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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Now THIS...would have been a Major, Major Incident!

Billion-Ton Comet May Have Missed Earth by a Few Hundred Kilometers in 1883. 

A reanalysis of historical observations suggest Earth narrowly avoided an extinction event just over a hundred years ago.

Read the rest, as they say.

As I have said before, and will say again, "Some Major Incidents can never be avoided, but all Major Incidents should be planned for."

H/T: Instapundit

More to follow...

Braun Tacon

2:23 pm pdt 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Son of Stuxnet?

As reported exclusively in WIRED today, Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet.  Details are sketchy at this time but according to sources no one quite yet knows if it is malicious or merely just a nuisance.  One thing is for sure; it does seem both pervasive and quite sticky.

Seems the worm has turned (pardon the pun) on those who might leverage cyber-warfare against adversaries.  Stuxnet was the first public demonstration of targeted, asymmetrical warfare in the digital age.  Could this be Stuxnet 2.0, or just a harbinger of things to come?

Update 10/20/11:  You can call it Stuxnet 2.0 or you can call it a harbinger but the experts are calling it Duqu and they are quite taken with it.  Not only does it share much of the technological wizardry of Stuxnet but from a risk/threat perspective it seems to be every bit as potentially damaging, if not more so.  Seems that the proverbial Genie has left the bottle once again.

More to follow...

Braun Tacon
3:10 pm pdt 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

WIRED remembers this truly amazing man who chose to "Think different".

RIP Steve Jobs, you'll be missed by more than just a few.  And while many of those will remember you for Apple, the Mac, iMac, iPod, iEtc my fondest memory of your creative genious will come from an entirely different place.

To Infinity and Beyond Steve Jobs, and thanks for everything you gave us.

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Braun Tacon
11:36 pm pdt 

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About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon.  Husband, father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest. 

Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management.  Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).

Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!

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