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Standard For Electric Car Charging Announced

gfilion Re:Hundreds? (212 comments)

Also, how can plug-design speed up charge time 24 times?

More voltage, more amps?

more than 2 years ago

90 Percent of Eligible Kansas City Neighborhoods Sign Up For Google Fiber

gfilion Fiber in Québec city (241 comments)

I live in Québec city and we're the lucky ones: Bell Canada decided to start their Fiber to the home program (Bell Fibe) in our town!

I paid 50$ for the install, the tech spend 4 hours installing the fiber in my apartment and told me that it once took him 8 hours to do the install in an old house.

Now I have 50/50 Internet (50 Mbps downlink, 50 Mbps uplink with a 250 GB/month cap) for 63$ per month and I'm really enjoying it!

Granted, it's part of a bitter turf war with the cable provider (Videotron) but that's another example of competition being good for the consumers!

more than 2 years ago

WebAPI: Mozilla Proposes Open App Interface For Smartphones

gfilion Future past? (62 comments)

... WebAPI will developed ...

Ha yes, the good old future past tense. I will liked it a lot!

more than 3 years ago

Los Angeles To Turn Off Traffic-Light Cameras

gfilion Re:Makes Sense (367 comments)

In a lot of the intersections, there were no green arrows so in some places the only way for people to get across the street was to run a red light. And not just one person would run the light, but four or five.

I spent some time in LA last year and it was still like that. I remember the first time the light turned red when I was waiting to turn left, drivers on the other side of the street waved at me to go on the red light. It's really counterintuitive at first but it makes a lot of sense after a few times.

It's just important not to continue doing this outside LA.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

gfilion Re:It is not impossible (333 comments)

Well, files put in DropBox are available on their website; it's pretty obvious that they can decrypt them. The encryption part is about the SSL connection between my client and the dropbox server, me thinks.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design

gfilion Re:Truecrypt (168 comments)

I tried using truecrypt with dropbox, but I wasn't able to open a truecrypt volume on windows that had been created on Mac (and vice versa). Is it me who screwed up something or is it a limitation of the software?

more than 3 years ago

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Internet

gfilion Re:Is the reverse possible? (92 comments)

I once wanted to write a perl script that would go to my ex's facebook profile and email me when something was posted or she commented something. But I was too lazy to write the darn script so I decided to meet new people...

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Put Unused Servers To Work?

gfilion Re:Torrents (302 comments)

Lots and lots of torrents from the empornium.

I'll DL and have a look!

more than 5 years ago

New York City Street Lights To Go LED

gfilion Re:flicker crashes (303 comments)

In SoCal, we have LED traffic lights everywhere.

In Québec we have them pretty much everywhere too. Sometimes when the snow is just the right consistency and falls in the right direction, it sticks to the traffic lights lenses, obscuring them. In the past, the heat generated by the incandescent bulbs would melt the snow, but the new LED lights don't produce enough heat. A city worker has to remove the snow with a kind of small broom attached to a long pole.

Two steps forward, one step back...

more than 6 years ago



gfilion gfilion writes  |  more than 8 years ago

gfilion writes "The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec tabled an evaluation report that makes a troubling diagnosis of the problems that occurred during the municipal elections of November 6, 2005, in some of the 162 Québec municipalities that used electronic voting. He says: "Not only did the systems fail, but the corrective measure proposed were insufficient, poorly adapted and often came too late." There was a moratorium on electronic voting prior to the November 6 election, it will be extented for future elections."

gfilion gfilion writes  |  more than 8 years ago

gfilion writes "CNN reports that "A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the U.S. government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately." The judge is quoted to have said that the program "violates the separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III." The complete ruling is also available as PDF."


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