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Almost Gone: Twenty-Five Days and One Chance to Save Our Daughter
by , Mackenzie Baldwin

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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This is the never-before-told, riveting true story about a teenage Christian girl who was seduced online by a charming young Muslim man from Kosovo, and her father who ultimately worked with the FBI to save her from disappearing forever.<BR><BR>The Baldwins were a strong Christian family, living in Plano, Texas. When their seventeen-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, met Aadam in a random-match online chat room, she fell for his good looks, his charm, and his respectful conversation. He told her he lived in New York, and they began an online friendship.<BR> <BR>But over the course of a few months, Aadam revealed that he actually lived in Kosovo and had only pretended to live in New York so Mackenzie would keep chatting with him. The more attached she became to Aadam, the more detached she became from her family.<BR> <BR>John and Stephanie, Mackenzie’s parents, had no clue what was behind their daughter’s change in personality, her surprising interest in Islam, her suddenly modest dress, and her withdrawal from friends and family. When Mackenzie’s attachment to Aadam increased even more and they became “engaged,” she started making plans to secretly fly to Kosovo where she and Aadam would be married.<BR> <BR>But twenty-five days before Mackenzie was scheduled to fly to Kosovo, John found out about his daughter’s dangerous plan when three of her friends came forward. John contacted the FBI, and asked for help. Though the FBI did not believe Aadam was trying to radicalize Mackenzie, they were concerned about his intentions, as that part of Kosovo was known for sex-trafficking, human-trafficking, and citizenship frauds. Kosovo was no place for an unaccompanied, naïve teenager to secretly travel and marry a stranger she knew only through online chats. Within the limited time remaining before Mackenzie’s departure, John and Stephanie had to confront Mackenzie and stop her before she would be lost to them forever.<BR> <BR>Told from the viewpoint of both father and daughter, <i>Almost Gone</i> follows Mackenzie’s network of lies and deceit and her parents’ escalating bewilderment and alarm. More than a cautionary tale, this is the incredible story of unconditional parental love, unwavering faith, and how God helped a family save their daughter from a relationship that jeopardized not only her happiness, but also her safety.
The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons...
by Niall Ferguson

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English

Pages

585

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<b>A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks.<br /><br />“Captivating and compelling.”—<i>The </i><b><i>New York Times</i><br /><br />"Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book...In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it."<i>—The </i><b><i>Wall Street Journal</i></b></b><br /><br />“<i>The Square and the Tower,</i> in addition to being provocative history, may prove to be a bellwether work of the Internet Age.”—<b><i>Christian Science Monitor</i></b><br /></b><br />Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?<br /><br />The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in <i>The Square and the Tower</i>, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not real. <br /><br />From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, <i>The Square and the Tower</i> tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory--concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions--can transform our understanding of both the past and the present.<br /><br />Just as <i>The Ascent of Money</i> put Wall Street into historical perspective, so <i>The Square and the Tower</i> does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled.
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Lis...
by Donald Miller

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>bestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.</strong></p><p>Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. <em>Building a StoryBrand</em> does this by teaching readers the seven universal story points all humans respond to; the real reason customers make purchases; how to simplify a brand message so people understand it; and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media. Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, <em>Building a StoryBrand</em> will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.</p>
Effective Java
by Joshua Bloch

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

December 18, 2017

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<div usercontent=""> <p style="margin:0px;"> <b>The Definitive Guide to Java Platform Best Practices—Updated for Java 7, 8, and 9</b> </p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">Java has changed dramatically since the previous edition of <i>Effective Java</i> was published shortly after the release of Java 6. This Jolt award-winning classic has now been thoroughly updated to take full advantage of the latest language and library features. The support in modern Java for multiple paradigms increases the need for specific best-practices advice, and this book delivers.</p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">As in previous editions, each chapter of <i> <b>Effective Java, Third Edition,</b> </i> consists of several “items,” each presented in the form of a short, stand-alone essay that provides specific advice, insight into Java platform subtleties, and updated code examples. The comprehensive descriptions and explanations for each item illuminate what to do, what not to do, and why.</p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">The third edition covers language and library features added in Java 7, 8, and 9, including the functional programming constructs that were added to its object-oriented roots. Many new items have been added, including a chapter devoted to lambdas and streams.</p> <p style="margin:0px;"> </p> <p style="margin:0px;">New coverage includes</p> <ul> <li>Functional interfaces, lambda expressions, method references, and streams</li> <li>Default and static methods in interfaces</li> <li>Type inference, including the diamond operator for generic types</li> <li>The @SafeVarargs annotation</li> <li>The try-with-resources statement</li> <li>New library features such as the Optional interface, java.time, and the convenience factory methods for collections</li> </ul> <p style="margin:0px;"> <i>Register your product at informit.com/register for convenient access to the web edition eBook, updates, and/or corrections as they become available.</i> </p> </div>
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
by Darril Gibson

