Virtual Unreality [EPUB]
21 July 2014, 13:27
2014 | EPUB | 0.93MB
Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables.
Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools—or weapons—for discerning truth from fiction online.
Blocked on Weibo [EPUB]
13 July 2014, 07:27
2013 | EPUB | 5.04MB
Though often described with foreboding buzzwords such as "The Great Firewall" and the "censorship regime," Internet regulation in China is rarely either obvious or straightforward. This was the inspiration for China specialist Jason Q. Ng to write an innovative computer script that would make it possible to deduce just which terms are suppressed on China’s most important social media site, Sina Weibo. The remarkable and groundbreaking result is Blocked on Weibo, which began as a highly praised blog and has been expanded here to list over 150 forbidden keywords, as well as offer possible explanations why the Chinese government would find these terms sensitive.
As Ng explains, Weibo (roughly the equivalent of Twitter), with over 500 million registered accounts, censors hundreds of words and phrases, ranging from fairly obvious terms, including "tank" (a reference to the "Tank Man" who stared down the Chinese army in Tiananmen Square) and the names of top government officials (if they can’t be found online, they can't be criticized), to deeply obscure references, including "hairy bacon" (a coded insult referring to Mao’s embalmed body).
With dozens of phrases that could get a Chinese Internet user invited to the local police station "for a cup of tea" (a euphemism for being detained by the authorities), Blocked on Weibo offers an invaluable guide to sensitive topics in modern-day China as well as a fascinating tour of recent Chinese history.
Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future [EPUB]
08 July 2014, 10:25
2012 | EPUB | 3.81MB
Every day, we use our computers to perform remarkable feats. A simple web search picks out a handful of relevant needles from the world's biggest haystack: the billions of pages on the World Wide Web. Uploading a photo to Facebook transmits millions of pieces of information over numerous error-prone network links, yet somehow a perfect copy of the photo arrives intact. Without even knowing it, we use public-key cryptography to transmit secret information like credit card numbers; and we use digital signatures to verify the identity of the websites we visit. How do our computers perform these tasks with such ease?
This is the first book to answer that question in language anyone can understand, revealing the extraordinary ideas that power our PCs, laptops, and smartphones. Using vivid examples, John MacCormick explains the fundamental "tricks" behind nine types of computer algorithms, including artificial intelligence (where we learn about the "nearest neighbor trick" and "twenty questions trick"), Google's famous PageRank algorithm (which uses the "random surfer trick"), data compression, error correction, and much more.
These revolutionary algorithms have changed our world: this book unlocks their secrets, and lays bare the incredible ideas that our computers use every day.
Samsung Galaxy S5 For Dummies [PDF]
05 July 2014, 01:40
2014 | PDF | 25.41MB
Do you want an easy-to-follow guide to everything your new Galaxy S5 smartphone can do? From the basics of texting and accessing the Internet to the most advanced features and new software apps, Samsung Galaxy S5 For Dummies makes the need for tech support obsolete. The Galaxy S5 is designed to be faster and more powerful than ever. This latest release in the market-leading line of smartphones is full of new features for you to explore with the help of Samsung Galaxy S5 For Dummies.
- Use your Galaxy S5 to stay in touch with calling, e-mail, and text
- Have fun with games, videos, photos, apps, and much more
- Personalize your phone and make it more secure
- Experience the world the Samsung way with this definitive guide to the powerful Galaxy S5
Now that you’ve powered up with the Samsung Galaxy S5, it’s time to take things to the next level! If you don’t know where to start with your new smartphone, this friendly, easy-to-use guide will get you going. Find out how to set up your phone, use e-mail and text, download apps, utilize advanced capabilities, and so much more!
