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Comment Check Point appliance recently released (Score 1) 241

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."

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).

Comment "Wearing fur"? Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 418

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....

Comment Re:Who gives a fuck? (Score 1) 223

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."

Comment Sickens me... (Score 3) 109

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."

Comment Re:what about USB keyboards / mouses? (Score 1) 349

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 looks like an accurate description of what was done with HBSS policies.

Comment Re:what about USB keyboards / mouses? (Score 1) 349

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.

Comment Re:what about USB keyboards / mouses? (Score 1) 349

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, 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!

Comment Winning a seat in Congress is like winning the lot (Score 1) 1167

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

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