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I'm not sure if this would best be done with the active noise cancelling
feature of the earbuds themselves and some fancy software, or with
features such as Google's 'Always Listening' feature on late model
Android smartphones, but I'm sure it's doable.
The idea is that if you're enjoying
music with some really sweet
noise-cancelling headphones/earbuds, and someone is trying to get
your attention but you cannot hear them, your device listens for
certain key phrases such as "[your name]" or "Hey!", and shuts off or
reduces the music volume and plays a special notification tone to let
you know that someone is trying to get your attention.
Useful in the workplace or at home with the warden (though the
warden may be the noise you're hoping to cancel... if that's the case,
disable it with a simple status bar widget.).
||This might result in the undeserving survival of the less fit, and is thus
anti-Darwinian. We therefore award a fishbone (but nothing personal,
||[+], Although most people just wave their arms/tap
you of the shoulder
||Not antidarwinian, because darwin is not about
improving the gene pool merely about explaining the
occurance of traits and diversity. One set of traits
favored by one set of environmental conditions won't
necessarily be an improvement in another. The last
evolved form of a species is not necessarily the most
improved. Same with envvironmental conditions. Just
because the human environment is currently industrial
and suitably endowed humans are fit to survive doesn't
make industrial the best set of conditions and industrial
skills the best set of characteristics. That's just over
emphasizing total adaption and under valuing diversity.
That a species may experience a general improvement in
biology through less functional forms being
outcompeted is not a process that requires
||//That's just over emphasizing total adaption and under valuing
|| Err, yes ? We are the Borg. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add
your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. You will
be Assimilated. Freedom is irrelevant, self-determination is irrelevant,
you must comply. Resistance is futile.
|| // That a species may experience a general improvement in biology
through less functional forms being outcompeted is not a process that
||It's not antiDarwinian. It's intended to be used for convenience rather
than safety (as the box they would come in would prominently declare
in large, friendly letters), although it could definitely be adapted,
perhaps, for earplugs or other forms of hearing protection used in
industrial environments to prevent workplace injuries. You can't
always hear the beeping of a reversing forklift while wearing hearing
||//This might result in the undeserving survival of the
less fit, and is thus anti-Darwinian.//
|| This is a contradiction in terms. By definition, those
who survive *are* the fittest.
||Quite right. We are a tool using specie. Therefor, the fittest are
those who know how to select and use the correct tools at a
given time to stack the odds of survival in their favor. By your
logic, 8th, a hearing aid or home intruder alarm is antiDarwinian
and should therefor be discouraged. For that matter, weapons,
medicines and all medical practices, vehicles, and indoor
plumbing are antiDarwinian. I disagree.
||I work at a university health center at the front
desk. When a student comes in with earbuds in, I
pretend to start talking (without making verbal
sounds) and they immediately take them out. WTF, if
they are coming in to make an appointment, should I
have to tell them to take them out to listen to me?
Not really applicable to the idea here- as they are
trying to get my attention. (I presume)
||Xandram, it's possible that they did turn off their music before coming
in and were surprised that they couldn't hear you, because most
earbuds don't block much sound when they aren't playing anything. I
wear a noise-cancelling triple-flange earplug/earbud hybrid and can
still hear most folks talking to me (in close proximity) with the music
||Hey you. Is this in the States analagous to Haw youse (i.e. laced with threat) or Hello you (i.e. typical opening gambit of Terry-Thomas / Leslie Phillips types)?