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ppatel

@ppatel@mstdn.social

I am a blind technologist, humanist, a voracious devourer of books, speaker, writer, and a thinker, who finds himself championing #accessibility for fun and necessity. I'm currently exploring the complex world of AR and VR worlds to find best ways to achieve full accessibility for disabled people.

Oh and give me your fun book recommendations: be it nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy, romance, mystery, and more.

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ppatel, to random
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I'm particularly impressed by this author's HP fic collection. There are some consistent themes like HP/HG getting together. There's a bit of humor too.

https://www.fanfiction.net/u/14333336/Rahmota

molly0xfff, to random
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really upsetting to see former Wikimedia Foundation director and CEO Katherine Maher getting targeted by the rightwing outrage machine in her new role as NPR CEO. she's wonderful, and NPR is lucky to have her. i hope they stand behind her.

ppatel,
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@vick21 @molly0xfff Oh it has to do with one of their editors complaining that NPR has a "liberal bias" and the events which followed.

evilcookies98, to random
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Guess what I've got?

ppatel,
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@evilcookies98 Tell us. Tell us.

ppatel,
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@evilcookies98 Congratulations.

ppatel, to random
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The European Data Protection Board says large online platforms like Meta should give users an option to use their services for free without targeted advertising.

https://www.reuters.com/technology/meta-should-give-users-free-option-without-targeted-ads-eu-privacy-watchdog-says-2024-04-17/

ppatel, to random
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Oh. Nice! This show has impressed me. I can't wait to see the spinoff.

‘For All Mankind’ season 5 and new spinoff series ‘Star City’ coming to Apple TV+
https://9to5mac.com/2024/04/17/for-all-mankind-season-5-and-new-spinoff-series-star-city-coming-to-apple-tv/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon

ppatel,
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@fifilamoura As a blind person, I miss most of this since the audio description is mor tailored to provide information about action.

RobW, to random
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This week I have mostly been seeing takes about ‘letting the market decide’ from people who clearly don’t understand markets.

ppatel,
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@RobW If my assumption is correct, these same people don't consider accurate product reviews as being a part of normal markets.

lilithsaintcrow, to random
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Is it just me, or has package tracking just...stopped working, lately? I mean, it's always been somewhat janky at the edges, but the last few times I've been expecting something, both USPS and UPS have simply not been able to tell me where, when, or sometimes even what the hell.

ppatel,
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@lilithsaintcrow It's definitely not just you. For me, a package that is supposed to arrive by tomorrow according to the company that shipped it is shown to be scheduled to be delivered by April 26th according to USPS. Unless it's going to sit around in a facility somewhere for 8 days, it's completely wrong.

ppatel,
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@lilithsaintcrow It's worse when you've paid for shipping. I'm blind and have to make a special effort to go find my package from the storage where our building puts everything. Inaccurate delivery info means I have to go every single day until the package arrives.

ppatel,
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@lilithsaintcrow Oh it's defintely that. It's frustrating as hell to go through many packages and not find what you're looking for, especially when the technique to find packages requires taking photos of each package's label for the phone to identify the text.

ppatel, to random
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A spy tool is scraping the messages of thousands of Discord servers and selling the data.

This is letting people track users across servers, shows when they joined voice chats, which servers they're in, etc.

https://www.404media.co/a-spy-site-is-scraping-discord-and-selling-users-messages/

ppatel,
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@BTyson Not according to the article.

ppatel,
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@BTyson They're scraping all these messages. It all depends on how DMs are architected.

gocu54, to random

Part of me is in a different world because Mastodon is full of techies who'll use programming to do stuff they wouldn't normally be able to do and all I can say is good luck, don't completely destroy your device.

ppatel,
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@gocu54 The good thing is that we know how to fix things if we end up completely borking our devices. And, most times, we don't complain. Much. At least, most of us don't blame the company if we manage to break things to a point where things can't be fixed.

Pawpower, to random
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In other news, nobody stole my credit card, however Instacart did use it to pay my membership fee even though I removed the card from the app 3 freaking years ago. But somehow they still have it? And they informed me of this in the middle of the night long after my fraud charges were filed so I spent this morning calling the bank back! I slept like shit because my brain is a hamster on a 3 day methanphetamine bender. I did exercise, resentfully and am taking my sweaty self into the yard. 😤💪🎾🐾💨🔥

ppatel,
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@Pawpower Crap. You've had a couple of really bad days in general. Sending you the best positive energy and hugs that I can.

objectinspace, to accessibility
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Quick #accessibility question! On the web there is an ARIA-required tag which will mark a form field as required for screenreaders. Is there an equivalent for native apps?

ppatel,
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@objectinspace Unfortunately I don't believe so. The label has to include that info.

ppatel,
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@objectinspace you're welcome. Asterisks usually suffice if you have an indication somewhere that that's what they mean.

gannet, to random
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This morning, spouse and I are wearing shorts because it was hot last night. The cat hopped up on the footrest we were both using and stared disapprovingly at our bare legs until I put a blanket on my lap.

Then she stood on my lap and performed the standard routine: glaring at me until I obeyed and gave her a small number of head pats, after which she curled up and went to sleep.

Inspector Kitty is on the job and won’t be satisfied until things are proper.

ppatel,
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@gannet What a prude!

ppatel, to random
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Using IBMTTS's 6.6 driver to get the best 22K performance also means that you get some of the absolute worst pronunciations for commonly used words as "composable," "unread," etc. Apple must be using this version since they had to create new pronunciation rules.

ppatel,
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@MutedTrampet Ah. I wonder why the pronunciation weirdness then. I thought I remembered the "unread" issue there. I can definitely tell the strange issues are being tied to Latin. I'm getting used to it but wondered at the beginning of my adventure whether I should switch back to the normal eci.dll.

ppatel,
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@MutedTrampet OOOO. Nice. I'll get the latest set of your dictionaries then. I'll add my name + a couple of other things that I added to mine to your set. Thanks for that.

ppatel,
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@seedy @gocu54 @MutedTrampet Or, you could just download them and drop the files in the SynthDrivers folder under the addons/IBMTTS folder.

Jage, to random

Discord is fine for what it does, but despite whatever options you set, there is not a built-in way to make Alt+F4 minimize the window to the tray. This tiny NVDA add-on fixes this. https://nvda-addons.org/addon.php?id=341

ppatel,
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@FluidEscence @jscholes @Jage Anything up to f4 I do with my left hand and the rest I tend to do with my right.

pitermach, to random

Love to see screen reader improvements mentioned in almost every Mortal Kombat 1 patch, and usually it’s something genuinely good, and this time is no different. We finally have a speed control! You could already do it on the system level on PC and Xbox but god this is a godsend on playstation. There’s also a new audio queue for fatal blow inputs

ppatel,
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@objectinspace @pitermach They have been adding stuff. I can't give details since I don't own either a good gaming PC or a console.

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