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yorgo (595005) writes "The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will soon publish part 4 of a 5 part series of software testing standards. According to the website, “ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 Software Testing is an internationally agreed set of standards for software testing that can be used within any software development life cycle or organisation.” However, many in the testing community are against it.
Some wonder how the ISO/IEC/IEEE achieved consensus without their input. James Bach speculates that exclusion helped build consensus. Others, such as Iain McCowatt, argue that something as variable as software testing cannot be standardized, at all. And others believe that the motive behind the standards is not increased quality, but economic benefit, instead. Michael Bolton explains “rent-seeking” as he builds on James Christie’s CAST 2014 presentation, “Standards – promoting quality or restricting competition?”. A comprehensive list of many other arguments, viewpoints, and information has been collected by Huib Schoots. Opponents of ISO 29119 have even started a petition aimed at suspending publication of the standard.
Even so, this might be an losing battle. Gil Zilberfeld thinks that companies will take the path of least resistance and accept ISO 29119.
So, where do you stand? What constitutes a consensus? Can a standard be honored without consensus? Can an inherently sapient activity, such as testing, be standardized, at all? What is the real purpose of a standard? Will companies acquiesce and adopt the standard without question?" top
Ask Slashdot: Nobody Puts Baby Monitor in a Corner
yorgo (595005) writes "Baby 1 is nearly 2, and baby 2 is nearly due. Unfortunately, our baby monitor has monitored its last baby. We had a Best View by Summer Infant that we received as a baby-shower gift. Now we’d like to upgrade. The primary feature we’d like to get is WiFi remote viewing. Therefore, we’ve also expanded our search to include webcams not specifically designed/sold as “baby monitors”. Hopefully, we can use the solution as a nanny and home-security cam in the future. I’ve seen a lot of cool features, but not all together in one product that meets my requirements. The new monitor must have WiFi remote viewing that is accessible (for free!) via smartphones and tablet devices, at least 1-way audio, night-vision, and pan/tilt/zoom. It would also be nice to have alternate connectivity options (such as Bluetooth — for local viewing in case our WiFi connection goes down), 2-way audio, temperature/humidity monitoring, and the ability to view multiple cameras/feeds. I’m not too concerned with lag, video recording, or the ability to play lullabies. Thus far, I’ve researched about 15 different options, but wanted to ask the Slashdotters for their opinion, as well. Any thoughts on baby monitors?"