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Poll: When you're working, do you talk to your computer?
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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Sometimes ... Sep 27, 2014

A week ago I would have said 'no' but my kids who are witnesses tell an altogether different story ... so I'll go with 'sometimes'

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Sep 27, 2014

When a script doesn't respond on a webpage, thus freezing everything or when there's a browser problem. All negative, I know, but such is life. On the funny side, my computer "knows" that I'm happy with its performance.

Have a happy, laughing weekend.


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Yes Sep 27, 2014

I do shout and swear at it sometimes if it apparently does something that I did not want it to do - i.e. if I inadvertently press the wrong key, and something unexpected happens on the screen.

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Teresa Borges
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Yes, sometimes Sep 27, 2014

I don’t have speech recognition software but I do talk to my computer. I must confess that I have a disturbing tendency to talk to everything that doesn’t work the way I want, be it computer, printer, coffee machine, vacuum cleaner, you name it!

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Mark Hamlen  Identity Verified
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Only to swear at it Sep 27, 2014

As soon as I say "sh*t" the dog wakes up and leaves the room. Smart dog.

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Enrico Antonio Mion  Identity Verified
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:D Sep 27, 2014

This question made me laugh.
(I do sometimes, especially when things go really bad/well)


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Other Sep 27, 2014

I talk to myself. It's possible that the computer could overhear what I say.

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Eckhard Boehle  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Sep 27, 2014

I first wanted to answer "no", but then I switched to "rarely" and from there eventually to "sometimes" because I remembered that when it is too slow or does things that I did not want to I do talk to "it". Unfortunately, this usually doesn't make it faster.

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Gallagy
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sometimes Sep 27, 2014

as others have said it's usually to shout at it when things are going wrong or plead with it to work properly. (and my dog must be thick because she doesn't leave the room:-))

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Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
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It's OK to talk to your computer... Sep 27, 2014

...unless you start answering to it.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Answering Sep 27, 2014

Alexander Kupriyanchuk wrote:


...unless you start answering to it.



Well, I do that, too...on Skype.


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Noni Gilbert
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And I'm not about to.... Sep 27, 2014

....write down some of the things I have been known to say.

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Yes ... and sometimes it answers ... Sep 27, 2014

Yes, sometimes I tick it off with "Don't KEEP DOING THAT!" or something of the sort and occasionally it answers me in a bright and annoyingly cheerful tone "Your Avast virus database has been updated!"
Worrying, isn't it?


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Gudrun Maydorn  Identity Verified
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Yes Sep 27, 2014

Using speech recognition software

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