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07 June 2008 @ 07:52 pm
I'll write a not-a-list post soon, but I had to share this  
Excel for Dummies? Sure - there are people who are not computer-savvy for whom an introductory text is appropriate. But these? These are titles in the "For Dummies" series of technical manuals that should NOT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN, because these are things you simply DO NOT LET STUPID PEOPLE DO. Some of these books are already in second edition, those poor bastards.

Biometrics For Dummies
Cryptography For Dummies
Firewalls For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Hacking For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Windows 2000 Server Security For Dummies

These titles seem to work, in sort of a "Modest Proposal" kind of way:

Computer Viruses For Dummies
Rootkits For Dummies
daraeldindaraeldin on June 8th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
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chadvalentinechadvalentine on June 8th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Eh, long, long ago, I got Unix for Dummies for school, and it helped quite a bit.

I can see Firewalls being 90 percent explainable in a dummies edition.

But Hacking? come on--hacking what? Win 2K server security? How big is the damn book? BIOMETRICS?

The Dummies Books are to college textbooks what Cliff's Notes are to literature.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on June 9th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
And there is nothing wrong with Cliff's Notes, it's just - you don't title a book Nuclear Fission Reactor Management For Dummies unless you are the smuggest son of a bitch in the world.
Doomutilitygeek on June 8th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Planes are fun!
For the Mathematical Modeling Contest, my team once submitted Air Traffic Control for Dummies, cover and all.
astcetc snafuwonderlandkat on June 8th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
My boss owns genetics and something else similar for dummies. So I guess they can be useful for really smart people