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Comment: Re:Antiquated technology (Score 1) 342

by clifyt (#48499119) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

"...That small doses don't negatively affect driving ability. Some go as far to say it may even improve driving ability."

Technically, this is true of alcohol as well. If you look at driving data, there is a small spike in performance with the initial intoxication, that quickly goes away with increase in blood alcohol levels. The problem is, when you let people know this, they vastly over estimate their ability as well as their level of intoxication. By even suggesting this, and suggesting it might be better to do so, you have actually made it more dangerous.

Personally, I won't drive buzzed or otherwise. I find it to be selfish to think that I should have the right to be under any influence while I'm driving just because I want to get fucked up.

Comment: Re:Apple sets a high bar (Score 1) 132

by clifyt (#47806569) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

If you set your luggage combination to 1234, the same as your bank pin, don't be angry when someone figures it out.

That said, I have shitty passwords for a lot of services I don't care about. My flikr account was like a 5 letter password that I shared with friends. I, however, didn't care if someone saw my peen because after my yearly camping trip with my friends, it is usually the most reported item on our facebooks (only embarrassing when the head of your department comments on it).

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 238

by clifyt (#47024865) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

Do you not understand the Apple way of thinking? There are few user preferences.

It may piss off the nerd aspects of me, but it also simplifies life when I'm not. Why? Because user pref here, user pref there, user pref everywhere and it never stops.

I use to design sounds for synths. A few hundred preferences to get a particular sound. I could almost deal with this because it was an art. And then I realized everyone else had this same preference at their fingertips but would rather buy the sounds and never touch them. Why? Because most people don't give a fuck, they just want something that works.

Back to the point, if someone actually gave a fuck and understood what was going on, they would have followed the directions before getting rid of the phone, or worked with support for the 10 minutes it would take to reset it. But they didn't...because they didn't give a fuck and expected it to be automatic without having to think about it.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 2) 238

by clifyt (#47024733) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

Right now, it is this but 45 days.

When I travel, I generally take a burner phone with me so I don't get overseas charges and otherwise. I still take my iPhone, but leave it on Wifi only. And a lot of times, Wifi is still hard to come by. I can get to internet cafes where I can log in to someone else's computer, but I can't get to my own computers. And when I do get wifi? I get all my messages, sometimes a week later.

The point? For a lot of us 1 day is way too short. Maybe 45 days is too long. What is the appropriate time?

Comment: Re:Quid pro quo (Score 3, Interesting) 187

by clifyt (#46886645) Attached to: Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

As someone that wrote software like this -- and disagreed with the subject of the story a decade ago when he tried to get us with both the Gettysburg Address as well as Kennedy's inaugural address (both of which are GREAT speeches with historical value, but shitty college entrance exams) -- you are looking at this entirely wrong.

I can give you background of how these things are generally graded. 3 people get an essay, look at it for 30 to 45 seconds, throw a score and it and if they are all within a margin of error, they move on. If not, a senior rater comes in and and they can replace one other person and it is now within margin of error, they move on as well. If not, it is workshopped for 5 minutes.

In 99% of the cases, you have less than 2 minutes of viewing on your essay between 3 people.

Enter the computer...the raters are told they are going to be rated themselves. We can throw a lot more prerated essays that had been normed by a large group of raters, and train the rater. They know they are being measured and the average rater spends two or more minutes reading through these. You actually have MORE time with eyes on your essay with a computer rater involved than you do without. Having a computer rater doesn't remove humans -- it adds a safe guard. It means one person spends more time and is verified with something that is unbiased (within reason...actually was able to figure out subtle racism and otherwise that wouldn't have been detected with purely human raters...'black' or 'hispanic' names and scores go down...'asian' names and the scores go up...give the same essay with the names switched and the humans change ratings...the computer was actually more objective).

I haven't been involved with this sort of thing in a decade, and I can only assume it is much better than when I left my project...but lazy isn't the right word. Underpaid and overworked? Yeah...but not lazy.

Comment: Re:The answer: essay grader graders (Score 2) 187

by clifyt (#46886587) Attached to: Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

I helped design one of these essay graders a decade+ ago with Dr. Ellis 'Bo' Page (Duke and MIT).

Even then, we were as good as humans in solely grammar and mechanics and all that sorta stuff. We were rating on a 6 point scale and something like 70% of the scores were a perfect match, and 85% were within 1 point.

Given that we were using professional human raters that were trained on weekly basis and had round tables to go over controversial papers, and these were considered some of the best in the US at their job...and that if you had 3 people rate the essay, take the mean score and ask the single human to rate it...they were at around 60% a perfect match.

Again, this was not for content...most college entrance exams are looking for your writing style and nothing else. If you can write well (and my writing on this site is not representative of my professional writing), you can research your material when you aren't writing content off the cuff and actually do well.

