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Comment: Re:Crap Traffic (Score 1) 146

by Mathieu Lutfy (#47524569) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Would be nice to have more details about that, and the proportion with IPv4 scans/crap.

Personally, I've been pleasantly surprised when going to the US, that random places (small motels, AirBNB places) had native IPv6. In some cases, they even had weird broken NAT, but working IPv6.

This migration to IPv6 has to happen one day or another. May as well be in front of the curve, with regards to privacy, security, topology and performance.

Comment: Re:It has a combined address/search bar (Score 2) 688

by Mathieu Lutfy (#46871353) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

You can also use custom keywords with Bookmarks:

I alias google to "g", so when I want to search, i just type in the location bar: "g these are my search terms".

It's also practical to do Google searches in specific languages. For example, I use "ge" for google-english, "gf" for google-french, etc.

Comment: Flying with stopped engines ? (Score 1) 382

Just a random though: has anyone checked how long, and over what distance, the plane could fly from its cruise altitude once its engines stop ? If, in such a situation, the pilots tried something similar to what has been done with flight 1549 (, it might be an interesting approach to try to approximate a circular search zone (rather than an area).

Comment: Re:NSA has the ssl keys (Score 1) 279

by Mathieu Lutfy (#46161913) Attached to: With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

nonsense.. that's a blanket statement that doesn't mean anything, implying that we should only consider absolutely secure solutions that will protect against all attacks. There is no one size fits all. Adding a layer of security that "will thwart MOST prying eyes" is well worth it, just don't expect it to be bullet proof and understand how it works, what it protects from.

If I recall correctly one of the initial aims of "https everywhere" was to protect people using public wifi. Hijacking FB accounts on public wifi became a common attack (and many others). It's a low-hanging fruit that encouraged a lot of websites to enable and fix their SSL for everyone.

Not to mention.. even if the NSA had keys from the major SSL cert vendors: you probably meant: they have the private key of Google/Facebook/etc, since the cert vendor key itself only signs the cert, it does not provide the private key that encrypts the communication.

Even then, don't use Google/FB. A lot of Snowden docs talked about tracking using the IDs from those services, although nothing has indicated that they have private keys of google/fb, it assumed that google/fb traffic was non-SSL. It's also a big leap to assume that they can generate/obtain private keys for other non-cloud services.

Comment: Re:Montreal? MONTREAL!? (Score 1) 240

by Mathieu Lutfy (#44685275) Attached to: Only One US City Makes "Top Ten Internet Cities Worldwide" List

We do have a duopoly (3 if, for businesses, you include FibreNoire), but to be fair, it competes pretty well to other north-american cities. Bell now supports fiber-to-the-home in most central borroughs, and Videotron keeps upgrading their network. (although, of course, you should deal with a reseller for a better deal and less dysfunctional tech support) If only Bell operated as a normal company, and not a marketing dystopia...

I have a 30/10 mbps VDSL/fttn connection using Teksavvy, with IPv6 enabled, for around 60$/month including dry-loop, 300 GB/month cap (unlimited during the night).

However, for hosting, while there may be OVH for cloud stuff, we really lack quality alternatives for traditional hosting. There is some offering, but lots of room for improvement.

I also participate in to 1- create our own decentralised user-operated backbone, 2- fun with networking, 3- have an alternative to bell/videotron.

Comment: Google Trends vs Debian "popcon" (Score 4, Insightful) 376

by Mathieu Lutfy (#44369335) Attached to: The Last GUADEC?

More reliable than Google-Trends: Debian "popcon", a program that Debian users are offered to install and report their program usage. (40k installed / 20k votes) (16k installed, 8k votes) (14k installed, 8k votes) (80k installed, 25k votes)

The stats being what they are, you can't really compare the 40k gnome-shell installs with the 16k xfwm4 (gnome-shell is installed by default, which makes the 16k xfwm more impressive, I guess), but you can make some conclusions.

And yeah, I like gnome-shell / Gnome3. Sometimes after a crash (I run debian-experimental packages), I return to fvwm for a few hours, but I always end back onto gnome-shell. "it works", is pleasant to use, and if necessary, there are ways to customize it.

A few months ago, I had forked and published an extension for hiding the top panel. I was surprised of all the feedback and number of users it got. Better yet, someone else stepped up to maintain it and does a great job.

Seriously.. way too many trolls, and most of the rest don't bother to comment.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.