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TitleThe Devil's Code
Author(s)John Sandford
PublishedSeptember 2004
PublisherBerkley Publishing Group
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
John Sandford is actually John Camp, so, given the quality of the technical material in "The Fool's Run" (see reviews), 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 file. 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

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