The Day I Realized My Boss Was An Idiot
When I was starting off my freelance work as a software developer back in 2010, I had a client that was a friend of a friend, we worked well together so he eventually hired me in a pretty close to a full-time arrangement.
He was very business savvy, and I respected him.
On a Saturday afternoon, I get a message from him.
“I’ve found a way to hack gambling sites”
I was curious, perhaps he found a vulnerability in the code or something, so I paid attention.
His magnificent idea was… *drumroll*
To place a small bet, like 5€, and then double it until he won.
If he lost the 5€ , he’d just place another bet, but this time he’d bet double, and if he lost that too, he’d keep betting double until he won. He’d always win if he followed this “hack”.
I may be an idiot, but I’m an idiot with a good memory, and there’s a parable about someone using a similar method to accept payments in rice. She asked to be paid a single rice grain one day one, and to double the rice grains every day for 30 days. By day 30 she’d have over 1,073,741,824 grains of rice.
Had he used this “method” he’d very quickly reach amounts of money that he couldn’t afford, and — if he won — he’d simply get back a part of what he’d lost, for a total win of 0 or under 0.