Friday, May 6, 2016

Unsupported Caims in Shady Research

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So I had a little time to kill today at work while a script ran, so I headed over to Google to look at recent articles regarding Netflow.  I'm currently working on the SENSS exam, and Netflow is the main area where I'm still weak in it's topics.  A little light reading is the best I can do while at the office, GNS3 is not an approved application, and I'd probably get some looks cracking open Network Security Technologies and Solutions at my desk.

So while looking through some choice academic output regarding various uses of Netflow data in detecting ssh brute force attempts, IPv4 address utilization and other interesting uses, I came across an article that caught my attention right away.  Yes, by Google I mean Google Scholar.   What can I say, I learn better reading applied science.  What caught my eye right away was the poor spelling and grammar right off the bat in the abstract.  I got to the literature review of this article and found this gem:

"VoIP technology was started in February 1995 by Vocaltec, Inc. in Israel. It transfers the voice over high speed network, cheaper comparing to PSTN and reachable to everywhere through internet by loon developed by Google with 4G LTE speed."  

The citation for this incredible statement is an overview of Google's Project Loon, a theoretical use of balloons to raise up wireless access points to eventually cover the globe with a wireless mesh network.  The article cited a third source discussing this project, which after 5 years has covered around 40 square miles of New Zealand.  While at first glance I had thought that they were implying that the core of the Internet was running on technology that was invented by Google, I'm not sure what they are implying is much better.  Additional balloons are not going to be deployed at the drop of a hat to provide VoIP to undeserved areas.

So the bottom line is this.  You can't make grandiose claims that simply aren't supported by the literature in literature based research.  You may slide it past a professor who is overworked or just doesn't understand the material.  You may even slide it past the editors of The Indian Journal of Science & Technology.  But sooner or later this sloppy work is going to get picked up on.  I almost used their contact us page to complain.


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