Monday, June 09, 2008

Is Linus Torvalds lazy?

You've read about lazy employees before. Now I read from Jason Stamper that Linus Torvalds has said, “Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.” Is he lazy—or simply effective?

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Blogger JD Long said...

Hmmm... looks like he is efficient. I presume the difference between lazy and efficient is that the efficient person is getting done what needs to be done and the lazy person is not getting their "stuff" done. Is Linus getting his stuff done? If so, he's not lazy.

On the other hand I know busy-bodies who throw a lot of dust in the air but don't ever get anything done. They are not considered lazy, since they are busy... however they are not efficient either.

09 June, 2008 12:19  
Blogger Bill Harris said...

Hello, JD, and thanks for stopping by. Actually, my take on "lazy" in this case is a bit different, as you can see here, if you didn't already look.

And, while I don't know him personally, I would have to agree: Linus Torvalds seems as if he's been pretty effective.

09 June, 2008 14:38  

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