Monday, September 12, 2005

Transmission - Hari Kunziru

An Indian computer hacker unwittingly destroys, and ultimately improves the lives of himself, a Bollywood film starlet, and a strange English couple, by unleashing a virus in order to make himself look more important at work.

The technical descriptions of the virus’s are almost poetic – Kunziru writes for Wired – and and the insights into Indian sweatshop code farms, and Silicon Valley’s exploitation of them, are eye-opening. Unfortunately, the end of the book seems implausible, and contrived, as if Kunziru was told to hurry up and finish when he was only halfway through.

Hari Kunziru


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