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Comment: Re:Yeah, so? (Score 1) 520

by Chutzpah (#36026106) Attached to: Assange: Facebook 'the Most Appalling Spy Machine' Ever

So you are suggesting that everyone should keep any potentially controversial opinions to themselves just in case the country they live in is a brutal dictatorship some day?

That's one way to quell free speech. "what if the government disagrees with you". I am open about my political affiliations, and my disagreement with my country's current government. What is the point of having a political opinion if you are afraid to voice it in case your country turns into a terrible place where the government quashes all dissent?

That's pretty cowardly.

Comment: Re:HTTPS (Score 1) 379

by Chutzpah (#35952328) Attached to: Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors

That's a neat trick.

I suspect that's just marketing speak for it doing heuristic analysis based on the endpoint and possibly packet timings, there is no way to actually do DPI on properly implemented SSL packets without using a MITM attack (for which they would need a locally installed CA).

Unless of course they have managed to find a way to efficiently factor large numbers, though that strikes me as rather unlikely.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 364

by Chutzpah (#35091034) Attached to: Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

There aren't currently bandwidth caps with most independent ISPs that use the incumbent carrier's last-mile infrastructure to deliver their service (they pay for their own connections). This ruling would allow carriers to enforce caps on the customers of the 3rd party ISPs.

As soon as this ruling was announced, the incumbents lowered their caps and upped their overage fees (again, they already did it once when Netflix announced they were coming to Canada). Most Canadian incumbents are also cable/satellite TV providers and a lot of people consider the caps (especially with how low they are and how expensive overages are) are a way to protect their TV business by making Netflix and the likes so expensive as to be unusable.

Comment: Re:I'd say not so much (Score 1) 284

by Chutzpah (#32778892) Attached to: Stop the Math Press's Presses — Knuth Announces iTex

The engineering (EE and Mech) and CS research group who I do IT for use TeX (specifically LaTeX) extensively. There are several groups where the professor basically tells their grad students "you are expected to learn and use LaTeX if you are part of this lab". We do have some people using Word + MathType, but they are certainly a large minority. I used to do IT for the CS department at the same University. LaTeX was the most important package to have installed on all the grad student machines, I don't think a single one used Word.

Sure, I have yet to meet a humanities student that uses or even knows what TeX is, but it is certainly alive and well in science and engineering. You could say the same thing about Matlab.

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Comment: definitely public transit in Montreal (Score 1) 1137

by Chutzpah (#27869045) Attached to: Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

Public transit is $68 a month, while parking alone is $24 a day for a meter (assuming an 8 hour work day) or around $15 for a private lot, if you can find one that isn't full.

Generally the public transit takes about the same amount of time during rush hour. It's even often faster as sometimes you end up wandering around for 15 minutes looking for a parking spot.

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.

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