Vexatious Voice Recognition
As you might expect, things don't go well. Vista keeps interpreting his editing commands as text that he wants to "type," while he keeps making the mistake of talking to the computer ("thank you"). The cursing sets in at about the fourth minute, and eventually the exasperated user breaks down and starts editing with the keyboard.
The whole thing is both hilarious and profoundly cringe-inducing, like a computerized equivalent of the answering-machine scene from Swingers. It's funny not so much for what it shows about malfunctioning computers--this demo was almost bound to fail, since the vocabulary and grammar of the Perl programming language scarcely resemble that of ordinary English--but for its exhibition of how quickly anybody can lose it when faced with militantly uncooperative software. Admit it: You've been this guy!
For what it's worth, I tried to repeat the exercise myself on a Vista machine at home. I breezed through the first line easily--and was feeling pretty good about myself at that point--but two-thirds of the way through the second line, the wheels came off the bus. Vista started treating my editing commands as text to input; after spending a few futile minutes flailing away as the screen filled with "delete that" and "undo," I abandoned the exercise.
The text of this Perl script, as near as I could make it out from the YouTube clip, appears after the jump; if you care to run your own test in Vista (or other speech-dictation software), please share your report in the comments.
open(INFO, '- );
($string, $times) =@input;
print $string x $times;
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