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Computer says no: Irish vet fails oral English test needed to stay in Australia
An Irish veterinarian with degrees in history and politics has been unable to convince a machine she can speak English well enough to stay in Australia.

Louise Kennedy is a native English speaker, has excellent grammar and a broad vocabulary. She holds two university degrees – both obtained in English – and has been working in Australia as an equine vet on a skilled worker visa for the past two years.

But she is now scrambling for other visa options after a computer-based English test – scored by a machine – essentially handed her a fail in terms of convincing immigration officers she can fluently speak her own language.


This is idiotic. Computer-based voice recognition is in no way reliable enough for this kind of job. It's automated Kafkaesque bureaucracy -- "computer says no". Shame on Oz

(via James Kelleher)
via:etienneshrdlu  kafkaesque  bureaucracy  computer-says-no  voice-recognition  australia  immigration  english  voice  testing 
august 2017 by jm
The Hands That Made The Moomins
lovely New Yorker writeup on Tove Jansson, author of those beautiful children's books
tove-jansson  moomins  books  childrens-books  reading  literature  via:etienneshrdlu 
march 2014 by jm
creepypasta, Slenderman, and Lovecraft
our use of networked computers is daily coloured by fear of infection and corruption, of predators and those who would assume our identity, of viruses and data-sucking catastrophes. What if something dark is able to breach that all-important final firewall, the gap between the central processing unit and the person sitting at the keyboard? What if it already has? That would be ‘a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard’, without a doubt — but the unplumbed space haunted by demons and chaos is the network, not the cosmos. In using the internet to creep ourselves out recreationally, we begin to understand the real ways in which it haunts our fears.


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via:etienneshrdlu  literature  stories  horror  slenderman  something-awful  creepypasta  copypasta  lovecraft 
december 2013 by jm

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