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ppatel

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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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It's good to be back here after a shortish break.

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ppatel, to random
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Sometimes I look at a particularly bad spam message and wonder if people really fall for the crap. And, then I don't wonder.

ppatel, to random
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If a descriptor for a day could be described as "hell," today comes close.

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RobW, to random
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The latest Freakonomics claims the ADA does more harm than good in terms of people with disabilities being hired.
This is the first time I have heard this. Is there truth here or is this just some capitalist lobbying?

ppatel,
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@RobW Complete BS imo. These are the same people who have praised Boris Johnson. I take what they say with a whole heap of salt.

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Key points generated with Google AI:

• This article describes how to use the tagging feature in Google Gemini to find specific YouTube videos.

• To use the feature, type @YouTube into a chat with Gemini, then add your query.

• Gemini can also tag other Google products like Docs, Drive, Flights, and Maps.

See the full article to learn more. https://search.app/G47DzXYiDLE7z26j7

ppatel,
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@vick21 Do you find that this method is better than a traditional YouTube or Google search?

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Add-on not compatible dialog Installation of Sonata Neural Voices 3.0-beta has been blocked. The
minimum NVDA version required for this add-on is 2024.1, your current
NVDA version is 2023.3.3

ppatel,
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@FluidEscence Congratulations?

KaraLG84, to random
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Even though I close all tabs in safari and lock my phone, VoiceOver still likes to pulse the haptic engine like it's loading a page until I restart it.
Yet another of those bugs that will never get fixed. But on device AI will probably be able to examine the entire contents of my wardrobe and tell me what clothes it thinks goes together and get it right once a decade. Yay!

ppatel,
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@jscholes @KaraLG84 I always wonder if there's some JavaScript fuckery going on in the background when that happens. I always make a note to try and see and then forget it or become lazy.

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New beta release of Sonata-for-NVDA, formaly known as Piper-for-NVDA
NVDA 2024.1 compatibility
Support for fast variants for Piper voices. These fast variants improves responsiveness significantly because they use streaming synthesis
Improvements to responsiveness and speed across the board
Release page:
https://github.com/mush42/sonata-nvda/releases/tag/v3.0-beta.1
Direct download link:
https://github.com/mush42/sonata-nvda/releases/download/v3.0-beta.1/sonata_neural_voices-3.0-beta.nvda-addon

ppatel,
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@twynn @mush42 Voices also fail to load in many cases.

ppatel,
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@mush42 @twynn I'm going to uninstall the voices I managed to download, uninstall the add-on, and reinstall. I'll get you the debug logs. BTW, the voices were those I downloaded through the voice manager.

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@mush42 After updating to the latest beta, the issue i reported still exists. I removed all voices, uninstalled the add-on, reinstalled it, and added voices again. Here's a link to the log.

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/914e332qia2bv2akdbys9/Piper.log?rlkey=ervz1dazlxjjak33hnvh11nwi&dl=0

ppatel,
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@mush42 And my apologies. I forgot to mention that I'm using NVDA alpha builds. It's more than possible that this has something to do with it.

ppatel,
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@mush42 Thanks for trying to troubleshoot this. I'm running this on a Windows 64 bit on an Intel machine. Not Arm. The log file is not generated. Trying to run sonata-grpc.exe from the bin directory results in the following message:

The term 'sonata-grpc.exe' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

ppatel,
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@mush42 I ran it as "./sonata-grpc.exe" and it gave me

"Starting sonata-grpc serverr at 127.0.0.1:49314"

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I went to go look up some of the classic Boomerang episodes I was raised on as a kid! Disappointingly, I'm not able to access their website. https://boomkids.squarespace.com/classic-episodes

There is supposed to be a list of episodes here to purchase, but none of the content is reading for me, I just see the navigation section and "powered by squarespace." Is that because there's an accessibility issue with rendering it to screenreaders, or is it not loading for anyone?

ppatel,
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@objectinspace @pesh Can you pass the images through the NVDA OpenAI add-on?

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If there's any safron in this new tea I got, I'll eat my foot.

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Has anyone out there ever used VIA keyboard programming software? I'm interested in any feedback.

ppatel,
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@ralfaro613 I'm curious to know the answer to this question as well. I just purchased a wireless keyboard that's supposed to be configurable by this keyboard.

ppatel, to random
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Facebook’s AI Told Parents Group It Has a Gifted, Disabled Child

Facebook’s chatbot eventually apologized and said it doesn’t have “personal experiences or children.”

https://www.404media.co/facebooks-ai-told-parents-group-it-has-a-disabled-child/

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Gamers Are Renting Their Idle GPUs to Generate AI Porn

Salad, a company that pays gamers in Fortnite skins for their idle PCs, also generates AI porn.

https://www.404media.co/gamers-are-renting-their-idle-gpus-to-generate-ai-porn/

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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 Oh. No. Not rude. I was just pointing it out as a matter of reference.

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Not sure how many are interested, but we are doing a group online Earth Day Community Ritual on Sunday.

You can do the ritual provided (I can DM it to you) or one of your own choosing then post pics if you want.

Witches all over the US will be doing rituals on that Sunday (the day before Earth Day, April 22) so it's a great time to lend your energy to the collective cause.

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ppatel,
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@baxaphobia @Pawpower @Bruce_Toews This is a fabulous explanation. I do similar things with breathing and meditation everyday. It's about intention for me.

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