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Comment Re:Not mature in a scholarly sene... so fscking wh (Score 1) 248

Speaking as an academic at one of the schools you listed, it's not worth my time to edit Wikipedia entries, as I get no credit for my contributions that go toward advancing my career, let alone the state of the art, unless I spend an inordinate amount of time to make a noticeable impact. Instead, I'm better off sharing my knowledge in a less volatile yet still easily-accessible medium, such as a freely available e-book that also offers a printed version through a publisher, e.g., one akin to Jon Dattorro's excellent treatise on convex optimization and Euclidean distance geometry (; in this instance, I not only have something tangible that I can list when it comes time for a tenure review, but can also be assured that key concepts won't be wiped away by some ignorant, but perhaps well-meaning, editor.

Comment Re:Just saying... (Score 4, Interesting) 116

[...] This is a full scan of the original pages, including illustrations. It's looking pretty good.

Some of the pages are garbled, or, at the very least, a tad difficult to parse, due to the ensuing or previous page(s) bleeding through to the others during the scanning process. (Granted, this phenomena gave me an excellent idea for an IEEE CVPR/TPAMI paper about a variational, non-local image inpainting scheme for fixing such things in scanned, double-sided documents.)

Comment Re:Obama wastes YOUR MONEY (Score 1) 529

I find it incredibly humorous that you have the gall to refer to us as "drones" yet can't even manage to establish the veracity of the very list you mindlessly parrot.

For starters, First Solar has neither filed for bankruptcy nor is failing; granted, they did have a rather nasty Q1 2012, as they lost $449.4M (USD), which they made up for in Q2 2012, by posting a profit of $111M (USD), and likely will do the same in Q3, given their current stock price. To find out more about their history, you can peruse their official quarterly financial results that are made available to investors:

(Q2 2012)
(Q1 2012)
(Q4 2011)
(Q3 2011)
(Q2 2011)

and the 2012 reports that they sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (US SEC):

(August 1, 2012)
(Jun 29, 2012)
(May 24, 2012)
(April 17, 2012)
(March 19, 2012)
(February 28, 2012)

As well, SunPower is has neither filed for bankruptcy nor is failing, as evidenced by their official annual financial reports:


and their US SEC reports for 2012:

(October 16, 2012)
(August 31, 2012)
(August 8, 2012)
(May 3, 2012)
(February 16, 2012)

Similar claims can be made about some of the other companies, e.g., Johnson Controls, according to their financial information on the SEC's website (

Also, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is a US Government research lab, not a private or public company, that is funded by the US Department of Energy.

Comment Re:View from the outside (Score 3, Interesting) 197

Some individuals may not understand the intermediate steps if they aren't intimately familiar with the field, e.g., someone new to probabilistic models may not know why you can rewrite Sethuraman's sum-based, stick-breaking construction of the two-parameter Poisson-Dirichlet/Pitman-Yor process or the one-parameter Dirichlet processes in a multinomial-based, stick-breaking form. Nevertheless, that does not necessarily mean that the context or contributions of your work won't be unknown to others.

To elaborate, I recently wrote a paper wherein I used copious amounts of differential geometry to recast a high-level machine-vision methodology in a more general, conducive fashion, then proceeded to extend and use the tools of the field to massage that scheme so that its algorithmic implementation would have a much lower computational complexity. Although the paper was sent to the top-tier computer vision/pattern analysis journal, which has been host to a few articles that make use of differential geometry, I doubt that most of the readers will care about the pages of theorems and derivations, as most are not mathematicians, and, instead, just home in on the two important, end-product equations I list, either code them up or download my code, and find that they produce the same outputs but with the new version requiring fewer calculations; further, In this case, while they may not fully grasp how I moved from one representation to the other, they can at least see that the end result is bonafide and incorporate my scheme in their work.

Comment Re:Cheap or High Performance, PickOne (Score 1) 103

You're correct that it would be quite expensive, considering that just a 28nm mask alone runs around $2.8M to $3M (USD) these days. However, with around $6M (USD) in hand, I'd be able to get some investors on board to match or even triple that amount, which would give me a better amount of wiggle room.

Comment Re:Cheap or High Performance, PickOne (Score 1) 103

MIMT (multiple instructions, multiple threads) is a term that I coined in one of my recent journal papers, which I just sent out for review, for a ray tracing architecture. While there were, arguably, better terms that I could have employed, e.g., coherent multi-threading, I preferred MIMT, since it immediately lets readers know that the work is different from the current SIMT (single instruction, multiple threads) paradigm in commodity graphics hardware.

