[Noisebridge-discuss] The auto voice device on the ceiling

Zach organic_unity at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 25 09:22:42 UTC 2015


Thanks for the infos Rubin.  (and I hope you are having fun in Ireland!)

I agree with some of those benefits for sure.  Especially the trash and donations.  Is there a way (at the very least) to disable it for the regular meeting hours between 7pm-9pm?  This thing drives me nuts at meetings and pegasus wouldn't mute it a few weeks ago (we tried). 
Also one notable problem with this that bums me is the annoyance of needing net access to mute it.  I don't come to NB with a laptop and I feel like things in the space which require one are a bit annoying.  Could we *please* have a physical mute button we could press?  I'm all about hacking in the physical realm of things and this would be so lovely.

I also think this thing would be just as effective at 6db to 12db lower volume.  The volume it currently is set at is really grating.
thats just my two cents.

-Zach


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On Thu, 12/24/15, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] The auto voice device on the ceiling
 To: "mohammed Gh" <mahomagh at gmail.com>
 Cc: "NoiseBridge Discuss" <noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>
 Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015, 11:57 PM
 
 Greeting
 from Dublin Ireland, and eventually 32C3.
 First off please don't mess with
 the rack. Since we've moved it up to the ceiling and
 made it difficult to get into, the internet has worked
 pretty flawlessly without much down time.
 The computer voice that speaks was
 implemented a few months ago. In the evening it speaks up
 coming BART times, and through out the day it randomly asks
 people to donate.
 Since we've set this up
 we've observed a few things...
 1. A few people have thanked us for
 setting it up, as they didn't miss the last
 BART.2. There was an immediate influx of random
 cash donations.3. People have stated they've
 remembered to take out the trash.4. People have
 stated that it made the notion of closing the space a little
 more official and easier to ask others to
 leave.5. Sometimes there are classes and events
 where people would like the voice to not randomly go
 off.6. There isn't a single voice that
 everyone is happy with or can understand.7.
 Someone else with access to pegasus has been trying to play
 with the speaker volume, which as caused the thing to end up
 getting too loud.
 Because of reasons 1 and 2 we would
 like to see the computer voice not go away.
 Because of reason 5, there's a
 web site (which is printed and posted on the sides of the
 rack) which will allow you to mute the voice for the current
 hour. Additionally you can simply email the discuss list
 stating you've got an event going on and would like to
 not have the voice go off.
 Because of reason 6 not everyone
 will be happy with this thing. The last time I rotated the
 voice around was a few weeks ago. The voice we're
 currently using (espeak -ven-westindies+f4 "$*")
 that those folks in the space that night could agree on as
 being the least offensive.
 I am happy to change the voice to a
 better (FOSS) TTS alternative. The prior voice I used came
 from MaryTTS. If you have an alternative that you feel is
 better, I'll be delighted to meet up with you in the
 space for a demo and switch it over if it actually does
 sound good.
 Since a
 bunch of us are traveling right now, I've gone through
 and disabled all the scheduled jobs to make the thing speak.
 I will turn it back on when I return after the 10th of
 January and be open to any discussion leading to a better
 constructive solution that isn't "it's loud and
 annoying and should go away".
 Thanks!
 
 On 25 December 2015 at
 06:06, mohammed Gh <mahomagh at gmail.com>
 wrote:
 I am down to meet this weekend.
 
 On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at
 2:52 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com>
 wrote:
 Agreed! 
 Lets meet up and talk about some ideas?  Maybe sometime
 this weekend?
 
 
 
 On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 1:31 PM, Zach R <organicunity at hotmail.com>
 wrote:
 
 >
 
 > Agreed.  It was a cool idea and I think there are ways
 to make it work.  But
 
 > it has interrupted classes a lot and especially been a
 nuisance at meetings
 
 > where I can't hear people talking across the
 room.
 
 >
 
 >
 
 > ________________________________
 
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 > <noisebridge-discuss-bounces at lists.noisebridge.net>
 on behalf of mohammed Gh
 
 > <mahomagh at gmail.com>
 
 > Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2015 12:03 PM
 
 > To: Ronald Cotoni
 
 > Cc: NoiseBridge Discuss
 
 > Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] The auto voice
 device on the ceiling
 
 >
 
 > I agree it is loud and annoying in many occasions of
 the day especially when
 
 > it is quite and every one is hacking on something and
 not wondering about
 
 > the bart schedule.
 
 >
 
 > This is not the first time I hear a complain about it
 and I think it is time
 
 > to apply the and only rule we have and find a middle
 ground.
 
 >
 
 > "Be Excellent to Each Others "
 
 >
 
 > Happy holiday to you all.
 
 >
 
 > On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 9:45 AM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com>
 wrote:
 
 >>
 
 >> No but you could donate.  I believe it suppresses
 it or something.
 
 >>
 
 >>
 
 >> On Thu, Dec 24, 2015, 9:43 AM n <jpk at pobox.com>
 wrote:
 
 >>>
 
 >>> Is there any way to lower the volume on that
 auto voice that
 
 >>> periodically goes off 24/7?
 
 >>>
 
 >>> I tried the url posted on it and it doesn't
 work.
 
 >>>
 
 >>> Nick
 
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