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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

clifyt Re:Mod parent up. (552 comments)

I'm responding two weeks later...

However, the problem I have is that I could do what you are saying without handing it off to others.

The fact is, certain scientific principles REQUIRE adherence to mathematical principles. These are not hard formulas to follow...I model the forumula, I give an equation over, sometimes algebra / calculus require a a bit of interpretation to get it into the machine, however, this is why programmers have to have so much math. Because they have to be able to understand the equations, and have to be smart enough to understand how to break it apart to put it into code.

Sometimes, I can give ranges of values that can be expected -- which can simplify the code. However, you have to be able to see what I give you, you have to be able to interpret it, and put it into code. If I can model it in mathematica and have it generate the code I need and put it into the software...well...I can't find a reason to have a programmer around.

Nothing I have asked is that difficult, however, it seems programmers don't give a damn...

about three weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

clifyt Re:Mod parent up. (552 comments)

No, they cannot in most circumstances. A rather critical part of generating code is to understand what it is for and people that can specify architecture, design and functionality in a way that it can be implemented "anywhere" are a lot rarer than exceptional programmers and a lot more expensive.

In this case, it doesn't matter where exceptional programmers are, because I've had shitty programmers that could follow my directions and give me what I wanted because they paid attention. I work in a science based world and have to deal with code that is EXACT and no short cuts taken simply because someone doesn't understand plain simple logic. I've found a LOT of great programmers out there that could program the shit out of anyone else, but they don't listen. And when they do, the concepts go over their head. In the end, I have to go back and rewrite code I paid someone else to do and write it in a language that even nonprogrammers can follow the logic, write it in a way that is overly simplistic and inefficient, but it works. I've tried it the other way -- start off doing just this, and handing it over to programmers to optimize, but that takes me away from what I was originally trying to handle in the first place (and when I run functional tests between the two code bases, I still get differences because the coders can't understand why I would care about certain things, or "it only affects a small percentage of cases, which we just ignore" (paraphrased).

You need someone there with you, and great programming skills don't matter these days if you don't understand why you are doing something. I'd rather have a mediocre programmer that understands what we are trying to accomplish than a great programmer that doesn't. Not sure why, but it feels as if these skills are mutually exclusive.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

I loved the old Mac. It was the most user friendly system out there -- and as a musician I needed just this. I also cut my teeth on unix (specifically SysV), so when OS X came out, it was the best of both worlds.

Give me a unix based system that I can do my research and gives me low latency with an interface that I don't have to think about, and I'll be happy. I can't stand Microsoft at all...it doesn't do userfriendly well, and the nerd side of it sucks (even if you put the GNU tools on it...I don't even know if these exist anymore, but it was the only way I could get by dealing with NT back in the day).

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

As someone that has always loved Apple products, you are right. As much as everyone hated Jobs, he made sure shit was right.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

You and me both. Apple has sucked on the network side lately...it is sad, they adhere to the official specs, which as we all know isn't how things are implemented in the real world. If something doesn't work, it doesn't matter if it is right or not...this is one thing I think the community gets right, they do clean room specs, but then they make it work.

I know there was a community fix for this a while back, not sure if Apple implemented this or not.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

Yeah, the media side goes away for XMAS. You can schedule things to go up -- in advance -- things like price changes and all that, but if it isn't in the scheduler, its locked.

On the OS side, this was supposedly a rush release...they made it mandatory, but let us know early it was going to drop. I believe enterprise users had the ability to run a script that would stop it...but I don't know why you would.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

Interesting. I'm not sure where you confused iTunes Store Freeze with the OS X team. That had said that this was coming out a week ago.

But that is interesting that you confused their media division with their operating system division.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

Kernel Films is not Sony. Sorry. Done.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

Why isn't it on Crackle? Or on the Playstation networks.

Arguing with an idiot so brave they have to be anonymous is beneath me. Not going to do it anymore.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Re:Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

Considering Sony doesn't find it a priority to get it on their services, why should Apple?

Why should Apple bring people back from vacation to deal with a problem another company brought upon themselves? If Sony wants Apple to post it, give them two weeks. It isn't an exceptional case. There is no national emergency. But go on you for the anonymous hyperbole.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

clifyt Apple iTunes Store Freeze (227 comments)

Anyone that has EVERY put anything out with Apple -- Apps, Books, Music, Movies -- knows that Apple sends an email several weeks in advanced telling that they are going into a freeze for a week or two EVERY YEAR. They let their people go on vacation and spend time with the family and all that shit.

This was sent out in November: http://www.macstories.net/news...

Guess what? It takes about a week from the time Apple gets a movie until they post it. They do a QA check on it, and make certain the ratings are correct and ask that the folks on the other side to verify the same. The quickest this happens is about a week. And now Sony wants Apple to order their employees back in from their vacation, all the while not putting this up on either of their two services.

I know /. hates Apple these days (I was around when /. loved them) but damn...

about a month ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

clifyt Re:Antiquated technology (342 comments)

"...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.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

clifyt Re:Apple sets a high bar (132 comments)

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).

about 5 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

clifyt Re:FFS (238 comments)

This was my point as well. I don't think these people got it.

about 8 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

clifyt Re:FFS (238 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

clifyt Re:FFS (238 comments)

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?

about 8 months ago
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Book Review: Extending Bootstrap

clifyt Re:I'm gonna be that guy (27 comments)

Since everyone else is being an asshole about this:

http://getbootstrap.com/

It is Twitter's CSS framework. I use it for a lot of quick projects because I just need things to work and want to focus on the software, not making things look pretty (i.e., internal projects!)

Hope that helps.

about 9 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

clifyt Re:Quid pro quo (187 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

clifyt Re:The answer: essay grader graders (187 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

clifyt Re:System failures versus personal ones (357 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago

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