A Hacker’s Mind News

A Hacker’s Mind will be published on Tuesday.

I have done a written interview and a podcast interview about the book. It’s been chosen as a “February 2023 Must-Read Book” by the Next Big Idea Club. And an “Editor’s Pick”—whatever that means—on Amazon.

There have been three reviews so far. I am hoping for more. And maybe even a published excerpt or two.

Amazon and others will start shipping the book on Tuesday. If you ordered a signed copy from me, it is already in the mail.

If you can leave a review somewhere, I would appreciate it.

Posted on February 3, 2023 at 3:03 PM4 Comments


Eunah Choi February 6, 2023 8:58 AM

Hello, Mr. Schneier,
I am a totally blind woman from South Korea, and the only way I can read books is to download them from a website clled bookshare(www.bookshare.org).
I already have read you! book, Click Here To Kill Everybody, and it ws reY informative and fun at the same time.
I sincerely hope that W. W. Norton will put the electronic version of your upcoming book, A Hacker’s Mind. It is my firm belief that no one, including blind people, dyslexics, etc. should be denied reading a particular book.
Hope your upcoming book can attract many people to visit this blog. Thank you.

Clive Robinson February 7, 2023 4:21 PM

@ Ted,

“I’m going to have to ask someone with kids if kids really are natural hackers.”

When young yes, very much so ask any parent a toddler has learnt to manipulate 😉

But more seriously as far as I can tell realy only four things are required,

1, Curiosity.
2, Inteligence.
3, A form of associative memory.
4, Constructive creativity.

We learn by recognising then applying patterns and distilling out the essential basics that form the foundations. Over and above that we don’t realy know but there are a lot of observation based hypothesis out there that boil down to three basic higher intelligence models,

1, those that see in words.
2, those that see in graphs/pictures
3, those that see in equations.

Make of that what you will, but my personal observation is that an affinity for complex music both apriciation for the ten thumbed like myself and actual playing ability tends to go with higher order thinking needed for the likes of cryptography.

But there is still atleast “element X” the ability to see any system in a way that it’s 7F faults can be seen. Whilst some of it is definitely latent much of it is “time served” learnd like the abiliry to handle complex objects be they musical instruments or machine tools and similar of “getting it wrong till you get it right”.

But also “element Y” which is kind of an eye for beauty, symmetry and elegance.

These two elements appear to be the mainstay of “thinking hinky” along with a deep understanding of testing.

It has been said you learn nothing from a design that works, but everything from designs that fail and you get to work.

I’m a firm believer in people doing testing techniques, and I get them to show their abilities at testing rather than coding excercises and similar.

anon February 8, 2023 4:31 PM

page 43: “The second baseman and the third-base coach are allowed to try to read the catcher’s signs.”

I believe you meant “the runner on second”; the second baseman is on the catcher’s team, and has no need to read the signs.

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