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Answers That I Don’t Like

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Please note some of the answers that I do not like to hear:

  • I’ll do it first thing in the morning.
  • We can’t do it. We never did it before.
  • It looks too difficult so we decided to leave it as-is.
  • We can’t change this now. We just did it (wrongly…) some time ago.

I like the following answers:

  • I’ll see how we can do it at the fastet way.
  • We never did it before but we should try. Let me see how.
  • Let’s think about a different way to solve this problem.
  • We just did it wrong last time. We need to change it now.

Written by sharon

March 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Perspectives

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So yesterday we went for dinner at The French Laundry, an upscale restaurant located in Yountville in Napa valley. It is widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world, and definitively the best in the bay area. It was an exquisite dinner, with great company, good wine*, and excellent food.

And the most interesting dish just happened to be on the Vegetable Tasting menu. Very interesting indeed.

Hmmm. Delectable meal. Hmmm.

 It was a dish labelled: Chickpea “Croquette” – Sweet Peppers, English Cucumbers, Sesame Seed Yogurt and Eggplant Confit. Now Larousse Gastronomique defines a croquette as a “small savoury or sweet preparation…… Croquettes are shaped into corks, sticks, balls or rechtangles. They are usually coated with breadcrumbs, plunged into very hot oil and fried until they are crisp and golden…”.

So why is a Chickpea “Croquette” interesting to a group of Israelis eating at the French Laundry?

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Written by assafl

November 17th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Why I miss the Soviet Union

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OK. So this blog is both not about security at all and all about security at the same time. That is like catching two stones with one bird.

My inbox today carried a fresh bit of news from CIO magazine. An opinion column by Eric Lundquist, labelled “We need a national CIO, not a CTO” stipulated that CIO are a better match for US national role than a CTO. To paraphrase Lundquist’s message, CIO’s are firmly planted in the business realities of the day, while CTO focus on technologies “looking for uses”. Reminds me of the old adage of “legs firmly planted” vs. “head in the clouds”.

I firmly disagree.

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Written by assafl

November 13th, 2008 at 9:32 am

Best Security System

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Image found at http://www.global-report.com/drori/?l=he&a=342439

Proactive Security

Proactive Security

Written by sharon

November 6th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

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My expert opinion on the nature of experts

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I have recently completed a book called “The Billionaire’s Vinegar: … “. In this book Benjamin Wallace spins a fascinating tale of how a group of very rich Americans spent 100’s of thousands of dollars on a select cache of wine bottles that were allegedly linked to Thomas Jefferson and were found in a non-disclosed location in Paris. Very soon questions of provenance started to emerge, culminating in a very expensive law suit waged by Bill Koch against the purveyor of the wines, a German collector named Hardy Rodenstock. The book is well written and is a highly recommended read.

Thomas Jefferson's bottle or a really expensive counterfeit?  Thomas Jefferson’s bottle or a really expensive counterfeit?
 

If we can't ask Mr. Jefferson, perhaps we can hire an expert?

If we can't ask Mr. Jefferson, perhaps we can find an expert?

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Written by assafl

October 3rd, 2008 at 12:45 pm

The unprecedented use of the term unprecedented in the current crisis is terrifying

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‘An unprecedented crisis‘ said Hank Paulson. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13590.html

‘American economy is facing unprecedented challenges‘ added a concerned George W. Bush http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,425261,00.html

“The Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, will be granted unprecedented authority in the financial bailout plan” http://www.lockergnome.com/forsythe/2008/09/29/unprecedented-authority-granted-to-henry-paulson/

In a series of moves culminating overnight, Washington took an unprecedented step into the financial sector in a bid to steady an ailing housing market and ease a global credit crunch, analysts said. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24310593-20142,00.html

Tuesday, Paulson is spearheading an unprecedented global change as the Bush administration point man for the proposed $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial industry as the economy reels from the credit crisis sparked by the national real estate slump and spiraling mortgage failure rates. http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2008-09-22-paulson-treasury_N.htm

But the $700bn (€480bn, £380bn) bail-out marks an unprecedented test of both the Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress, who are seeking to pass a proposal that they know will be unpopular among voters in an important election year and is opposed for ideological reasons by factions within both political parties. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2c86b58a-89a4-11dd-8371-0000779fd18c.html

Bush: ‘unprecedented challenges‘ call for ‘unprecedented actionhttp://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpposted/archive/2008/09/19/bush-unprecedented-challenges-call-for-unprecedented-action.aspx

Why terrifying?
Because after all these exciting ‘unprecedented firsts‘ everything will be ‘precedented seconds’ or, in other words, bland.

Meanwhile, while things are still interesting, have you placed your bets on September Madness?

Written by assafl

September 30th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Federal Regulations Mandates Protection Of Private Sector Data

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Here’s some very interesting reading material. I must admit that I was not aware of all the Federal policies to govern and protect IT systems and data in private sector companies. Below you can read the summary of the United States Government Accountability Office GAO-08-1075R.

More important, this document lists some of the penalties and enforcement options that the Feds can use.

Summary of Federal Requirements for Securing Privately Owned IT Systems and Data

Summary of Federal Requirements for Securing Privately Owned IT Systems and Data

Federal policy identifies 18 infrastructure sectors–such as banking and finance, energy, public health and healthcare, and telecommunications–that are critical to the nation’s security, economy, public health, and safety. Because these sectors rely extensively on computerized information systems and electronic data, it is crucial that the security of these systems and data is maintained. Further, because most of these infrastructures are owned by the private sector, it is imperative that public and private entities work together to protect these assets. The federal government uses both voluntary partnerships with private industry and requirements in federal laws, regulations, and mandatory standards to assist in the security of privately owned information technology (IT) systems and data within critical infrastructure sectors. As agreed, our objectives were to (1) identify, for each critical infrastructure sector, the federal laws, regulations, and mandatory standards that pertain to securing that sector’s privately owned IT systems and data and (2) identify enforcement mechanisms for each of the above laws, regulations, and mandatory standards.
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Written by sharon

September 17th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

McCain’s Palin Is Not A Hacker

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Like many others, I was surprised from McCain’s selection. I’m not sure that I would advised that, but he did not call me. Googling for Sarah Palin, brings this interesting site, stating that she started her career as a hacker (some sort of…)

Sarah Palin, a libertarian and hockey mom from the fast-growing suburbs of Anchorage, began her political career — as an appointed member of the state’s Oil and Gas Commission — by hacking into the computer of another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. Palin was seeking the evidence that she would eventually use to charge him with an improper relationship with lobbyists. (Ruedrich would later settle state ethics charges against him by paying a $12,000 fine.)

Wired clears Sarah and explained that she was performing this act as part of her duty as chairwoman of the Oil and Gas Commission and its ethics supervisor.

We’ve seen hackers transformed, but we never had one (correct me if I’m wrong) changed into a VP of America candidate.

Sarah Palin holds a salmon

Sarah Palin holds a salmon

Image source:http://www.alaskaseafood.org/industry/enews/092607govpalinfish.jpg

Written by sharon

August 30th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

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