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Chalk this one up on the 'uh, what?'-list of acquisitions. Intel announced today that it has acquired Mcafee, the security and antivirus company we all know and love. The press release is a bit vague on why, exactly, Intel made this rather odd acquisition.I guess the general gist here is that Intel wants to combine security software and hardware together, but how exactly what works out in real-world advantages for us poor consumers isn't clear from the press release. There's some chatter about how the number of internet-connected devices is increasing rapidly, and that they need to be secured. "With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO, "In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences." "The cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years, with millions of new threats appearing every month," said Dave DeWalt, president and CEO of McAfee, "We believe this acquisition will result in our ability to deliver a safer, more secure and trusted Internet-enabled device experience." I've never been a particular fan of security companies like McAfee, because they have the tendency to needlessly scare the living daylights out of people, coercing them to buy crappy software that seriously harms computers - it's almost like they themselves are selling a virus. The best antivirus and antimalware tool today (for Windows) is Microsoft's own Security Essentials, which has a simple and easy interface, is very light on resources, and most important of all, doesn't get in your face all the damn time. Oh, and of course, it's free.
Shouldn't Intel stick to job one? Making the most screamingly fast ICs that mankind can conjure up and for cheap?
Why?Shouldn't Intel stick to job one? Making the most screamingly fast ICs that mankind can conjure up and for cheap?These silly corporations should stop trying to be all things for all people. Just do one thing and do it well.China can take Intel over too if they are going to waste time and money on irrelevant little tangents like software (of any kind). Next they will be financing home loans. (it would not surprise me).
ill give em USB... tho device independant DMA (like firewire) would have been nice (yes i know of the firewire memory read exploit) but... some sort of better quality control on the devices that plug into USB before they can put the 'sticker' on the box/product would have been really nice (plenty of devices out there that boggle the mind that they work in any kind of capacity at all)
...but im not a big fan of HDMI.... it may have the bandwidth for hi-res but they seem to want to put too much into it imo ...return sound? ok.. so the monitor has a microphone builtin along side its really bad speakers... but what if i want my sound to come from somewhere else? or go somewhere else for that matter... without needing to daisy chain the cables through other devices... ...thank the tech gods pc soundcards and set-top-boxes still have seperate audio connectors... ethernet? um... huh? usb would have made more sense there for things like shutter glasses transmitters and webcams...... and the DRM thing still really ticks me off... but it seems every product we get has some sort of DRM in it anymore... even VHS had an analog "DRM" added as an afterthought by a 3rd party company (macrovision)... tho it was never actually part of the VHS standard...
btw, doesnt i5 have the AES encrypt/decrypt too?
odd that intel would hobble nvidia considering intels horrid gma chipset ... it always seemed; intel + nvidia = good windows machine and AMD + ATI = good linux machine (kinda ironic amd bought ati)...i wish VIA made a full-size ATX board (ever used a box in times long past that had the combo of a via mvp chipset the cyrix M2 cpu and a s3 virge videocard? heh... ) ...the 'big boys' are depressing...