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What Is the Future of Firewalls?

Churla Re:Balderdash, poppycock.. (414 comments)

I know this is opening a can of worms, but I got kharma to burn so why the heck not...

Disclaimer : I work for a company which deals exclusively with firewalls and internet security including integration of both Cisco and Check Point products.

If you have a few firewalls, knock yourself out with the CLI. If you have a massive enterprise setup where not only do you have tiers of individuals who control what rules do and don't get put on the firewalls, but you also have S/Ox compliance to think about then get yourself a GUI driven system with proper workflow management. I know you're proud of your Unix mastery and your CLI Jedi powers and all. But the only thing really accomplished by doing everything via CLI is that you make yourself the one guy who the company is screwed without. Great for your job security, horrible for the company.

The number of times I've had to spend hours, sometimes days, troubleshooting network integration issues with someone only to find that "Oh, when I was manually editing the config for one of our Ciscos I forgot to put this particular IP/port combo in an allow for the ACL" was the root of the problem is all I need to know to verify that a well written GUI, and well written graphical log/event tracker are essential to the large enterprise.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is the Future of Firewalls?

Churla Re:Leave the networking stuff to the networking te (414 comments)

And Cisco isn't the only one who can handle an enterprise security infrastructure. The current Check Point line features much of what you're talking about, including building a graphical map of your network based on the information you give it so you can see how things are arranged and working.

As the parent poster said though, Belkin and LInksys are not firewalls. They are NAT capable home routers with limited ACL capability.
Linksys :: Corporate security
Yorkshire Terrier :: Trained Russian Bear cavalry.

more than 4 years ago
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Do You Have a Secret Immunity To 3D Movies?

Churla No... It's a giant con. (495 comments)

I believe the push for 3d movies is primarily because the major studios have realized how little really original good new product they have to offer.

For TV manufacturers it's because whereas the jump from standard def to high def was a distinct quality improvement to the point that people did it, they now realize these people have no reason to do the "every few years upgrade" cycle that their bottom lines desperately want. So they have to come up with a new "innovation" to get people to buy new TV sets.

Of course.. I could be crazy.

more than 4 years ago
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US Immigration Bill May Bring a National Biometric ID Card

Churla How do you authenticate? (619 comments)

First, if employees would have to get them when they got new jobs would this be something done in the field or something someone would have to go to an office to pick up? If the latter than exactly how much do you think immigrant workers who cross the border to work in the fields will stop by a government office to register?

If it's the former what stops anybody from creating a second indentity for themselves by simply getting a job, saying they have no ID, and getting a card? Or stops someone who is here from mexico (many of whom don't have birth certificates they could find or any documentation) from simply creating identities ad hoc?

Also, for the sake of comic relief, can we call it a Multipass?

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Nexus One Phone Launches

Churla Re:The unlocked phone comes at quite the premium. (568 comments)

So those of us who got in on the G1 early (as in around xmas last year) still have the better part of a year to wait if we want it at a reasonable price. YAY status quo!

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Nexus One Phone Launches

Churla I was looking forward to this device far more.... (568 comments)

Before I found out it would be essentially another "buy into a contract or pay a half a grand for it" phone. You could get a completely unlocked G1 as well if you wanted to pay a much higher price and go through the dev phone procurement process. Also it's Edge only on AT&T, so not truly carrier agnostic.

The Google site for it earlier couldn't even sell you the T-mobile plan, so it was grayed out, same for the Verison and Vodaphone options which aren't available yet.

So essentially , it's a new phone on T-mobile.

I remember when it was a supposed to be a phone you could just get a data only plan for and use VOIP and Google voice on for a reasonable price. Apparently that was the flash and hype.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

Churla Why they started doing it... (383 comments)

I think around the time CNN saw Fox staking out the conservative-centric news angles, and MSNBC staking out the liberal-centric news angles they knew they were somewhat screwed. In at attempt to differentiate themselves they embraced the "let the people own it" mantra and started up all the tweeting crap and the iReporter stuff.

They're trying to find a niche, and not doing a good job of it if you go by the ratings. Unfortunately they have been the closest left to a "neutral" cable news channel. If they go under it will be a somewhat sad day.

more than 5 years ago
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Why a High IQ Doesn't Mean You're Smart

Churla I knew this 25 years ago... (808 comments)

When the GM at my first AD&D game explained the difference between INT and WIS....

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AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads

Churla Re:Good (249 comments)

I have yet to see a system that could effectively run XP that couldn't also run Windows 7. This includes :

My old rig which is old and actually got a substantial performance bump going to Windows 7 (4g ram and a E6300 processor, older nvidia card)
A Thinkpad X32 laptop which is also old by laptop standards (only drawback is no Aero glass interface due to older pixel shader)

In the vast majority of cases, if you can run XP, you can run Windows 7. Specifically the operating thresholds for it are lower than Vista because they streamlined some of the extraneous stuff Vista was hogging resources for.

