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Cisco To Acquire Sourcefire For $2.7 Billion

Lord Kestrel Re:2nd or is it 3rd time lucky? Good luck! (38 comments)

In 1998 Cisco entered the "hot" intrusion detection market buy buying WheelGroup and their NetSonar product. Seemingly unable or unwilling to understand/develop the product, it was finally killed in 2003, by which time Cisco had put some (not very good) IDS technology into their own core products.

Largely an irrelevance in the IDS world up until today.... they just decided to have another go at it..

"Cisco Systems Inc. said today it will acquire IDS, IPS and anti -malware specialist Sourcefire Inc.for $2.7 billion."

Cisco are NOT going to merge with Sourcefire, but this time around say they will leave it as a separate business unit, perhaps it will work better for them than NetSonar in 1998, perhaps it wont wither and die.

Incredible that Cisco could not successfully grow such capability in-house. Just goes to show that large companies cant achieve much!

It's pretty simple, Cisco is notorious for writing spectacularly shitty software, especially anything security related. They make decent enough hardware, but their software is attrocious.

So, they just periodically buy up vendors who have fairly good software in the market they want, and use it. Generally after a few revisions it turns into the same Cisco shitpile as their own home-grown stuff, but that's when they decide to go buy someone else.

about a year ago
top Now Wraps Downloads In Bloatware

Lord Kestrel I thought they always were (397 comments)

I never trusted, and so never used it. I always assumed that they were bundling crapware in with the downloads, because that website was so hideous, it looked like a fly by night operation.

Bring back

about 3 years ago

34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G

Lord Kestrel Re:Not suprising (306 comments)

Last I checked, Android was just another distribution of Linux, much like your precious Nokia. While I'd love to have a C-based userland, it's still Linux on arm.

I have an older phone, but I'm still running a recent kernel (2.6.35) on armv71. Busybox and so on are there, it's only real problem is as I said a lack of C in the userland. It's not hard to get extra tools on there, although I'd love to see Portage. With distcc, it would even be pretty quick to compile and install new software.

What makes your Nokia so much better? The way I see it, it's like arguing what is better, ubuntu or fedora. Both are Linux, just with different UI wrappers.

more than 3 years ago

The Hidden Evil of the Microtransaction

Lord Kestrel Re:World of Tanks actually does it right (147 comments)

I haven't played since the beta, but is spotting still broken? Komarin was one of the worst maps for that, whoever got impatient and moved first lost.

Also, are the Russian tanks still better than everything else? The KV for instance got either the solid 107mm or the hilarious 152mm, while the equal tiered Pz4 got the 75L/70 (which wasn't a bad gun, but it's no 107mm), and the T1 heavy was even worse, with that peashooter 76mm.

And then things like the T29 being too competitive with the IS, so it got nerfed multiple times. Or the Russian TDs having an effective camo rating of at 50m, while the German TDs couldn't even hide in a bush from 500m away.

more than 3 years ago

Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer

Lord Kestrel Re:Well, that sucks. (162 comments)

Our Siemens PBX switches run on OS/2. Thankfully it is 2.1, but still pretty bad.

Unfortunately, they are looking at replacing them with Cisco VOIP, which is hilariously insecure. I'd rather have those non-network attached OS/2 boxes than a VOIP product from a company known for their terrible software. And of course the expense of replacing every single phone in the company (~5k phones) with a new Cisco VOIP phone.

more than 3 years ago

MIT Blackjack King Takes SMTP Public

Lord Kestrel Re:Blackjack team? (108 comments)

The best rules are always off strip, because they need to attract customers. Things like max ratio bet on craps changes wildly depending upon strip/off-strip, and even between places on-strip like MGM vs Belaggio.

more than 3 years ago

In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

Lord Kestrel Re:On the plus side.. (145 comments)

You missed option 3, which is scam it. It's the proper pvp way of doing it anyway.

more than 3 years ago

A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

Lord Kestrel Re:Dirty little secret among PC Techs (638 comments)

You can do the same thing for $500 with a generic white-box, or probably a little less if you assemble it yourself. Why pay extra for commodity parts if you aren't going to use the one thing that differentiates it from it's competitors?

And for the matter, why use BSD? It died, haven't you heard?

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Microsoft CTO Writes $625 Cookbook

Lord Kestrel Re:digital gram scale as an extra? (176 comments)

The funniest thing about the shit we export, is that you guys drink it. Then again, crap like Heineken is popular here, so I guess everyone exports the shit for others to drink.

more than 3 years ago

New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

Lord Kestrel Re:So much for build quality... (531 comments)

High res screen? Since when is 1280x800 a high resolution on a 14" laptop? Or worse, 1440x900 on a 15"? My 3 year old HP is running 1920x1200 on a 15". That's the *minimum* resolution needed to be considered high resolution.

And the keyboards, holy christ are they shitty. I'm glad for you that you enjoy them, but I'll stick with a non-chiclet keyboard thank you very much.

