Friday, March 12, 2010

Government Stupidity (Redundant, I Know)

Today I found a link to, where you can find a new speed test tool for broadband connections.  I thought it might be interesting to play with it, so I ran the test.

And my browser hung using 100% of my CPU during the latency test.

After killing Firefox off I went and read the fine print: 

Users are randomly assigned the Ookla or M-Lab application.

Note: the M-Lab application currently does not work with Safari, Chrome, and Opera web browsers.

That's right.  Our beloved feds are randomly assigning a speed test application, but one of the two possibilities only works with IE.

Excuse me?  Why would you even do that?  What sort of idiot let that go live?