Time contracts, expands, swallows and spits you out into this instant, which feels—depending on your perspective—either impossibly remote from where you were two years ago or barely removed from it at all. Flight delays, breakups, bouts of serious illness—all can bring you back to the high school classroom where it’s somehow slo-mo clock. You feel every tick. Meanwhile, an uneventful year can spool out in what feels like six days. Or maybe the reverse is true for you. The perception of time is intensely personal, not to mention effectively unmeasurable. But few if any internal clocks are synced to UTC—no one experiences time at an even, unvarying rate. For this week’s Giz Asks, we’ve reached out to a number of experts to find out why. Aaron Sackett Associate Professor, Marketing, University of St. Thomas, who research focuses on judgement and decision-making, among other things One of the main reasons our perception of time fluctuates … [Read more...] about Why Does Time Slow Down and Speed Up?
As I understand it, most internet service plans require you to pay for specific upload and download speeds. How can I ensure my internet provider is delivering on the speeds I'm paying for? Sincerely, Dear DD, Great (and timely) question, and one I'm sure we're all thinking a little bit about now that Google Fiber's insanely fast internet has us all a little jealous. Just last week the FCC revealed that most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) usually meet their advertised speed rates. Of course, just because most ISPs are delivering what they're advertising doesn't mean yours is. The basic process to test your download speeds is something anyone can do. The first step: we need to verify how much you're actually paying for. Advertisement Find Out the Speed You're Paying For The first thing to do is check in with your ISP and see what speed you're paying for (if you don't already know it). In some cases, all you need to do is look at your most recent bill and the download speed and … [Read more...] about How Can I Make Sure I’m Getting the Download Speeds I’m Paying For?
If the heat wave and the accompanying blanket of humidity have you feeling like the world is moving just a little slower than normal, well you’d be right—at least in when it comes to radio transmissions. Nasdaq warned customers Tuesday that the weather was resulting in slight delays in the transfer of data, which could affect stock trades. Bloomberg reported the note from the company, which alerted traders who count on response times to be immediate when executing transactions that the humidity would cause information moving between its facilities in New York and New Jersey to take several additional microseconds to process. Advertisement The east coast, including areas where Nasdaq operates, were under a heat advisory for much of Tuesday, with temperatures reaching as high as 93 degrees. With the humidity factored in, New York and New Jersey experienced heat index values up to 105, per CNN. That was enough to put a damper on the transfer of information via radio … [Read more...] about It’s So Hot Out, It’s Slowing Down the Speed of Stock Trades
Legislators in Texas are mulling a bill that would make illegal to “impair or degrade” mobile data in any declared disaster zone, in an apparent response to telecom giant Verizon’s decision last year to tell California firefighters busy tackling the deadly Mendocino Complex fire they needed to upgrade their plan or continue to suffer slow speeds. A version of the bill, which has been brought before the Texas House of Representatives, amends Texas law to state, “A mobile Internet service provider may not impair or degrade lawful mobile Internet service access in an area subject to a declared state of disaster.” It does not revise the law to prevent throttling under any other scenarios, including for emergency personnel outside declared disaster zones. Advertisement Per KUT News, it’s one of more than 100 state bills aimed at protecting internet access introduced since the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission and its … [Read more...] about Texas Bill Would Make It Illegal For Verizon and Any Other Wireless Provider to Throttle Disaster Zones
Filmmaker Casey Neistat and Mercedez-Benz don't pair easily in people's minds. One's a YouTube renegade, the other is the manufacturer of cars you can't afford. And yet! They teamed up and made an ad. The result is as surprising and weird as you'd expect it to be. Yes, this is definitely a car commercial, but it's not a stuffy luxury car plug by a mile. It's fun, it's frenetic, and it'll probably turn you on in that way that movies about renegade hackers and underdog football teams make you want to break stuff. This ad doesn't make you want to be richer—it makes you want to have fun. Advertisement For the last decade Neistat has built a career out of telling personal stories about whatever he wants, both on YouTube and on an HBO series. In short, he symbolizes all of the optimistic promise of the free Internet combined with a maker's will to get it done. So how the hell did he end up doing a commercial for stuffy ol' Mercedes? In exchange for his cachet with The Youths, … [Read more...] about How Casey Neistat Shot an Amazing Car Commercial With Zero Planning