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Google's Lyra codec is just a bruteforce "NEURAL NETWORK GOES BRRR" solution for speech encoding. "Just stick a neural network and let it handle everything."

Neural networks don't belong in a sound generator. They belong as a predictor to make a filter reproduce speech. In other words, they belong as neural networks hooked up to fake vocal cords.

LPCNet is to me much better, and a way more elegant solution. But Google hate any research that isn't Google, and with their compute capacity, a bruteforce solution is just so easy to do. No research is even needed, programmers can just excuse themselves from work with infinite amounts of "the NN is being trained".

That was a fun poll, seems like there's a lot of sentimental value going around. :) I really liked reading people's responses the most though, bringing up plenty of cool alternative ideas and valid points as well, I didn't initially know about the reference to farting native speakers were jumping to and I can very much see how it's a pain for translations. Fwiw, I don't see anything particularly wrong with posts, heck I use both terms interchangeably which @talon was very quick to point out yesterday. But it's still a more generic and neutral term, and whether you like your social media more or less generic is personal preference. So I guess just call them whatever you like as long as you don't confuse or annoy your followers.

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@fribbledom yeah, what ever happened to being able to change the notification sound scheme your apps make?

I was excited to see Discord offer an option on Windows, even though there were just 2 or 3 alternatives. When I looked for how I could add my own, I found out it was their April's Fool stunt for year... and sure enough, the option's gone now. Fucking arseholes...

In things I shouldn't be looking at when I should really be in bed now, Florian Beijers just wrote an excellent post on language learning resource for people using screen readers.

@pitermach I greatly miss the word "toot" and keep badgering Talon to bring it back. :eyeless_frown:
It's just ... it's Mastodon culture, damn it! Post is so neutral. So boring. Toot is Mastodon's thing, and while it might sound a little bit silly, that's kind of the point.

Ok I can't resist. What side of the fence are you on? Toot or Post? Boosts welcome!

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What's with the change from toots to posts? An I the only one who finds "posts" much more soulless than "toots"? It just gives me Facebook vibes. Judging by the fact the pr right now has nothing but thumbs down reactions I don't seem to be the only one... Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

If you’ve ever used the web player, then you’ll know what to expect as they just unified the 2 codebases.

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If you use Spotify on desktop with a screen reader, I just found a way to force the redesigned interface which, for once, is a huge Accessibility improvement. There’s ton of new hotkeys (press ? For a list) and the context menus now work.

The game was getting intense, and then, out of nowhere, a kitten found its way onto the poker table.

Not as a prize, it just decided this well lit table with it's warm felt top was the perfect place to curl up for a nap.

"Is this one of your's?" the counselor asked the android.

"It is not," he answered.

"Well, I fold," said the doctor.

"I'll fold too," said the engineer.

No one on the starship wanted to wake the cute kitten up.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #SciFi #Caturday

It's really irritating that I was looking up how to write good alt text and 100% of the results were about search engine optimization, not one single one about accessibility.

I can’t believe I’m having to write this code in a fucking web server. What a mockery of the web, human rights, and the GDPR.

Fuck you, Google!

#FLoC #Google #SurveillanceCapitalism

Reason I’m saying this is that, much like JAWS for the Blind, Dragon is complex. When Nuance pulled out of Mac support a lot of people were understandably unhappy. Apple’s voice control afaik doesn’t even come close. Windows Speech Recognition is similarly lacking in comparison.

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Also, while the blind community is currently raving about what could potentially happen to Eloquence I wouldn’t be surprised if the motor impaired are probably far more scared on what might happen to Dragon, which may arguably be a more interesting question.

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Nuance Microsoft acquisition was just confirmed. The press release says absolutely nothing about their TTS offerings, or end-user software like Dragon for that matter, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

RIP LG phones (2002-2021). Also while we're on the topic of things going RIP, Yahoo! is doing what Yahoo! Does best and wiping out huge, iconic parts of the internet, this time being Yahoo! Answers.

Have a calm, joyful Easter if you celebrate it. Have a calm, joyful Sunday if you don’t. ☺️

The day has arrived. I can finally present you all my new project.
Inspired by NewPipe, Nitter, Invidious or Bibliogram, here comes Lingva, an alternative Front-end for Google Translate.

It's a completely Free and Open Source project, so you can host your own instance. The directions are on the project's README.
You can also make any kind of contribution. Feel free to Pull Request.

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