The initial outcome of this year’s annual auto inspection was “status monitoring not ready” from the onboard diagnostics (OBD). The current equipment checks the electronic sensors directly rather than measuring the exhaust mixture. All other tests were okay. The mechanic ran the vehicle while a scanner was connected and no faults were indicated. It then passed reinspection. No part replacements were needed so the cost was just for a single inspection and trouble-shooting labor. A possible explanation was that status can be temporarily lost when the battery is replaced or disconnected and an RPM sequence is required for drive cycle resets.
Honest Signals by Pentland 2008 presents studies of how people can be instrumented along with devices using sociometers to reveal the intricacies of social network intelligence.
Strategic Mobile Design by Cartman and Ting 2008 promotes design methods to juice up the user experience.
Programming the Semantic Web by Segaran 2009 will demonstrate how the global graph can be implemented through data linking.
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