* Posts by William Anderson

6 posts • joined 2 Jul 2008

In the cloud, Mumbai is a long way from Asia

William Anderson

"AWS's Singapore region is, at most, 30 milliseconds away from a user probe in America, Australia or Sao Paulo, but on average 50ms from probes in Asia and more than 60ms from Europe."

Unless someone's changed the laws of physics, no, it's not. That graph shows latency variation, not actual latency. Singapore -> West Coast CONUS is something more like 150-180ms.

Write haiku, win home server

William Anderson
IT Angle


Were I in the States

I could enter this compo

However, I'm not.

MontaVista boasts 1-second Linux boot

William Anderson

That music ...

I swear at the start it's Charlie's Angels, and at the end it's like midstage music from Sega Rally or some other Sega AM#2 game circa 1996 ...

Wikipedia kills legendary journalist

William Anderson

I'll put on the brakes and he'll fly right by

First, RIP Swells.

To continue: come on, Sarah, to paraphrase Goose from Top Gun, do some of that journalism shit. The user Mikerichi's first act on Wikipedia was to rock up to the Sons of Ben (MLS supporters association) article (they're a supporters club for Philadelphia's MLS football team) and submit it for deletion. Now the same guy tries the same thing with Philly resident Swells' article, which at that time happened to claim Swells was a "staunch proponent" of the Sons of Ben. Two edits after that, Richardrj removes that claim as being "unsourced and irrelevant".

This all feels like an idiot with a grudge against the Sons of Ben, rather than against Swells himself. Nor does it feel like Wikipedia as an entity is responsible.

As for the deletion notice, it's back: SOP on Wikipedia is to let the discussion run its course, but as you say, the resounding response of "Keep" should ensure the article will be around for a long time to come.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Mikerichi (Mikerichi's contribs)

http://tinyurl.com/mrbgbf (Richardrj's edit removing mention of Sons of Ben)

http://tinyurl.com/lf9azt (Wikipedia article on Sons of Ben, citing Swells Grauniad article)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2007/jun/06/sport.comment (Swells article on Sons of Ben)

Fail, because ... well, you know, do that journalism stuff!

William Anderson


Ha, in the space of time it took me to write my comment, Swells' article has been saved per WP:SNOWBALL. Sounds disgusting, I'm sure he'd love the sentiment!

HD TV in the UK

William Anderson


Sayeth the article: "However, Freesat From Sky doesn’t offer any HD channels".

Fail. BBC HD is broadcast FTA, or in the clear, and can be picked up by any compatible HD receiver, including a Sky HD box with either a Freesat by Sky card, or no card at all.


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