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Mesh Plexus

Posted by cadsmith on February 20, 2011

Embedded quality concerns highlighted by Accenture. Test lab management organized by Parasoft Virtualize. Mutual Mobile tests enterprise apps. SOASTA performs cloud and mobile load tests. Strike has simple task manager. Google bookmarks imports directly from delicious.

Wolfram reviews Watson. Satellites learn to dodge obstacles. Roombots morph into furniture. Meka Robotics combines Kinect and ROS. Lasers transfer data on-chip. Antilaser absorbs light.

BrainDriver kit for mind over motorcar. Compare to driving while blind. Ants lead in network trails.

inboxQ sweeps Twitter Q&A. RIM acquires Gist contact manager. Greplin searches social media. Crowdsourcing may speed social development. Wikistrat observes how tech propels global middle. EFF reports expansion in federal surveillance. Hackers spoof news via Wi-Fi.

Doctor’s brief presents Tech and Medicine. Nurses are apprehensive of alarm fatigue. Human skin becomes printable. Nanobioconnect hosts directory.

Mississippi powers underwater turbines. Geothermal Energy plentiful in Iceland. There were thirty-one recent links.

Book Review:

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, Brian Greene, 2011

Nine types of parallel universes are proposed including quilted, inflationary, brane, cyclic, landscape, quantum, holographic, simulated and ultimate. The questions include how to test these theories, e.g. involving features which are common, or correlated, to the known universe, possibly through computation, and whether they can be used to solve problems. Various components such as black holes, string theory, and branes are explored and related to each model. There are eleven chapters. Audio comments

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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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Datapole

Posted by cadsmith on January 23, 2011

Mobile is hot as Google’s priority this year, app market of 25B in several years, Bubbly has voice tweets, and PLX XWave is a brain monitor. Tablets replace Wintel. Travel includes an all-automated hotel. Vending machines recognize faces. Philosophy promotes testing. Accessibility can be validated using A-Prompt and Cynthia Says. TestFlight can be used for  IOS betas. Security has warnings about attack toolkits, non-Windows systems, printers, resumes, and smartphone seizure, though it may have over-hyped cyberwar. Remote guide dogs announced. Robotics features a comedian and window cleaner. DIY gets alerts from physical mailbox. Internet TV offered by Roku. 3D digitization is exploited for medical visualization. FEMA is looking to adapt to social media. Touch Press displays data dynamically in books. Qwiki searches for information experiences. Firefox 4 released in beta. There were 37 recent links.

Book Review:

Design Driven Testing: Test Smarter, Not Harder, Stephens and Rosenberg, 2010

DDT goals are to fulfill requirements, validate design and verify code. The tests are derived and refactored from the code. This is contrasted to test driven-design. The authors have implemented a process using UML dubbed ICONIX. A conceptual design is positioned midway between the use cases and detailed design. Ten-step lists are each outlined for TDD, DDT, unit, controller, scenarios, requirements, antipatterns, design, integration and algorithm testing. Sequence diagrams are shown throughout. Mock objects and services are used, and unit tests included in builds. There is some discussion of automation, but metrics are not detailed. The style of the book uses allegorical narratives based on satires of alice in wonderland and the temple of doom. This includes some poetry. There are twelve chapters and an appendix from original presentation on subject of use cases. Tips interspersed in the text, as well as inline notes or footnotes that link to other sources. Code samples demonstrate the techniques for a mobile Palm Pilot mapplet to do travel GIS hotel search for a web site.

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Counter Logic

Posted by cadsmith on December 4, 2010

The internet has public resources for improving community wealth. Tools for datamining and code metrics include cmetrics, FLOSSmole, FLOSSMetrics. and SLOCCount.Award for software testing and debugging: 1, 2, and 3. Utilities assist scenario forecasting. Kurzweil’s futurist performance was graded. AI is used for sports betting. Security adds computational forensics. SocialSci is a science research network. Engineering addresses world problems. Trees have been added to google earth engine. Digital evolution arrives at fireflies. News stream made from bitly links. CreateSpace self-publishes media. Irish expats have a social network. Comicspipeline.com shows arts in progress. Veterinarian designs prostheses. Phylo is a genomic game. Video discusses bioliberation. There were twenty-eight recent links.

Book Reviews:

Model-Driven Software Development: Integrating Quality Assurance, Rech and Bunse, 2008

An effect of a good model is to define the terminology and to automate analysis. The control and data flow are often similar to classical code-driven processes, but may be easier to handle since formats are less difference. The book has four sections for eighteen chapters from fifty authors. They discuss quality evaluation and improvement for specific domains. UML was an early instance; peer review was a quality method. New developments are shown for embedded systems, automotive, service engineering and infrared telescope. Some of these have used Matlab/Simulink/TargetLink. Metrics include matrices for maintainability, reusability, portability, efficiency and performance, for example. The book describes case studies. Models are inspected for completeness, consistency, traceability, and correctness. Empirical testing is still used to characterize system implementations.

