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Nuance Launches Siri Rival "Nina"

Feyr Re:nuance? not on my life (87 comments)

i suspect you had a large number of US-based calls. nuance is an american company and their algorithm is highly tuned to the accents found there.

from my own unscientific experiements, the success rate is 0% over about 100 phrases. some got close but most were so wildly off i was wondering how the hell is could even get there. some with potentially damaging consequences (calling international numbers, former bosses, and other business acquaintances) with no way to cancel. it's also extremely inconsistent, even when spelling the same names a few times. keep in mind this is with a limited vocabulary (ie, contacts names). on free text it's even worse

more than 2 years ago

Nuance Launches Siri Rival "Nina"

Feyr nuance? not on my life (87 comments)

has any non-us speaker actually used a nuance product (or any other voice recognition engine)?

none of them deal with even the slightest accent. hell they can't even get me the proper number when asking for a a contact on my phone, nuance can't even understand when i say "call" and often try to do a search on some garbled text

how they ever expect to be trusted for critical financial stuff is beyond me

more than 2 years ago

Canadian Telcos Lobby Against Pick-and-Pay TV

Feyr Re:Misdirection - It's A Trap! (244 comments)

OP's point is that instead of paying 5$ for 6 channels, of which you only watch 2, you'll be paying 4$ for each of the two channels you actually want. (hint: total 8$)

more than 2 years ago

Red Hat Appoints Robyn Bergeron First Female Fedora Project Leader

Feyr Re:s/First Female/Robyn Bergeron as/ (146 comments)

"And the answer here is that women generally make much better managers than men"

that's another stereotype that's patently false
i've had plenty of more than useless female manager
i've also had really bad men manager
most studies never account for actual skill level when they compare the two, or they have an agenda to propel.

of course a good "female" manager is going to be better than a bad "male" one. this has nothing to do with gender and all to do with skill, experience and individual traits

i wish all the best to robyn here though i've never heard of her. the only question that matter is "is she qualified for the job?" and the summary seem to imply that yes, she is

more than 2 years ago

Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

Feyr Re:So what? (333 comments)

except it doesn't run fine. it's completly buggy and shouldn't ever have been released to the public

more than 2 years ago

Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

Feyr Re:No *official* port. (333 comments)

there already IS an unnofficial port, im running a beta of it right now and it's miles ahead of what samsung is providing.
no random crash, or reboot, the status bar doesn't get stuck on top and i can actually answer every calls i receive (unlike the samsung rom which would make the touchscreen totally unresponsive about 25% of the time). to top it off, my battery lasts around 2-3 days instead of the 18 hours i was getting

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Government Officially Trusts OpenVPN-NL

Feyr Re:Why should we trust openssl? (53 comments)

i don't know about gnutls's maturity,

but polarssl does not seem to support renegotiation, that to me indicates it's a pretty bad choice for a vpn which you expect to be up 100% of the time and pass significant traffic. looks like the dutchies just wanted SOMETHING they had made locally in an approved software, security be damned!

about 3 years ago

Eclipse Launches New Programming Language

Feyr Re:Why? (238 comments)

they dont get the credit. they get the bitching.

java's garbage collector is horrible, probably the worst of all VM. that's exactly why you always hear about it
but it's the old "bad publicity is good publicity" trick, because we always hear about java's garbage everyone assume they're the only language to have one and they want garbage collection (who wouldn't? no one likes trash piling up on their front door!)

more than 3 years ago

CRTC To Allow Usage-Based Billing

Feyr Re:60GB is nothing (282 comments)

it's not legal to do that over a certain (ridiculously low) amount of taxes due. check out provisional accounts

more than 4 years ago

CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

Feyr Re:improvement (381 comments)

and i did, cancelled my service last year.

it's not cheaper, but it's certainly better in other ways

more than 4 years ago

CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

Feyr improvement (381 comments)

this is actually an improvement over their current practices.

they've been billing based on usage for years now, but they charge 8$/GB instead of 1.12$.

unless the article meant Gb, in which case it's meaningless and just validates their current business model

more than 4 years ago

Russian Company Buys ICQ

Feyr Re:I still use ICQ (136 comments)

pidgin is nice, but it has one of the worst notification system around. either it's focus-stealing or not notifying you at all of new messages

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Router To Replace WRT54GL?

