I don’t know if I should be honored or ashamed :)

Yesterday, we had the weekly security contacts meeting for the WEX division.  At those meetings, they sometimes give out awards for people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.


Much to my surprise, I won one of the awards!

Picture of Bobble-Butt Horse Trophy

You can't read the text, but it says "Most M1 TM's Reviewed & Rejected - Larry Osterman".  You also can't see it, but the hind end of the horse is a bobblehead :).

I'm not sure if getting the award is really good thing though - the award was given because of all the threat model reviewers in the WX division, I rejected the highest percentage of the threat models I reviewed.  My dilemma is that I don't know if it's because I was being such a tough reviewer (personally I don't think I was) or if it's because the threat models I reviewed were were crappy :).  Given that I only reviewed threat models from my group, and since I helped most the teams in my group create those threat models, the latter possibility concerns me a great deal :).


But heck, ultimately it doesn't matter - the threat models I reviewed have all been fixed and are now of high quality, but I'm still trying to figure out if I was rewarded for my effort or my team was diss'ed 🙂



For those that obsess about other stuff that can be seen on people's desks, you can see my trusty HP 16C calculator, my Sensa pen, some random audio cables, my "Microsoft Tiger '94" pin (from my short stint in research) and my spiral bound notebook.

Comments (6)

  1. nathan_works says:

    Ahh those crazy HP RPN calcs. Programmer dad had one, though I forget the precise model. Dad kept trying to tell me how using the RPN implementation made you press fewer keys, thus it was a superior tool.

    I (while trying to use it for math homework) was more annoyed it didn’t "know" operator precedence, and found RPN irritating.

    Guess I’m not nostalgic about my first experience with a "stack based" machine 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    Strangely, I thought it is a donkey when I first see the photo. :O

  3. Tanveer Badar says:

    Honored or not, what a horrible piece of work that is! Couldn’t they come up with something nicer?

    I wouldn’t want it anywhere near my family, let alone own it myself. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s clearly a demerit: the trophy is of an ass, defined in the dictionary as "A vain, self-important, silly, or aggressively stupid person."

    If it were a good thing, it would be for reviewing and rejecting the most threat models, not for them being reviewed and rejected (which sounds like you were the one creating the bad models).

    It seems to me as though the award was created as a name-and-shame tactic, but was turned into an honourific  when someone realised that public humiliation was a bad idea, especially when there are mean SOBs like you being overly stringent 😉

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