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Ventral Casting

Posted by cadsmith on February 6, 2011

Apps for Development seeks evaluations. Sysadmins called to improve testability. Coverity leads market in automated software testing. Topicmarks does document summarization. Wrangler simplifies form-based data cleanup. Linked open data adds value. EMC released Greenplum visual language for big data. Canvas learning management system announced.

White house publishes innovation strategy. Startup America supports entrepreneurship. National Power Grid has security issues. FBI search engine developed. Local Motors announces transport design battle. National Security Space Strategy published. Russians resume plans for spaceplane. China announces 2020 science goals. Clean nuclear power is a priority in China. Japanese elderly not quick to accept bot care companions. RoboEarth networks bots globally. Surgeons communicate with nurse bots using gesture recognition. David Hanson’s bot heads advance.

Video discusses implants for humans and brains for bots. Heart cells are made from skin. Accelerometer is made of paper. Nestle tests products in huge stomach. Neer tracks group member locations. Ericsson texts money transfers. AT&T expands mobile banking. Walgreens fill prescriptions by cell cam. IntoNow promotes social TV. Digital museums are browsable in Google Art Project. There were thirty-three recent links.

Book Review:

Verification and Validation in Systems Engineering
This book looks at how architecture frameworks use SysML and UML 2.0. Techniques are classified as informal, static, dynamic or formal. These use inspection, testing, simulation, reference model equivalence checking and theorem proving. It proposes a unified approach to evaluate designs, including comparative metrics and procedures There is a case study of an ATM. Semantics, probabilistic behavior and performance analysis of activity diagrams are considered using the PRISM model. There are thirteen chapters.


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Net for Sale

Posted by cadsmith on January 9, 2011

US citizens to get Internet ID. LG ties smart grid to smartphones and tablets. Trimensional has 3D scanner for iphone. Factual has web and mobile APIs. Forrester says third of users will have tablets by 2015. Vuzix makes video eyeware. Videoscape promoted by Cisco service providers. Viewdle tags photos. Google Hotpot ranks realworld locations. Hipmunk does flight search. Clever Sense has location-aware concierge AI. Dedicated AIs are more successful. Hybrid Assistive Limb is a robotic exoskeleton. Industrial robot name Little Helper. OpenStack provides open-source for clouds. OpenStudy supports social study groups. DIASPORA open-source socnet in alpha. Minimal blogging editor outputs RSS. Feed.nu converts a blog to an android app. DKIM vouches for email. Social Security expects next computer to be years behind demand. Kneber botnet hits government. MAINGATE is new mobile defense network. Amazon Web Services used for wifi hacking research. Estonia starts cyber army. Wikistrat produces geopol journals. Eagleman looks at brains and behaviors. Convergence creates revolution in biomedicine. DNA test determines physical characteristics such as hair color. There is a digital Radiation Detector. Oil Prices begin to dig deeper. High tech Horse Show announced. Gilt Groupe carries luxury brands. Thirty-five recent links.

Book Reviews:

The Master Switch, Tim Wu, 2010

A separation principle of content from transport would maintain an open internet. The author discusses the history of telecommunications and describes an open-to-closed cycle. Convergence in this context means monopoly. This results from a paradox of how US consumers chose convenience over freedom. Other factors are network effects, power of integration, economies of scale, and will to power. There are five parts for twenty-one chapters.

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Cell Complex

Posted by cadsmith on October 18, 2010

Usability test sites are listed below. Visualization has Circos tool. Machine learning can automatically read the web and derive laws from data. Biotech do-it-yourself has reached the garage stage. Japan has machines that win at chess, economize both heat and smartgrid, sing like humans, and crawl like snakes. Surveillance has video analytics and privacy concerns. Movies have character makeover. Security has memory hardware ID, Bugat trojan, cyber cold war and first strike alert. Space tourism is less than a couple of years away. Water shortages are prevented by intelligence, startups and solar power. Ebooks have self-publishing, search, blog converter, and writing nook.

Book reviews:

Undercover User Experience Design, Cennydd Bowles and James Box, 2010

This is a comprehensive do-it-yourself description about many facets of the topic. The undercover manifesto values bottom-up change, delivery, timeliness, sociability, and action. There are details about critiques, deliverables, design process and problems, research, usability testing, and UX design. UX adoption begins in web design, and proceeds to check-up, integration, ownership, allies, education, persuasion, trust, stories, skills, and ROI. The content of the book has dynamic highlights, notes appear in side-boxes. It has tips for Agile as well as waterfall design. There are recommendations for using the process with various types of customers including developers, visual designers, content specialists, product owners, marketers, SEO specialists and senior managers. It talks about metrics, A/B testing, common design review pitfalls. Types of test include rapid iterative testing and evaluation, and remote. Tools range from sketching wireframes and storyboards, to apps, to dedicated sites. Research methods include feedback, surveys, and third-parties. Author sites http://www.cennydd.co.uk and twitter.com/boxman.
Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, Andrew J. Bacevich, 2010

