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zersiax

@zersiax@cupoftea.social

I am Florian, florian is Dutch and Florian is he/him. I tend to talk about a myriad of different things, including #accessibility, #linguistics, #infoSec, #music, #programming and #gaming. Also #books, loads of books. Twitch streamer, LGBTQIA+-friendly and, oh right, fully #blind, as well. Anything more would be telling.

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KaraLG84, to random
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There's an artist in Japan's Apple Music chart called Mrs. Green Apple.

zersiax,
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@KaraLG84 heh I know them actuually, its a rock group that did a couple anime openings and such

ben, to random
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2 hours until my next tabletop session and I am completely unprepped.

Wish me luck!

zersiax,
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@ben roll for initiative :P

KaraLG84, to random
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I do like old Roland sounds. They seem to be more inspiring to me somehow than some of the multi-gigabyte Kontakt instruments I have.

zersiax,
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@KaraLG84 honestly, I love how realistic my KK stuff sounds. I also love how stupid fun a yamaha psr keyboard is to just make music with :) Want to just turn on a style that sounds like the most horrible disco demo and noodle into a microphone while also getting horrible vocal harmony? Sure, I can do al lthat in Reaper, but I can also just sit behind the keyboard and do it there and have a blast :P

miki, to random
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We've reached the point where when I disagree with an LLM, the LLM is right more often than I am. Now who's the hallucinator in this relationship?

zersiax,
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@miki careful, it might be gaslighting you :P

miki, to random
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Hypothetical question. How would the world of 2024 look like if Jobs's famous 2007 iPhone demo failed?

For context, the iPhone software was notoriously unstable at the time, Jobs was given a list of actions he was supposed to follow, in a very specific order, which was, in theory, supposed to work. It did actually ended up working, but there was a very high chance of the whole thing going awry.

The iPhone completely revolutionized the phone market, in a way most people don't even appreciate. Multitouch screens and fancy animations were one thing, but what matters a lot more IMO is what it did to carriers. Most if not all smartphones that came before were deeply tied to their networks. Direct, computer-style TCP/IP communication with unaffiliated servers on the internet was rare. For example, BlackBerry used custom protocols and needed RIM hardware in your carriers datacenter, Europe was big on WAP, which was a weird binary version of HTTP that your carrier's gateway would translate to normal requests, while Japan was big on iMode, which essentially was its own walled garden which had little to do wwith the "big" internet. The ability to use a phone as essentially a small computer, using your carrier's network instead of WiFi, was pretty revolutionary.

A lot of people complain about Apple's ecosystem being a walled garden, but I'd rather have a somewhat developer-friendly, global, unified system under Apple than the fragmented, country-specific, carrier-specific mess that existed before.

zersiax,
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@jscholes @miki I seriously do miss the simplicity of phones back then, not gonna lie. You could text, call and play music, and on the web, sites were generally super simplified for mobile. Google was literally a list of links you could just arrow your way through, I recall many a night of me just browinsg the web from my phone in bed. I HATE browsing on my phone now

jscholes, to random
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Cool. Each time I start now, the AI Content Describer pops up a dialog that says:

> Some of the dependencies required for this NVDA add-on to run are not available on your computer. Would you like to download them now?

Except I have no idea what the dependencies are, how much space they'll take up, why they're needed, and if the add-on will work without them. All I can do is answer Yes to commit to something I don't understand, or No and keep being prompted by this nag message over and over again.

If you too are wondering what the heck this is all about...

  • The file downloaded for the most recent version of NVDA is aic-py-3.11.zip. It's 33.6 MB zipped, 105 MB extracted, and contains a bunch of Python packages includeing: cv2, html.parser, markdown, numpy, PIL, pygrabber, xml, and supporting files.
  • If you want to inspect it for yourself, head to: https://github.com/cartertemm/AI-content-describer/releases/download/libs-release/aic-py-3.11.zip
  • My verdict is that it's safe/acceptable to download, but I was initially worried it was going to download all of the pieces for local model support or similar.
zersiax,
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@jscholes Interesting. I have seen the " this-does-everything"-style OpenAI addon do something similar, almost down to the letter in that message. So I guess thats where he got the idea but yeah ...that is rather interesting a distribution method

DavidGoldfield, to random
zersiax,
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Ugh can we stop it with the " accessible for all" crap? The thing costs 3500 dollars. That alone makes it inaccessible to a huge part of the world, and I am disinclined to believe an accessibility verdict from a general-purpose news outlet that I'm pretty sure has very few people in the know on staff. I know I'm responding to a clickbait title but ugh ...that's kinda the point, others will, too, and it can really be detrimental

zersiax, to random
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what was this WIndows GUI for WHisper that was ? I just got the question and I recall someone mentioning it a month or so back, you perhaps @FluidEscence

zersiax,
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@FluidEscence think it was buzz I saw. thanks :)

ppatel, to random
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Thanks to @simon's example, I managed to convert my 2009 Macbook Pro into a working Linux machine that has speech and Braille configured out of the box. I need to customize it but it's working. The only thing that the installer wasn't able to get was the Wireless driver. I accidentally also didn't install the SSH server. I'll need to get that setup.

zersiax,
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@ppatel to be fair there isn't a huge lot to it

KaraLG84, to random
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I love this bloke's laugh.
"Guy laughs like a horse".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xf_ngX3drI

zersiax,
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@KaraLG84 lol how do you find this stuff?

