Radical computing thoughts: Data impedance & automatous computing

Clay Shirky clay@shirky.com
Mon, 29 Oct 2001 07:16:57 -0500 (EST)

> I don't know if this will be the case with web services, particularly if
> every error is a fatal error. If, based on that, one can argue that QA is
> more important for web-based applications than for web-based publishing; and
> if one can argue that QA is not accessible to the general population; then
> one can argue that this playing field is not at all level.

Another way to look at it is that there are actually two playing
fields. There's Winer-as-Robin-Hood and his band of merry coders,
doing lightweight things quickly and making iterative improvements,
and there's the BigCo dreadnoughts, who wouldn't even have gotten
involved if they thought it was a level playing field. They are
counting on returns to scale to make this happen, and the last thing
they want is any of that innovation that's been fucking them up for
the last few years to gum up the gears on this one too.

It also suggests that there might be a business as a third-party QA
firm, in the same way that the publishing world created 3rd party
traffic measurement firms.