmas to me.

AT&T has begun throttling data usage among top 5% of users

Back in November, I received a text SMS message from AT&T that said “Your data usage is approaching the top 5% of users. Use Wi-Fi to help avoid reduced speed for this bill cycle.” At the time, I figured it was a bit of an open-ended threat from AT&T that was supposed to encourage users to use Wi-Fi instead of their bandwidth, as we all know it costs AT&T money to supply the bandwidth, yada yada. Basically, it seems they are trying to improve their bottom line.

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#AskOb for Tatiana Maslany
  • alison and helena have both had their musical moments in a car. what would they sing if they were road tripping together?
  • if you had to fight a leda clone, which one do you think you’d have the best odds against?
  • can you give us your best alison mom glare? (IS THIS BEING FILMED? IDK, IDK)
  • as polar opposite as alison and helena are, they seem to have a lot in common. will they ever bond over their violent tendencies and love for children?