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Comment Re:Developed by a 3rd party? (Score 1) 97

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?

Comment Yes (Score 2, Insightful) 403

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.

Comment Re:Problem-Based Learning (Score 1) 371

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.

Comment Question to all for/against net neutrality (Score 1) 702

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.

Comment Re:did i read that right (Score 2, Interesting) 209

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.

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye