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Prof. Glenn Fulcher

@languagetesting.info

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This website uses dymaic web slicing on some pages that are updated on a daily (or sometimes an hourly) basis. A page contains a web slice if you see this icon in the toolbar. This feature was introduced with IE 8, which allows users to subscribe to content and receive notification of updates on the browser tool bar. This was implemented for the employment page in January, 2010 and the Article Alert service in March 2010. The video link is an introduction to the use of web slicing. Further details about web slicing and how it works can be found here.

 
     
 
     
 

RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. It has become the standard method to send news and information from websites directly to the user who wishes to keep up to date.

Extensive use is made of RSS feeds on this website. The most obvious is LT.info Bulletin, which you can subscribe to by clicking on the RSS symbol . Whenever I make a major addition or change to the site it will be announced on this feed. I sometimes also use it to notify subscribers of more general language testing news.

Many pages also contain information that is generated by RSS feeds, but filtered using software that selects content using keywords and strings, before aggregating the information on the page. Examples of this are the article aggregation, and article alert services, which scan journals for language testing content and updates this page whenever new articles are published. This makes keeping up to date extremely easy, especially in the latter case where it is combined with web slicing. Developing the filters for some pages has taken over a year, such as on the employment page. However, some 'rogue' jobs still get through, particularly from the fields of computing, health care, and engineering. I continually update the filters to reduce such instances, but cannot eradicate them completely.

If you would like to know more about how aggregation works, there is a useful Wikipedia entry that you can consult.

 
     
 
     
 
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Verizon's 4G LTE service is about to suck a lot more with 'Network Optimization'
25 July, 2014

In just a little over two months Verizon will start throttling the connections of its heavy-use unlimited 4G LTE mobile customers.

Verizon announced it will expand initiative called Network Optimization, or a sugar coated way of saying mobile speed throttling.

The change goes into effect on October 1st, after which the carrier will begin slowing down the connections for unlimited customers who enter the top five percentile of data users eating up 4.7GB or more per month.

Big Red will also restrict users' data speeds if they are trying to access a congested cellphone network such as those in a densely packed metropolitan center.

Network Optimization is actually an older program Verizon put in place originally in September 2011 but it just affected 3G customers at the time. Now it will expand to 4G LTE users and Verizon will begin sending out messages to customers informing them of the coming change starting August 1.

Pay your way data

Once users have been tagged with throttled service they will experience slower speed through out the rest of the billing cycle for that month. Worse yet an updated policy page on Verizon's webpage explains that throttled service could extend on to the customer's next month of service.

To help customers avoid getting hit by Network Optimization Droid Life reports Verizon has suggested a few solutions. One tip is everyone to watch their data usage closely with a variety of tools Verizon offers or migrate from their unlimited plans to a MORE Everything contract. As expected neither solution is ideal.

It seems truly unlimited plans are on the way out on Verizon and that isn't the only carrier. Sprint also announced it was throttling speeds for its heaviest data users earlier this May and called the initiative "congestion management."

Your mobile connection might be kaput but there's always boosting your Wi-Fi speed









Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'
25 July, 2014
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.


Absent fans get robot to do cheering
25 July, 2014
A struggling Korean baseball team have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches - by bringing in a crowd of robot fans.


Google Glass rival has neck battery
25 July, 2014
Chinese computing giant Lenovo has shown off what it hopes will be a rival to Google Glass - but with a better battery life.


Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits
25 July, 2014
Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".