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English

Pages

610

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><font>Pass the First Time.</font></b><br /><p>The CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it. </p><br /><p>It covers all of the SY0-501 objectives and includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous two versions. Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action. The author uses many of the same analogies and explanations he’s honed in the classroom that have helped hundreds of students master the Security+ content. </p><br /><p>You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.</p><br /><p>Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes a 75 question pre-test, a 75 question post-test, and practice test questions at the end of every chapter. Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You'll also have access to free online resources including labs and additional practice test questions. Using all of these resources, you’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.</p><br /><p>If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT systems security.</p><br /><p>The author supplements the book with blog posts here: http://blogs.getcertifiedgetahead.com/.</p><br /><p>This page provides a full listing of mobile device apps from the author: http://learnzapp.com/partners/darrilgibson/.</p>
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tel...
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

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English

Pages

357

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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<p>Foreword by Steven Pinker</p><p>Blending the informed analysis of <em>The Signal and the Noise</em> with the instructive iconoclasm of <em>Think Like a Freak</em>, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world—provided we ask the right questions.</p><p>By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information—unprecedented in history—can tell us a great deal about who we are—the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than twenty years ago, seemed unfathomable. </p><p><em>Everybody Lies</em> offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? Does where you go to school effect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? How regularly do we lie about our sex lives and who’s more self-conscious about sex, men or women? </p><p>Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential—revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health—both emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data everyday, and its influence is multiplying. <em>Everybody Lies</em> challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world.</p>
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<b><i>New York Times</i> Best Seller<br /><br />How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.</b><br />  <br /> How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?<br />  <br /> What sort of future do <i>you</i> want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.
LINUX : Interview Guide for Linux Administrator: Self-confidence ...
by Mike Ryan

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English

Pages

42

Publication Date

January 17, 2018

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If you are preparing for an interview on Linux admin role, you then would possibly welcome some help with the sorts of questions you may expect to be asked. IT infrastructure of every organisation may be specific. Interviewers count on applicants to have as a minimum 60% to 70% of know-how in line with their organisation infrastructure in order that he can be selected and trained in addition. Each interview will be one of a kind, but commonplace questions will unavoidably be asked. Interview guide for Linux Administrator is a fantastic aid, designed with this in thoughts, and covers the most possibly questions that you may be asked to your interview, helping you by way of making it;<br />•Good to face the interview with confidence.<br />•Ideal for final minute revision.<br />•Handy to the most likely asked questions and solutions.<br />•Easy to understand.<br />•Straight to the point.<br />Interview manual for Linux Administrator will help you to be better organized and more able to face your interview with self-confidence with a purpose to be tons favorite.Suitable for beginner stage or intermediate level applicants, this book addresses a number of the typically asked questions that applicants have to assume and put together them for a success interview and is even helpful for readers after the interview, as a accessible manual for everyday operational work.
Prescriptive Analytics: A Short Introduction to Counterintuitive ...
by , Noah Fang

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English

Pages

105

Publication Date

January 17, 2018

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<p> <br /> As the disciplines of advanced analytics continue to develop and evolve, new methodologies emerge that take advantage of data science and machine learning, disrupt the status quo, and transform the complex landscape of business intelligence. Prescriptive Analytics: A Short Introduction to Counterintuitive Intelligence aims to create synergy between analytics professionals and artificial intelligence algorithms.<br /></p><br /><p> <br />Short, structured, and practitioner-oriented, the book offers a general framework and practical recommendations on modelling, generating, and executing prescriptive analytics decision sets.<br /></p><br /><p> <br />Readers will come away from this book with clear understanding how prescriptive analytics is different from other areas of advanced analytics—descriptive analytics, diagnostic analytics, and predictive analytics. Learn how to<br /></p><br /><ul><br /><li>Design a prescriptive analytics system;</li><br /><li>Model situations to map the real-world problems;</li><br /><li>Develop alternatives to turn possibilities into options;</li><br /><li>Generate decision sets using evolutionary algorithms to transform options to solutions; and</li><br /><li>Execute decisions to create real-world impact on the business problems.</li><br /></ul><br /><p> <br />Concise, engaging and original, the book introduces you to the fascinating and transformative world of counterintuitive intelligence.<br /></p>
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and In...
by Gary Vaynerchuk

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p>Four-time <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.</p><p>In his 2009 international bestseller <em>Crush It,</em> Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In <em>Crushing It!,</em> Gary explains why that’s even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier—and not just financially—than they ever imagined possible by following <em>Crush It</em> principles. The secret to their success (and Gary’s) has everything to do with their understanding of the social media platforms, and their willingness to do whatever it took to make these tools work to their utmost potential. That’s what <em>Crushing It</em>! teaches readers to do.</p><p>In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each. He offers both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on old standbys like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat; podcast platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and iTunes; and other emerging platforms such as Musical.ly. For those with more experience, <em>Crushing It!</em> illuminates some little-known nuances and provides innovative tips and clever tweaks proven to enhance more common tried-and-true strategies.</p><p><em>Crushing It!</em> is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.</p>

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