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Read anything interesting lately?

Postby Uniballer » 04 Nov 2012, 16:54

I recently read Bruce Schneier's latest book , "Liars and Outliers".

This is not a how-to book. It won't make your code more secure. I doubt that it would serve as a manual on human interactions for extraterrestrials. Nor is it likely to improve a bank loan officer's percentage of good loans, or an eBay buyer's choice of sellers, or your ability to detect email phishing or a corporation whose accountants have cooked the books. But it might shape your understanding of all that stuff.

Liars & Outliers is a look at how trust works in society, with passing references to neuroscience, economics and game theory. Along with a description of how the negative feedback of societal pressure is supposed to work is an explanation of why it doesn't work so well on-line and with large corporations.
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Postby NewGuy » 06 Nov 2012, 14:16

Just finished The Mammoth Book Of Comic Fantasy II, which is a collection of funny short stories in the fantasy genre. Really good, light read. There is a wide variety of stories from many authors and I really enjoyed it. Also, The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin, it's probably the best science fiction story I've read. It follows a scientist who moves from his communist/anarchist planet where people are peaceful and practical to a planet of capitalists who live in a rigid legal system. It's amazingly well written and offers some fascinating looks into life on both worlds. I highly recommend it.
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Postby Trihexagonal » 06 Nov 2012, 14:47

NewGuy wrote:Also, The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin, it's probably the best science fiction story I've read. It follows a scientist who moves from his communist/anarchist planet where people are peaceful and practical to a planet of capitalists who live in a rigid legal system. It's amazingly well written and offers some fascinating looks into life on both worlds. I highly recommend it.


Have you ever read her story The Lathe of Heaven, or seen the movie? About a guy who has dreams that alter reality and the psychiatrist who takes advantage of his power?
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Postby pkubaj » 06 Nov 2012, 15:06

Currently reading Millennium by Stieg Larsson. I haven't read a better book for a really long time.
I also read the well known Absolute FreeBSD 2nd edition by Michael Lucas. Haven't yet found a better resource about FreeBSD.
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Postby roddierod » 06 Nov 2012, 18:00

History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History by Samuel Noah Kramer.

Gives you a entirely new perspective on the phrase "there is nothing new under the sun".
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Postby Crivens » 06 Nov 2012, 19:07

"The daemon haunted world", by Carl Sagan.
Pretty interesting in many regards.

What I also can recommend is "Influence" by Robert B. Cialdini. Ever wanted how it can be that a complete village poisoned itself willingly? Read this.
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Postby UNIXgod » 06 Nov 2012, 20:00

I'm (slowly) reading SICP right now. I really like it. Kinda miss these types of books.

Has anyone read "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"

It's recommended on tech lists. I'm curious if its really a classic or one of those books people recommend but don't really read.

I've heard of "Liars and Outliers". I'll put that on my list of future reads.
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Postby initpy » 06 Nov 2012, 20:21

UNIXgod wrote:Has anyone read "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid"


I did, 14 years ago. And I absolutely loved it!
If I were to "classify" it, I'd put it in a category
that won't include anything else. Really.
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Postby sossego » 06 Nov 2012, 20:30

"On War" by Carl Clauswitz.
"Holes" by Louis Sachar.
Sections three and four of "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathon Swift.
And the back of a box of Booberry cereal.
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Postby NewGuy » 07 Nov 2012, 00:41

Trihexagonal wrote:Have you ever read her story The Lathe of Heaven, or seen the movie? About a guy who has dreams that alter reality and the psychiatrist who takes advantage of his power?


No, I don't think I've read that one. But I'm a huge fan of LeGuin's work so I will definitely try to find a copy. Thank you for the recommendation!
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