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The Italian Job

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… why the Italians and other Southern European countries struggle is the habit of dubbing popular TV shows and movies into their native tongue.

Lost in Translation

Take for example the situation in Italy, which I am personally familiar with. The Italian Dubbers’ Union might pride itself as being the best in the world, but it seems clear that their expertise contributes to the linguistic shortcomings of their countrymen. Compare the average Italian’s English skills with the average …

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An Eye for the Eye: Mapping Retinal Neurons with the Crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… techniques to map the mind-bogglingly complex web of neurons in the retina.

Beginning with a series of cross sections through the retinal neurons of a flatworm, they developed a sophisticated image processing algorithm that created a 3D model of the neural network from the 2D images.

To check the accuracy of the 3D models they required something even more sophisticated than the algorithm. Realizing that the very subject of their inquiry was probably the best tool for the job the team …

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Tim Schafer and employing Ron Gilbert –

both known mostly for their work on the Monkey Island series – is a well established software house with a bunch of good minor games covering various genres.

Despite Schafer’s more recent work, people stubbornly kept asking him to go back to the genre in which he excels: point-and-click adventure games. The problem is that these games are on the blacklist of traditional publishers: they’re slow-paced, old fashioned and usually don’t …

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SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the surface, the internet seems like the perfect video host: you can stream, download, enjoy live TV, and risk losing brain cells on YouTube. But one part of the modern movie experience is still stuck in the VHS era. The only way to search inside an online video is to sit down and watch it through.

Off the radar

The internet was originally designed for text documents (that’s what happens when you put academics in charge of technology). Search engines still only recognize text: video …

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Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… at the Super Bowl last year and, since then, the company’s been running Refresh Everything, a series of crowdsourcing competitions aimed at donating money to community projects.

Meanwhile, patriotically sticking to their stereotype as a nation of beer fanatics, an Australian company has crowdsourced the brown stuff. Brewtopia has designed an “open source”, crowd funded, crowd developed and generally crowd pleasing brew.

Best of the rest

Just scrolling through the Christmas …

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