Making Software, Oram and Wilson, 2010
This is a set of scholarly research papers which is interesting for, not only the results, but also the methods and the places under study. There are two parts on general principles and specific topics by forty-five authors. The table of contents shows the titles and subjects for thirty chapters, each of which also has a list of references. Part of the book’s implicit knowledge comes from how the authors answered their questions as well as how they present the evidence. The question becomes how to measure and improve these skills in other organizations and on a more continuous basis. The most common areas of interest are productivity metrics and measurement. These are shown for different software development process models and code bases. They also look at the limitations of education. There are some new concepts such as socio-technical congruence as a measure of coordination.

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Point to Pole

Posted by cadsmith on October 10, 2010

The Pole

Political artifacts are sweeping much of the attention. Next generation designs consider networks, environment, globalization, and personalization. Architecture seems to be maintaining eyes and ears and administering disapproving dread on behalf of a someone or something in the central keep. Votes are predicted and ballots are built according to the pulse from purchases, product use and promotional responses for goodness’ sake. Some take the quest to the furthest outposts which then become the new melting pots. Others meld to media and march the machines in their stead. Statistics are a snapshot of what needs to be shaped next and there is a cloud of colors around the computation.

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Book Reviews:

The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future, Laurence C. Smith, 2010
The author is a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. There are three parts for ten chapters. Each chapter provides trend data and describes what 2050 will be like. The forces are demographics, resource demand, globalization, climate change. These all include technology. Ground rules included no silver bullets or world war III or hidden genies, and the models are okay. There is a trend toward urbanization. Resource depletion is analyzed. Carbon-free energy sources include hydropower, wind and concentrated solar thermal power. Water is in contention between farmers and cities. Computer models indicate rising air temperatures in the north. Trade can increase around the north pole without need for major contention. There is a third wave of immigration to the northern rim and the arctic seabed. Ancestral traditions merge with modern business practices. Models of abrupt climate change indicate probability that northern fresh water will not be affected and it may redirect water to the south. The new north may be like the American West at the start of the nineteenth century.

video

YouTube – Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade?
YouTube – Digital Art@Google: James Tunick and Jack Toolin
YouTube – Barbara Block: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean
Tim Jackson’s economic reality check | Video on TED.com

application Ovi app wizard beta

censorship The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe | :Ben Metcalfe Blog

computation Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: The Post-Singularity Future Of Astronomy

disaster A flood of toxic sludge – The Big Picture – Boston.com

ebooks Worldreader.org – Books for All

games

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
IBM INNOV8: CityOne

government Tech CEOs tell US gov’t how to cut $1 trillion from deficit

ideas Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From | Magazine

linkedin LinkedIn and PwC Launch Breakthrough Career Mapping Tool for College Students | LinkedIn – Public Relations

medical Berkeley Bionics

review ‘The Social Network’: A Review Of Aaron Sorkin’s Film About Facebook And Mark Zuckerberg | The New Republic

robotics

Boy of 15 fitted with robotic heart – Computer Chips & Hardware Technology | Geek.com
IEEE Spectrum: Humanoid Robots Rise. Now, Can They Walk?
IEEE Spectrum: Omniwheels Gaining Popularity in Robotics

security Collective Defense: Applying Public Health Models to the Internet (PDF)

space

Update: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Makes First Glide Flight | Autopia | Wired.com
The Space Game

statistics Truthy

tags FollowYours

tv Quick Tour – Google TV

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Hidden Com Part

Posted by cadsmith on September 11, 2010

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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)

art

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.

economics

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

robotics

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

test

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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In Turn Troth

Posted by cadsmith on August 17, 2010

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The internet wants to be the answer. It has tied together all of the testimonials and provided search to find sources, and rankings to reveal the best. Women can review unbiased medical advice, and patients all of their records. It can reshape itself from smartphones if needed. Show sensors tell people what to hear. Robotics reports progress in batteries, walking, emotions and space travel. The brain is almost mapped. Beyond scifi, the imagination is also scenic, intriguing and mysterious.

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answers

Sprouter
Swingly | It’s time you got some answers.

books The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer, Sandra Scofield, 2007

cloud

Exploring How to Build a Cloud With Smartphones – ReadWriteCloud
IBM’s Cloud Computing Coming to a Hospital Near You
4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance – ReadWriteCloud

cognitive Reverse-Engineering of Human Brain Likely by 2030, Expert Predicts | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

fiction Foreign Influence, Brad Thor, 2010

manufacturing Global Guerrillas: RESILIENT COMMUNITY: Forget Afghanistan, These are Needed in Detroit etc.

