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Open-source Sirius bests Cortana, Now
3/12/2015 10:45 AM EDT
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R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Great idea; poor project name
R_Colin_Johnson   3/13/2015 12:35:56 PM
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aplumb: I agree. I think it began as a Linux-head project--the guys who are notoriously anti-commercial, which is why it is free. The name could be a problem for a commerdial product, but I'm not sure it will be if there is no money being made for which to sue. But as you mentioned, I'm not a lawyer. Thanks for the comment.

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Re: cool but lots of missing steps
R_Colin_Johnson   3/13/2015 12:32:22 PM
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TanjB: Sirius will be available for download tomorrow after the paper is presented and needs to be installed on a Unix-based server. Demos will be available at the conference, but its in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Great idea; poor project name
aplumb0   3/13/2015 10:06:43 AM
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While it's great to see more open source options like this, I *really* wish they had chosen a different/unique name.  Inspired by Siri(us) perhaps, but not derived from it.  Knowing how litigious Apple can get protecting its iStuff trademarks and associated IP, I would think thrice before incorporating a project called Sirius into a commercial product.

Insert 'I Am Not A Lawyer' Disclaimer Here, but I am a member of the Open Source Hardware Association because I care about this sort of thing. :-)

Andrew.

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Re: cool but lots of missing steps
TanjB   3/13/2015 2:49:06 AM
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Oh, for sure small groups can excel.

But, just try the things in that article and demo with the giants right now.  Which ones are they not already doing?  And doing better?

Journalism 101 surely.  Check the facts.  It is not a dare, you can try it yourself.

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Re: cool but lots of missing steps
collin0   3/13/2015 12:12:59 AM
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Completely agree with you.

How dare they are to declaim that their product coud be better than giants like Google,Aplle,Microsoft.

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Re: cool but lots of missing steps
R_Colin_Johnson   3/12/2015 2:04:44 PM
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I think they are depending on crowd-sourcing to move from ankle biters to giant killers, but the truth is--in my opinion--that the giants will merely add the capabiliies of Sirius.

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cool but lots of missing steps
TanjB   3/12/2015 12:55:46 PM
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You can ask those commercial systems what the natural diet of a cat is (using voice) and get good answers.  Claiming they don't is a red flag for hype.

There is a big step from using a known cat picture and asking a question well suited for Wikipedia when using WP as the database, versus recognising a cat in a freely taken picture and asking about it in a supermarket when connected to an agent like Cortana which has access to thousands of times more sources than just WP.

It is good to see this stuff being taught and algorithms in the public domain.  It is also good to see academia getting into the swim of understanding what cloud computing involves on the hardware side (although you can go to Open Compute and learn a lot more).

There is a lot more to scaling this up to beat the commercial systems.  It involves some hard work and very subtle challenges due to scale, ambiguities, context, and intent.  Nice work which can stand on its own merits, a shame they feel they need to claim they are giant killers when they are still ankle biters.

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