(h/t half of Twitter)
Please join us in the year 2012, where software is available instantly and transparently priced and the word “webinar” is only used ironically.
But it turns out that [Justice] Thomas’ silence isn’t just a joke for Supreme Court followers. It has also caused some trouble for the Oyez project itself. Jerry Goldman, a research professor at the Chicago-Kent law school, said Oyez—which now manually identifies the voices—was initially relying on computer software to help determine which justice was speaking but ran into a number of technical difficulties. Among the many problems: Justice Thomas didn’t speak enough to give the software a large enough sample to accurately identify his voice.
Lately, I’ve found myself not reading The New York Times regularly. We get the Weekender and I like flipping through the Sunday paper. But I was out with my son at a coffee shop the other day and there was a stack of The Times and the Daily News and he was like, “Do you have to pay for these?” So, I bought one and I had to explain to him how they worked: why it folds, where the story continues. It was really exotic to him. He’s a smart, 8-year-old kid who reads on his Nook but this was really unfamiliar to him.