- Begin at the beginning — find out what your phone can really do, get it set up just right, and dive into the power of the Galaxy S5
- The whole world in your hands — surf the Web, stay in touch with calling, text, and e-mail, and go hands-free with S-Voice
- Taking care of business — be productive with Mobile Office applications, file sharing, and more
- It’s playtime — play games, browse the Play Store, watch videos, listen to music, and share photos easily
- Take it to the limit! — personalize your Galaxy S5 with extra features and tips to make your phone more secure
Open the book and find:
- Great features only available with the Galaxy S5
- Tips on using Mobile Office applications
- How the Calendar can help organize your life
- Tips to use S-Voice to go hands free
- Tricks for finding the apps you want in the Play Store
- Hints for taking better photos with your phone
- How to use Navigation to get where you want to go
Samsung Galaxy S5 For Dummies is the lively, informative guide you'll want to keep handy. Whether you're new to the world of mobile devices, or consider yourself a more experienced user, this book and covers all the Galaxy S5 capabilities and features.
Big Data For Dummies [EPUB]
05 July 2014, 01:09
2013 | EPUB | 2.25MB
- Leverage big data tools and architectures
- Explore how big data can transform your business
- Integrate structured and unstructured data into your big data environment
- Use predictive analytics to make better decisions
Here's the guide that can keep big data from becoming a big headache!
Big data can be a complex concept. For Dummies to the rescue! Here's a plain-English explanation of what big data is (and isn't), the technology and database options supporting it, analytics that help you get meaning from your data, how to manage it, and what it can do for your company. Business executive or IT person, here's what you need to know.
- What it is — get your mind around big data from both a technical and business perspective
- Organize it — meet the big data stack and learn about different architectural levels, operational databases, organizing databases, and analytical data warehouses
- Big data computing model — explore distributed computing as well as the power of virtualization and the cloud
- Hadoop and MapReduce — learn the importance of Hadoop and MapReduce for big data analysis
- Get analytical — identify analytics tools for big data and evaluate the various new models that are evolving
- Ready? Implement — discover how to implement your big data solution with an eye to operationalizing and protecting your data
- What it means — see the importance of big data to your organization and how it's used to solve problems
Open the book and find:
- A definition of big data
- Profiles of various available technologies
- The role of the cloud
- How MapReduce aids big data management
- Why Hadoop is so important
- Some specific uses for text analytics
- How to approach big data security and privacy
- Ten best practices for managing big data
Big Data For Dummies cuts through the confusion and helps you take charge of big data solutions for your organization.
XML For Dummies, 4th Edition [EPUB]
05 July 2014, 01:06
2005 | EPUB | 7.75MB
See how XML works for business needs and RSS feeds
Create consistency on the Web, or tag your data for different purposes
Tag -- XML is it! XML tags let you share your format as well as your data, and this handy guide will show you how. You'll soon be using this markup language to create everything from Web sites to business forms, discovering schemas and DOCTYPES, wandering the Xpath, teaming up XML with Office 2003, and more.
Discover how to:
- Make information portable
- Use XML with Word 2003
- Store different types of data
- Convert HTML documents to XHTML
- Add CSS to XML
- Understand and use DTDs
The Hacker Playbook [EPUB]
03 May 2014, 03:15
2014 | EPUB | 13.42MB
Just as a professional athlete doesn’t show up without a solid game plan, ethical hackers, IT professionals, and security researchers should not be unprepared, either. The Hacker Playbook provides them their own game plans. Written by a longtime security professional and CEO of Secure Planet, LLC, this step-by-step guide to the “game” of penetration hacking features hands-on examples and helpful advice from the top of the field.
Through a series of football-style “plays,” this straightforward guide gets to the root of many of the roadblocks people may face while penetration testing—including attacking different types of networks, pivoting through security controls, and evading antivirus software.
From “Pregame” research to “The Drive” and “The Lateral Pass,” the practical plays listed can be read in order or referenced as needed. Either way, the valuable advice within will put you in the mindset of a penetration tester of a Fortune 500 company, regardless of your career or level of experience.
Whether you’re downing energy drinks while desperately looking for an exploit, or preparing for an exciting new job in IT security, this guide is an essential part of any ethical hacker’s library—so there’s no reason not to get in the game.
