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Comment Re:Sounds like what we need (Score 1) 42

The thing is, they don't necessarily need to be that good at network security. They can write the crappiest code in the world but it doesn't take a genius to create a simple iptables rule to block all new incoming traffic. Or to use HTTPS when checking for new firmware. The little Linux distro they are probably using (because they are cheap) has this functionality. No extra coding or time required.

It seems to me that if you have the knowledge to design the hardware, you know networking.... where is the disconnect?

Comment Re:Sounds like what we need (Score 1) 42

- Don't have ports open to the Internet ("stealth" or otherwise) by default

Okay. And precisely how do you expect Skype to work? FaceTime? Windows Update? POP/IMAP e-mail? watch all that traffic shuffle over 80 and 443, thus making 'ports' useless...or the applications, in the short term. Saying 'screw FaceTime' is a guaranteed way to ensure that people blame the router, and replace it with something basically mirroring what the router does now.

I meant this from the perspective of the router itself. All too often routers have remote management turned or ports that appear filtered to a scan but are really just waiting for a "magic packet" in order to initiate a remote console.

- Don't use unencrypted protocols... period

That's beyond the scope of responsibilities for a router. With respect to the greater internet, kindly inform me why Windows/Android/iOS Updates need to be encrypted...or Netflix streams (DRM notwithstanding)...or a dozen other kinds of data that are high volume and don't have security requirements...there's no need to waste CPU cycles on them.

Again, from the perspective of the router. When you go to check for new firmware, use encrypted protocols.

- Don't enable wireless by default

A wireless router that ships with wireless must be delusional. Remember, there are a whole lot of laptops being sold now that don't have wired capabilities...and cell phones and tablets don't have them at all. People buy routers explicitly for this purpose, and disabling it by default is a guaranteed way to ensure that people return them saying "it doesn't work", the high rate of returns making the entire retail chain roll their eyes, the brand getting a bad reputation, and being suicide for the product. No. Netgear has this right - ship it with a unique WPA2 password, by default, written on the bottom of the router. That is how the wireless problem is, for all practical purposes, solved.

Yes, I amend my statement. Either ship with wireless disabled but then provide a CD that will set everything up for the user in a secure fashion, or do as you suggest, enable wireless but use a unique password clearly labeled on the device itself.

Comment Sounds like what we need (Score 1) 42

is a firewall for the firewall.

I just don't understand how people who design commodity networking gear can be so bad at network security.

I am by no means a network expert, but it seems as though some of these things are just common sense....

- Don't have ports open to the Internet ("stealth" or otherwise) by default
- Don't use unencrypted protocols... period
- Don't enable wireless by default

Seems like just doing those things our routers would be a lot safer than they are now.

Comment Re:None of that is Apple's Enterprise Problem (Score 1) 83

Yeah, you know what would be really nice? If Apple wrote some good apps for other operating systems.

Licensing 3rd party software for AirPlay and AirPrint services in a Windows network is stupid and on top of that it doesn't work all that well.

Microsoft makes really good apps for Apple products, it would be awfully nice if Apple returned the favor.

Comment Re:Power saving settings are annoying (Score 1) 188

Mod parent up. There's a time and a place for energy saving and sometimes it's NEVER.

Well, energy savings as implemented currently anyway.

I would argue that there is always a place for energy savings. It just may not be something an end user can implement but it could be designed into the system.

Power save settings can be annoying on some computers, but that doesn't mean it is impossible to design an energy efficient computer that functions well.

Comment Re:Can you do this pre-mortem? (Score 1) 20

The problem I have with donating organs is they only go to financially viable recipients.

Deliberate choices are made at the time of harvesting which ensure that only those who are likely able to pay will get the organ.

This makes me angry enough that I removed my donor status from my driver's license.

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 1) 333

For me, Windows 95 solved a huge issue I was having at the time.

The problem was plug and play and under DOS. Each manufacturer had their own proprietary PnP configuration utility and they were often mutually exclusive.

I seem to recall that I had a shiny new graphics card (Diamond Stealth II I think) and a sound card (SB16) that I COULD NOT get to work together in the same system under DOS.

Windows 95 was a godsend at the time that worked its PnP magic to get both working at the same time.

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