SERVICE: Google is closing 1-800-GOOG-411

Sunday, October 10, 2010

http://lifehacker.com/5659358/google-shuts-down-goog+411

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Google is closing 1-800-GOOG-411, their first speech recognition service that acted as a free “voice-powered directory assistance”, on November 12.

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BING 1-800-246-4411

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Why do I suspect the phone companies are protecting a very lucrative income stream?

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RANT: If I’m drunk, you’re a jerk

Sunday, October 10, 2010

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/10/if-im-drunk-youre-a-jerk.ars

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Nearly all the participants, no matter what condition, judged all the unambiguous statements correctly. However, when the actions were ambiguous and could have been performed either intentionally or unintentionally, the “drunk” participants were much more likely to perceive the actions as deliberate than the sober participants were. The clever design of this experiment allowed the researchers to separate the actual physical effects of alcohol from its expectancy effects. What the subjects believed they had consumed didn’t affect their responses—only whether they had actually consumed booze or not.

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Then, I must be drunk all the time. I don’t think anything is “unintentional”.

No?

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