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Kinect's AI Breakthrough Explained

shriphani Re:Developed by a 3rd party? (97 comments)

Sorry I misspelled the name there. The company is PrimeSense. Here's where I see the paper beating the OpenNI SDK - 200 fps on consumer grade hardware. This is just what the paper claims it is - a simple machine learning technique that when applied correctly produced very good results and allowed them to launch a highly successful peripheral.

Looks like M$ is just appropriating third party research.

Splendid. Primesense are not complaining about this paper but you accuse MSR of stealing work?

more than 3 years ago
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Kinect's AI Breakthrough Explained

shriphani Re:Developed by a 3rd party? (97 comments)

The sensor came from primasense. The algorithms in it are entirely from MSR.

more than 3 years ago
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US Authorities GPS Tagging Duped Indian Students

shriphani Re:No, they shouldn't be given GPS devices (181 comments)

Correct. Students wanted an American education, students came to America, got screwed. Now comply with the law. Asking to be treated like kings is just plain stupid especially when it was up to the student to verify how legit their "university" is.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Gives Free Licenses To Oppressed Nonprofits

shriphani Re:Not costing them anything. (151 comments)

yeah because it is almost everyday that a large software vendor aims to reduce someone's level of suffering by not collecting any $$ on their product.

more than 4 years ago
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Should I Learn To Program iOS Or Android Devices?

shriphani Yes (403 comments)

You definitely should. One of the biggest benefits of building apps for mobile phones is that you don't need to market your app - the app stores are excellent distribution channels and your app isn't stuck out there waiting to be discovered by the masses for the next 20 years. Major indie mac developers have made the switch to the iPhone and now more actively focus on iOS devices than they do on the Mac. This is a general trend. Smartphones' potential is still being discovered. Try to profit from the gold rush while you can.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Announces Project 10^100 Winners

shriphani Re:Just curious... (133 comments)

MSR conducts tons of R&D and they are free to pursue any research they want. They fund the AT&T Bell Labs of the modern era.

more than 4 years ago
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Codec2 — an Open Source, Low-Bandwidth Voice Codec

shriphani Re:Presentation this week. (179 comments)

Please do. This looks very nice.

more than 4 years ago
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Harvard Ditching Final Exams?

shriphani Re:Problem-Based Learning (371 comments)

Very few undergraduates I know take an active interest in research. At a school like MIT, Harvard or Caltech (throw in the schools take take extremely motivated kids) you can trust the undergraduate to take things seriously. Everywhere else, you are wasting your time and money if you expect the students to take an active interest in learning - kids don't want to take advantage of office hours currently.. to place them in control of finding, accumulating and critiquing their own literature is just wrong and contradicts everything known about human behavior Also did the kids get a refund for the school's experiment? I would sue if a college wasted an entire year of a kid's undergraduate life just because of a hypothesis of a new / untested teaching style.

more than 4 years ago
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Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?

shriphani Re:Long-distance trains are better than busses... (1139 comments)

Most of India's trains are the sleeper-kind too. They are widely popular there and in recent times the government has been able to break even on their railway operations.

more than 4 years ago
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The Case Against Net Neutrality

shriphani Question to all for/against net neutrality (702 comments)

Wouldn't the absence of net neutrality allow a situation where a media organization with a political agenda (like most media organizations in the US) can buy out an ISP and carry out Rwandan Hutu style propaganda indirectly by only allowing their chosen party to "campaign". Also the media is given too much credit for "keeping a check on the government". Most of the media personnel nowadays display the IQ of someone who failed to graduate community college and they somehow can't remember what "integrity" is. I view the FCC's loss to Comcast in court to be the result of inadequate legislation and current lawmakers' limited understanding of the internet. Why can't Google tie up with a couple of ISPs to slow delivery of Bing's content to users? And why would anyone want to engage the judiciary for resolving any anti-trust problems when the loophole can be closed right now? Of course I might be wrong about these topics but I really can't see the negatives of enforcing net neutrality. The internet greatly improved my quality of life as people were not limited by barriers to launching services. Certain forms of content distribution might be artificially restricted even if they are perfect for the situation at hand.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft & Intel Get a Pass On Higher H-1B Fees

shriphani Re:did i read that right (209 comments)

Despite all the bad press they get, MS and Intel have very good hiring practices. They believe in hiring anyone who displays talent - regardless of nationality. They really don't have anything to gain by trying to game the H1B system. The shady stuff happens at smaller companies working on mostly insignificant stuff.

more than 4 years ago
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DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

shriphani Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

If you sit collecting proof for the industry, you will go bankrupt. Very few people I know give a damn about rewarding someone for their work. Windows 7 was retailing for $30 for students and many students preferred to pirate that too. Claiming that people take stuff like "the amount of DRM" and "how it affects usability" seriously is just bullshit. No one other than the average jobless nerd engages in that kind of analysis for something that solely provides entertainment. DRM is here to stay. Warez are more appealing to users because unlike cheap Chinese knockoffs of shiny iToys that won't work, pirated software gets you the real finished product for no cost. Is it so hard for you to understand that people don't see any reason to pay if it can be had for $0?

more than 4 years ago
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Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?

shriphani Re:No (319 comments)

Agreed. Powerpoint brings its own problems to the table but it has permeated instruction so much that it is something we have to embrace. Using the overhead projectors (the ones that use clear plastic sheets) are the best way to teach.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?

shriphani No (319 comments)

I've seen profs use tablet PCs and every other dumb tool and the unanimous opinion of teachers and students alike is that overhead projectors and powerpoint are good enough for most teaching. Anything else accomplishes nothing extra but costs more $$.

more than 4 years ago
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Finding a Research Mentor?

shriphani Re:Don't listen to grad students (well except me) (162 comments)

Thanks a lot for this comment. I am a rising junior in CS and I will be applying to grad school next year. About talking to professors at your school, did you send out emails to them or did you meet them, say at a department social ? Which of these is preferred?

more than 4 years ago
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Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

shriphani Re:P!=NP (701 comments)

So you think it is going be a new heuristic for an NP Complete problem? Or a new computer for his texts that sufficiently takes into account I/O latencies and the like?

more than 4 years ago

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New Mineral Reserves In Afghanistan

shriphani shriphani writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shriphani (1174497) writes "From the article: "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials."
This of course comes with its problems. Afghanistan, with its highly illiterate and impoverished population, might be a victim of a resource curse, where wealth in natural resources leads to bad socio-economic situations like ethnic violence, authoritarian regimes and so on. It will of course be highly interesting to see how the US government now views the Afghan war. On one hand, it is imperative that the Taliban doesn't regain control and on the other, it is hard to justify being responsible for the development of a state that has $ 1 Tr. in mineral reserves."

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