The UK Committees of Advertising Practice changed the rules for ISP advertising: where once the ISPs could advertise speeds of "Up to" some incredibly high number so long as 10% of customers ever achieved that speed, now ISPs can only advertise a speed promise if 51% of their customers attain that speed at all times.
Which? magazine published an analysis of ISP ads before and after the rule and found that advertised speeds dropped by 41%; earlier polling by the magazine found that "British households are paying for broadband services that are on average 51 percent slower than advertised."
If you're in the UK and looking for a genuinely excellent ISP that delivers on its promises, I thoroughly recommend the wonderful Andrews and Arnold; I was a happy customer of theirs for years when I was a Londoner. They even successfully intervened with the farcically terrible BT Openreach on my behalf, an act of commercial sorcery on par with levitating the Gherkin or successfully taxing Starbucks.
The entry-level speed tiers were apparently the least accurate before the rule change. While advertised speeds dropped the most on entry-level tiers, there were drops in higher-speed tiers as well.
"[A]cross all the deals on offer from the 12 biggest providers, the advertised speeds from 'up to 17Mbps' to 'up to 100 Mbps' had decreased by an average 15 percent," the group wrote. Virgin Media was the only ISP whose advertised speeds went up after the rule change.
Advertised broadband speeds lowered by 41% on cheapest deals since ASA ruling [Which?]
ISPs’ listed speeds drop up to 41% after UK requires accurate advertising [Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica]
The highly secretive Silicon Valley-based data company Palantir is reported to be considering an initial public offering.
Helm is a startup making a $500 home gadget that replaces Gmail and Google Calendar, letting you control your own email and coordination; its founders have deep information security backgrounds, and plan to make money by charging an annual $100 management fee.
Pete Warden (previously) writes persuasively that machine learning companies could make a ton of money by turning to data-compression: for example, ML systems could convert your speech to text, then back into speech using a high-fidelity facsimile of your voice at the other end, saving enormous amounts of bandwidth in between.
Speed reading isn’t just an innate skill possessed by a lucky few. Anyone can learn to speed read, and the benefits are endless. The brain can process more information than most people have time to soak up, but you can make that time now with the 2018 Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle. The first half of […]
Sure, you could use the same old PowerPoint templates for your next business presentation. It’s not like you have bosses or investors to impress. Oh wait, you do? Time to augment that slideshow with Slideshop – the presentation tool that can individualize your pitch while saving you time. Compatible with PowerPoint, Keynote and Google Slides, […]
Multinational companies have used the no-nonsense methodologies of Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma to oil a smooth-running operation for years. What is it? Six Sigma (and its offshoot, Lean Six Sigma) apply the principles of science to business, teaching managers to methodically target waste, maximize output and streamline the flow from producer to consumer. […]