The title simultaneously refers to the beltway, namesake, possible result, and the name of the national security consensus since WWII which is no longer as effective. The sacred trinity now holds that the US needs global presence, power projections and interventionism. The inability to distinguish institutional well-being from that of the nation has led to the present conditions. This affected historical figures such as Allen Dulles, Curtis LeMay and Maxwell Taylor. The author takes issue with the way things have turned out for the US. The arguments are nonpartisan. The return to counterinsurgency demonstrates an abandonment of victory as an objective. The US could revert to the tradition of military for defense and Just War. Americans would see soldiers stationed in the country as citizen-protectors. This frees up resources to restore the economy.

Previous links (from about fifty-four):


Turn Visitors into Customers with Performable.
Easy User Experience research – whatusersdo.com
Webnographer Home
Remote Usability testing, online customer experience research, usability testing software. Userzoom
User Experience | Website Usability Testing and Evaluation
Usability Testing
Treejack :: Optimise your site structure using tree testing.
Remote & Online Usability Testing Tool | Loop11
IntuitionHQ, make website usability testing part of every website project
CommandShift3 – It’s like Hot or Not for web design
Chalkmark :: First impression testing.

astronomy Planet hunters no longer blinded by the light | International Space Fellowship

automotive CarWoo!

climate Old Weather – Our Weather’s Past, the Climate’s Future

community Get Satisfaction | Customer Community Software – Love your Customers.

economics Coming Soon: World Government and Global Currency – Beyond Money

education Next Gen Learning Challenges

invention Dean of Invention : Planet Green – On TV

maps The Web 2.0 Summit Points of Control Map

social Multitude

social-networks MYCUBE

technology Garnter’s Newest Hype Cycle: Discuss

transportation Everyone’s Private Driver / UberCab

windows Windows Live Mesh 2011

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Hidden Com Part

Posted by cadsmith on September 11, 2010


Internet media lets stamps go live, opensource code connect cities, anesthesia cross continents, search be multilingual and faculty tune syllabus stats. Tech tests Turing, engineers climate, buys self-powered parts, and ends the big bang, while art and scifi plug the void. Videojug promotes beta.

Recent links (about twenty-nine):

ai Is the Turing Test Still Relevant? A Plan for Developing the Cognitive Decathlon to Test Intelligent Embodied Behavior, Mueller (PDF)


YouTube – Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

YouTube – Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

augmented-reality Royal Mail Launches First Intelligent Stamps | eWEEK Europe UK

bookmark Trailmeme and the Web of Intent

books The Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton, 2010

climate Climate scientists suggest geoengineering approach with engineered nanoparticles

cognitive You Are What You Touch: How Tool Use Changes the Brain’s Representations of the Body: Scientific American

database CouchOne – Your Data. Anywhere.


The Optimistic Thought Experiment | Hoover Institution

Guest Post: Could Tiny Somaliland Become the First Cashless Society?

education Khan Academy

environment Early Warning Signs Could Show When Extinction Is Coming | Wired Science | Wired.com

forum Qvaq – Easy Discussions for Everyone

government Announcing Civic Commons – Code for America

media As It Moves Away From The Wikis, Wetpaint Launches TV News And Entertainment Site

medical Medical Daily: World’s first transcontinental anesthesia

mobile Dr Dobbs – Autonomous User Interfaces for Mobile Apps

ocr ABBYY OCR SDK for integrating intelligent and accurate OCR, ICR, OMR, barcode recognition and PDF conversion technologies

power Self powered parts will be electronic mainstay by 2020 – Pacemakers to power themselves | TechEye

quantum Quantum computing – separating hope from hype


Observations: Open-source personal robotics seeks a community to make it affordable

robots ready to take over your home on [technabob]

science Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Non-Expanding Cosmology Attempts To Oust Big Bang Theory

space SpaceWeather.com


Performance Testing

7 Excellent Website To Test And Compare Website Speed | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

Dr Dobbs – Unit Testing Tools ‘Suite’ Up

translation Linguee – The web as a dictionary – German/English

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Last Resort

Posted by cadsmith on August 10, 2010


Society seems to be in the midst of another big shuffle. Part of it is seasonal, but there are major ideological shifts as previous institutions shed the characters that embodied them. Despite oft-repeated scripts, new contacts made online or in person are superficial and find it difficult to pierce the compartmentalization of previous history or biography quickly enough. Discontinuities in authority may occur. Risk mitigation strategies then need review. A tag or stereotype invites examination.

