Happy Birthday to the Renderman Paradox
In security, we have something we call the Birthday Paradox, which is well illustrated by the following question: How many people do you need in a room, before it’s more likely than not that there are two people with the same birthday? Most people think the number’s pretty big — 50, 60, 100…nope. It’s around 27. Most classrooms have two kids with the same birthday. This happens because the more kids you add, the more birthday “slots” are taken that each new kid might potentially now share. The 2nd kid had only 1 birthday to match, while the 25th kid had 24 birthdays he could match.
Well, I have my own paradox. I call it the Renderman Paradox. This holds that, for any conference, there’s someone you’ll never get to see, because somehow you’re always speaking at the same time they are. I call it that, because, well, Renderman (of the Church of WiFi) and I are always up against one another. Finally, this year at Defcon, we weren’t. Renderman was in my room, yes, but after me. And then…
Well, there were a couple thousand people in line. It took a while to get ’em all in. Actually, it took about a half hour to get them all in. So, the Defcon people bumped Renderman, and Sze Siong, to an overflow room.
I gave my talk to the hordes…but these guys had space for about 50. Ouch. Bonus: Renderman’s talk was “10 things that are pissing me off”. Oops 🙂
And so, I thought it might be nice to at least publish Renderman and Sze’s talks here. First up, Renderman (here’s his site, with video!):
…and secondly, Sze Siong:
In other news, this Scribd site is pretty cool 🙂 Now, all I need to do is buy Render that beer…