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In the mind of a hacker…
The Art of Deception lets you into the complex mind of a hacker providing real-life scenarios of cons, swindles, and social engineering attacks on businesses and the consequences. Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, the author explains why all firewalls and encryption protocols in the world are not enough to stop savvy crafter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. Narrated from the point of view of both the attacker and the victim, the author illustrates how susceptible even the most secured information systems are to a determined hacker. The book is more like a crime novel, which through its fictional stories but real incidents explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been averted. What adds spice to the book is the author’s former life of cyber crime by providing specific guidelines for developing protocols, training programs, and manuals to ensure that a company's technical security investment could be protected. The book could be read by IT professionals and could find place in public, academic and corporate libraries.

Title: The Art of Deception
Author: Kevin D. Mitnick & William L.Simon
Publisher: Wiley-Dreamtech India Pvt. Ltd.
Pages: 352
Price: Rs 295


Applying wireless in the enterprise
Wireless Java Programming for Enterprise Applications explains the use of wireless handheld devices as clients for enterprise applications. The book starts with an overview of the technologies influencing enterprise application development for wireless devices, Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) and its various profiles and configurations. It also touches upon the server-side technologies, techniques for connecting MIDP applications to the enterprise infrastructure using XML along with practices for developing J2ME applications to connect to the enterprise. There is a prototype demonstrated in the last chapter called 'Campus Portal for Wireless Devices,' where all the applications are deployed for a university environment that is accessible from different clients like handheld devices and browsers. The authors have also discussed future technologies for wireless enterprise application development. The book is targeted at wireless device programmers who would like to combine their handheld device skills with the enterprise skills to write new applications. The book also caters to the likes of MIS programmers, architects combining wireless and enterprise technologies—and for anyone involved with delivering either enterprise or wireless applications.

Title: Wireless Java Programming for Enterprise Applications
Author: Dan Harkey, Shan Appajodu & Mike Larkin
Publisher: Wiley-Dreamtech India Pvt. Ltd.
Pages: 690
Price: Rs 399


The Intellectual benefits of humor
One theory of why people laugh is called the Incongruity Theory of Humor. This theory states that a person laughs when two equal but incongruent thoughts, sights or ideas are present at the same time. In that instant, the mind bounces from one legitimate reality to the other, and in its inability to resolve the incongruity, the observer laughs as an automatic response. Research has demonstrated that humor is an integral part of creative thinking and problem-solving. In practice, this concept is easy to examine as higher humor individuals demonstrate lower reaction to stressful events, even to the point at which they experience fewer stressful life events than low-humor people.

Internet humor - George Clooney's new movie is called Solaris. From which we can deduce that it's expensive, slow moving, has lots of bugs and will only make sense in the fifth sequel.

 
     
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