It's Breachmas!

Breachmasn. An Anti-Holiday, no set date of observance. Two signs it has occured A) notification letters/emails Ω) media brewhahaAlmost always followed by Password Reset Day.  hash tag #Breachmas

After the fusillade of notices from Epsilon, RSA and Sony,  and the prior receipt of "oops we done lost your data" notes, I decided we (users/customers/IT security types/humans) needed to have one simple term to express dull surprise/annoyance/anger/spleen/irony when a breach occurs.  APT is over and mis-used, breach doesn't convey the disparity of annoyances and opportunity cost that end-users deal with vs. corporations.  "Gee, Mrs. Cleaver, I'm real sorry I lost all your data, here is a month of credit monitoring and an AV subscription for 6 months"

Breachmas is never, ever, merry.  It gives terrible gifts. 

The correct usage is "OMG today is Breachmas"  or "OH S#&* BREACHMAS is here again!"




"Grow Up"

"People often say I'm a child at heart. In fact, I think I just have access to [my childhood], I have a very clear memory of it. We were all children once. We just need to show a bit of respect for it." -- Luc Besson


Amount of Comfort

"Quantum of Solace - the amount of comfort. Yes, I suppose you could say that all love and friendship is based in the end on that. Human beings are very insecure. When the other person not only makes you feel insecure but actually seems to want to destroy you, it's obviously the end. The Quantum of Solace stands at zero. You've got to get away to save yourself."
Ian Flemming, Quantum of Solace


R U Red-E?

If you click on the link: http://[2a00:1450:8003::93]/ do you get google or an error page? 

If you get an error page, bug your IT admin, Helpdesk, ISP... you are not ready for IPv6

The pool of IPv4 addresses will be exahusted by the end of this year by most estimates.  IPv6 deployement has been delayed, and delayed, by companies, ISP's and vendors.  Further delays are only possible with technologies like carrier grade NAT that are problematic for games, and VPN's


...the protection racket

...what kind of Human Resources organization do we have to ensure this shared awareness of and commitment to the common purpose? None.

Most of us have observed the damage caused by addictive HR organizations. In the beginning, they relieve stress. Soon, they insinuate themselves into every aspect of corporate life and withdrawal pain becomes impossible to bear. Not unlike some welfare programs, HR becomes an end unto itself, a means of existence for a group of individuals whose sustenance depends upon their clients' problems. Decisions are laden with their intervention. Straight- forward processes are gummed up with their arbitration.

In a way, HR is a protection racket. A process must be put in place, a study must be made, a task force must be set up; thus management is protected and absolved of political responsibility, and HR gains power.

One of the benefits we offer at Be is that there's no HR and there won't be any. Personnel, yes. Forms, benefits, insurance, 401K -- these are all healthy and regular paperwork movements. If we ever need HR work, we'll bring consultants to help. And then they'll leave. Just as we want our employees to own their work, so do we want an unobfuscated (and minimal) management to be fully responsible for its actions.
Jean-Louis Gass e, "Working at Be", Be Newsletter, Issue 25, May 29, 1996


Found on A map of the Floating City

From Thomas Dolby's EP Amerikana, and should be in the album "A Map of the Floating City". Nice to see artists that take risks and have fun with musical styles that aren't usually associated with them.