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Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (Penguin Reference Books)
Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (Penguin Reference Books)
by Eric Partridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly bound, no quality control. Penguin are becoming complacent..., 19 Oct 2012
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Whilst the content may be great, what is the point if you can't read all the pages because you have failed to bind the book correctly, guillotine so that some pages are still joined; and send out to retailers without any form of quality control. Come on Penguin, we expect better.


DNS and BIND on IPv6
DNS and BIND on IPv6
by Cricket Liu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Written on a plane as a compendium! Very compact, but relevant., 9 Oct 2012
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Extremely relevant and lightweight technical "paper" - to call it a book would be a violation of trade descriptions.
The author is honest about why it was written (hence the higher rating), and it provides all you need to know about DNS/BIND on IPv6 as we all struggle with this replay of "Year 2000"!

Needs a bit more info on Linux/UNIX config (rather than one paragraph) - particularly if you are going to dedicate many more pages to Mac config. Author is probably a fanbois, but at least didn't get too carried away.


Graph-based Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval
Graph-based Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval
by Rada Mihalcea
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £43.12

3.0 out of 5 stars Too much emphasis on graph theory, not enough on NLP/IR, 9 Oct 2012
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Expecting a more thorough analysis of the Natural Language Processing and/or Information Retrieval but ended up reading another book about Graph Theory and Google PageRank(!).

The book is essentially a narrative around slides that are available freely online, so on this basis it does fill in some of the gaps. However more focus on the end-game: "language processing" would make this a far more interesting read...


The Internet of Things: Key Applications and Protocols
The Internet of Things: Key Applications and Protocols
by Olivier Hersent
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £59.35

2.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably comprehensive, biassed towards Energy Management, 9 Oct 2012
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Reasonably comprehensive technical compendium on emerging and legacy protocols for sensors and energy. Though clearly as you read through this tome, it is quite clear that the authors have a strong bias towards energy management rather than building management.

The book covers the majority of emerging technology for sensor networks but has some considerable gaps, missing some key protocols that compete. I would have expected balanced coverage of: DASH7, Zigbee, WiFi and 6LoWPAN - though clearly the authors see Zigbee as a legacy(!!!) How technology changes.

Perhaps the book should be re-titled "The Internet for Energy Management"


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