Silicon Snake Oil

Silicon Snake Oil


By (author) Cliff Stoll

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 247 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 18mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 12 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330344420
  • ISBN 13: 9780330344425
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

Product description

In his previous work, "The Cuckoo's Egg", the author related the story of how, through the Internet, he uncovered a computer spy ring. This new text deals with the myths and realities of the Internet, looking at the darker side of the information superhighway and attempting to reveal its hidden hazards. It illustrates how electronic data transfer can be slow, less reliable, and more expensive than communication by phone, fax, and even the postal service. The work argues that discussion groups, lauded for providing access to information and diverse opinons, are in fact hotbeds of rumour, where conversations about issues frequently degenerate into the rude, offensive and tasteless, and where technical questions often elicit inaccurate answers. The text also suggests that business transactions on the Internet are, at best, perfunctory and, at worst, dangerous.

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