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?
Slow upload speed fix
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?
Dear Lifehacker, Sincerely, Dear Infernal,IP address often, and your router doesn't catch on. Maybe it's overheating, or maybe it's getting bogged down by too many connections at once (which can happen if you download a lot). There isn't an easy way to figure out what the problem is, but there are a few common solutions that could help you fix the problem and prevent it from happening in the future. Advertisement First: Verify That Your Router Is the Source of the Problem Before you start messing with your router, you should make sure the problem doesn't lie with your modem or your internet service provider. To do this, plug your computer directly into your modem and see if you get any dropped connections or other problems. If not, the problem is more likely related to your router. If your modem is a modem/router combo, you won't be able to perform this step (we recommend having a separate modem and router for just this reason). If your modem is the problem, contact either your … [Read more...] about Why Do I Have to Keep Resetting My Router, and How Can I Fix It?
In the year since Kotaku’s investigation into sexism at Riot Games, the 2,500-person company behind League of Legends, the company has crafted and self-injected its proposed antidote to its so-called “bro culture.” Over the last week, 14 current or recent Riot employees spoke with Kotaku about the game company’s forward momentum toward equitable workplace conditions. Now that it’s all out in the open—the slanted hiring practices, the chauvinism, the ball-tapping frat antics—employees are witnessing the rollout of a belated justice. Everybody we spoke to was optimistic about the future of Riot Games, even as some at the company disagree on how best to implement cultural change. “Has Riot done everything I would like them to do? No,” said one current employee who, like others, is anonymous for fear of their future in the game development industry. “Has Riot put in significant investment and shown commitment to want to be … [Read more...] about Riot Employees Say Company Has Made Real Progress Fixing Its Sexism Issues
If you’ve ever boarded a flight only to find your phone connection suddenly drop just while you’re trying to send a pre-flight text, you’re not alone. It’s a problem that plagues most passengers right before their departure or soon after landing, just when they most need a lifeline to the outside world. “Everyone seems to look at their phone immediately after landing and I can’t figure out if they’re happily online or they keep trying to refresh like me,” one traveler wrote on Twitter of his flying experience. My longstanding theory has been that while you’re inside a plane, it’s harder to get access to a stable connection; you’re sealed in a metal box, after all. And as it turns out, this theory does hold some weight. Advertisement This week, in a report by writer and Loyola University of New Orleans professor Christopher Schaberg for the Atlantic, Schaberg spoke to three commercial pilots who fly for major … [Read more...] about Why Your Phone Connection Is Slow on the Airport Tarmac