Understanding and Conducting Information Systems Auditing [EPUB]
13 April 2014, 04:19
2013 | EPUB | 15.27MB
A comprehensive guide to understanding and auditing modern information systems
The increased dependence on information system resources for performing key activities within organizations has made system audits essential for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information system resources. One of the biggest challenges faced by auditors is the lack of a standardized approach and relevant checklist. Understanding and Conducting Information Systems Auditing brings together resources with audit tools and techniques to solve this problem.
Featuring examples that are globally applicable and covering all major standards, the book takes a non-technical approach to the subject and presents information systems as a management tool with practical applications. It explains in detail how to conduct information systems audits and provides all the tools and checklists needed to do so. In addition, it also introduces the concept of information security grading, to help readers to implement practical changes and solutions in their organizations.
- Includes everything needed to perform information systems audits
- Organized into two sections—the first designed to help readers develop the understanding necessary for conducting information systems audits and the second providing checklists for audits
- Features examples designed to appeal to a global audience
Taking a non-technical approach that makes it accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Understanding and Conducting Information Systems Auditing is an essential resource for anyone auditing information systems.
Introduction to Java Programming, 10th Edition [PDF]
13 April 2014, 04:09
2014 | PDF | 13.98MB
This text is intended for a 1-, 2-, or 3-semester CS1 course sequence. Comprehensive coverage of Java and programming make this a useful reference for beginning programmers and IT professionals.
Daniel Liang teaches concepts of problem-solving and object-oriented programming using a fundamentals-first approach. Beginning programmers learn critical problem-solving techniques then move on to grasp the key concepts of object-oriented, GUI programming, advanced GUI and Web programming using Java.
MyProgrammingLab for Introduction to Java Programming is a total learning package. MyProgrammingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students in learning. It helps students better prepare for class, quizzes, and exams–resulting in better performance in the course–and provides educators a dynamic set of tools for gauging individual and class progress.
Teaching and Learning Experience
To provide a better teaching and learning experience, for both instructors and students, this program offers:
- Personalized Learning: Through the power of practice and immediate personalized feedback, MyProgrammingLab helps students fully grasp the logic, semantics, and syntax of programming.
- Fundamentals-First Approach: Basic programming concepts are introduced on control statements, loops, functions, and arrays before object-oriented programming is discussed.
- Problem-Driven Motivation: The examples and exercises throughout the book emphasize problem solving and foster the concept of developing reusable components and using them to create practical projects.
- A Superior Pedagogical Design that Fosters Student Interest: Key concepts are reinforced with objectives lists, introduction and chapter overviews, easy-to-follow examples, chapter summaries, review questions, programming exercises, and interactive self-tests.
Creating Visual Effects in Maya [PDF]
09 April 2014, 13:59
2014 | PDF | 17.18MB
Produce mind-blowing visual effects with Autodesk Maya. Gain the practical skills and knowledge you need to recreate phenomena critical to visual effects work, including fire, water, smoke, explosions, and destruction, as well as their integration with real-world film and video.
In Creating Visual Effects in Maya, Maya master Lee Lanier has combined the latest studio techniques with multi-chapter, hands-on projects and professionally-vetted workflows to bolster your CG toolkit. Engaging, full-color tutorials cover:
- Creating foliage, fire, and smoke with Paint Effects
- Growing Maya Fur and nHair on clothing, characters, and sets
- Replicating water, smoke, sparks, swarms, bubbles, and debris with nParticles and nCloth
- Controlling scenes and simulations with expressions and MEL, Python, and PyMEL scripting
- Adding dust, fog, smoke, rippling water, and fireballs with Fluid Effects containers
- Creating damage with Effects presets, deformers, and animated textures
- Matchmoving and motion tracking with Maya and MatchMover
- Creating complex destruction by combining rigid bodies, nParticles, nCloth, and Fluid Effects
- Setting up, rendering, and compositing mental ray render passes with Autodesk Composite, Adobe After Effects, and The Foundry Nuke