August 30, 2015

Whither Review Corner?

Two weeks with no Review Corner -- should I short AMZN?

Your less than humble reviewer is co-writing a book, and devoting reading time to research. Review Corner may be a little sporadic through the end of the calendar year -- though every ThreeSourcer would enjoy A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design by Frank Wilczek. The Aristotelians 'round these parts (an overwhelming majority) will bristle at the author's fondness for Plato. But hang in there, he is not blind but rather seeks a superstructure which includes Aristotelian truth and Platonic beauty.

Plato insisted on beauty, and was ready to compromise-- or we might better say, to surrender-- accuracy. That disdain for facts, beneath its veneer of pride, betrays deep lack of confidence, and a kind of exhaustion. It gives up on the ambition to have it all, marrying beauty and accuracy, Real and Ideal.

Just started, but it comes well recommended and appears it will score some stars.

My book is a project at work that is a great fit for me. It's not a secret but my exact official role is unspecified. I'll be helping to complete a book already started. Here is a brief overview and here is a whitepaper.

Shameless Self Promotion Posted by John Kranz at August 30, 2015 12:55 PM

Congratulations! I read both the overview and the whitepaper -- there's a lot of specialized knowledge that goes over my head, I admit, but I think I understand where you're headed with the issue of data protection. The second half of the whitepaper especially piqued my interest. Please keep us posted, to the degree that you can -

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 31, 2015 12:42 PM

Thanks, I have to admit I am quite excited. If, when complete, it is not accessible to someone of half your intelligence, Brother Keith, I will have failed miserably.

I think I contribute just by being a fan of the genre of pop science books. My first contribution was insisting that every chapter open with a quote -- and I produced 20 pages of quotes that I had highlighted for previous Review Corners.

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2015 1:04 PM

Sounds like a real page turner!

Posted by: johngalt at August 31, 2015 1:30 PM

We're grading on a curve against The Amazon AWS S3 API and The CAN bus protocol tutorial; I ain't scared.

Actually, the target is to start with the Matt Ridley/Rational Optimist position of the importance of technology and knowledge and postulate ways to preserve that through catastrophic events. With a gifted author, that could work -- and my co-author isn't bad.

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2015 1:47 PM

Good synopsis of attack profiles and threats. Of course, the real answer is backups that are offline (in my case, the Passport sitting on a shelf behind me - some day, in a SD box). This will be more challenging if I ever get my startup going... and another argument for workstation-based (*gasp* dare I say Outlook???) eMail

This is going to be an e-Book?

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 1, 2015 3:06 PM | What do you think? [5]