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Re: My Resignation as Head of Development


Hi Jacky,

It is a shame to see you go Jacky, especially now that it is clear,
you had a misunderstanding of what SpeechControl intends to do.
I could explain that more, but you already made a choice.

Nevertheless, I wish you all the best.

2011/5/17 Jacky Alcine <jacky.alcine@xxxxxxxxxx>:
> Fellow F/OSS collagues, I do have a bit of a late message to convey to
> SpeechControl. Over the last past few months, I think that in my
> entire team of being with the Ubuntu and largely the Linux community
> as a whole, that SpeechControl has quite not only a clout when it
> comes to other team maneuverability, but  it also seems to lack a real
> sense of development.
> Now, understand, as head of development, I only carry out what was
> placed in front of me, I don't conjure up ideas, might as well be the
> team leader then. I basically translate Greek into g33k talk, so to
> say. I can tell you, something I'd stand by, that SpeechControl wasn't
> the name of an artificial intelligence project, but rather a term
> coined to a collection of individuals that were bringing the concrete
> to mend the holes in speech technologies lacking in Ubuntu.
> Before I encountered SpeechControl (found it in an interest of speech
> technologies on Ubuntu for a personal project of mine
> [https://www.launchpad.net/taylor]), I was working on a project that I
> had no full comprehension of. I wanted to re-create the artificial
> intelligence found in Tony Stark's household from DC Comics' "Iron
> Man". Undi introduced me to Dante, who, after a bit of discussion,
> shared the exact same passion I envisioned.
> An intelligent, autonomous, and affectingly computing system toolkit.
> I started it on Windows, but was a bit limited and wanted people to
> add to it; hence my discovery of Ubuntu and its subsidiarity (or
> cohorts, lol). When the Wintermute project began to blossom, I was
> then informed that SpeechControl wasn't just a banner but rather a
> full toolkit. I was confused because I wasn't ever given instruction
> to begin designing or laying down such an application framework. Even
> then, I didn't have the knowledge I have now to properly do that. In
> short, I felt like I was wasting a bit of time with SpeechControl.
> Don't get me wrong, I do still have my commitment to the project, as
> I've promised to keep it alive. But until I need to, I won't. I've
> done what I can for the project.
> Wintermute is a project that I have to say that I have deep ties with
> now. I've sat down and coded every line (with the help of Adrian ;D)
> with the knowledge that I grasped from late night discussions with
> Dante and other individuals. What Wintermute will become initially is
> the assimilation of what I've learned about linguistics and semantics.
> Wintermute (hopefully) will be an amazing beaut, and one that I'll be
> proud.
> The largest amount of productivity made in SpeechControl were made by
> AlanBell (the MARY integration into speechd) and Daniel0108 (his
> tremendous work on BrowserSpeak). I spend my time coding and I wish to
> spend it in an environment that's willing to teach and receive. I
> didn't fully find that in SpeechControl, but the time I've spent with
> the Wintermute probably bumped my conceptual understanding of computer
> science tenfold.
> Deepest regards, but I hereby resign as head developer of the
> SpeechControl project.
> --
> Jacky Alcine
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Met vriendelijke groeten,
Keimpe de Jong