WiFi: too much of a hassle – Alleviating Pain with Constellation

By | May 26, 2017

Any business traveler will recognise this: you arrive, tired after a long flight…take a shuttle to your hotel, where you queue to check in, and do all sorts of formalities including most commonly showing picture ID, having your credit card swiped to cover the hotel rate and incidentals, sign various pieces of paper, make sure,… Read More »

Recap from the 2017 Cisco-Polytechnique Symposium

By | May 16, 2017

Unsurprisingly, the second annual networking innovation and research symposium, jointly organized by Cisco and École Polytechnique, held March 20-21, 2017, was a fantastic success. Bringing together in excess of 100 interesting engineers, researchers, and students, discussions were livid and extremely interesting, presentations were of an exceptionally high quality. Thanks to ALL the speakers, participants – and,… Read More »

Cool: Sentient Sections and Academic Writing …

By | May 15, 2017

On the long list of things in academic writing that make me cringe is – of course – the use of active form, incorrect use of insufficient biographies, and frivolous acknowledgements. I’m currently reviewing a paper for a journal, which brings forth in spades another linguistic detail that should (and, easily can) be avoided. I am,… Read More »

Point Gamma at Polytechnique: The Hacker Experience?

By | May 13, 2017

This evening, students at Ecole Polytechnique organize “Point Gamma 2017” – a gigantic party for students and others, with music, entertainment, – and, according to the flyer, something special this year…. I cannot help but wonder if this is related to a class I teach (and, taught, just this Friday) entitled “Cybersecurity – the Hacker… Read More »

UUCP Bang Paths Live!

By | May 12, 2017

We’re doing pretty much everything electronically at Ecole Polytechnique these days, having over the past couple of years introduced electronic signatures on traditional paperworks (Convention de Stages, for example …) But, the other day, I actually got a physical letter, addressed to me. The reasons above makes this is a “blast from the past” in and by… Read More »

Martin Levy: last year, we fixed IPv6 – now, we need to fix DNS …

By | March 21, 2017

The always entertaining Martin Levy from Cloudflare entertained and thrilled the participants in the Cisco-Polytechnique symposium about how he didn’t get what the big deal about. IP4-to-IPv6 transitioning was: they’d done so, with no ill effects, and urged the audience to follow on. This year, Martin was equally provocative….see below … Yup, DNS is broken… Read More »