Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 28th Apr 2009 11:09 UTC
Podcasts More banal banter of the binary kind; Oracle buys Sun, Yahoo pulls the plug on Geocities, the Acer Revo nettop and much-offtopicness as we discuss the recently announced Windows 7 "Classic" XP mode.
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Broken Feed!
by panzi on Tue 28th Apr 2009 12:52 UTC
panzi
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2006-01-22

You forgot to add an enclosure with the url of the mp3 for the newest feed entry!

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RE: Broken Feed!
by Kroc on Tue 28th Apr 2009 13:00 UTC in reply to "Broken Feed!"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I told you I was ill! X) Fixed, please allow 20 minutes for the feed to refresh. Sorry about that.

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Comment by Tomasz Dominikowski
by Tomasz Dominikowski on Tue 28th Apr 2009 14:35 UTC
Tomasz Dominikowski
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2005-08-08

Kroc, please for the love of our ears, do not blow into the microphone, put it *next* to your mouth, not in front of it.

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RE: Comment by Tomasz Dominikowski
by Kroc on Tue 28th Apr 2009 17:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by Tomasz Dominikowski"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I will one of these days get everything right x_x

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podcasts...
by Yamin on Tue 28th Apr 2009 15:57 UTC
Yamin
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2006-01-10

This is the first time I've ran into one on osnews.
I'll just add my 2 cents ;)

1. Could you include an inline player? Right now I click the mp3 link and it takes me away from the page to a new tab with quicktime. Maybe something like http://podcastgen.sourceforge.net/

2. In my fantasy ideal world, there is also a transcript ;) Generated from an amazing speech-to-text program, with hyper links to the proper time sections ;)

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RE: podcasts...
by ebasconp on Tue 28th Apr 2009 21:28 UTC in reply to "podcasts..."
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2006-05-09

I'd love a transcript because listen English is harder (to me) than reading it, but, let's be honest, it is a lot of work to put in chars a whole podcast....

anyway, good podcast Kroc, congrats! ;)

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RE: podcasts...
by darknexus on Tue 28th Apr 2009 21:28 UTC in reply to "podcasts..."
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2008-07-15

If we had speech recognition programs that good, we'd never need a keyboard or mouse again. Maybe in a few hundred years...

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RE[2]: podcasts...
by Yamin on Tue 28th Apr 2009 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE: podcasts..."
Yamin Member since:
2006-01-10

No way, I'll use a keyboard over voice recognition any day ;)

Seriously. I hate the automated phone system which ask you to say something.

Automated operation: "Say English to speak in English"
You have to say English.

Before it was "Press 1 for English"
You just press the number one.

It's so much less distracting to those around you. Imagine working in a word processor and having to say everything you type. The office environment would be screwed.

I don't know about you, but even if we had 100% perfect voice recognition, I'd still use the keyboard and mouse as they're just damn good, fast, precise, and QUIET.

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RE[3]: podcasts...
by darknexus on Wed 29th Apr 2009 09:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: podcasts..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Those phone systems are a very good example of why our voice recognition technology is so bad at this point in time. They're trying to recognize all voices and, at the moment, that just isn't as practical as being trained to recognize one specific voice. To get even remotely reasonable results with voice recognition software at the moment, you need to train it to recognize your voice--that is what the reading procedure is doing when you first install one. It wouldn't be very effective for transcribing a podcast unless the podcast was being done by a single person. The only way you could get around this is to have voice recognition for each person in the podcast, and that would require the software to be installed on everyone's machines.
As for the phone systems themselves, I hate them, mostly because they absolutely seem to hate my voice. Don't know what it is about it, but they never seem to comprehend me no matter what phone I use. I'd also keep my keyboard over any voice recognition, just like I'd prefer if all phone systems still used number-based menus. Then again, if voice recognition ever reached 100%, I don't know for how much longer the keyboard would exist.
Anyway, back on topic... A very nice episode. Might want to fix the Garage Band crashes though. ;)

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RE: podcasts...
by Yamin on Tue 28th Apr 2009 21:46 UTC in reply to "podcasts..."
Yamin Member since:
2006-01-10

I was curious just to see if automated captioning exists.

http://www.automaticsync.com/caption/webcaption.htm

Sure it costs money, but not doubt some open source will get that done soon as well ;)

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RE: podcasts...
by Adam S on Wed 29th Apr 2009 21:24 UTC in reply to "podcasts..."
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Your wish is my command.

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RE[2]: podcasts...
by Yamin on Wed 29th Apr 2009 21:27 UTC in reply to "RE: podcasts..."
Yamin Member since:
2006-01-10

awesome ;)
Thanks!

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Nice show
by capricorn_tm on Wed 29th Apr 2009 04:54 UTC
capricorn_tm
Member since:
2005-12-31

Nice show lads, the quality is steadily improving.

Some points on the show:

- Thom, wait till Kroc introduce you next time, we all know you are tehre anyway ;) )

- I'm not totally sure that windows 7 would be a competitor for OsX, in fact Apple users buy the experiencwe, not the OS... Exactly the opposite of windows users.

- I liked the music interruptions between topic changes, they helped to focus more on the change itself. maybe alittle gingle?

Waiting for the next episode ;)

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