Feyr Re:RouterStation Pro (344 comments)

add my vote for ubiquiti gear. it's seriously great, their official firmware is linux based, and they even give instructions to install thirdparty fw (hell, the routerstation only as a thirdparty firmware)

more than 4 years ago

NewEgg Confirms Shipping Fake Core i7s

Feyr Re:New Egg (314 comments)

newegg won't even let me purchase from them, their paypal settings are fucked and they won't do anything about it

i have half of a mind to think it's on purpose just so they can get get credit card numbers to run scams on, and this latest snafu doesn't help me think otherwise

more than 4 years ago

The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

Feyr Re:c++ is 'write-only' code (752 comments)

in fact, i'd go as far as saying as the best programming language in the world pretty much ensure it will be unmaintanable. since most people that write exclusively in them don't understand the underlying abstractions

more than 4 years ago

Simple, Free Web Remote PC Control?

Feyr Re:Teamviewer (454 comments)

better than anything i've tried.
vnc, single-click uvnc, moodus, crossloops, logmein, pcanywhere, ms remote help, and a bunch of other paid-for remote desktop companies

it's a single exe on their front page, no installation: just run it. and there's no login and password that you need to get the user to understand or manage.

when they run the program they get an ID and password generated automatically for front of them. numbers only. you just have them read it out to you and you're in.

the ID is constant for a single pc, but the password change every time they restart the app for more security. they can delete the exe once you're done,it leaves no trace. and it's small enough that you can have them redownload it every time, which is often easier anyway.

my customer base is farmers, OLD farmers. i have not had ONE issue getting them to log on.
they're not always literate, much less computer literate. but they know numbers (got to count and weight those chickens you know...)

all other systems have been a nightmare.

about 5 years ago

Simple, Free Web Remote PC Control?

Feyr Re:Teamviewer (454 comments)

i concur, teamviewer is simply the best.

about 5 years ago

Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

Feyr Re:I'm sure it didn't help. (1040 comments)

no retinal or handprint for canadian citizens at least. i just came back form a trip last thursday. i drove over the border to a small airport and flew the rest of the way to my destination. i got waved through after a very minor look at my passport: crossing customs at land borders is much less strict for some reason

now flying to the US is a bit more annoying, the last two time they sent me out for secondary interview (thankfully no full body search) but it didnt add any delay to my schedule.
the first interview was mostly because it was my first time in the us, i was carrying tools in my checked luggage and was going to "help" one our rep to install our product. the guard thought it was odd (not without reasons) and kept asking for my work visa (which i didn't need)
the second one they got ticked about my tools and their values (carrying a scopemeter worth 4000$)

more than 5 years ago



Managing Requests: How does your business do it?

Feyr Feyr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Feyr (449684) writes "Many businesses have a process to manage requests (purchasing, new services, modification, etc) that rely on countless spreadsheets based on a myriad of different templates, each of them being copied, emailed and modified in an ad-hoc way. i need not say this quickly becomes tedious. I've been tasked to find a replacement to such a system: The way I envision this would be a sort of web portal that would contain form templates to be filled out by the requester and stored in a database. those templates would be web-based and web-creatable and each of them being assigned one or more manager that can approve or act upon a request. managers could create new forms just by clicking a button and placing standard text fields on it

this is of course only a single possible way to do it, how does your business deal with these requests?"



Moderm Society: Not so much a democracy

Feyr Feyr writes  |  more than 11 years ago

FOUL! they shouted, as for the first time in humanity a human had been cloned.

