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Comment: Re:2nd or is it 3rd time lucky? Good luck! (Score 1) 38

by Lord Kestrel (#44363265) Attached to: Cisco To Acquire Sourcefire For $2.7 Billion

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.


+ - All your MMS belong to China->

Submitted by Sedennial
Sedennial (182739) writes "GoSMS is a very popular and well done text messaging application. The GoDEV team also make a suite of other apps (dialer, contact manager, etc) which are highly popular.

Due to a glitch in my wife's phone yesterday, I discovered that all MMS messages sent using GoSMS are being stored on a server in China. I've confirmed the behavior and been able to pull down messages in a web browser.

This leads to the question: What are their other apps doing, and are they behaving the same with their contact manager, dialer history, and other regular text messages?"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Not suprising (Score 1) 306

by Lord Kestrel (#36780174) Attached to: 34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G

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.

Comment: Re:World of Tanks actually does it right (Score 1) 147

by Lord Kestrel (#36767840) Attached to: The Hidden Evil of the Microtransaction

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.

Comment: Re:Well, that sucks. (Score 1) 162

by Lord Kestrel (#36516548) Attached to: Codemasters Shuts Down <em>GRID</em> Online Multiplayer

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.

Comment: Re:Dirty little secret among PC Techs (Score 1) 638

by Lord Kestrel (#35447512) Attached to: A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers

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?

Comment: Re:So much for build quality... (Score 1) 531

by Lord Kestrel (#35352712) Attached to: New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

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.

Comment: Re:Bad Title (Score 1) 236

by Lord Kestrel (#35351956) Attached to: Firefox 4 the Last Big Release From Mozilla

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.

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