I'll agree with you on the case however, I wish this one wasn't a metal/plastic hybrid, and a solid metal case. It doesn't flex much, but even a little bit of flex makes me worry.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 the Last Big Release From Mozilla

Lord Kestrel Re:Plugin Support (236 comments)

I tried it for about 9 days before giving up in disgust because they broke the most commonly used shortcuts I use, and there is no way to fix it. Well, I could fix it by patching and re-compiling it myself, but I stopped building Firefox from source ~6 years ago and have no desire to restart.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 the Last Big Release From Mozilla

Lord Kestrel Re:Bad Title (236 comments)

malda had it right about the ipod. It was lame, but he didn't count on the marketing machine at Apple, or the incredible loyalty Apple fans had. Remember, that first version of it only worked with OSX, so the only people buying it already were sucking at Job's teat. Take a rabid fanbase that will buy anything and everything a company puts out (and then proselytize about it incessantly), and a marketing department that could sell sand in the Sahara, and you have an instant success. Once the hype built up to a critical mass (and Apple added Windows support), it quickly became the market leader, and the rest is history.

It was still lame however, especially compared to the competition.

more than 3 years ago

USB Autorun Attacks Against Linux

Lord Kestrel Re:The price of easy and automatic (274 comments)

Yes, you can disable auto-loading. It's actually turned off by default when you roll your kernel, it's just that all the major distros enable it.

more than 3 years ago

Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet

Lord Kestrel Re:So... (105 comments)

All the old USB drives were like that. I have a 32MB one sitting here on my desk with a write-enable switch on it. About the time they started coming out with the 64-128MB drives is when they stopped putting those switches on them.

The early small ones (4-16MB) were considered to be larger floppies. Floppies had the little tab on them to prevent writing, so the USB drives did too. Once they started becoming more popular, and the capacities started rising, the manufacturers realized they were being used more as a supplement to storage than as a traditional floppy disk. So they started removing the write switch. There are still some made today with that switch, but they are really expensive (considered a premium feature, so they can charge 50% more).

more than 3 years ago

Court Upholds Blizzard's Anti-Bot DMCA Claim, Denies Copyright Infringement

Lord Kestrel Re:Crack down on spam already. (143 comments)

"Ruining the economy". You're funny. D2 hasn't had an economy for 10 years. The day the first guy figured out how to dupe sojs, it ended. And hell, even before that when people realized you could gamble for sojs by having the other unique rings in your stash. D2 and economy are two words that don't go together.

more than 3 years ago

Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

Lord Kestrel Re:Damned shame (362 comments)

Robosport. I haven't seen that mentioned in years. I still have the box, manual, and floppy disks sitting here. That game was amazing fun, and was the first turn based game I ever saw. I later found xcom, and never really went back. It was a blast though.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

Lord Kestrel Re:Statistics (233 comments)

Man, I remember that. It was a 30MB download, which didn't take too long on dual-channel ISDN. It was a huge change coming from Eudora, but was actually quite functional. I think within a few days of starting to use it I never went back to Eudora again.

more than 3 years ago

Android Phones Get Virtualization

Lord Kestrel Re:Computing Power? (122 comments)

Take a look at Google Voice + Android. All the phone numbers on a single phone that you could ever possibly want, and 'free' if you live in Canada/USA.

more than 3 years ago

Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS

Lord Kestrel Re:No no no... (483 comments)

None of the new ones are quite as open, but there are several that are considered easier to work with. I believe the g2, mytouch 4g, and the desire are the easiest ones, but I don't have any of them so I can't say for sure. All of them have custom roms, and while they don't come unlocked like the nexus, they are quite simple to get root on.

more than 3 years ago

Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS

Lord Kestrel Re:I prefer Symbian (483 comments)

You may want to reconsider Android when you're looking at a new phone in the future. I was in a very similar situation to you last year; I was looking for a new phone, and was looking very closely at Symbian. I had an older Nokia for a few years that I really liked, and so Symbian was my obvious first choice when looking for a new phone. However, the number of choices for Android, and the linux kernel are what finally made me chose Android. I couldn't find a Nokia phone with the hardware and form factor that I wanted, but was able to find an Android phone that was almost perfect.

It does everything you've listed as well, even sharing the Internet connection via wifi if you so desire. I use the usb tether when I'm on the train, so as to keep my phone nicely charged while playing Eve. However, it's as simple as touching a single button to toggle on/off the wifi hotspot as well, so if I like the people I'm sitting with I usually offer to share the Internet connection with them so they can use their laptops online too. I don't even have to unplug it from the laptop to do so, so I'm still getting my usb tether+charge too.

However, a huge warning. If you do consider Android in the future, make sure you get a phone that doesn't have a vendor's crapware layered on top of it. Some of them (AT&T is the worst in the US) will cripple your phone to the point that you pretty much have to wipe it and reinstall with a clean custom OS. That is usually pretty simple, but it can be a hassle for non-technical users. The best solution is to just purchase an Android phone that isn't crippled from the start, but it's an easy trap to fall into if you're not aware of it before buying.

more than 3 years ago


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