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RT @gruber: Siri, Cortana, Google Voice, Alexa: all female voices here in the U.S. by default, and all but Google’s unnamed one have female names. Why?
I remember reading something about user-testing prerecorded messages (over phone lines?) and users preferring feminine-sounding voices, and I guess it stuck all the way to the AI age? - Victor Ganata
Wait. Are Siri and Cortana really female names? Are there real people out in the world with those names (other than those that were named after the Apple assistant or the Halo character)? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
"Siri is a Scandinavian female given name. It is a short form of Sigrid, of Old Norse origin, and literally meaning "beautiful victory", from Old Norse sigr (victory) and Old Norse fríðr (beautiful)." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Victor Ganata
How Apple's Siri got her name - Yahoo - 2012 Mar 29 http://news.yahoo.com/apples-... - Victor Ganata
The Cortana AI from Halo was named after a sword from the Song of Roland (like the AI Durandal from Bungie's Marathon was), but apparently Halo did inspire people to name their baby girls Cortana starting in 2008 http://www.nancy.cc/2014... - Victor Ganata
Cortana is also the name of a species of gastropod (which was also inspired by Halo) http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_wi... - I'm assuming that since it was named after a feminine-appearing character and because it's a neo-Latin word ending in -a, that's why it got assigned a grammatical gender of female. - Victor Ganata
It's not really preferring female sounding voices, just for the sake of "oh, I like that better". They are actually easier to understand what they are saying. I had a voicemail service at one time which gave you the option of a prerecorded outgoing message in either a male or female voice. I tried both and the male one was much more difficult to understand what he was saying, while the female one sounded much clearer. - April Russo
This CNN article is great: http://www.cnn.com/2011... someone replied to Gruber with this. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Stephen Mack
eBay to lay off 2,400, could split into three parts [San Jose Mercury News] - http://www.mercurynews.com/busines...
eBay to lay off 2,400, could split into three parts [San Jose Mercury News]
From the article by Jeremy C. Owens, published at 1:33 today: "A PayPal spinoff isn't enough for eBay -- the company now plans to lay off thousands of workers and split off yet another independent company as its auction site suffers. eBay announced Wednesday afternoon that it would slash 2,400 jobs, about 7 percent of its global work force, as it struggles to bounce back from a cyberattack that forced all users to reset their passwords. The e-commerce giant will also split off its eBay Enterprise business, which manages online sales efforts for other businesses." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Kevin Fox on twitter: "The day after Obama singles out EBay as a jobs creator in the State of the Union, EBay announces 2,400 layoffs." (https://twitter.com/kfury...) - Stephen Mack
[Liking to follow conversation. Do not like.] - Laura Norvig
Yeah, this is a bad one. Personally, I've never used eBay and never really "got" it. But it's surprising to me they're attributing the drop-off in customers to the password change. - Stephen Mack
I'm a sometimes eBay user. A few times a year. I had completely forgotten about the password thing. - Brian Johns
I attribute the drop-off in users to the increase in other services. eBay stopped being a real "auction" site a while ago (yes, people do still auction things on there, but most of the listings are "buy it now" types of listings), and the whole "buy it now" type of listing is much better represented in places like Amazon now. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Recovering ebay addict -> - Greg GuitarBuster
eBay junkie, mostly for specific retro type things. Always pleased! - Janet from FFHound!
every christmas i spend way too much on ebay for whatever wade's latest retro passion is ... thunderbirds, pokemon, etc. - Laura Norvig
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Jessie
Things I explained in English class today: "Bless your heart."
