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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Firewalls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Robert Ziegler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
VERY USEFUL, Must have book!


I love this book! It covers everything someone needs to know about iptables and how to properly configure it for any setup. It's a great refrence to have for any machine running linux.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Average...


Keeping the theme of most previous reviewers this book is average. Unfortunately that makes it quite a poor strategy guide. As far as the walkthru's are concerned it isn't too bad at giving you the general idea of what you hgave to do. Unfortunately that is about it. When it comes to finding out related information you will find yourself flicking endlessly through the pages trying to put together all the information you need to do something (I mean, would one big table which shows what everything refines into not be slightly better than about 20 small ones!). The 'secrets' are at the end which is OK, but they look like they have been thrown in as an after thought. And worst of all they have split the maps! PLain and simply the map layout is absolutely abysmal. This is daft as it is flying around on the maps that you do for most of the game! The Bestiary is also poorly laid out with inaccurate and misleading information that will frustrate you, especially if you are looking for a specific monster which is supposed to be in a specific area. All in all, it will help you get to the end of the game but it could have been done a lot better.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Full of mistakes causing much frustration


This book causes much frustration. Simple concepts are made hard to understand. Hard concepts are hidden behind incorrect formulas. There are so many mistakes in the book that by the end you will have no faith in any formula set forth by the authors.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Illuminating


Get it? Illuminating. This book explains the interaction between light and matter, which is illuminating. If you understand the pun, then you have the brain capacity to understand this book.
Richard Feynman possessed some kind of special brand of genius which enabled him to masquerade as a regular guy. He was able to cut to the quick of Nature's mysteries and explain in plain english what he saw there for the benefit of those of us lacking in genius.
Feynman freed us from the need to relate to quantum physics by memorizing a set of arcane mathematical expressions, and delivered to us a way of understanding the probabilistic nature of quantum reality by drawing a bunch of little arrows pointing this way and that. His method, known as "Feynman diagrams", is so simple that it seems almost childlike, yet it works every time.
The theory of Quantum ElectoDynamics is the most complete theory that science has in its arsenal. The theory explains 99% of everything we see at the classical level of reality. Feynman was never quite able to tie in the oddities observed in the interaction of nuclei or gravitrons, but reality as we observe it is more or less dictated by the interaction of electrons, and this theory describes that interplay perfectly.
Feyman's "sum over histories" explains reality even better than Newton's seemingly incontrovertable laws of Nature, which in actuality, decribe only the end result of the sum over histories. Where Newton described one reality, the one observed by all of us, Feynman described every microscopic reality, each as real as the other, and all culminating in the one macroscopic reality as described by Newton. Feynman described particles moving faster than light, and even backwards in time - all of which is explained in his "strange theory of light and matter", and all of which is endlessly verifiable in the laboratory.
For anyone willing to break out of the Newtonian mindset which humanity has been in for over 300 years, and which is still taught in today's high school science classrooms, this book is a must read. Treat yourself to 150 pages of plain english which will infuse you with wonder for the rest of your days.