Archives October 2011

Voice recognition technology? In a phone? In Scotland?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Siri, the virtual personal assistant that comes with the new iPhone 4S, is advertised to understand English as she is spoke in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Somebody forgot to tell Apple’s engineers that Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, so the poor electronic lass is mistaking “cheers” for “chairs”… ...

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George W. Bush, untaxer of the poor

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In response to the we are the 99% movement, a number of right-wingers have focused attention on the fact that only 53% of Americans pay Federal income taxes. (This statistic ignores all the other kinds of taxes that lower-income folks pay, but set that aside for a moment.) Who is responsible for this mass legalized ...

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Milestones

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

About twenty years ago, I spent a month in Argentina, visiting a high-school friend, practicing my Spanish, and getting a socially inept gringo’s view of Buenos Aires. If I want to remember exactly which year I was there, I look up a biography of Rudolf Hess, the Nazi who had been second in line ...

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Not exactly a resolution, but

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I hope to do more blogging in 5772.

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