The postdocs wanted to know if there was a phrase in English that sounded positive but actually wasn't. This was the first thing that came to mind. - Jessie
Then they wanted to know, if someone said this to them, whether they should punch them. - Jessie
"With all due respect" your opinion is crazy. - Joe
Haha thanks Joe. Any others? - Jessie
"that's interesting..." - ellbeecee
"Great story, bro." - Jennifer Dittrich
^great^cool - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"Thank you for sharing" is another one. - Corinne L
Isn't that nice. - Heather
Conversely, they asked if there was a negative phrase that had "mercy" in it since that's such a positive word, and I came up with "May God have mercy on your soul." They said that sounded very refined and they would probably thank someone who told them that. - Jessie
"Lord, have mercy" when said with the right intonation can mean, "You about to get yo ass beat in a minute." - Anika
Hahaha thank you Anika, they should probably know that one. I will tell them at the next class. - Jessie
Steven Perez
Good morning, FriendFeed. - http://bunnzies.tumblr.com/post...
Good morning, FriendFeed.
Time for lunch already? - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Good morning. - John (bird whisperer)
God aften, bunneh. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Good afternoon, John. :) - Steven Perez
Buenos tardes, Jenny. :) - Steven Perez
Ken Morley
This is not my beautiful house.
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This is not my beautiful wife. - Ken Morley
:DDD - Jenny H.
My God, what have I done?!? - Ken Gidley
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Remember when we were young and could get away with wearing ridiculous shit that was really kinda ugly but we still looked fine? Good times.
The bonus about aging is that you can start doing it again. - Anika
^^yep. I can't wait until I finally morph into the Punk-Harajuku version of Estelle Getty. :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Jessie
An Investigation of the Biodiversity of Disney Sidekicks - http://the-toast.net/2015...
An Investigation of the Biodiversity of Disney Sidekicks
An Investigation of the Biodiversity of Disney Sidekicks
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"But what about the animals that are “just” animals, the ones that are the least anthropomorphized and (largely) incapable of speech, but are still important characters in their own right? In the Disney films of yore, does their non-speaking status give them license to act truer to their real-life animal counterparts? In some ways, no. The shared role of many Disney sidekicks – to take charge of all of the worrying that the protagonist doesn’t have the time or inclination for or, conversely, to get into all the mischief that the main character shies away from – means that the same personality gets doled out to many critters regardless of their species. Take Meeko, Pocahontas’s raccoon buddy, and Abu, Aladdin’s little simian friend – their gluttonous, mischievous, yet loyal qualities have strong similarities, happy to help their human friend, but probably stuffing stolen food into their cheeks or little vest first. That being said, there have tended to be moments when it is clear that... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Take Meeko, Pocahontas’s raccoon buddy..." Nope, let's not do that. #nopenopenope - Jessie
Mahdi
Future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change - http://inhabitat.com/say-goo...
Future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change
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Atuan Aile Kabristanı
Bir Pazarlama Harikası ve Dünyanın En Kötü Oteli: “Hans Brinker Budget Hotel” - turizmdeyiz.com - http://www.turizmdeyiz.com/bir-paz...
Bir Pazarlama Harikası ve Dünyanın En Kötü Oteli: “Hans Brinker Budget Hotel” - turizmdeyiz.com
Bir Pazarlama Harikası ve Dünyanın En Kötü Oteli: “Hans Brinker Budget Hotel” - turizmdeyiz.com
Bu otelin tanitimini yapan tasarim burosu Hollanda'nin en iyi ve taninan, siradisi tasarim burolarindan. - Mistaken Identity
süpermiş bu. - Herr 5 Pos†asson
mistaken, bunu sen de mi post etmistin? ya da baska bir yer miydi, amsterdam'dan benzer bisi hatirliyorum sanki. - grizabella
oha "650" oda!? 65 olmasin yahu, yanlis mi yazmislar? edit: pardon, oda degil yatak demis. hostel ve hatta en lesinden hostel oldugunu, odalara onyuzbin yatak tiktiklarini gozardi etmisim. - grizabella
بوگی
یک نظر بر یار کردم ؛‌یار نالیدن گرفت ..!
