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Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

flydpnkrtn Check Point appliance recently released (241 comments)

I have been extremely tempted to buy Check Point's latest all in one security appliance... they no longer use SofaWare as their embedded OS on their smaller appliances, it's a scaled down GAIA (the next evolution of Check Point's SPLAT for those who do Check Point stuff). It's pretty nuts all the things they pack into one little box... 10 1 gig ports, and 802.11 b/g/n

"All 600 Appliances come standard with 10 x 1Gbps Ethernet ports. For added flexibility and convenience, the wireless version of the 600 Appliance includes a WiFi access point (802.11b/g/n) that supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 authentication as well as secured guest access capabilities. The optional integrated ADSL modem eliminates the need for a separate external ADSL modem. Additionally, the included USB and PCI Express card slots allow an administrator to plug in a compatible third party 3G modem, providing an additional WAN connectivity for a redundant Internet link for maximum reliability."

http://www.checkpoint.com/products/600-appliances/index.html

Looks like they're about $400 on a random site I googled. Really tempting... I've been thinking about doing the same thing (plus REAL web filtering built-in, for my daughter).

about a year ago
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PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

flydpnkrtn "Wearing fur"? Seriously? (418 comments)

How is Mario ever "wearing fur"? Are they referring to Racoon Mario? When he touches the Leaf, he becomes a fucking racoon. He's not "wearing a racoon suit, cosplay style," he physically transforms into a fucking racoon

I mean damn PETA come on, this is why people start thinking you're just a bunch of nutjobs....

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Open World: Ellison Preaches Cloud Religion

flydpnkrtn Re:Larry Ellison bashing "cloud computing"... (49 comments)

OK, well said. In the video he's bashing the new "fad term," but Oracle's not above embracing it. Fair enough.

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Reincarnated As a Warrior-Philosopher, Thai Group Says

flydpnkrtn Re:Who gives a fuck? (223 comments)

I keep avoiding reading Isaacson's book because of all the negative criticism I've read about it... I'm familiar with Jobs' Macintosh (from Andy Hertzfeld's book) Pixar (from another book, "The Pixar Touch") and NeXT days from the various sources online and various videos and homages online to NeXT, so I think I'll skip Isaacson's book. Just out of curiousity and because I was too young to ever have owned a NeXT, I was able to get an OPENSTEP 4.2 VM running in VirtualBox the other day... what an amazing OS for its day

If I wanted to read more specifically about the Macintosh era of Apple I suppose I'd just pick up "The Little Kingdom."

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Reincarnated As a Warrior-Philosopher, Thai Group Says

flydpnkrtn Re:Who gives a fuck? (223 comments)

I like how you slipped that nice little '1984' reference in there (the two minutes hate)... classy

about 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

flydpnkrtn Re:KDE3 (654 comments)

The Trinity project is a fork that maintains KDE3... Google "kde3 trinity" and click the first link

more than 2 years ago
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Nathan Myhrvold, Do-Gooder

flydpnkrtn Sickens me... (109 comments)

More intellect than he knows what to do with, and he chooses to leave MS and start a patent troll company... ugh.

"Myhrvold was born in Seattle, Washington. He attended Mirman School,[4] and began college at age 14.[5] He studied mathematics, geophysics, and space physics at UCLA (BSc, Masters). He was awarded a Hertz Foundation Fellowship for graduate study and he chose to study at Princeton University, where he earned a master's degree in mathematical economics and completed a PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics by age 23."

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

flydpnkrtn Re:what about USB keyboards / mouses? (349 comments)

The DoD employs something called "HBSS" - Host Based Security System - which is in reality McAfee's "e Policy Orchestrator" (ePO) plus a bunch of modules that plug in to ePO. One of the ePO modules is a data loss prevention agent that was pushed out to the client endpoint that prevented anything other than USB HID devices from functioning

https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB60861 looks like an accurate description of what was done with HBSS policies.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

flydpnkrtn Re:what about USB keyboards / mouses? (349 comments)

I was replying more to the grandparent post than your post, but both of your posts are misleading. USB keyboards and mice are perfectly acceptable in DoD...

The whole point of my post was simply to point out that there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about what's acceptable and what's not.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

flydpnkrtn Re:what about USB keyboards / mouses? (349 comments)

Comments like the parent and the grandparent irk me... Information Assurance is not the personification of "Mordak, the preventer of information services." Sometimes IA policies really do make sense.

I have worked in the world of DoD information assurance (really, I have, see http://www.linkedin.com/in/ericgearhart), and I completely disagree with what you're saying. Your example is built on the premise that the guys on this ship will be connecting to DoD information systems... that's simply not what the original poster is asking.

Think about what you're saying... you wanted to set up a "private wifi" in order to allow instructors to to monitor simulations. Don't you think that's sensitive data? If someone brute forced or rainbow tabled that WiFi access point's WPA2 key (you're using WPA2 pre-shared keys, right?) and got onto that private wifi network, wouldn't the data they could siphon off be valuable?

Setting up a completely separate WiFI network *that does not have any DoD sensitive data flowing over it* and is only connected to via personal information systems (laptops, desktops, tablets, phones, whatever) is perfectly acceptable.

