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+ - Fabulous MIT Software Makes Selfies Professional Portraits

Submitted by Ajay Anand
Ajay Anand writes: Researchers at MIT have developed this cool algorithm (PDF) to convert humble snaps to dramatic images in a way such that style of any professional photographer can be mimicked. It uses dense mapping between a given selfie and an example portrait using 66 facial features and turns the selfie into a similar looking portrait.

Quoting the authors, "Headshot portraits are a popular subject in photography but to achieve a compelling visual style requires advanced skills that a casual photographer will not have ... We introduce a technique to transfer the style of an example headshot photo onto a new one. This can allow one to easily reproduce the look of renowned artists." Link to the video. MIT news link.

Comment: Re:Reinventing the wheel (Score 1) 213

by Ajay Anand (#47112773) Attached to: PHP Next Generation
You didn't have to write such a long explanation to my small comment. Whatever you have written is all well known. JavaScript got its JIT module some time around 2008-2009 while PHP is still trying to locate the axle. JavaScript is beautiful not just from the programming point of view but also as an embedded language in virtually any software developed in any programming language. You are correct that Node.js is still getting there but only time will tell what will dominate the already divided market.

Comment: Say yes to crowd funding and no to all forms of IP (Score 1) 405

Let an author release first book in public domain. If readers really like that work, there will be enough fans to fund the next work which can again be released in public domain (as it has already been paid for).

Had this model been an ancient and well established old model of publishing all works of art there was never a need of IP or any domain other than public domain.

Comment: Re:OS X (Score 1) 611

by Ajay Anand (#47105715) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?
I admit having a journey that contrasts yours (switching from OS X to Unity to Gnome). I also admit that many recent functionalities and features of Unity and Gnome are more aligned with those of OS X than Windows (XP/7). And this shift from Window-ish alignment to OS X-ish alignment is what has been major design shift that has disappointed many users. I honestly believe that both Unity and Gnome have reached a point where they are now better than OS X itself.

Comment: Re:OS X (Score 1) 611

by Ajay Anand (#47105669) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?
Having used OS X exclusively for 4 years it took me not even a week to like, love and admire Unity. Try Unity and you'll know how much OS X sucks. Try Gnome and you'll know that Unity sucks too! And both LXDE/XFCE rule systems with low memory. It's not merely a passionate statement, its direct experience with wide array of old and new devices.

Comment: The most likely scenario (Score 1) 453

by Ajay Anand (#46961195) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet
By the time they receive our signal, our Sun would have eaten us up.
Of course those bacteria would be more interested in newly discovered sexual mode of reproduction than our signal falling on them and would be hoping to completely switch over to the new mode before their sun eats them up.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.