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خیلی زیباست - ☂لبـالــــ و♬
bad nis - بوگی
WarLord
'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize http://rol.st/1J9qWD4 via @rollingstone
"... And filmmakers like Eastwood, who could have cleared things up, only muddy the waters more. Sometimes there's no such thing as "just a human story." Sometimes a story is meaningless or worse without real context, and this is one of them...." - WarLord
After reading so many articles about this movie, I think this is the one I've been waiting for. It doesn't hurt that I really enjoy Taibbi's writing. It was nice to see him call out Hollywood for the drivel they have been producing lately and the problems with turning war atrocities into feel-good films. - Jenny H.
(also liked: taibbi's calling out on the insufferable reactionary drivel of forrest gump) - Roux
Pretty LaBelle
RT @glitteryglossy: RT @desusnice: Dude has no idea how he's gonna tell king george what he just saw http://t.co/YfTI1labUN
RT @glitteryglossy: RT @desusnice: Dude has no idea how he's gonna tell king george what he just saw http://t.co/YfTI1labUN
This just slays me every time it rolls down my timeline. - Jennifer Dittrich
*dead again* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Micah
Ordering a Flat White on a whim may be the whitest thing I've done all day.
Sarah G.
There's corgi service dog on this flight. Just because you're stubby, doesn't mean you can't be helpful.
I think I'll embrace that as my motto. :) - Laurie Boots from Android
I saw someone at trader joes with a teeny poodle service dog. - sglassme
Jessie
Re-introducing wolves to Ireland: could we? Should we? - Ireland's Wildlife - http://www.irelandswildlife.com/grey-wo...
Re-introducing wolves to Ireland: could we? Should we? - Ireland's Wildlife
"The grey wolf, Canis lupis, was once reasonably common in Ireland and existed on all parts of the Island. The last wolf in Ireland was probably killed in or around 1786 but small populations or individual wolves may have existed into the early 1800’s. Before English rule in the country wolves were hunted, mainly by the ruling classes, and plenty of wolf skins were exported to Britain, but there seems to have been no coordinated attempt to exterminate them. During English rule this changed, and people began to view wolves as a troublesome species and targeted them for extermination. During Cromwell’s rule bounties for wolves were initiated and so began the complete removal of the wolf from the Irish landscape. The wolf itself was once one of the most common land based mammals on the planet, and existed in the whole of the Northern hemisphere and on the Indian subcontinent. Sub species also existed in parts of Africa and South America. As human populations across Europe grew the wolf... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Fast forward nearly a century to 2015, and talk of re-introducing wolves to Ireland. I’ve heard plenty of people arguing for re-introduction, or supporting it, but there are many complex issues that need to be considered before a re-introduction could even be considered. Many people consider wolves the epitome of true wilderness. Perhaps a pang of guilt for our role in their... more... - Jessie
"The most important aspect in all this discussion needs to be the welfare of the wolves themselves. Wolves for re-introduction here in Ireland would be sourced from multiple populations to give an initial genetic diversity. More wolves would possibly need to be added later to maintain this genetic diversity and prevent inbreeding, although wolves often disperse to avoid this. Even if... more... - Jessie
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Andrew C (✔)
RT @tinysubversions: Bjork on the media having basically no concept of a female auteur. Great interview here: http://pitchfork.com/feature... http://t.co/ODYl9iuP1v
RT @tinysubversions: Bjork on the media having basically no concept of a female auteur. Great interview here: http://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/9582-the-invisible-woman-a-conversation-with-bjork/ http://t.co/ODYl9iuP1v
Maitani
Ancient Scrolls, Burned in Vesuvius Volcano Eruption, Deciphered by Advanced X-Ray Scans - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
Ancient Scrolls, Burned in Vesuvius Volcano Eruption, Deciphered by Advanced X-Ray Scans - Scientific American
"Scientists in Italy have managed to decipher text on a badly scorched papyrus roll from Herculaneum, a town destroyed with Pompeii in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD. The imaging technique they used may allow archaeologists to analyse other texts previously thought to be too badly damaged to read." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Hundreds of carbonised papyrus rolls were excavated from the ‘Villa of the Papyri’ in Herculaneum in 1754, said to contain the only surviving library from antiquity. Many of the texts were later stored in the National Library of Naples and several were given to Napoléon Bonaparte as a gift in 1802." - Maitani
Maitani
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/blogs...