The recent announcement by the Raelian sponsored firm Clonaid of the first cloned human raised anger and and suspicion all over the world. The Announcement even unified the major churches into globally condemning the (so called) exploit. civil rights groups and other major lobbys are pushing governments to adopt law banning the practice of all cloning. basicly everyone is against the practice, but do they have any valid reasons?

the scientific community has repetedly said cloning humans is, for now, unethical. but the major argument against doing so is that the technique is not ready. too much guesswork is required to (currently) make a viable clone. But that reason, while perfectly valid, should not constitute the basis for a global ban. it merely means we are currently not ready (scientifically) to even think about cloning humans.

other reasons ranges from the "sacred rights of life" of the fetuses, to "god syndrome" (only god has the right to create life). some even go as far as saying that a clone is unethical because that child would be deprived of his unique identity.

i must say that the lastest argument is the lousiest one of them all. While the formers are based on religious bias, the later is based on the assumption that a clone would be totally and perfectly identical to his parent, which is entirely untrue.

A clone merely means it has the same DNA as the parent. several scientific studies shows that many traits, both physical and psychological, are defined by how the child is raised, his diet, and other random factors. the height, personality, and even the fingerprints would be different from the parent. these basicly renders NIL the claims that a clone would be robbed of his identity.

Enough rambling about cloning. lets just ask the main question: What is the big outcry in the light of what might be the biggest scientific mishap of the century, but at the same time a major breakthrough?

Why is everyone condemning something which, basicly, won't change your life? your neighboor won't turn into a monster tomorrow because a child was cloned. your will still be mowing the lawn, and going to work every mornings. It won't stop you from secretly watching your favorite kids cartoons or surfing the net.

Why then, does everyone so wants laws to ban the practice?

Maybe because secretly, deep inside everyone, is a secret desire to control everyone and everything. to make everyone like you. the phenomenom has already been observed and classified as "Social Conformism", basicly, if you're different you do not belong to society.

It is a cruel game of influence, where everyone tries to deny individuals a sense of affirmation that they can not get themselves. Or as Nietzsche postulated, a struggle of the weaks to drown the strongs into their collective whiney mass and deny them what they rightly deserve.

i'm pushing this "Social Conformism" even further. That is to say, we do not live in a Social Democracy anymore, if it ever was one. To me this is more like a Social Dictatorship.

A democracy implies liberties and rights. liberties that are supposedly granted by the consitution and the bill of rights (US and Canada).

It is widely recognised that "One's rights stops where the other persons' rights begins". One can easily see where i'm going to, the proposed legislation would infringe on that basic principle, by denying one's right to do something that does not harm the other party. and unfortunately, such "Social Dictatorship" behaviors are becoming more and more common. politicians are even endorsing the practice, saying it is their "duty".

but a democracy is not that, a democracy is a free society (free as in speech). where one is granted the liberty to do as he pleases, so long as it does not negatively impact one anothers.

say, rape is not a liberty that one have, stealing is not either. and nor is killing. but voicing your opinion is, because it does not impact on one's life (save for diffamatory statements, but those are not legal either), disposing of your belongings as you see fit is a right you have, and so is painting your car bright pink.

the problem comes from "morally challenging" questions, such as prostitution, cloning, abortion. all of those are "frowned upon" social behaviors (by the masses) that does not impact another's life but are increasedly lobbied against based on religious preferences or others. peoples seeks to impose their beliefs on such issues and force them down other's throats by using the muscled arm of the law. That is what i call "Social Dictatorship", a way of imposing the majority's view on something that they don't have any reason to even be part of. it is the weaks' way to coerce the strongs into their social molds, to take away their uniqueness and sense of innovation. but they hardly see they are condemning themselves at the same time, too taken by their vengeful intentions of "equality" to see their are locking themselves in their shell of mediocrity

Freedom is at stake once again, the very fondation of democracy, like a throng of sheep overruning the shepherd we will end up in a world of fascist, run by the church, and governed by puppets. a social mold at the planetary scale.

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