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REVIEW: "The Devil's Code", John Sandford (John Camp)

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKDVLSCD.RVW 20030425 The Devil s Code , John Sandford (John Camp), 2000, 0-425-17988-5, U$7.99/C$10.99 %A John Sandford (John Camp) %C 375 Hudson
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 3, 2003
      BKDVLSCD.RVW 20030425

      "The Devil's Code", John Sandford (John Camp), 2000, 0-425-17988-5,
      %A John Sandford (John Camp)
      %C 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
      %D 2000
      %G 0-425-17988-5
      %I Berkley
      %O U$7.99/C$10.99 http://www.berkley.com/berkley online@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0425179885/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0425179885/robsladesin03-20
      %P 354 p.
      %T "The Devil's Code"

      John Sandford is actually John Camp, so, given the quality of the
      technical material in "The Fool's Run" (cf BKFLSRUN.RVW), it is no
      particular surprise to find that this book also demonstrates a solid
      grasp of computer technology. It is, though, always a pleasant
      discovery to find an author who really does know what actually happens
      in the technical world.

      The technology involved is not particularly detailed, and often is
      only tangential to the story. Still, it is nice to see that someone
      understands that a cluster of cheap computers can outperform a single
      expensive one, that Clipper (and any similar idea) was pointless, and
      that outsourcing leaves you at the mercy of the people actually doing
      the work. The computer industry is portrayed in a very real manner:
      not everyone likes the same type of mass storage systems, and the
      company that makes "cow" boxes is easily identifiable to those who do
      buy computers. The one cavil I might make is that I can't see why a
      not-particularly-high resolution photograph creates a 500 megabyte

      While some specific aspects of the group of high tech thieves and
      industrial espionage agents stretches the bounds of credulity, in
      general the behaviour and characterizations are good. The network of
      friend-of-a-friend type contacts does tend to be the way that high end
      work in any technical area gets done. Attitudes towards, and on the
      part of, government agencies are quite realistic. The behaviour of
      various law enforcement and intelligence groups is all too authentic
      (although, in the real world, there are hopeful signs that improvement
      may be coming in some areas).

      For those tired of non-viral viruses, hardware destroying software,
      and instant access to unconnected machines, this makes a refreshing
      change--and read.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKDVLSCD.RVW 20030425

      ====================== (quote inserted randomly by Pegasus Mailer)
      rslade@... slade@... rslade@...
      Open source should be about giving away things voluntarily. When
      you force someone to give you something, it's no longer giving,
      it's stealing. Persons of leisurely moral growth often confuse
      giving with taking. - Larry Wall
      http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade
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