Comment: Re:System failures versus personal ones (Score 3, Interesting) 357

by clifyt (#46622727) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

I've had mine changed twice as well, though only once at my expense. In the first case, I couldn't shut off the car or remove the key and had to pull a fuse to do so. The dealership actually admonished me over this and told me I just needed turn the steering wheel until it clicked and I could remove it. And when I brought it in, I asked the service guy that was on the phone and dismissive to personally come out and take the key out and show me what I was doing wrong. Never got the apology and he told me that pulling the fuse caused it to stick permanently. What a fuckwad. It was replaced under warranty.

The next one happened while driving in Alabama. Should have been under warranty as well, but we were in back countries and the dude that replaced it wanted cold cash and while GM has said if I find proof, they can repay me for it. But I don't think a hand written receipt for a switch that was pulled out of a junker will work...

GM has really soured me on their cars. I for one won't be buying a new Saturn! (Sarcasm!!!) Actually, probably won't be buying a new GM after this.

Comment: Re:Breach of contract, copyright infringement (Score 1) 259

by clifyt (#45626191) Attached to: Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

I gotta say, I don't see how this is a 'moral' right...I use to be a hired gun musician and worked on a lot of people's work.

In in no way did I ever want my name on any of these works, the only name I wanted was on my check. The people I worked with took it for face value that I worked on any of this stuff, and if they didn't, they weren't the type of clients I needed thus the portfolio was good enough.

As a current academic, the only time I've ever had problems was when the university decided to illegally take my work and sell it...there was no way I was going to sign a document not allowing my wok to be available. Any academic that can't read a contract is an idiot that shouldn't be an academic.

Comment: Re:Bring the million-plus iOS apps to Macs... (Score 1) 512

by clifyt (#44844237) Attached to: Why Apple Went 64-Bit With the iPhone 5s

I haven't used X Tools in years, use pretty much the same libraries and compiler to compile iOS apps as you do OS X apps.

And there is already an emulator to check out your apps before you deploy.

And the big 3rd party development software tools already allow you to port directly to the Mac (I was working in a scripting language that I needed for psych research an app built last year for the iPad...and then realize I could do a desktop version just the same for the folks that didn't need to go into the took me another few minutes to figure out how to set the resolution but that was about it).

Honestly, this sounds like someone that has no clue. Or maybe I have no clue...its been a while since I've done a damn thing

Comment: Re:Android? (Score 1) 366

by clifyt (#43373663) Attached to: The 'Linux Inside' Stigma

It might be in their product brochure, but most companies want to put a spin on their phone that it is theirs and not something everyone else has.

Few years ago it was big to talk about unless you are owned by Google or needing to differentiate the difference between your Win8 Phone vs your Android Phone, it isn't mentioned.

Comment: Re:Grading is about feedback (Score 2) 253

by clifyt (#43365479) Attached to: Automated System Developed To Grade Student Essays

"Grading is not, or should not be, about the grade"

I worked with Dr. Shermis back in the mid '90s on this (one of the professors quoted in the article) and we had our own software we were working on.

One of the very first things we had agreed upon was that grading and rating are two very different things. And when we worked on our software, it was designed to give back several scores that summarized why there was an overall score that was given.

Beyond this, *MOST* work in this area are not based around how to refine a research question or structure an argument. It was based around how to rate writing. From here, verbage could be created based around all the factors explaining why a particular metric was used as opposed to simply providing the metric. I left this field before it got that far, but its been a decade and I'm quite certain that this has happened because there were enough engines out there that could work in collaboration with one another to provide both quantitative and qualitative feedback (at the time, too many researchers were working against each other and either closely guarding their secrets or blatantly looking down their nose at the works of others because it was approaching the idea with a different vision).

That said, the #1 way to become a better writer? Write more. Even without feedback, you become a better writer simply by exercising these skills. With plain metrics? You become a far better writer simply by seeing that the computer thinks your mechanics could be improved. Maybe work on your creativity (this was by far the hardest to calculate), maybe see how improving one area weakens another as there were proven links between different areas that were almost always inversely proportional to one another except in the hands of talented writers.

And the problem with writing more? Instructors, especially writing instructors, are overwhelmed as it is. I would GLADLY grade 100 undergrad psych essays as opposed to a technical writing course. In our studies, one of the ideas was to allow more writing assignments, while giving more quality to feedback by the instructor...allow the instructor to read every 3rd paper for instance and give in depth analysis. Or maybe give more time to students that were struggling with basic concepts by catching them earlier. Almost all of this was designed to find ways to help the instructors do more with less, which is the reality of higher education these days. And when we did this, students actually got far more support than they did without our software.

Will their be lazy professors that just phone it in? Probably...but most instructors I've worked with have been passionate about their jobs, and the ones that weren't? They got this way because they were overwhelmed with the lack of resources provided to them.

BTW...every time I write about these subjects some jackass mentions my writing style. I'm not writing for publication, I'm writing for conversation (and most likely not proof reading nor thinking much more than a few words ahead...the opposite of the academic writing I use to do).

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce