Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Aug 2010 17:54 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Intel 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.
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RE[2]: Not good
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 19th Aug 2010 22:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Not good"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

That's where it would belong in a sane world.

The way I see it, McAfee's garbage doesn't belong anywhere on my machine. If I really felt I needed virus protection, I still wouldn't use theirs--I'd rather use Microsoft's own Security Essentials (which was mentioned in the article). It's the most decent program I've found, and free, no nags... and it won't leave you screwed and in danger after the X-year "subscription."

Not everyone is a dumbass needing "protection" (if you can even call it that; more like a false sense of security) from viruses, so if it's in the hardware, it should be PURELY optional. As in, not even built into the hardware by default, with a "special" version of the chip for those idiots that think they need it and want to waste the extra money.

People need common sense and self control. Not f***ing anti-virus software. It's cheaper (free) and far more secure.

Edited 2010-08-19 22:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Not good
by jgagnon on Fri 20th Aug 2010 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Not good"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

In all fairness, Intel could work wonders with McAfee's software base and make it run a LOT more efficiently, which I'm assuming they will do. Not only that, they might be able to take some of the ideas from the inner workings and help make their chips more "virus proof" or at least help localize the potential damage (like the virtualization instructions).

I wish Intel had bought Sun instead of Oracle. A MUCH better idea in the long run that McAfee, but there is still a lot of good that can come from this acquisition.

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