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This third edition of the tremendously popular Hacker's Dictionary adds 100 new entries and updates 200 entries. In case you aren't familiar with it, this is no snoozer dictionary of technical terms, although you'll certainly find accurate definitions for most techie jargon. It's the slang and secret language among computer jocks that offers the most fun. Don't know what the Infinite-Monkey Theorem is? Or the meaning of "rat dance?" It's all here. Most people don't sit down to read dictionaries for entertainment, but this is surely an exception.
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Another book about Keven Mitnick and him being chased down by Tsutomu Shimomura and finally caught. This time from a third person's view with background information on both of them. Good reading but Kevin is still the very bad guy.
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One of the strengths of the LOGO computer language is its suitability for program constructs involving recursion. Many programming languages have a number of forms of iteration whereby a routine in the program may loop a number of times. In recursion, however, separate copies of the program start up using as input the output of the parent process. The program, in a sense, is alive, and reproduces itself. Using this tool it is remarkably easy to generate both graphical and text objects which ape the products of living organisms with startling fidelity. It is fascinating to do and watch ... but ultimately rather pointless. The same could be said of this book. Levy has collected anecdotes from the various areas, mostly comput... Rest of this review on the detail page
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New companies in Silicon Valley dealing with their personnel in strange ways while new products get born.
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The history of two hacking gangs "The Legion of Doom" and "The Masters of Deception" clashing with eachother. About computers and phones and emotions and honour.
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