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I'm so tired of sitting with my neck
crecked to the side while listening to
someone going on and on about nothing.
Some conversations (parents, bosses,
sales people, etc.) people just can't hang
up on, or
yell during and some people don't want
insulting by saying "Shut up, I don't
care!!!" However, the information in the
phone call may not all be necessary.
Long winded people are typically
predictable and have indications of when
they are through or ready for you to
respond. So if there was an attachment
to plug into the headphone plug with a
light that would
go on or blink (consumer's choice) at
those points. Preferably routing back
through the phone, so to act as only an
indicator, to allow typical use of the
phone. You could
program for different indications like a
silent pause for over a amount of certain
seconds, or a "So, ", or anything of your
choice. A possible option to program the
signal during a conversation, although
would have to actually listen to them, but
hopefully only once.
 "Parsing Conversational Speech Using Enhanced Segmentation"
by Kahn, Ostendorf and Chelba [Ian Tindale, May 06 2007]
 Continuous Partial Attention
[Ian Tindale, May 06 2007]
||Lalala. Welcome to Halfbakery. I hope you have read the initial 'help' screen. After reading your idea, I'm needing 'help' just to figure out what you mean. You may know that much of the commentary/annotations are tongue-in-cheek. But to have fun with your idea we need to get a grip on what 'it' is. For example, can you amplify " So if there was a light that would go on or blink at those points." Also, can you clarify if the hypothetical 'you' and they hypothetical 'someone' that you mention are in the same room? Are you in the same telephone conversation? Is your idea an alternative to clearing your throat or whacking the phone on a cabinet and saying, "what you said was so startling that I dropped the phone?"
||I would suggest a scheme using either
discourse marker detection, or a
combination of that and using a structured
language model to find sentence-like units
and self-interruption points. For example,
the paper in my link furthers this
||While I like the creativity, I don't like the direction this product would help any value we have for true social interaction go through the basement.
||I think it's better for one to just own up and make a choice - If you want the free time, you tell them you have to go (be it the truth or otherwise)and if it doesn't bother you enough then you are in for the long haul.
||I've gotten out of longwinded conversations when the other party realized I wasn't listening. Heh.
||Welcome to the sandbox for young and old children alike.
||Very strange idea... What's the poit? For people who can't just say "NO"
||for me something like this would be useful for the times when I've been put on hold.
I would like to be free to do something else until the other person (operator? receptionist?) is free to talk back to me.
||recently my auto dealer has started playing their commercial jingle while Im on hold ugh I hate that.
||I wonder if it could globally change behaviour if it increasingly became common knowledge that as soon as a customer is put on hold, they'll immediately hang up? It'd be interesting to form a movement worldwide that encourages everyone everywhere to hang up the moment they're on hold. The end result would be vasty inefficient transactions, taking perhaps three or four times longer to complete than if they hadn't put the customer on hold at all?
||Pathetic- you are right, i was too vague
in my description. I tried to clarify some
areas. I haven't thought of dropping the
phone I'll have to try that, though the
conversation will probably just pick
||Night- I was thinking mostly for the
conversations that we feel obligated to
make however find ourselves distracted
or occupied physically but able to talk,
well "listen". It is a rude object but I feel
it would be more rude not to call or
answer every time.
||Aha - then you're a victim of CPA (see link) (or at least, the person who's talking at you is the victim) (or maybe not?).