medical ChickRx: Expert Info on Sex, Fitness, Relationships, Dermatology, and Health

ranking

FindTheBest.com | Find. Compare. Decide.
The Best Top 10, Top 100 & More Lists: List Making is Easy at Ranker | Ranker – A World of Lists

rfid Sensors On Broadway: Live Performances Enhanced by RFID

robotics

Boston-Power heads to the moon – Boston Business Journal
A Robot Capable of Developing Bonds and Showing Emotions
IEEE Spectrum: Iran’s Humanoid Robot Surena 2 Walks, Stands on One Leg (Video)
Robot to escort on space shuttle mission: NASA – International Business Times

scifi

Kraken, China Mieville, 2010
Terminal World, Alastair Reynolds, 2010
The Dervish House, Ian McDonald, 2010

startup Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Montreal

writing How to Write a Damn Good Mystery, James N Frey, 2004

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Achilles Heals

Posted by cadsmith on September 6, 2009

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Doctors have discovered a cure for illegible handwriting. All medical data is becoming digital. Real-time patient data is included in hospitals. Patients own the data. It can be accessed anywhere/anytime by logging onto a portal.

Besides security, there are issues analogous to celebrity athletes encouraged to undergo strictly private tests only to have their results published in the press. Patient commentary outlets are yet to be defined.

The US government has earmarked at least a couple of billion dollars for IT infrastructure to spread across clinics. Broadband allows online access at the highest possible bandwidths. An electronic medical record (EMR) is generated by a treatment organization. An electronic health record (EHR) is the set of EMRs from all places. Advantages are compliance, efficiency, access, reporting, coding, and quality. These are required to support meaningful use features including computerized order entry, drug interaction checking, maintaining an updated problem list, and generation of transmissible prescriptions. Interoperability of Health Information Exchange (HIE) is a major theme. The criteria are expected to become more complex in 2013.

The new gear changes procedures and vice-versa. Not as many filing clerks are needed. Templates and quality reports are broadly well-defined. Database use schema, or at least have formats to allow vendors to translate to eachother.  Redundant tests are less necessary since a patient’s complete history and status are known. Loss of data is an issue. Records need to be kept for 7 to 21 years depending upon local regulations so previous paperwork is still saved. Thorough consistent quality checks are essential. Medical device testing is rigorous, e.g. FDA clinical trials, so medical data is expected to have regulatory monitoring. Open data standards are required.

Early adopters have already started to avoid an expected EMR backlog. The transition is gradual since this new type of productivity effort needs acclimation. It requires a project plan to complete, and ongoing management in addition to tech support. New patients are easier to add since previous hardcopy records do not need to be input. Insurance providers, Medicare and Medicaid offer incentives by rewarding 44k or more after successful implementation to lower insurance premiums. Financing loans are available. Preliminary certification begins in October. 20% of transition attempts have been unsuccessful due to a variety of causes such as functional, technical, integration, incompatibility, usability, dysfunctional, or expense. Transition times are expected to be reduced as procedures are debugged. Clinics which grow in size may need to change EMR providers.

The data types are familiar, e.g. accepted standards such as HL7, XML and export to PDF. Imaging devices generate more graphics, e.g. CT and MRI. Record storage is networked, locally and on the internet. Snapshots are kept on USB, smartcard, bracelet and, in some cases, implant. Realtime data is significant in the ER and OR and streamed from patient monitors elsewhere, e.g.  wirelessly transmitting vitals using 802.11. Drawing conclusions from the database may require filling in blanks or adding more resolution.

Private clinics are growing in number. Hospital IT is simultaneously adding more sophisticated management and research systems, e.g. Microsoft Amalga. EMR implementations are going on internationally, e.g. Taiwan. Pervasive medical surveillance is part of larger efforts. The world’s biggest democracy, India, is requiring national ID cards.

Also see wiki topic.

Image: Structural MRI

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DataWareHows

Posted by cadsmith on June 28, 2009

Test categories can be expanded to deal with the new dimensions of online knowledge. As the consequences of errors go up, risk increases. Devices can be reset to restore operations, but this is not as easy for entire networks or groups. Separate levels of representation introduce probability of discrepancies between physical, data and metadata levels. This occurs for example in government, security, or medical databases. Accuracy and analysis at the new scales of storage and transactions are expected to occur in real-time to support services. Stability is usually provided by vendor alliances or regulatory agencies which fund the generation of standards, yet practices are being objectively reviewed for likely survivability in current economic phase. Social requirements sometimes seem to result in a “lunatic fringe” which simultaneously contradicts accepted rules yet may provide solutions which can be adapted to more general cases. News about what works spreads through novel applications of media. Testing and engineering basics may be picked up by users earlier in their experience and systems can be more self-repairing. Eventually some form of this finds its way into the hardware and materials so that people can attend to the matters that are important to them and knowledge interacts at more primitive levels. Hopefully, this can be extended to wider orbits.

Incidentally, in case of artistic inspiration, Aviary can be used as online graphic editor, e.g. for avatars.

Readings: Sanderson 2009 on Google AE in progress, Rubin 2008 usability, Cooper 2008 GWT, Thatcher 2006 accessibility, and Shlain 2009 medical.

Image: Moon occults Saturn.

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