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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by clintp (2) on 2003.03.23 9:17 (#18220)

    You're forced to endure the "umm.."s and "uhhh..."s that are naturally edited out of text.

    Audio is sequentially accessed so you can't just skip down by paragraphs because someone is prattling on about something you're not interested in.

    The visual cues from even decent writers are missed. Paragraphs to separate related ideas, bullet lists for lists of gripes... True that some cues can be transmitted through audio, but to me those are much more vague without an accompanying face.

    Audio is of inconsistant quality (loud, soft, unintelligible, accented) that you've got little control over. (Nevermind the *content* quality...)

    And if the purpose was to free you to multitask a bit more, that doesn't hold up. Driving while listening to talk is one thing. Reading a web page, writing, programming while keeping an honest attentive ear is quite another.