Fergus In London

The musings of a man with a keyboard and an internet connection.

Book Review: "Weapons of Math Destruction", by Cathy O'Neil

2018-10-21 6 min read Fergus
I recently finished reading “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil, and continuing my quest to not only read more - but to also actually digest the content - here’s another book review! Cathy O’Neil sounds like a fascinating person, with quite a surprising career path; upon leaving academia she found herself working as a Quantitive Analyst at a hedge fund, and from this privileged position she was able to witness the effects of the 2008 financial crisis first hand, subsequently she changed allegiances and even found herself part of the Occupy movement. Continue reading

Book Review: 'Stasiland' and 'Red Notice'

2018-10-17 3 min read Fergus
This post is going to be a bit different; it’s not about tech, it’s not about security, and it’s not even about health - it’s about books; or more specifically, it’s a book review. In an attempt to fix some issues with my sleep pattern lately, I’ve been avoiding screen time of an evening - and this has led to me rekindling my love of books. As such, I’ve recently finished two of the best books I think I’ve read in years, books which on the surface may sound similar, but in reality portray entirely different messages. Continue reading