KaraLG84, to random
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I love watching this cockatoo called Max every now and again, especially when he loses it like in this video.
He starts yelling in his own language like an angry teenager throwing a tantrum. There's definite words and sentences in there.
Then towards the end his voice changes completely, making him sound like he's chanting a ritual to raise the old ones from their slumber or something.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPMPnBr9d4c

zersiax,
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@KaraLG84 lol it sounds like an extremely pissed off toddler yelling through a kazoo :)

simon, to random

I haven't used Twitch outside of iOS in a long time. It's gotten a lot worse. Some pretty stupid keyboard usage and associated hints that make no sense if you have any idea how screen readers actually work, and at least with NVDA and Firefox, activating the chat tab seems to not work. The unlabeled button to open the player--and its subsequent disappearance after a few seconds--is the icing on the cake. You can tell there's lots of development work going into the accessibility and absolutely 0 testing.

zersiax,
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@simon wait ...are you sure you have your screen maximized? Player's always open at least on Chromium at least. THings are pretty awful, just haven't seen that particular issue

jcsteh, to random

Oh awesome. Significant pieces of 1Password 8 for Windows (like the sidebar) still aren't keyboard or screen reader accessible despite it being released... let's see... 2.5 years ago. It's good to know that yet another vendor clearly doesn't give a shit.

zersiax,
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@jcsteh my guess would be ...because it looks fancy/cool/fresh/different than the competitor/exactly like designer X likes it to look

simon, to random

Do we have anyone in the blind android world with a One Plus 12 or 12R? I really want to know if either of them run Eloquence. I have a suspicion that the 12R might run it and the 12 will not, because the 12R is one chip generation behind. But it could be disabled in software on Samsung/Google's end, in which case it should still run on all their phones.

zersiax,
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@simon isn't there a modded version that runs on 64-bit android? Maybe on a particular website you go to when you're blind and you need help?

zersiax,
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@simon eep, yeah that sounds bad. And yeah I honestly don't recall if theirs runs on modern, I'd have to go grab and try

zersiax,
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@jscholes @simon I ...think so. I think if someone were to just recompile for x64 systems it'd be just fine, not sure how hard that is with these old binaries

zersiax,
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@simon @jscholes I have no idea if there's some kind of bridging layer or emulation layer Android apps can use to translate somehow but yeah ...if a recompile from the actual source is needed then ...good luck :)

zersiax,
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@FluidEscence @jscholes @simon I personally wouldn't care all that much if it's slightly different, long as it talks as fast and smooth as OG eloquence does I'm no nostalgia nut. I'd rock eSpeak or similar and I even do on occasion but it tires my ears

zersiax,
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@FluidEscence @jscholes @simon I liked that thing. some consonants were harder to distinguish but on the whole, not awful

zersiax,
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@FluidEscence @jscholes @simon I mean ...I'll take it over some random recreation from 20-year-old notetaker voices any day :)

zersiax, to accessibility
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To what degree does NVDA actually have support for TUIs? When I look at TUIs (terminal user interfaces) for tools like Joplin, Vim, practically anything that requires using arrow keys/tab within a terminal, it almost always is a horrible experience. Are there things TUI developers can do to better accommodate NVDA? @NVAccess @tspivey
Do terminal-first tools like TDSR in a WSL2 shell improve this at all?

scy, to accessibility
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Hey users: How problematic is it when people abuse alt texts to add image credits, license information, or URLs?

Of course I'm aware that it's not what they're intended for, and that, given the choice, you'd rather not have people do this, but how much of an issue is it in practice? I have never really used a screen reader, but I'd imagine you can just skip over an alt text like that, and that it's maybe just confusing for a moment?

zersiax,
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@scy if it's just the credit, and nothing else, it, quite frankly, is a misuse of alt text. Alt stands for alternative, so basically this would indicate that knowing who created/provided the image is analogous to knowing what the image depicts. It just doesn't add up.
It is absolutely skippable, you're right, but it's skippable in the way putting a logo over the " eat before" date on a food product is skippable. You probably won't be bothered too much, but an important field has been co-opted for an arguably less important datapoint at that given stage in the, let's say, image-viewing process

ppatel, (edited ) to android
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Re my last boost, looks like HID support for Braille displays via bluetooth is coming in Android 15. This should let devices like the Brailliant BI 20X, 40X, The Mantis, and the Humanware NLS EReaders connect to devices running Android 15 via bluetooth. Fantastic news.

Clarification: These devices can be connected to Android devices via USB cables right now. The new support is for HID over bluetooth, enabling us to use our displays wirelessly.

#Talkback #Android #Google #Accessibility #a11y

zersiax,
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@ppatel I could, I'm just not sure how much would break on a first beta. No idea how breaky android betas generally tend to be

zersiax,
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@dhamlinmusic @ppatel I haven o idea, I'm on a pixel 8 pro

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