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  • Rob Lefferts - Sharepoint Services and Workflow

    Thanks for the video.   I've always believed Sharepoint is one of Microsoft's products that will enjoy the biggest growth in popularity.
  • Kevin Schofield - Tour of Microsoft Research, Part II (machine learning)

    Minh wrote:
    If machine could learn & be independent, you MS-research guys surely have thought about if a machine can become sentient. Is there a sentient test? I don't think the Turing test is enough.

    Should we head off the eventual subjugation of the human race and abandon this line of research? Maybe Hollywood is wiser than we think.

    Or they are just not very creative.

    The part that gets me about all the Hollywood movies about the machines taking over is....

    ... if you were a machine....

    and you could issue a command say.... sleep(years=70,000)

    Why would you be in a hurry to wipe out humans?

    I think self repairing machines would be the ultimate procrastinators beyond any homer simpson we've ever seen simply because there would always be a tomorrow.

    If anything a machine that didn't like humans would say "see ya later" and go colonize the asteroid belt and replicate to a heathy sustainable population and stay away from the uncertenty of human interaction.

    ... wouldnt THAT be the ultimate insult?  <Grin>
  • Kevin Schofield - Tour of Microsoft Research, Part II (machine learning)

    The Channel 9 Team wrote:

    Getting a glimpse into Eric's office is like getting a glimpse into the future.

    Interesting glimpse.  Still appears to be an expert system if it can't take the theories of one area and apply it to another.

    But what do I know.  I don't have a college degree.

    ...neither did Bill Gates.

    ... or the Wright brothers.

    It sure will be a fun race to win.  Stay tuned.

  • Kevin Schofield - Tour of Microsoft Research, Part II (machine learning)

    TDude wrote:
    Can a machine learn? I thought it can only be programmed.

    Can the sound barrier be broken?  Can we land on the moon?  Can we colonise Mars?  Can machines learn?

    Just one of those things that is impossible until someone does it.

    <drools while waiting for video download>
  • Daniel Lehenbauer - Demo of Avalon 3D

    Thank you for posting this demo.  As a novice I particularly liked seeing the idea that nobody's code works right the first time, and with enough study how fast XAML(?) can be hacked out.

    And finally I have evidence to show to my users why even Microsoft still uses SOME CRTs.  Why do I get the feeling Daniel brought in the second and third monitor?

    Great insights, I feel like the bleeding edge is within reach - much closer than before anyway.

    Thanks again.
  • Josh Ledgard - Cool community sites that the Visual Studio team likes

    Its meat!  Awesome video.  Awesome demo.

    More please.

    As in... yesterday.


  • John Pruitt - Development Cycle at Microsoft

    The Channel 9 Team wrote:
    John Pruitt explains the development cycle at Microsoft -- the interview takes place inside the "watching" part of one of our usability labs where teams can videotape and watch everyday people as they try to use software that we're producing.

    Video length: 00:21:44.

    Great stuff.  Great effort.  Very interesting...

    ... if I wanted to write a term paper about Microsoft's development cycle.

    Problem is - I don't. 

    I want to know how they write good code.  This is the ten mile high view - show us the OS hackers who work on the Kernel - how do they surf the helpfiles when they are trying to solve a problem?  Show us the WHQL people that test iterative software/hardware drivers on all those platforms looking for problems.

    Seriously aren't we taking ourselves too seriously with these videos?  If we were truely exellent developers, shouldn't we be using digital technology instead of a white board?

    I want to see Microsoft's best side, I don't think this is it.  I'm not saying this to hurt anyone's feelings, I'm sorry if it does.  I just think we could do a lot better.

    Please tell me if this is out there somewhere and I missed it - I have not covered all the Channel 9 content yet.  Quite honestly I didn't sit through this video, I got tired of trying to understand what was on the whiteboard and hearing about the bad lighting after the first ten minutes.

    Again don't get me wrong, great effort, I like the fact that Channel 9 is here and what it's goal is.  I'm very excited to have found this place.


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