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Submission + - Why computer voices are mostly female (cnn.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: One answer may lie in biology. Scientific studies have shown that people generally find women's voices more pleasing than men's. "It's much easier to find a female voice that everyone likes than a male voice that everyone likes," said Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass, author of "The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships." "It's a well-established phenomenon that the human brain is developed to like female voices."

One notable exception has been Germany, where BMW was forced to recall a female-voiced navigation system on its 5 Series cars in the late 1990s after being flooded with calls from German men saying they refused to take directions from a woman. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on why the company gave Siri a female voice in the U.S. Nor would she say why Siri speaks like a man in the UK, where iPhone 4S owners have swarmed online forums to request a female voice instead.

Until then, some bloggers have wondered: Are computerized female "assistants" sexist? Not necessarily, said Rebecca Zorach, director of the Social Media Project at the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. "What's interesting to me is how they seem to intentionally make her speech sound artificial — they could choose to make her speech more seamless and human-like, but they choose instead to highlight the technology," she said. "That makes you aware of how high-tech your gadget is."


Submission + - Google Not Reciprocating on IFrame Usage?

theodp writes: Over at the Google Web Search Community, posters are questioning why Google feels free to IFrame others' web pages, yet blocks attempts to IFrame pages on its own sites. 'Google has so much contradiction in what it wants for itself and what it does with other websites [e.g., Google frames Slashdot],' quipped one poster. 'Do no evil, right?' And over at the Google Maps Help Forum, developers are also begging for Google to allow them to IFrame entire pages again. 'I know there are other options (&embed etc.),' explains a poster, 'but then there is no sidebar which is useless. I really need the functionality like it was before.' Can any Googlers out there explain The Mystery of 'This content cannot be displayed in a frame'?

Comment Target = benefit (Score 1) 204

I don't understand why no company does the easy and beneficial thing: Praise the information sources!

If you opt-in to have your data mined and sold, $10 comes off of your bill every month. Or $5, or whatever. There will be plenty of people more than willing to do it and the rest? Well, they don't get the benefit money.

Comment Re:wow! (Score 0) 270

psychopaths used more conjunctions such as “because “ or “since,”

Sounds like another attempt to label left-brain people as psychopaths.

sounds like you're being paranoid. You don't have anything to hide, do you?

Saying "no" is obstinate, which is a leader to another form of mental disorder. So, no.

Comment Re:" NaCl — table salt" (Score 0) 142

Whats the chemical formula for driveway salt? Kosher salt? Sea salt?

Driveway salt is poorly purified, and kosher salt can also be sea salt but in practice is oddly processed, fairly pure NaCl which has a blessing tax, but sea salt is different from table salt, which is often not simply NaCl either.

Driveway salt will be for the no-name-company cheapo drives.

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