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Wed, 4 Jul 2007

Richard Hamming leetness

hey guys..

Richard hamming is one of the AT&T uber genius'es and recently gave a speech on how to make it.. this snippet is interesting, and ties into the 4am jogging theory...

-snip- Now for the matter of drive. You observe that most great scientists have tremendous drive. I worked for ten years with John Tukey at Bell Labs. He had tremendous drive. One day about three or four years after I joined, I discovered that John Tukey was slightly younger than I was. John was a genius and I clearly was not. Well I went storming into Bode's office and said, ``How can anybody my age know as much as John Tukey does?'' He leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his head, grinned slightly, and said, ``You would be surprised Hamming, how much you would know if you worked as hard as he did that many years.'' I simply slunk out of the office!

What Bode was saying was this: ``Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest.'' Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity - it is very much like compound interest. I don't want to give you a rate, but it is a very high rate. Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime. I took Bode's remark to heart; I spent a good deal more of my time for some years trying to work a bit harder and I found, in fact, I could get more work done. I don't like to say it in front of my wife, but I did sort of neglect her sometimes; I needed to study. You have to neglect things if you intend to get what you want done. There's no question about this. -snip-


You dont lose the boxing match in the ring...

* Ancient post revived for blog continuity

(email in response to a deal (company XXXX) we snagged)

Re: XXXX, for everyones info it showed a few other interesting things.. (other than us signing up for yet another challenge we hope we can meet)

[a] XXXX originally came to us after reading "Special Ops - How to hack web apps" --> Shouts to all the plakkers involved there..

[b] While still deciding between vendors, he realised he has seen us talk in vegas this year (erm.. that year - this conv. started nov 04) --> shouts to all those plakkers involved..

[c] He saw a johnny long google talk and asked "what exactly is the relationship between johnny and sensepost? , cause he talks about u guys all the time" --> shouts to mr pemmingh!

[d] He then went to shmoocon and saw we had just written "Aggressive Network Self Defense" and loved our paper --> shouts to all (especially chuck who wrote the paper at a Miami airport)

i had the mood-swings over the deal for 9 months, but we won the deal with a ton of work done by a bunch of ppl that we actually never knew had any bearing on the deal..

its like we said before "The boxer doesnt win the match in the ring.. he wins on the sunday mornings he is on the road jogging and his opposition isnt"

SensePlak is leet.. because its leet when u out running at 04h30, to know that there are ppl on ur team out running too..