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About pyromike3000

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  1. Please refrain from using this thread to wage forum wars. If you want to talk to one another, just use email. EDIT: I attended the WDCA's (Wisconsin Debate Coaches Association) spring meeting. They've decided to permanently allow the use of computers in debate rounds, provided that "at the time of presentation" a hard copy of any evidence read is "available".
  2. Pocket PC (and other PDA) ports will not be available with the first version of the product, but may become available after its release. Realize, however, that many PDA's would not have the capacity (in either processing or memory) to perform a majority of our program's functions. Most likely then, PDA ports would only serve to view speeches and other limited tasks.
  3. Our program would run its own proprietary word processing, but we will strive to make all internal files exportable to major formats including both .pdf and .doc.
  4. Just realized I didn't specify where to send information for beta testing. Please email all applications to pyromike3000@yahoo.com. Approximately 50 testers will be chosen (something like 10 coaches, 10 judges, 20 high school debaters, and 10 college debaters).
  5. I'm not exactly sure what you're referring to, but if it was some sort of personal attack I can assure you I had nothing to do with it. Like I said above, I'm new to this forum. Perhaps I accidentally put something in there? Post the text so I can see.
  6. Debaters already have easy access to their opponents evidence in rounds (they can simply copy down the source of a card). Scanning shortens this process, but does not solely provide for it. In addition, scanning (at least at most current speeds) proceeds very slowly. There is little risk of potential abuse.
  7. By "much too futuristic" I meant not within the scope of the debating software that I will be developing. Debaters will still be able to use any OCR software and compatible scanner to upload files, but we will not be including this with the product. I see the application as having three primary functions: - Evidence Preparation - In-Round Use - Debater Evaulation Evidence Preparation: Articles/Cards/Files. Articles refers to the original, unedited text from which cards are made. Cards are the tagged and edited (shortened and formated) pieces of evidence. Files refers to any composition of Articles and Cards that have a common theme or form a particular argument. Also, an online database will be integrated into the program. This will include free evidence swapping (for customers and the general public) and limited file storage (for customers only). In-Round Use: Debater will be able to organize their flow, organize questions for cross-examination, compose and read speeches (with cards and user notes), and keep track of preparation time. Debater Evaulation: Would automatically compile and display charts/graphs of speech times, preparation times, win/loss records, speaker points, judge comments, etc. May include an educational/practice element for debater improvement in speed-reading, debate terms and structure, etc. Tell me what you all think. At this point we are still open for suggestions and applications for beta testers*. Realize, however, that the software will most likely take a year to a year and a half to develop and that the first beta version will probably not be available until at least the end of summer. *If you wish to apply please include: - full name - location - affiliation (high school debater, college debater, coach, judge, etc.) - brief history of involvement - email address
  8. Speech recognition and OCR (optical character recognition) scanning are both much too futuristic. The reality of the situation is that I'm going to be leading the development of new debate software and I'm asking these questions so that you guys can have some input. If having a product that reflects your individual preferences interests you then please post!
  9. Hmm...I didn't notice it was two months old... Anyways, though, I'd love for her to show up and continue the debate. And while I'm aware that you (as well as others) have made important points, Fox Sans Socks, I think more could be done.
  10. @Gimmick Account I detect the presence of religion in you...such a shame. I don't want to address everything all at once (because I lack the motivation to type pages worth in one sitting), but basically...just say anything about porn again and I'll tell you why you're wrong.
  11. "My dream program would have speech recignition software and flow for me. It would then search through a massive catalogue of text, find and highlight appropriate articles/books to use to combat the argument of the opposing team. It would prepare the majority of the carded portion of my speech this way." Very fancy indeed, but I'm more interested in features that are actually practically feasible. And for those who think otherwise: it is NOT practically feasible (or very ethical) to program software that does your debating for you (ie. automated speech-recognition flowing, finding relevant cards, etc.).
  12. I'm new here, so forgive me if this topic has already been addressed (I tried a few searches with no luck). Essentially I'm trying to gather opinions from a wide debate audience concerning views on the use of computer technology during debate rounds. Although I haven't been debating for a couple of years now I understand that the NFL changed its official stance on the use of laptops at tournaments this past season to a "trial basis". In your view, what effects has this had on the community? Is it likely that the new technology policy will be extended permanently? Are some judges unaccepting of such technology? Were wireless networks provided (even before or in between rounds)? Did you observe any cheating or suspect others of cheating with computers? Are there fairness problems when one team has laptops and the other team does not? Did you use laptops at tournaments? Why or why not? Even more specifically, (for those who used laptops) what software program(s) did you use and for what purpose (flowing, constructing speeches, indexing files, timer, saving judge's comments, etc.)? Did you still use paper in addition to software? Overall, do you think it is more convenient to use laptops? If you could imagine a debater's "dream program" what would it include? If you could only use your laptop for one purpose (flowing, timing, etc.) what would it be and why? It isn't necessary to answer all the questions or in order, but please provide thorough feedback. Everyone involved in the debate community is free to answer including coaches, tournament organizers, and judges (and, most obviously, debaters). pyro
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