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Comment: Accents? (Score 1) 164 164

All of the voice recognition algorithms I've ever tried are terrible at recognizing anything said with an accent other than the one it was programmed to recognize. I have a Brazilian accent AND a speech impediment. I have never been able to use any voice recognition system in any language.

Comment: Re:Projector (Score 1) 330 330

My apartment is in an old (1870's) brownstone townhouse. In no way designed with a projector and surround sound system in mind. And I didn't have to hang it from the ceiling either. Just built a wall shelf, and put the projector among some books, decorations, flower pots, etc. Inexpensive, and doesn't look out of place.

Comment: Re:Projector (Score 1) 330 330

Yes, it took some planning, but not a whole lot. And the cost was under $2k for the projector (plus NYC taxes), about $200 worth of Goo Systems paint, and under $50 for a wall shelf and hardware. In the end, a sharp looking 134" 1080p screen for well under $3k.

Comment: My cheap alternative (Score 2) 295 295

I sometimes need to destroy hard drives at work. I do it right in front of the user so they know their old data isn't going anywhere. I open the computer, pull out the drive, open the drive, get a screw driver under the disk plate and use it as a lever. The plates will either bend or shatter depending on material.

Comment: Real Estate (Score 1) 383 383

I still miss the Real Estate function in Google Maps. When I was looking for a new place to live some years ago, it really helped me out. But now that I'm considering moving again, I have to search a dozen different sites from different brokers in order to find something in my area.

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