Even your original premise, that "wifi is the devil according to IA" is untrue - there are wireless STIGs (Security Technical Implemenation Guides - basically they define how information systems are to be implemented on DoD networks) that cover a variety of wireless situations... nevermind USB devices, there's even one that covers the use of wireless mice and keyboards!

http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/net_perimeter/wireless/smartphone.html
http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/net_perimeter/wireless/wireless_net.html

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

flydpnkrtn Winning a seat in Congress is like winning the lot (1167 comments)

I know you're joking, but winning a seat in Congress is like winning free tickets to an insider trading buffet. Also all the wonderful laws we have in the US thay prohibit insoder trading don't applt to those in Congress...

Google the book " Throw Them All Out" for more depressing details

more than 2 years ago
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Is SaaS Killing Native Linux App Development?

flydpnkrtn Re:Or, maybe Linux is dying... (330 comments)

You should come on over to Hacker News if you're looking for what Slashdot used to be circa 1998... http://news.ycombinator.com/

I agree with you... the comments were the big draw, and mostly it's "herd mentality" on /. any more.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

flydpnkrtn Re:Not gonna happen. (904 comments)

OK, point taken, and I'm taking a look at Niven's shortstory collections on Amazon now, and 'Crashlander' as well.

Thanks for the help!

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

flydpnkrtn Re:Not gonna happen. (904 comments)

Thank you for this writeup... I wasn't aware of the 'Known Space' works by Niven and wow they look interesting.

I'm heading over to Amazon now to grab a Kindle copy of 'Ringworld' (I think that's the first novel one should read in the series in order to avoid spoilers to the prequels/sequels - right?)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Create Custom Recovery Partitions With FOSS?

flydpnkrtn Re:FOG Project (133 comments)

Right. For the database schema update after you upgrade FOG, when you use the web interface you don't get redirected to the 'schema update' page. Minor bug, that would require an admin to run mysql and pipe in the database schema update script. Not really that big of a deal...

What's your point exactly?

more than 2 years ago
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Web Hosts — One-Stop-Shops For Mass Hacking?

flydpnkrtn Re:insider information here (70 comments)

From a completely different source, I heard that the original description of the compromise, namely "One of the so-called 'admins', who really ought to have known better, set up a tunnel from a personal VPS to an internal machine which had no internet-accessible address -- just the tunnel" - did in fact happen as described. Duplicated, shared SSH keys led to this massive compromise (here's a hint: don't do that. build individual keys for individual servers, or at least build separate "groups" of keys for groups of servers, so that one compromise doesn't lead to hundreds of VPSs getting compromised).

I would say that either you're being misinformed, or you're spreading misinformation.

more than 2 years ago

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Google News fails under SuperBowl-sized load

flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "Has anyone else noticed http://news.google.com/ returns a 502? Apparently the GOOG didn't properly anticipate the load from fans trying to find out who won the SuperBowl.
Server Error The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request. Please try again in 30 seconds. /code"

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OpenOffice 3.0 enters open beta

flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "As OO Writer told me today automagically via a little "Updates are available" widget, OpenOffice.org 3.0 has entered open beta. See here for the milestones overview, and here for the download page. It's a Beta folks — standard "do not run in a production environment" disclaimers apply."
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GPLv3 Growth Flattens Out, LGPL adds 49 projects

flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "From TFA: For a month that saw a GNU GPL lawsuit and nearly 20% growth in GPLv3 project conversions, September has quickly become yet another month set to go out like a lamb (I'm looking at you, March).

Are developers revolting against GPLv3 because it's too restrictive? Will we see a major rise in popularity of the LGPL based on that fact?"

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Is boycottnovell.com being sponsored by Microsoft?

flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  about 7 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "I started suspecting something fishy myself just by the sheer volume and number of posts, and after a little digging found a USETNET post that basically echoes my thoughts: Is someone paying Roy Schestowitz (one of two editors of boycottnovell.com) to post pro-Linux/Anti-Novell articles and further fracture the OSS community? If you've ever read about the crazy, anticompetitive things Microsoft has done in the past it's something completely within their "realm" so to speak.

More examples: Why Novell harms Linux, Press is Still Blind to Negativity of the Novell Deal, Despite Media Enquiries, Somone asking Roy to please stop posting to comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy's USENET profile."

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flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "From the InformationWeek article: "Under its controversial alliance with Novell, Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers, according to a Novell document."

Also from the article:"In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday, Novell revealed a number of new details about the Microsoft deal."

Is this just more Novell-bashing material? Or is this "no big deal"? And of course this type of thing runs contrary to the 'spirit of the GPL'..."

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flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "'The Mono Project on Feb. 20 announced that it has developed a Visual Basic compiler that will enable software developers who use Microsoft Visual Basic to run their applications on any platform that supports Mono, such as Linux, without any code modifications.'

As the article says, '37 percent of enterprises use Microsoft Visual Basic.NET for development and maintenance of their in-house applications. Among .NET developers, 59 percent use Visual Basic.NET as their only programming language.'

IMO this is huge news — instead of using such products as RealBasic to get cross-platform goodness you can run Visual Basic apps on anything Mono runs on, and oh by the way you don't have to relearn anything."
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flydpnkrtn flydpnkrtn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flydpnkrtn writes "As I browse Wikipedia and look at people's talk pages I see more and more people that have done more and been here longer than I seem to think so...
User:Bluemoose ("Had enough of this, all the good people seem to be leaving.") and User:Sn0wflake ("I no longer have the time or energy to care. The project, to me, has failed") are prime examples of people with high edits that have been around for a while that seem to think so.
Is Wikipedia just a fad and truly is "failing," or is it just going through "growing pains"?"

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