have you explained somewhere how this will all work?
will the phone used have to have net access? is it just a phone number that you dial?
2003-11-11 03:11 pm (UTC)
Just a regular phone call. No silly net access needed.
quite nifty, indeed. kudos. you've done a lot of great work around the site lately and it's really changed my (and others') opinion of your business techniques. :)
Hmm, Looks good, but that sorta restricts to deaf people like me. How are we supposed to understand what the post is saying?
2003-11-11 03:11 pm (UTC)
... or you could be an ubergeek and have a process periodically check your journal for new phone posts (using syncitems or something that won't affect LJ), and when it comes across one, downloads the MP3, runs it through a voice dictation program, grabs the output, and edits the entry with the text.
I thought the sharing of mp3s was illegal.
2003-11-11 04:24 pm (UTC)
Umm... I think the key concept is, "without permission". If you choose to create audio and publish it for anyone else's consumption, it's perfectly legal, since you own your own voice.
Like I was being serious.
Only when Fraunhofer finds out. :-)
I'm praying that this lets you "log in" automatically via caller ID, and "post" by just hanging up. The process audblog uses to log in and confirm posts is a huge pain, and not really conducive to spur-of-the-moment posts.
2003-11-11 04:02 pm (UTC)
We support caller ID.
So the fast process is:
#, PIN, #, record, #, 3 (public)
We don't let you hang up to post, because we require you to select a security level (public, private, friends-only). Maybe if you always want to post public we could make a per-user option to choose the hang-up behavior..... would that be acceptable?
A selectable default security level would be awesome. I'd also love a selection to make the PIN optional, and just do security via called ID. I mean if someone steals my phone, I've got bigger things to worry about than them posting to my LJ.
Ideally for me it would be call, record, hang up. But I see why other security options are necessary too.
2003-11-11 04:27 pm (UTC)
Well agreed! Let it be configurable, so those of us that are fine with caller ID and public levels can simply do that.
you could always just put your PIN in the speeddial
Logging in by caller id isn't enough, since it's rather easy to fake caller ID if you know how. You need a PIN to be fully secure.
2003-11-11 05:10 pm (UTC)
By "rather easy" do you mean "have control of the telco's switch"?
Yes, yes he does. ;-)
Honestly, I wouldn't call it "rather" easy, but it's not impossible. The hard part would be impersonating someone elses voice. ;-)
No. There's a certain VoiceXML service that has free developer accounts to let you develop and test your own VXML app. Your VXML app can transfer a call to any US phone number for a limited amount of time (7 minutes or so). You can call the service from any SIP client, and it uses the SIP client's reported username (which can be anything, since it isn't authenticated) as the number it sends out when transferring a call.
2003-11-11 05:09 pm (UTC)
These damn phone posts all look the same!
2003-11-11 05:18 pm (UTC)
What a hoot.
What's really funny is that they come across as the 'artist' being 'brad' in my mp3 player. Being iTunes, it (as others do, I know) goes to the next song after the artist's post - which, in my case, is 'Aussie Jingle Bells' by Bucko and Champs.
OMG.. whoever said "okay whatever" sounds exactly like me. Like woah.
Nice feature.... although I'd probably go back and edit my post to make it more interesting.
it's the end of the world as we know it.
Where will the phone number be located? Is it a portland number? A seattle number? A toll free number? What's the plan for that?
I can't wait to dump audblog for this.
2003-11-11 07:19 pm (UTC)
Who the hell was singing Row your Boat off key?