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THE TROUBLED EMPIRE (History of Imperial China)
THE TROUBLED EMPIRE (History of Imperial China)
Price: $12.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Period, February 15, 2015
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Good series covering an immense subject. It is interesting that government jobs required an exam, a good idea for the US. It starts with the Yuan Empire which was Mongols led by Kublai Khan ruling China. The Silk Road was busy and past Samarkand there were Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastrians and many other religions. There were people from India, Bactria, Persia, Greece, Rome and goods of all kinds from silk to golden apples (oranges). But trade had been going on since the bronze age. The Yuan was followed the Ming Dynasty with more interesting things. There's an alleged curse “May you live in interesting times".


The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence
The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence
Price: $14.60

4.0 out of 5 stars A group of timely articles on the subject, February 15, 2015
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This a broad field these days and relatively timely so it's a good review. Of all fields it is not making just progress, it's accelerating. The two branches are tools like machine learning which is used to predict your next purchase and the other is developing machines with an intelligence comparable to a human which is inevitable. It's not an introduction but a group of useful readings on the topic.


Data Structures and Algorithms in Python
Data Structures and Algorithms in Python
by Michael T. Goodrich
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $164.75
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for a lot of money, January 25, 2015
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Absolutely, if you want to pay a fortune to learn Python this is the best. I'm pulling a star because, this being a text, I teaching myself and not then an institutional teacher, I could not access the teacher's materials on-line. I argued that if I'm teaching myself then I'm a teacher but syllogisms were too much for the publisher. If you're in college, on a low budget and intelligent, you could get by without unless this is not required. Or share it. If you're new to coding, you may have to buy it. You'll to refer back to the algorithms later on.


Sheesham Wood Knob Handle Walking Stick
Sheesham Wood Knob Handle Walking Stick
Offered by Armory Replicas
Price: $17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stick, January 25, 2015
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I use it every day. I bought a different tip for the winter weather.


21st Century C: C Tips from the New School
21st Century C: C Tips from the New School
Price: $30.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Clovis Point people whose hunting grounds where the PDP/11 and now is the Massively Parallel Supercomputer with Linux., December 30, 2014
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For those who could program an orthogonally linked list in UNIX/C and the Korn shell (now using bash) before they could shoot an arrow straight back with a compound bow while riding a horse, this will refresh your skills, your C functions where needed in C++ and the most useful C++ methods in C where needed.


Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.19
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book addresses serious issues, November 20, 2014
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This book discusses issues related to what is likely a major, even possibly the most crucial turning point in human history. This is a point we will likely reach in this century. This is when we build machines that are more intelligent than we are. We need to be prepared to design and implement these machines, what has been called "the last tool we will ever make". There are some dangers involved we need to deal with because we cannot stop this from happening. It is inevitable.


Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts Third Edition: Troubleshooting PC Hardware Problems from Boot Failure to Poor Performance
Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts Third Edition: Troubleshooting PC Hardware Problems from Boot Failure to Poor Performance
by Morris Rosenthal
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, November 20, 2014
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Both for the beginner and as a reference for some problems you haven't encountered before.


Stanley STST70574 12-Inch Soft Sided Tool Bag
Stanley STST70574 12-Inch Soft Sided Tool Bag
Price: $9.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for computer repair tools., November 20, 2014
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I use this to carry computer and electronics diagnostic and repair tools. It's the perfect bag for this purpose. I have gotten compliments on it from fellow tradesman.


Oracle PL/SQL Programming
Oracle PL/SQL Programming
by Steven Feuerstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: $44.03
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is THE book for PL/SQL, November 20, 2014
Steve is "the man" for PL/SQL. He finds ways to do things that the language designers never dreamt of. For over 20 years I have been buying every new edition of this book. It keeps me up-to-date with language, surprises me with new techniques and is in that shelf of a dozen books you have at hand if you work with PL/SQL. My brother did a career change a few years back and I gave him a copy the current version of this book. Within 6 months he was considered a PL/SQL ace on the job. If you are learning PL/SQL or a beginner to Oracle PL/SQL, you cannot afford not to have this book. If you run into him at OpenWorld, he will answer your questions and help you on your way. He is also a good person as I deduced from the examples in one of his other books.


iFixit Macro Bit Set
iFixit Macro Bit Set
Offered by iFixitdotcom
Price: $40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This goes with your iFixit roll-up toolkit, November 16, 2014
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This goes with your iFixit tools to add the ability to work with devices with more types of connectors and heads.


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