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IT Ethics Handbook

by brian_d_foy (Abbot)
on Dec 08, 2004 at 05:05 UTC ( #413104=bookreview: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Item Description: Right and Wrong for IT Professionals

Review Synopsis: Don't even wrap fish it in

Have you ever wondered about questions like "Can I steal?", "Should I tape my co-workers having sex in the office?", or "Is it okay to break the rules if the FBI says it's for national security?" Those are actual questions answered in this book, and it may be for you because it not only tells you what's right, but it always gives you two answers to choose from. One lets you do what you want, and the other doesn't. That's double the value.

Sadly, this is distributed by O'Reilly Media (published by Syngress), and falls far short of the quality that most people have attached to that publisher. I tend to think that most reasonable people can answer these questions on their own and if they can't, they really don't want to do the right thing anyway. The question is often the answer.

Comment on IT Ethics Handbook
Re: IT Ethics Handbook
by saskaqueer (Friar) on Dec 08, 2004 at 05:35 UTC

    Are you sure that the last page of the book doesn't have some instructions on who to contact in order to have the real book shipped to you? Maybe some twisted person(s) at O'Reilly thought it would be funny to sell a "gag book" per se, with the intention of later shipping them the real content? Or maybe they decided to save paper and you can read the real text by using a black light?

    .oO( Did I get these ideas from a previous O'Reilly publication? "Publisher Crazy-Idea Handbook" or some such... )

Re: IT Ethics Handbook
by zentara (Archbishop) on Dec 08, 2004 at 12:40 UTC
    The book sounds like: "How to Succeed in the Corporate World".:-)

    I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh
Re: IT Ethics Handbook
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 08, 2004 at 20:45 UTC

    Two things aren't clear from your review:

    • Have you actually read the book or did you just browse through it in a bookstore?
    • As the editor of a magazine, how come that you still can't spell "lets"?

    Just my $0.2

      I read most of the book. It's sitting on my desk right now. What's not clear from your post is who you are and if you have read the book. You're free to add your own review if you have a different opinion. :)

      It's not "Why can't I spell lets", it's "Why can't I type it?" I make typos like everyone else. Despite what you may think, editors aren't exempt from human frailty. Indeed, I think that's the point of the review.

      --
      brian d foy <bdfoy@cpan.org>

      Do you have any idea what goes into editing a printed publication? In a good publishing environment, no one editor is ever the sole person to check mistakes on any given document. When I worked at a small newspaper, people were still finding errors when the paper was being posted to boards just before being sent to the printers, including stupid little ones made by people who should know better. It's not because the people involved were morons--it's because they're humans.

      "There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.

Re: IT Ethics Handbook
by valdez (Monsignor) on Dec 31, 2004 at 18:22 UTC

    I think that your review on Amazon is much better than this one :)

    Ciao, Valerio

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