Comment Re:Cheap or High Performance, PickOne (Score 2) 103

And for the GPUs: yes, I know that a modern GPU (or even a core i7) is more powerful. But, I unfortunately cannot plug a modern GPU into my mobile robot/drone/quadrocopter in order to do things like real-time vision processing/neural networks/machine learning/AI. The epiphany consumes something between 2-5 Watts (in words: TWO watts for 64-cores). I am currently not aware of anything coming close to the performance of the parallella for the mobile vision processing applications mentioned above.

If you have around $3-6M (USD) to spare, I could have a 25mm x 25mm chip fabricated, using 28nm CMOS technology at either TSMC or GlobalFoundaries, with a 2-core ARM Cortex-A9 and a custom 384-core MIMT architecture, the latter of which would hit above 500 GFLOPS in single-precision peak performance.

Comment Re:"3 strikes, yer OUT" & you FAIL, Ash-Fox... (Score 1) 254

It's pretty easy to refute your "facts", considering that you didn't bother checking most of your links. Going only partway through your list, I found a good chunk of the schools you listed didn't run Windows:
F5 BIG-IP Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) 28-Sep-2012 Pace University
Linux Apache 28-Sep-2012 University of California, Santa Cruz
Linux Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) 28-Sep-2012 Rackspace Hosting
Linux nginx/1.0.15 28-Sep-2012 Cloud Loadbalancing as a Service-LBaaS (DFW)
Linux Apache 28-Sep-2012 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Linux Apache 28-Sep-2012 University of Montana
Linux Apache 13-Sep-2012 BLUEGRASS.NET
Linux nginx 28-Sep-2012 Biola University, Inc.
Linux Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat) 28-Sep-2012 Immaculata University
Linux Apache-Coyote/1.1 28-Sep-2012 PSINet, Inc.
Linux Apache 28-Sep-2012, Inc.
Linux Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) 14-Jan-2012 Jazel, LLC
Linux Apache-Coyote/1.1 28-Sep-2012 Canisius College
Linux nginx 28-Sep-2012, Inc.
Linux Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) 28-Sep-2012 University of Scranton
unknown Apache/2.2.9 (Debian) PHP/5.2.6-1+lenny8 with Suhosin-Patch 28-Sep-2012 Level 3 Communications, Inc.
F5 BIG-IP Apache 28-Sep-2012 SUNY College at New Paltz
Linux Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) 28-Sep-2012 Internet Services, LLC
Linux Apache/2.2.22 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.22 OpenSSL/0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 DAV/2 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/ 28-Sep-2012 WEBSITEWELCOME.COM
Linux nginx 28-Sep-2012, Inc.
Linux nginx 5-Sep-2012 Slicehost

As an aside, most of these places I hadn't even heard of and can't be considered as top ranked. Unsurprisingly, however, all of the highly regarded schools in the world run Linux:
F5 BIG-IP Apache/1.3.41 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.8.31 OpenSSL/0.9.8j 24-Sep-2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
F5 BIG-IP Apache 22-Sep-2012 Stanford University Network
Linux Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) 31-Aug-2012 Oxford University
Solaris 9/10 Apache/1.3.41 (Unix) mod_ucam_webauth/1.4.2 mod_ssl/2.8.31 OpenSSL/0.9.8j-fips mod_perl/1.30 12-Sep-2012 University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
Linux Apache/2.2.16 (Amazon) 18-Sep-2012, Inc.
Solaris 9/10 Apache 26-Sep-2012 University of California at Berkeley
F5 BIG-IP Apache 28-Sep-2012 Georgia Institute of Technology
unknown nginx/1.2.0 17-Sep-2012 DosArrest
Linux Apache/2.2.21 (Unix) DAV/2 mod_ssl/2.2.21 OpenSSL/0.9.8r JRun/4.0 3-Sep-2012 Cornell University
Linux Roxen/5.1.185-release1 25-Sep-2012 Princeton University
F5 BIG-IP Apache 12-Sep-2012 Yale University
Linux Apache/2.2.22 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.22 OpenSSL/0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 11-Sep-2012 Akamai
unknown Apache/2.2.21 18-Sep-2012 Columbia University
F5 BIG-IP Apache/1.3.37 (Unix) PHP/5.2.1 mod_perl/1.29 mod_ssl/2.8.28 OpenSSL/0.9.8d 28-Sep-2012 Brown University
F5 BIG-IP Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) DAV/2 PHP/5.2.11 mod_ssl/2.2.3 OpenSSL/0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 mod_perl/2.0.4 Perl/v5.8.8 27-Sep-2012 Dartmouth College

Comment Re:Throw the basterd out! (Score 1) 480

1. Covering people? He likes putting people in his debt AND he probably doesn't have a life because he's has issues.

2. Most articles published: again no life.

3. New training to share? Nice but more than likely it's because he likes being a know-it-all expert...

Did it never cross your mind that maybe this particular individual just enjoys his work?