Recent links (about sixty): grouped using Bookmarks2LiveWriter which plugs into the windows live writer app and downloads delicious bookmarks for a date range, which can then be sorted by leading tag. Manually edited to skip newline for single entries.

agile: Tasktop Agile Planner

ajax: Dr Dobbs – Open Source Community Paves Way for Developers to Improve Internet Access for the Aging, Disabled

animation: the macula


Fluther: Tap the Collective

architecture: International Architecture Database


Who’s in the Blogosphere? / Flowtown (@flowtown)


Defending the Undefendable, Walter Block, 2008
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, Roy Peter Clark, 2006

business: rule.fm | let your work flow…

drawing: News: deviantART Muro: It’s Time to Draw!

ebooks: calibre – E-book management

education: Bill Gates: Forget university, the web is the future for education – Tech Products & Geek News | Geek.com

hardware: UCLA Professor Warns of Hardware Hackers – International Business Times


IDS Readies Data Centers on Ships « Data Center Knowledge
A sneak preview of enterprise IT in 2020 – Computerworld Blogs

media: Renewed Interest in Financing Original Web Shows – NYTimes.com

mobile: Yes I am Precious


Collaborative Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, available soon under GPL


Young Engineer Uses Webcam, Laser to Build Budget 3-D Scanner | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Technology Review: Computing at the Speed of Light
Medical Daily: Purple light means go, ultraviolet light means stop

phone: http://apps.facebook.com/vonage-talkfree/

photography: Computer Scientists Build Pedestrian Remover

publishing: B.V. Larson Official Author’s site


Scientists provide a new angle on quantum cryptography
Physicists develop model that pushes limits of quantum theory

reading: The Monkey Cage: Social Highlighting


IEEE Spectrum: Engineers Turn Robot Arm into Formula 1 Simulator
The University of Utah: Mechanical Engineering:
Remote controlled, multi-tasking climbing machine
Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors’ blog: A Strange New Take on Telepresence


The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross, 2010
Mech, B. V. Larson, 2010
Containment, Cantrell, 2009
Living Digitally: Fiction by Christian Cantrell

security: Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images | Privacy Inc. – CNET News

singularity: Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence | AI

space: Sharpest Image Yet of Massive Galaxy Collision | Wired Science | Wired.com

storytelling: Storytelling Part 1: Change of Storytelling on Vimeo

technology: More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, Ramez Naam, 2005


6 Ways Eye Tracking Is Changing the Web
Injecting Errors for Fun and Profit – ACM Queue
Dr Dobbs – Time and Testing: The Biggest Developer Headaches

translation: Translation and undo smartquotes in documents – Official Google Docs Blog

ui: Dolphin uses iPad as way to communicate with humans – Boing Boing

use-case: Advanced Use Case Modeling: Software Systems, Armour and Miller, 2000


LoiLo inc
Light Reading – Service Provider IT – Verizon Tailors Video to Criminal Justice – Telecom News Analysis

wave: Official Google Blog: Update on Google Wave

web: Domain Names & Web Hosting : 1&1 Internet Inc.


Poynter Online – Writing Tools
The Soulmen | We Got It! Ulysses 2.0
Welcome – Ommwriter
The Organized Writer
17 Fantastic Apps Made Especially for Writers | tripwire magazine

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Posted by cadsmith on June 12, 2010


Seeming contradictions are grist for the engineering mill.  While hints of future issues raise the value of cooperation, vested domains attempt to defend their turf, especially the big budget items. Drama is usually followed by system reorganization, at lesser durations between phases. There are various models for the dynamics, including networking, and these are being shaken out by new entrants. Artifacts tell the story of their environment and culture.

Recent links (about 15): test: usability, cross-browser, debug: lldb, internet of things: Cape Cod, computation: astronomyeducation: computers and data mining, sustainability: contest, population and consumption, art: Sculptris, cognitive: Pinker on mass media.

Book reviews:

How It Ends: From You To the Universe, Chris Impey, 2010

Science doesn’t end in this one, rather it evolves to handle complexity. It is assumed that a general theory of intelligence will be forthcoming. In the meantime, the author seeks to debunk myths, but observes that endings create meaning, and that stories, in addition to facts, are important. Practical limits are respected where known, but measurement of the end depends upon the tool; and adjusting the threshold changes results. The view is systemic. The set of twelve chapters begin from individual perspective and scale up. Each has an introduction that encapsulates the general idea in a scene or person. There are plenty of diagrams and photographs which illustrate the instances, terms, relationships or conclusion. Many of the human fears of impact result in fractional loss of numbers and regression of civilization, but not extinction. This book covers a lot of current thought, e.g. transhumanism, and names or quotes the signature personalities. Much of life is shown as part of a web. Bacteria can survive space and entry to the atmosphere. It is likely that there are other forms of life in the universe or the multiverse. An extensive glossary, notes and reading list are appended.
Incidentally, this does not cover Aubrey de Grey’s theory of regenerative medicine and longevity.

Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology, editors Domenico Grasso and Melody Brown Burkins, 2010

Design is a common topic across nineteen papers by thirty authors in three countries (US, China, Peru) including thirteen states (mostly CA, MA and VA). This is due to the attribute of creativity as part of technology. (It may also overlap educational rivalries between scientific evolution and intelligent design.) The projected shortage of engineers has sharpened interest in improving education, from early through undergrad to faculty. There is an established history that can be improved upon as practice and standards become global. An emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration has several elements such as changes in segmentation from, for example, electrical/mechanical/industrial, proposed curriculums, ethical values, and study abroad. A set of recommended personal values includes analysis, translation and perception. Skills of interest include asking, labeling, modeling, decomposing, gathering, visualizing, and communicating. A case study is shown for the global positioning system highlighting systems design, and technical and business leadership. Holistic contexts include system, strategic, implementation and stakeholder. Cultural approaches reinforce unity of effort. Engineering is eligible to become a guild, like the learned professions for medical, legal, and accounting. Most chapters have conclusions and suggested readings. Sustainability issues are often reported in the news.
Experienced engineers probably have many stories about what could be changed in education and practice and professional societies attempt to be a conduit for this. Some of the skills are innate and show up in play or the use and innovation of tools and artifacts. Many fields are becoming more sophisticated in the use of instrumentation for measurement, visualization, computation and control. Most of these can be scaled to educational versions that include the newest areas of R&D. If not supplied institutionally, they probably will have some free or affordable public or web versions. Where there are few people to handle the tasks, expert automation would be required.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr, 2010

The question is whether people are losing their minds or society is constructing a new type of one. Tools have sticky cognitive effects on their users and the internet, while figuratively turning on the light for many, may also tend to make it harder to look as deeply as before. In order to write the book, the author attempted to disconnect and find seclusion for a while. He cites how changes of this magnitude have been perceived in the past, e.g. Socrates’ lament that writing destroyed the capacity for individual memory, or how the typewriter changed authors’ styles since they could not dwell on the feeling of writing in longhand. Information is meted out in lots of brief interlinked pieces. Email has become streams. Ads are pervasive. The ten chapters review the mind, book, maps, clocks, tech, computers, and AI, amid the dimension of networking. Rather than point to URLs, the story is told in flashbacks, e.g. how Weizenbaum’s ELIZA could earn the empathic confidence of people even though it was mindless. There are ten chapters and four digressions, the last of which looks at the irony of a book on the disappearance of long-term concentration. Notes and further reading are appended. Much of these are valid issues and worth further study. Whether the realtime flow and exponential increase in data to analyze can be paused often or enough is unknown. More direct types of mind links may not be too far off in the future.
For the attention-challenged, a way to get through this book might be to survey it quickly, then skim a few times to make raw impressions, not word for word, rather similar to becoming familiar with a song or painting, then read it backwards for the verbal reassurance. The reader can increase the pass-throughs to pick up more detail where necessary and as time allows, thereby rendering textual memory as well as consideration and opinion. It may turn out that reading is more of a creative process than previously thought, or that there are better tools for the task, as there are for other kinds of digital composition, e.g. like sculpting 3D art. It may then still be possible to frequently parse titles in dedicated slices while otherwise attending to the network. Eventually a learning process may be discovered, akin to development of Gladwell’s outlier mastery status, And, of course, each of the chapters can become a book or digital museum or web-service in the interim, so none of the 3R’s may remain sacrosanct for much longer. There may be a video about this floating around somewhere.

Reverse Engineering: An Industrial Perspective, Raja and Fernandes, 2008

This textbook details how reverse engineering is used for copy, design abstraction and reengineering. This is based on high-resolution digitization and 3D CAD. Results have included reduced inspection time and improved workflow. Quality assurance benefits were standardization and interchangeable parts and reduced manufacturing cost. There are actual examples from automotive, aerospace, and medical device industries, and tables refer to more. Eleven papers discuss definitions, methodologies, system selection and rapid prototyping. The authors diagram a generic process and show how it is customized in each case. The product development cycles includes test. Taxonomies are given for measuring and positioning systems. Legal concerns arise from fair use and patents, and may be handled by a recommended sui generis system. Organizational considerations are listed including a champion, management support, resource coordination, competition, and user participation, e.g. “tribal knowledge” in an aerospace firm. This does get technical and there are some equations. Terms include computer-aided reverse engineering (CARE), coordinate measuring machine (CMM), nonuniform rational B-splines (NURBS), NC machine, multijet modeling (MJM), and computer-aided inspection (CAI).
Merging data and semantic web approaches is outside the scope of this book.

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