The lack of context in this sentence leads the reader to make a number of
assumptions which very often are implicit. We can see that answers range
from the brain to multi-tasking operating systems.
Since many possible contexts exist, it is tempting to use an IBIS
discussion. I started a text bases discussion reproduced below. I ran out of
time and inspiration after a while and since IBIS is supposed to be
collaborative, this could be taken on by others. Notice however, that Henry
didn't ask what device X is, but what device X does. The answers, including
mine at first, focused on what the device is. What can we learn from this?
Device X "is an event based operating environment designed for use with
embedded networked sensors. It is designed to support the concurrency
intensive operations required by networked sensors with minimal hardware
Question: What do you think Device X does?
Question: What is "an event based operating environment"?
Idea: could we replace environment with system?
Argument: No difference between this device and Windows, MacOS,
Question: What are "embedded networked sensors"?
Question: embedded in what?
Idea: In kitchen appliances
Idea: In cell phones and PDAs
Question: What's a networked sensor?
Idea: A device that gives some information about the environment
and is linked with other sensors
Question: Why do we need networked sensors?
Question: Why it is so especially proficient at doing it?
Idea: Because whoever promotes this device claims that sensors need
minimal hardware to be networked through this device.
Question: How can we make sure this claim is valid?
Question: What are the competing products for this device?
Question: What are the consequences of using this device?
From: Henry K van Eyken [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: mercredi, 14. novembre 2001 04:51
Subject: Re: [unrev-II] A small quiz
Nice and warm, Eric.
Eric Armstrong wrote:
> Sounds like a multitasking sensor-controller that monitors multiple
> sensors, as in a clean room, and sends real signals to the system
> that does the reporting.
> Henry K van Eyken wrote:
> > The first item in today's Fleabyte < http://www.fleabyte.org/#90 > is
> > a
> > small quiz for the techically savvy.
> > I would appreciate honest efforts at answering the question - to help
> > me
> > learn what the editorial judgment on this subject ought to be.
> > Henry
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