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A review of Liars and Outliers by Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is an accomplished author and security expert. In my line of work, information security, I've studied his books before and I read his writing almost daily as his opinion is of great value and often quite interesting. If you've already read one of his books or if you already know what security is(something about keeping DAD away from your CIA) you should have already read Liars and Outliers (if not go buy a copy) and may not get as much out of this review.

As a much lauded and often quoted security expert, accomplished cryptographer, and prolific writer about security technology and politics Bruce Schneier has well established standing to ask questions like: "What is security? What is trust? How do they work? Where did they come from?". He, like many of us, has been searching for good answers to these questions for many years and many people already use his previous answers to these questions in the work and life. From his standing at the top of the field and his success in influencing how everyone thinks about security and trust issues in society (he coined the term "security theater") he not only gets to seriously consider these questions but is likely to come up with new well thought out answers that will influence the world.

This is not a book on how security technology works internally. Instead the author explores how morals, social and societal pressures, security, and others factors influence and shape who and what we trust, for what, and even a bit of why.

As such the audience is much broader than some of his earlier works. This book will provide valuable insight and entertainment to the general science layman who has enjoyed works by Gleick, Singh, Gladwell, or other popular science authors and it should not be missed. It provides and provokes questions and answers key to human existence and help you understand why you do what you do personally, socially, and politically.

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Entree, $12. Two sizable pieces of fried tillapia came plated with a small portion of seasoned chips as well as a few crisps and a finger bowl of sauce The tillapia was fried well such that the thin skin flaked off easily and the fish itself once bared gleamed in the light. The fish was soft smooth textured and very mild tasting with no overwhelming fishy smell or taste. The crisps were quite good if sparse and the chips were ... lightly spiced french fries but good as that. The sauce, listed in the menu as malt vinegar, did have a vinegar base but was sweet to the taste as well. It did nothing for the spiced 'chips' but dunking forked bits of tillapia into it was quite rewarding once tried. Including my tea and the tip the bill was 18 USD. The server was friendly, if clueless.

Verdict:BOverall quite good and possibly worth the price as an entree (This was certainly some of the best tasting fried fish I have ever tasted!), but cannot be mistaken for the sizable plank of less tasty fish and bucket of chips that can be got nearby for around $6. And that place, which is actually a pub, knows to garnish the bucket with lemon slice and put a bottle of malt vinegar on the table.

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Regular Expression Pocket Reference: Regular Expressions for Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, C, Java and .NET (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)

Five stars out of five

I'm scared of regular expressions. They vex me constantly at work whether trying to figure out someone else's Apache RewriteRules or Perl or just trying myself to do mildly clever things in vi and sed. They are a headache.

A coworker let me browse his copy of this wonderful little book and I was hooked. I actually tried to buy one that day on the way home, but they were out of stock and so I permitted Amazon to ship me one.

In addition to brief explanations of the different types of regexes in the wild (based on the comprehensive Mastering title, also from ORA), there are detailed quick references to all of the different implementations including several common languages (Perl, PHP, C#, and several others) and software packages (including sed, Apache, vi and many others). All of their various quicks and "features" are explained briefly and there are some examples.

No one hacking around in Unix or doing much programming should be without this book, unless they are already a regex wizard, and I think even they'd find it handy.
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William Gibson's latest effort surprised me, quite pleasantly, and I definitely recommend reading it. In fact, I may hang onto this copy and read it again before I let it go. Gibson has recently admitted that he no longer feels comfortable writing about the future, and so this novel is set in 2006. And nothing in it is fictional or unbelievable except perhaps the identities of the people.

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Jan: This Weekend? I read the second volume of the Babylon 5 scripts, watched many hours of Twilight Zone ( and a little Naruto).

Feb: InsomniaStar Trek: TNG and now Battlestar: Galactica (original)

Mar: ... [broken picture of some logfile] I'm going to go home now.

April: A typical sci-fi cliche such as"The time travel must be affecting our molecular structure. At this rate we may not have much time before we dissolve to nothingness."

May: V. Tired In lieu of a post, email: Lights are off, found the switch, praise someone. Hope to hear from someone in the morning.

June: A no-update update Work is .. well I just can't say right now. Here's some data for aggregate statistical analysis: Monday 13 hours, Tuesday 12.75 hours, Wednesday 15 something hours. any one who had had calculus is free to estimate the limit of the series as N approaches 14.

July: New experiments and some oldTyping left handed for a bit before I begin some self-bondage experiments.

Aug: Not on update(sic) Not a real update, but i thought it worth mentioning that I, roomie, and his friend laughed for a solid hour as we came up with ways the new robot kit might terrorize the Kitteh.

Sept: Quick survey, please answer [poll] What colour is this block ?

Oct: Monday ups and downsWoke up fairly suddenly at noon, went to bathroom, felt unwell.

Nov: Transplant in progress( Photo essay, switching shoulder bags )

Dec: Wal-mart run successes Well, I didn't get to a bookstore, or the mall, but I found many wonderful things at Wallyworld .. most of which I did not buy.

March 2014

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