Re: ROBERT SLADE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF INFORMATION SECURITY: AREVIEWER' REVIEW

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Anonymous Remailer (austria), Mar 6, 2009.

  1. I am not surprised by the sloppiness of Mr. Slade's review. Having read
    a handful of his reviews of books that I have personally read carefully,
    I have concluded on the basis of factual reasons that:

    1. Mr. Slade tends to shoot from the hip and makes comments on books
    that he either has not read carefully enough or has not understood. In
    at least two cases, his restatements of the authors' statements that he
    reviewed were totally misinterpreted by him to mean the exact opposite
    of what these authors' statements had been.
    Such sloppy restatements on his part suggest that he merely skims
    through books he plans to review, latches onto a sentence here and there
    out of context, and pronounces judgment.
    This is like the case of the newspaper who reported on a Monday morning
    about the local pastor's sermon the day before that "There is no God,
    said the Pastor", when in fact the pastor has said "The devil wants you
    to think that there is no God". Huge difference.

    2. Mr. Slade habitually mixes editorializing (his personal opinions and
    many biases) with facts in a manner intended to make the reader think
    that Mr. Slader's editorial opinions are facts, too. This is in the best
    tradition of Yellow Journalism.

    As a result, I now consider Mr. Slader's reviews as mere pompous blogs
    having no value.
    Anonymous Remailer (austria), Mar 6, 2009
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