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Goya: Order and Disorder by Colm Tóibín | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
"There are two ways, perhaps, of looking at Franciso Goya,” writes Colm Tóibín in the Review’s December 18, 2014 issue. In the first version, Goya, who was born near Zaragoza in 1746 and died in exile in France in 1828, “was almost innocent, a serious and ambitious artist interested in mortality and beauty, but also playful and mischievous, until politics and history darkened his imagination…. In the second version, it is as though a war was going on within Goya’s psyche from the very start…. His imagination was ripe for horror.” We present below a series of prints and paintings from the show under review—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s “Goya: Order and Disorder,” now closed—along with commentary on the images drawn from Tóibín’s piece." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Halfway though the week. :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
bunneh! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Good morning. - John (bird whisperer)
Barry! :) - Steven Perez
Good morning, John. :) - Steven Perez
Good morning, Bunneh. :) - Tamara J. B.
Good morning, pretty Tam Tam. :) - Steven Perez
HOLA! - imabonehead
HOLA, IMA! :) - Steven Perez from Android
Hey Mr. B - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
Hey, Val. :) - Steven Perez
Mary B: #TeamMonique
New tennies with nearly new @Thorlos! Best socks ever & reason I passed up swag sox at @WPHollywood last night ... http://t.co/OnEfxEmWoY
New tennies with nearly new @Thorlos! Best socks ever & reason I passed up swag sox at @WPHollywood last night ... http://t.co/OnEfxEmWoY
Oh man, Thorlos are the best. - Marie
Mahdi
a new bloom - design, food, style, diy: Winter Detox: Green Power Smoothie - http://www.newblooming.com/2015...
a new bloom - design, food, style, diy: Winter Detox: Green Power Smoothie
a new bloom - design, food, style, diy: Winter Detox: Green Power Smoothie
a new bloom - design, food, style, diy: Winter Detox: Green Power Smoothie
چقدم بخلی :-) بومب - لیتل در شب سرد زمستانی
اوهوم لیتلی جونم. کیپ کام اند گو وگن :)) - Mahdi
Gorgonzolarus
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cüce ağaçlar:))) ha ha...çok hoş.) - neferteti
Gülme yaw , bunların bu hale gelmesi / getirilmesi 30 - 40 yıl sürüyor. fiyatı da binlerce dolar oluyor. - Gorgonzolarus
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Mahdi
Micah
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That's a pretty neat hairdo. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Victor Ganata
I don't know why Hollywood always gets painted as ultraliberal when they reliably push out jingoistic pro-imperialist propaganda like "American Sniper".
Oh, right, *neo*liberalism. I always forget. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Stephen Mack
I cannot spell this word properly nine times out of ten.
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(Image is from Google's etymology, https://www.google.com/... ) - Stephen Mack
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
For those who tip pizza delivery people, do you give a flat rate or percentage of the bill? Because I just ordered pizza and it occurred to me that delivering one or three pizzas is pretty much the same work.
I usually go flat amount - always at least $5, since I know that none of the places in town cover gas, and most make them pay for their own insurance. If it is a super darn busy day, or a holiday, I'll usually throw in a bit more. (Also, if it is an unusually large order.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Percentage, same as a restaurant. - Soup in a TARDIS
A waiter at a high-end restaurant doesn't do more work than a waiter at a low-end restaurant (and maybe does less), but gets paid a lot more in tips regardless. The system isn't necessarily fair but it is what it is. - Stephen Mack
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