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Comment: It's time to shift the minimum of this valley (Score 1) 83

by sayfawa (#49023243) Attached to: The Uncanny Valley of Voice Recognition
I actually find it a bit funny how big of a deal the uncanny valley still is. But maybe the low-point of the valley is dependent on the person, and I suspect people that have grown up with computers and video games are far less creeped out by it.

For me, the low-point on the curve was from some of the characters in late 90's-early 2000's video games. Think Ocarina of Time or Deus Ex. Once it got past that, I was perfectly comfortable.

As for voice, hell, I could sleep soundly with hal-9000, gladOS, or prof Hawking reading me bedtime stories.

But, as I did actually skim the article, I can see that the article is more about the un-human responses the device gives, not the voice. Which, again, to someone who's grown up with computers, we're used to the occasional rediculous, non-sensical answers. It doesn't matter if my computer has an almost-human voice, I'm still very aware of it's limitations.

Comment: Re:Physical security? (Score 1) 374

by sayfawa (#46451729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?
As someone who has traveled quite a bit in so-called third-world countries, I was also wondering how it is that he's getting so many phones stolen. No it's not impossible (or hard) to stop yourself from being pick-pocketed in poor countries.

If the thief wasn't threatening him with violence, he could probably solve his problem by keeping his phone in a zipped pocket when he's not using it.

Comment: Re:More actually... (Score 1) 270

by sayfawa (#46309611) Attached to: How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?
Nice. I'm in the same fun situation. Having a kid got a lot more fun when they could play good games. The legos are great. We've done star wars, and indy jones, but I kind of want to get her to watch lord of the rings before we play that.

Also, ok, I know this isn't the best decision, but she's been wanting to play left-for-dead, and I can only say no so many times, so I say if her grades keep up, then ok. And similar to you, I'll tell her mom "they're zombies, so it's ok".

Comment: Re:Labview (Score 1) 876

by sayfawa (#46192167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
I'm sure it's all 3, and if someone worked on the code before you, then they are probably a 4th problem.

When I used Labview, it would get so messy and stringy that at some point I'd just say 'fuck it' and wrap up everything in a module (I forget what it's called). A nice looking little box with a few inputs and outputs that hides the horrible mess I'd made. Good for me, torture for anyone who used it after me. No one else could know what it was doing in there. A few years after I finished at that lab I saw that they were still using the Labview code I wrote. So yeah, I feel a bit bad.

Although, I guess I could wrap that up into your problem #3. Maybe it shouldn't have allowed me to pull such dirty tricks.

Comment: Re:New Generation has great Battery life (Score 1) 495

by sayfawa (#45546071) Attached to: I wish my cell phone was...
What I want is a return to when we measured battery life in days. I know it's a lot to ask, and I know they didn't do nearly as much, but my old Nokias went a week between charges.

Having said that, I'm still glad my new phone goes 2 days and still has > 20%. I just want my week-long charge back.

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