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Is Siri really all that polarizing? Next time I’ll post something that doesn’t get under people’s skin, like abortions and gay marriage… Or gay marriage abortions.

(Seriously, I thought it looks like a really cool feature if it works and it seems that everyone else is just over it. One commenter even suggested I kill myself, although I think he thought I wrote the article so he may just be your average idiot.)

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  1. I personally just don’t think it’s all that interesting… So the company that made Siri has been tweaking the phrases a bit that it understands and then Apple bought them, but I don’t expect it to be the next revolutionary new feature on a phone…
    Hell, most phones have had voice commands for a long time, does speaking with more words to form a complete sentence really make all the difference?
    How’s it different than the Android voice to text again?
    It’s more innovative this time because Apple touted it I guess.

  2. Ah, I love when people have formed such strong convictions with their choice of mobile phone. They seem to forget that it’s just a phone and everyone likes different things. But what do I know? I have an iPhone myself.

  3. Asshole! Corporate prick! Capitalist running dog! The robots are gonna take over, typing sucks, this stupid device can’t understand what I’m saying, and technology will save us all.

    ps- I don’t have a smart phone. I just like to be polarizing.

  4. I figured they got the “4S” name to honor Steve Jobs as in, “this one’s for Steve” (4Steve). They probably knew how closely his days were numbered when they got to the naming part of the plan.
    But back to the topic, I have a trac-phone that I use probably 5 times a year, so I only care about this because of something Team_Moral_Minority said in the other Siri thread:

    “Oh and on the plus side, now you can text while driving! Driving is such a distraction from my phone anyways, now I can get to my accident 7 seconds faster.”

    Just when the law started cracking down on texting while driving, there’s now a grey area about what is actually texting (I wasn’t texting, I was talking”). If it converts incoming texts to speech – well that would just be a regular phone conversation, wouldn’t it?

  5. I’ve been stuck next to Johnny Cellphone during his loud, personal phone call way to many times to be excited about voice input for anything. Although I do prefer that over being stuck behind him when he’s chatting to his phone and fails to recognize that the light turned green.
    Beside that, a majority of the US population might benefit from burning a calorie or two from moving their fingers for 10 seconds before they pop out for a big steak dinner.

  6. I think it’s pretty cool, but not cool enough to upgrade from my iPhone 4.0. As the Epic Meal Time guys, “Haters gonna hate” (maybe other say that, but I like the Epic Meal Time guys).

  7. Of all the things I have a strong opinion about, this isn’t one. I would only suggest that you kill yourself if I thought it would be funny.

  8. Those comments made me laugh.

    Instead of reading an article about voice recognition, the commentators thought it was an article about a diary/steakhouse app.

    Rabid reactions to untried technology are hilarious. I remember when The specs for the now massively popular nintendo Wii came out. You’d think that Nintendo had decided that putting a pile of Dogshit in a white box was their new strategy, from the on-line reaction.

  9. Oh and the ‘Kill yourself’ reference is a Bill Hicks quote (See below). Bill Hicks was a genius and was very very funny. People who quote him are invariably not.

    “By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing… kill yourself.

    No, no, no it’s just a little thought. I’m just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they’ll take root – I don’t know. You try, you do what you can. Kill yourself.

    Seriously though, if you are, do.

    Aaah, no really, there’s no rationalisation for what you do and you are Satan’s little helpers. Okay – kill yourself – seriously. You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously. No this is not a joke, you’re going, “there’s going to be a joke coming,” there’s no fucking joke coming. You are Satan’s spawn filling the world with bile and garbage. You are fucked and you are fucking us. Kill yourself. It’s the only way to save your fucking soul, kill yourself.

    Planting seeds. I know all the marketing people are going, “he’s doing a joke…” there’s no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, fucking hang yourself, borrow a gun from a Yank friend – I don’t care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil fucking makinations. Machi… Whatever, you know what I mean.

    I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too, “Oh, you know what Bill’s doing, he’s going for that anti-marketing dollar. That’s a good market, he’s very smart.”

    Oh man, I am not doing that. You fucking evil scumbags!

    “Ooh, you know what Bill’s doing now, he’s going for the righteous indignation dollar. That’s a big dollar. A lot of people are feeling that indignation. We’ve done research – huge market. He’s doing a good thing.”

    Godammit, I’m not doing that, you scum-bags! Quit putting a godamm dollar sign on every fucking thing on this planet!

    “Ooh, the anger dollar. Huge. Huge in times of recession. Giant market, Bill’s very bright to do that.”

    God, I’m just caught in a fucking web”

  10. it was me with the bill hicks quote- thing is, I just don’t understand why blogs as an alternative to the mainstream media are following this corporate indoctrination without the slightest of (cynical) distance. Without any reference to the product or its features itself I am just shocked how you all become compliant employees of the apple marketing section–without a paycheck !!
    What’s even more puzzeling is, that you seem to have not understood my-allowedly provoking- critique. I am happy for you, if you are enthusiastic about new technical features, but the style of your language in the feature is just one-to-one marketing.
    “Sure, the fifth-generation iPhone’s superb camera and speedy dual-core processor are classy additions. But Siri is the reason people should buy this phone.” That really nauseates me- especially in a blog, that I like and that is supposedly freethinking.

    1. First of all, I said that Siri looked interesting but I was still skeptical about it. And this blog is about stuff on the net I find interesting. There’s no corporate or anti-corporate agenda despite whatever yours is.

      If you want to go all Che Guevara, buy yourself a beret and set up your own damn blog instead of whining about others that don’t follow your philosophy to a t.

      1. That you should take notice of any mass market product sickens me. I thought you were a raw food vegan who only communicated via smoke signals. Siri-gate has opened my eye to the right wing nazi fundamentalist propaganda that your blog is really all about, all subversive like and stuff. Everyone knows the phone of the revolution is the HTC 4G EVO with the wood paneling option, you know, so it’s more environmentally friendly. I certainly won’t ever be coming back to your corporate shill blog. I mean, I probably will, but I said I won’t so now I can claim moral high ground on everything and judge you all more effectively.

  11. My Android doesn’t understand me. I doubt that Siri would care either. To hell with them all, I’ll just go have a beer, and talk to the dog instead.
    -He only has a small vocabulary, but at least he pretends to be trying to understand. And his hearing is uncannily accurate, at distance, over loud noises, if the words ‘walk, ball, dinner, out, pub, food’, or ‘dog’ are mentioned.

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