Test Information Space

Journal of Tech, Testing and Trends

New Role Net

Posted by cadsmith on April 2, 2010


As users assemble goal-directed means to acquire answers, reviews, skills and experts, they explore new tools and interfaces beyond the jurisdiction of the administrative status quo. A transform of these activities can show the likelihood that a prospective model will endure based on advantages, availability, usability, quality, and cost savings, for example. Some will be customizable. Recognition and reputation systems may eventually be built-in.  Recent bookmarks for testing context can be highlighted. Test-driven development (TDD) is applied to embedded systems and opensource testopia to management. Labmeeting networks results. Wolframalpha simplifies pocket math. Cacoo supports social diagrams. Skipfish evaluates security. Ruby for rails lists best practices. Ncomputing embeds cloud desktop. Stickybits augments physical tags and RFIDs can be printed. Heads up devices include Emotiv, Cyberglove, Sensics, Looktel and thought to text. Freelancer and Cloudcrowd hawk their wheres.

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency and Participation in Practice, edited by Lathrop and Ruma, 2010. If the truth be known, governments have found scaling to be very difficult. The theme is actually about risk. By definition, the results cannot long follow a set gameplan. Scope and speed are significant. The 34 articles and more authors are stimulating. It is hard to define open administration. Add potential results such as infinite congress, powerless proxies, or resistance to notion of evolution. Web2.0 may not be sufficient to inform the architecture or its defenses, if not creating more bureaucratic network branches for the usual government departments. Case studies are discussed, many in terms of web sites. This is a challenge to model verifiably since it may be more complex than the internet, eg for effect on democracy. Can wonder how much of a role each of several dozen forms of government may have, how tolerant they are, or who will be the people to take equivalent positions and present dire warnings, perhaps including an uberclass of network lobbyists. If party colors are used, the center of change becomes where the palette is most varying. Unexpected effects can be further outlined, such as a balance of power online opposite to realword due to generational shift. Terms differ, eg absentee may be obsolete. Acronyms seem longer at 5 characters or more. There are differences between opensource, crowdsource and open data. Questions remain as to how open other functions must be. New methods of preparing people are necessary. A lot of popular buzzwords show up, eg sustainable participative efficient realtime transparent collaborative interoperable accountable webservice marketplace. Yet another killer app is expected to succeed government internet web search. Secrecy and privacy need to adapt. The signal event that (in)validates this approach needs to be defined with respect to finance, legislation and security for citizenry, business, and environment. Also need to see how intelligently it handles local politics, partisanship, global policy, propaganda, big corporate contributions, marketing manipulation, fundamentalism, costs or censorship. Reading the interactive news may become interesting when that itself changes system conditions

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, Thomas H. Greco Jr., 2009. The author seeks to promote democracy and the egalitarian decentralization of elitist power through networks of local control which complement global usefulness. A sustainable exchange replaces money. This outweighs the political contest between capitalism and socialism, leads more toward cooperation than competition, and improves the standard of living and quality of life. He is influenced by writings of E. C. Riegel. His anecdotal style is meant to be understood by readers and the historical details and quotes are consistently embellished by philosophical and ethical considerations. There are twenty chapters, an epilogue, and two appendices.
He predicts web-based personal and commercial trading units comprised of marketplace, social network, payments via direct credit clearing, and an objective measure of value like a composite commodity standard. This would combine the convenience of Paypal and the credit of Visa. (If one substitutes the internet for web, then networks also include things like mobile phones, media players, or tablet devices.) Communities can then map their territories and buy local over imports, allow mutual credit clearing for payment, establish currency from “trusted issuers”, localize, and normalize an accounting unit. Prosper.com is an example of peer-to-peer lending.
History of finance is reviewed. Government is a dispenser of privilege and banking holds the strings. The “great monetary transformation” was from commodity to credit. Wars have been supported by central banking since the creation of the Bank of England which enabled credit and victory over Napoleon in 1815. The development of American government and banking is dramatically rendered, eg Andrew Jackson’s veto of Nicholas Biddle’s Second Bank of the US. The Federal Reserve emerged in 1913. Central banking is now internationally rooted in a new world order which outranks national sovereignty. Growth has been based on exponentially rising debt from private and government spending which created the crises that are becoming more frequent, e.g. inflation or the recent subprime mortgage default

The Caryatids, Bruce Sterling, 2009. In 2065, between an orbital sanctum and future space habitats, classical planet-based civilization is supported, as the title suggests, by the figuresque architectural columns of outlaw engineer clones of a Balkan war criminal, an Aryan Atlas-like brother and four sisters. They have risen to leadership of the major world domains. Amid the Acquis ln Mljet island, everyware, a senseweb of social software, monitors the brains and attentions of exoskeleton-equipped communal laborers and sensors. Earthquakes in LA arouse the Dispensation’s mil-entertainment complex global net’s’ autonomous emergency crews, while users view celebrities like paparazzi through homemade cams and plan the Next Web. Like a dragon, the Great Wall eyes Jiuquan, the city around China’s space center as military plot official immortality, while the political department extends to the far reaches.
Fashioned as a triptych, the novel balances coincidences along three generations, three competing political parties, and the lives of the clones in three different parts. A Synchronist philosophy combines Extinction 6.0, the climate crisis, and an “event heap” of a supervolcano and unstable sun in a decaying universe. The reader follows the expressions, gestures and emotions of the participants while, like an epic symphonist scratching for survival, the author paints a future composed of Beethoven on the bulldozer; a Mongolian Mozart and a touch of thrash metal. Contrasts are juxtaposed including mines and graves, politically agnostic religion, transparency and vanishing. He refers obliquely to writings of Austen, Poe, Lovecraft, and Stevenson.
Sound and color infuse the stories of the industrial Vera, theatrical Radmila, heroine of the state Red Sonja, Biserka’s incarnation of the goddess Artemis, and the sensitive executive George.

Wireless, Charles Stross, 2009 The author really enjoys writing short stories according to his intro. Meant for the hard scifi genre, the subjects cover a full range of themes including aliens, space opera, time travel, robotics, internet, secret weapons, and singularity, with an added devil’s bargain. Most of the entries have an afterword for the reasons that they were penned. His writing influences for these were H. P. Lovecraft, P. G. Wodehouse’s humor, Gardner Dozois’ commission on the theme of a million A.D., and co-blogger Cory Doctorow. Bob Howard appears from The Laundry spy series. Carl Sagan and Yuri Gagarin populate alternate Soviet history. The author expects the reader to have read some of the works online, though his site does not accept payments which he requests be made to the publishers who do the promoting. Three of the nine titles can be read in entirety at http://www.antipope.org/charlie, Unwirer, A Colder War and Down on the Farm. All of the selections were previously published between 1998-2008 except the novella Palimpsest. Missile Gap won a Locus in 2006. That year also saw a Hugo for The Concrete Jungle and another Locus for Accelerando, both not in this volume, but available on the website.


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