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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition

Yes, I use Two-Factor Authentication on as many accounts as I can, but I use Google Authenticator and Authy rather than a fob based system.  I have used fobs before, and they work OK most of the time, but it is one more thing to carry and I already carry my phone.

Low-cost biometric ID is still in it’s infancy, though, so I avoid it.  I still try it, but mostly for the novelty of seeing how long it will take to fail on me.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?:

Me:  Hal Noble

It:  Voice not recognized

Me:  How-well No-bull

It:  Voice *still* not recognized

Me:  Hall Nabool

It:  Really? You think that’s going to fool me?

Me:  Why you plastic piece of @#&&))$^)_!! Let me in, I need to make a phone call! Urgh! I’ll drain your battery!

It:  Give up loser. No one likes to hear you talk. Grow some diction.


Where does food come from?

Where does food come from?

One of my clients runs a food education program in local schools to teach kids about where food comes from, how it gets to them and the benefits of eating locally.  I was talking with their program coordinator and he passed on that he sometimes got funny answers to his written questionnaire.  His favorite was:

Question:  "Where do you think food comes from?"

Answer:  "Pants"

Either the kid left out an "L" in his answer or he has a unique view on how things work.


Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing…. In such a situation, man becomes what he ought. He sees his species, not with the inhuman idea of a natural enemy, but as a kindred.

— Thomas Paine, (date unknown – anyone?)