John M. Ford

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 460
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (743 of 797)
Location: near DC, MD USA

I like reading, writing, swimming, and walking Jasper. My more respectable interests include text mining, test development and cognitive science.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 460 - Total Helpful Votes: 743 of 797
The Law & the Heart: Speculative Stories to Bend t&hellip by Kenneth Schneyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Form and Fancy*, 18 Aug 2014
These thirteen science fiction stories by Kenneth Schneyer are about the law, the human heart and how the two are entwined. The title is well chosen. The stories are divided into three sections: The Law, The Heart, and The Law & the Heart.

The stories in The Law section didn't capture my interest. The author is an attorney and writes from experience. He obviously knows the law and has found a few odd corners to look around. He also seems to think like a lawyer, in a structured and ordered way. Some of these stories even take the form of legal documents, which describe by implication a state of affairs in the world. This is skillfully done. I think my problem stems from… Read more
Learn XML by WAGmob
Learn XML by WAGmob
3.0 out of 5 stars Rock Bottom XML, 16 Aug 2014
This brief guide to XML is part of WAGmob's series of Simple `n Easy guides on technology-related topics. They offer "on-the-go references that enable our customers to refer, learn and remember." They also promise to respond to all customer emails within 48 hours and use feedback to update their books within 60 days. Ambitious.

This guide taught me the basics of XML, confirming a lot that I already knew and clearing up a couple of misconceptions. So it was worth the low price and the short read time. The book was reasonably organized, unevenly written, and overused a small set of examples of XML code. It is suitable as a quick overview of XML for someone who already knows… Read more
Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submar&hellip by W. Craig Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars The Submerged Past, 13 Aug 2014
W. Craig Reed presents a series of linked stories from the experiences of submariners (including himself and his father) who served in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Some of these accounts are told for the first time because participants have been released from their long-term commitments to keep them secret. Others are made possible because of declassified records made available by security personnel from the former Soviet Union.

The book's stories include:

- How American technicians invented new technology to locate Soviet subs after their adversaries switched to "burst" radio transmissions.
- How close some sub commanders came to… Read more