And even in the case that someone needs to upgrade the amount of RAM, or video card in the system that's still a huge shade cheaper than "buy a Mac which is specifically only manufactured by one company and you will pay a pricing premium for"

more than 5 years ago
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AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads

Churla Re:Good (249 comments)

I have to disagree with you on this. The ads do clearly state that it's 3G coverage. And the difference between 2G and 3G for heavy data use Smartphone owners is a very significant one. This ad is less deceptive than the AT&T one claiming the "fastest 3G network" when it is only faster because it's smaller and doesn't have to deal with coverage in spottier areas.

If you want to argue that it gives people the impression that the phones don't have any coverage even though they state it's 3G coverage areas the maps are talking about then you should also talk to Apple about the "If I'm going to move things, why not move to a Mac?" ads which neglect to mention that the difference between moving Xp to Win 7 as opposed to XP to Mac is the fact that you also have to buy a completely new computer on top of a new OS (making it just a tad more expensive...)

more than 5 years ago
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Android / Windows 7 Dual Boot Netbook Disappoints

Churla Re:Editorializing (133 comments)

As a note from personal experience.

Going XP 32 bit to Win 7 64 bit - The "export your files and settings" thing actually WORKS now. Fresh install, reinstall office and firefox, import the previous settings all worked flawlessly (including ALL my FF add ons...). Most painless Windows upgrade I can remember.

more than 5 years ago
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Android / Windows 7 Dual Boot Netbook Disappoints

Churla Re:Editorializing (133 comments)

I openly dare you to substitute "Fox News" for "slashdot" and e-mail this to Rham Emanuel. Just to see how many watch lists you end up on ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Android / Windows 7 Dual Boot Netbook Disappoints

Churla Re:Editorializing (133 comments)

Look, if we as a community can't even get some cheap shots in on the new OS how will we ever stay on "Big Steve's" Christmas Card list?

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Unblocks Microsoft's .NET Addon

Churla Re:Why is everyone targeting MS on here? (275 comments)

You're new around here... aren't you?

Although I agree with your point. One lesson people should have learned from the UAC debacle in Vista is that if you have a security feature which will disable or prevent something from running make sure that the user has an easily accessible way to override that decision should they so choose.

more than 5 years ago
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Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCs

Churla Re:Balance Sheet (627 comments)

That's a little disingenuous in your price estimates. In the case of Michael Dell, he's going to be using his companies corporate site licensing for Windows and Office. Which per seat would cost a lot less than your estimates there.

Also, as they're Dell he's getting his PC at cost.

So for him this would cost substantially less.

Now, for the rest of us?
If you have three PC's in your house pick up the family pack license when it releases, that's 3 copies of home premium for $150 ($50 per PC), Or you can get the OEM system builders edition of home premium for $89 I believe. (Recent Fry's ad)
Have any college age student in your house, have them buy your Office at the Student price. (Which could also work for Windows to lower the cost)

As for the hardware, if you are actually buying a full built system chances are it's going to come with the OS on it, so you can remove the seperate OS cost.

If you're system building for yourself and are that budget conscious you can get a i5 quad core and still see most of the benefits. (As the first review of the Nehalem process you linked said :

"Basically, if you already own a Quad Core Q6600 or a higher end Dual Core CPU, upgrading to this won't improve your performance by a great degree."

In your pricing estimates you're ignoring the first rule of shopping. Never Pay Retail.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Churla Re:Isn't the cut off for nomination February 1st? (1721 comments)

Yes, the cut off is Feb 1st.

Which means he was nominated while people were still in the international post-coital bliss of his inauguration.

As for the moon, I think the last thing we want to do it bomb them, they've been known to throw rocks back at us....

more than 5 years ago
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Stargate Universe

Churla Re:Firefly (829 comments)

Another thing which hurt Firefly was that Fox decided to air the episodes out of order. Watch them in the boxed set and they make more sense. Fox just figured that the whole explaining things and setting up plot parts wouldn't do good for the firs episodes, so they aired one with more action first. Then apparently split what was supposed to be the premier into two parts...

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials Released; Rivals Mock It

Churla Re:When pressed... (465 comments)

You know, in that comment you can easily.... /s/Microsoft/Google

just sayin...

more than 5 years ago
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No App Store For Microsoft's Zune HD

Churla They might be pacing themselves... (351 comments)

Obviously we're moving more and more towards convergence devices which will handle many or all of the mobile technology needs of people. But we're not at that point fully yet.

Knowing this establishing yourself as a solid contender in one venue (music/media playback) isn't a bad thing. Then put together future offerings once others have dangled around in the market and figured out what people really do and don't want.

I could see MS coming out with a version of Windows Mobile that is a "everything under one roof" approach, but probably in another year or so. Take the interface of the Zune's and put it with the backside of Windows Mobile. Forcing a convergence of these two ahead of time would probably only cause a bad product to be made. Also waiting until the Windows 7 release machine hits full force, then release a new mobile OS and tie it all together with Xbox becoming a full on media center and you have something Apple wouldn't.

more than 5 years ago
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Motorola Introduces Android Phones, Social Software

Churla Re:Motorola's great return? (195 comments)

I don't know about calling the RAZR a "fad that passed". That series of phones, in my experience at least, are very solid phones. Also moderately customizable if you want to get into reflashing them. I still have a V3i I keep in my desk drawer "just in case" my G1 should fritz out on me.

more than 5 years ago

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