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Comment: Re:512 should still be too high a bar... (Score 2) 66

by compro01 (#49177725) Attached to: FREAK Attack Threatens SSL Clients

512 bits isn't a very high a bar anymore.

It took 6 months and 8000 MIPS-years to factor RSA-155 back in 1999.

According to Dhrystone, the CPU in the computer I'm typing this post on could do those 8000 MIPS-years in roughly 3 weeks and you could probably knock that down to less than a day if you brought the GPU into the matter, let alone something with some real oomph.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada. (Score 2) 116

by compro01 (#49089661) Attached to: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Bill

Now it's just a matter of getting the majority of Canadians to go "No I don't want this idiot again."

No, it's a matter of getting decidedly more than a majority to go like that. Harper got here with 39% of the vote, thanks to dirty tricks and this idiotic system of voting we're stuck with.

You'll need a large supermajority to get rid of him. The most recent projection shows he's still likely to form government with 32.9% of the vote.

Comment: Re:HPV (Score 1) 740

by compro01 (#48965413) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

For that matter, the HPV shot is not recommended for adults, since most of us have probably already been exposed (unless, again, you're a nun.) It's only recommended for pre-adolescents, under the likely true assumption that the majority of them will NOT be celibate.

Actually, it is recommended for adults, at least up here in Canada. It's currently approved for men up to age 26 and women up to age 45.

It's recommended and highly desirable to administer it pre-teen, so as to get maximum protection, but even for sexually active persons, it will still give at least partial benefit, as even if you have had an HPV infection, it's damn unlikely you'll have contracted all four strains the vaccine protects against.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by compro01 (#48965263) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

This is one reason I'm glad that in my country, Australia, an MMR vaccination (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) is mandatory unless you have a damn good reason not to get one (and being an idiot isn't good enough).

I think that depends on what state you're in. In NSW and Victoria, "vaccines are against my religion" seems to be enough.

The AVN is giving it a try by setting up a fake church.

Comment: Re: Backpedalled? (Score 4, Informative) 740

by compro01 (#48965193) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

A couple of studies presented last year at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggest that the vast majority (361 out of 384 in one study, and 38 out of 38 in a second) of people who think they're allergic to penicillin aren't actually allergic to it.

Granted, both are small samples and it's hardly a look at allergies in general, but it does raise questions about the actual incidence of allergies.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 2) 667

by compro01 (#48871187) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

2. depends on how competently the pipeline is operated. And the likely answer to that is "not very".

Transcanada does not exactly have a stellar record. Their Keystone phase 1 pipeline sprung 14 leaks in its first two years of operation. Across their network, they average better than 70 spills per year.

And their Bison natural gas pipeline blew the fuck up after just 6 months of operation.

I wouldn't trust these guys to operate a garden hose, much less a pipeline carrying dibit over a major aquifer.

Comment: Re:That was quick ... (Score 1) 103

by compro01 (#48785285) Attached to: Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

Assuming they follow their own law (Bill C-16, An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act, passed in 2007), the next election is on October 19, 2015, the third Monday in October, 4 years after the last election.

Constitutionally, the latest an election could occur is in early July of 2016, as Parliament would have be dissolved by May 23rd.

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