As an aside, I've known plenty of people, myself included, who have pursued careers, e.g., as researchers, engineers, or physicians, despite having complete financial security from birth, simply because they relish working and have the talent for their particular job, wanted to make a difference, wanted to better themselves, etc.

Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 64

In the (incomplete) hypothetical situation you proposed, there would be a myriad number of paths that I'd take depending on various circumstances.

To elaborate on just one, if I was reviewing candidates for tenure-track junior faculty and research positions in an area that I was familiar with, I'd sit down and read through all of their publications. (Since I am a prolific reader, I can easily go through 300 full-length journal papers, in my spare time, every 2-3 weeks; considering prospective faculty reviews take months, I'd have plenty of time.) Once I had a handle on what each person had done, along with asking about their contribution to each paper, assuming multiple co-authors, I'd then start to weed through applicants based upon factors like venue prestige, publication count, publication rate, topic relevancy (some universities currently have general hiring freezes, due to budget cuts, but will open up positions for those focused on a particular subject area), etc. (To me, the prestige of a journal, or, in some disciplines, a conference, is important, as it shows that a person is willing to put in more effort to succeed. At the same time, however, I would not be hesitant to favor someone who was an industrious scholar and produced a great deal of papers in a mixture of mid- and high-tier venues.)

Comment Why bother? (Score 2) 64

It should be noted that the usefulness of h-indices varies from field to field. For example, in various branches of pure mathematics, a heavily-referenced paper is one that, maybe, garners 25 to 100 citations. In applied mathematics and certain subsets of statistics, the threshold would be a factor of magnitude larger.

Also, as a preference, I tend to ignore metrics like h-indices when evaluating a researcher, as they provide very little evidence for his her her capabilities, let alone the quality of the work.

To elaborate, at least from my own experiences, in certain portions of applied mathematics that bleed over into computer vision, machine learning, and pattern recognition, I've seen papers that are relatively mathematically prosaic, but possibly easy to understand or where the code is made available, be heralded and heavily cited for a period. In contrast, I've come across papers that provide a much more sound, but complicated, framework along with better results, possibly after the topic is no longer in vogue, and go unnoticed or scarcely acknowledged.

In a different vein, there are times when a problem is so niche, but nevertheless important to someone or some funding agency, that there would be little reason for anyone else to cite it.

Touching on an almost completely opposite factor, there are times when the generality of the papers, coupled with the subject area, artificially inflates certain scores. For instance, if a researcher spends his or her career developing general tools, e.g., in the context of computer vision, things like optical flow estimators, object recognition schemes, etc., those papers will likely end up more heavily cited, as they can be applied in many ways, than those dealing with a specific, non-niche problem, e.g., car detection in traffic videos. Furthermore, the propensity for certain disciplines to favor almost-complete bibliographies can skew things too.

Finally, albeit rare, are those papers that introduce and find the "best" way to solve a problem that no other discussion is warranted.

Comment Re:Why not finance your Psych PhD with Psych work? (Score 1) 186

This seems blatantly obvious to me. Forget any psych certs and licenses. You can do IT work without them, and you can do the same in the psych field. Just don't lie about your qualifications.

Actually, most countries, including the United States, require that counseling psychologists obtain a license, let alone pass tests, to offer their craft to the public. If someone is found, just like in medicine or in clinical psychiatry, practicing without such a license, they will be slapped with some steep fines and jail time. (Granted, there is some wiggle room with regards to this, as ordained pastors and rabbis are allowed to provide counseling within the context of religious duties; moreover, if these religious ministers have suitable advanced training or degrees, they can ethically provide psychotherapy.)

Also, as an aside, the submitter might not have the proper background to engage in psychological counseling. For example, there are many that focus exclusively on research and look at phenomena, which are distant from those behaviors useful in a psychotherapy setting, such as how humans parse space, how we learn new concepts, how we analyze various items, etc.

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