One final tangential observation Re: this silly Checkpoint
Here's a way to retire in style, if you know there is a
trapdoor in checkpoint's product.
1) Mortgage your house, pawn all your stuff, borrow as
much cash as you can, and take up a big
short position in Checkpoint.
2) Publish the trapdoor to the FBI and Wall St Journal,
announcing it is a clear information warfare
3) When Checkpoint's stock goes through the floor, cover
your short position and make a huge pile of $$.
I'm not joking -- a piece of information like that (if it wasn't
just bullshit) would be worth some serious, serious cash.
Depending on what you scrape together, you could probably
net a few $100,000 in a couple hours. And it's a dead sure
play -- if you *REALLY* knew of such a trapdoor and could
In other words, put your money where your mouth is.
I've competed with Checkpoint for longer than most of the
current crop of "firewall consultants" have known what
a firewall is, and I respect them as professionals. Even
though they're much wealthier than I am, and I've competed
with them (and sometimes lost) I'll put my money where my
mouth is. I repeat: I will pay $3,000 out of my pocket - cash -
to the first person who PROVES to me that there is a trapdoor
in Checkpoint's product. The rules of the game are you have
to convince me, and 2 of my friends (let's say one of Adam,
Bill, Steve, or Gene).
Over the years, people have pointed out that I'm sometimes
abrasive and often outspoken. ;) Fundamentally, this is
because I believe that:
-> Something worth saying, is worth saying on the record
the only way to combat bullshit is to call it by name.
Marcus J. Ranum, CEO, Network Flight Recorder, Inc.
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