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drewprops
Space Pirate
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
 
2021-11-18, 09:23

With my old phone I could ask Siri to check my text messages while my hands were full.

Now she tells me "You'll need to unlock your iPhone first".

This is apparently a bug, as documented over on AppleInsider.

Has anybody run into this and if so, do you have any workarounds?

I'm tired of saying "fuck you" to Siri.



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psmith2.0
Mr. Farmiga
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2021-11-18, 09:47

I have no help on the main topic, but it would be funny if Siri had a built-in Abuse-O-Meter, and after, say, 50-100 times of being sworn at, called names, etc, she shut down and bricked the phone.

“I’ve asked you nicely, 99 times before, to please not speak to me that way. I told you there would be consequences…did you not believe me? No, Drew…fuck you, and have a nice day. This iPhone will be rendered inoperable in 5…4…3…”

Anyone wanna test that?
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drewprops
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
 
2021-11-18, 10:00



If this existed my phone would be a smoldering pile of ash by now. I have had full on screaming fits with Siri during traffic because the engineers' bosses have such a flipping limited scope of building any extensibility into the app.

It isn't nimble.

It isn't flexible.

The only people I would allow on the Siri team are folks who use the app daily to do things without looking at their screens.

All of the jokey Easter egg shit would be the last thing they were allowed to mess with.

Vote for me as your new Siri visionary.


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psmith2.0
Mr. Farmiga
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2021-11-18, 10:13

You got it.

Yeah, it does seem to come up short sometimes. I use it primarily to ask the time and to set a timer when cooking (so I don't forget and leave something on the stove for 13 hours and burn the house down). I don't want to overload it by asking sports scores, weather or to read my texts. I don't want to push the envelope too hard.

The best thing about it is that I put the voice on Australian female, just so I can pretend it's Cate Blanchett telling me these things.

"Yes, Paul...I am quite fond of you."
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709
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Purgatory
 
2021-11-18, 10:27

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Originally Posted by drewprops View Post
I'm tired of saying "fuck you" to Siri.
You need to change the Siri voice. Stock voiced Siri is a pushover, and it kinda feels easy to be a little gruff with her. I've set her to Irish and now she sounds like a dom I used to know, so when she tells you "You'll need to unlock your iPhone first" you fucking unlock your iPhone first.


Edit: Mr. Smith has the same idea, but with a different effect.

So it goes.
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psmith2.0
Mr. Farmiga
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2021-11-18, 10:38



I have a friend who has hers set to a British male because she wants to imagine it's Clive Owen.

Hey, it takes all kinds.

This damn pandemic has made (lonely) weirdos of us all! Poor Siri gets pulled into roleplaying now.

Sure enough, I wonder if, down the line, they'll have - in addition to gender, accent, etc. - different "personality" settings for Siri? If you wanted a slightly aggressive, caustic tone who occasionally mocked your question ("It's 4:17pm, okay? Too lazy to look at a wall clock, prick?"), etc. Because I know some people who'd pay $9.99 for that. Monthly.
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kscherer
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Boyzeee
 
2021-11-18, 12:18

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Originally Posted by psmith2.0 View Post


I have a friend who has hers set to a British male because she wants to imagine it's Clive Owen.
Does she put it on vibrate mode and keep it in her pocket?



Wait, you guys use Siri?

Morons.

I gave up on that skank the moment it refused to answer the phone.

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psmith2.0
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2021-11-18, 12:31

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Does she put it on vibrate mode and keep it in her pocket?
That I don't know.
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kscherer
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2021-11-18, 12:42

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Originally Posted by kscherer View Post
I gave up on that skank the moment it refused to answer the phone.
Funny thing, answering yourself.

If I put the phone in my truck mount and disconnect it from Bluetooth and the phone rings, I say "Hey Siri, answer the phone!" I get … nothing! Because security!

BUT!

If I turn on Bluetooth and connect the phone to my truck's audio system and the phone rings, I can say "Answer phone" and the truck's audio system picks it right up, because security!


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turtle
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Formerly turtle2472
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Upstate South Carolina
 
2021-11-18, 14:26

What about enabling Siri when locked? Wouldn't that help with this? I don't use Siri on my phone enough to have noticed. I more get her telling me she is incompetent while I'm driving and that she can't do that in the car.

I also set my voice to the Irish female. In fact, my HomePods are set to that too.

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drewprops
Space Pirate
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
 
2021-11-18, 14:37

I have that turned on, but it doesn't work when I ask her to check for messages. It's peculiar. I do think it's a bug, either in programming or the approach to the way the technology works...




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psmith2.0
Mr. Farmiga
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2021-11-18, 14:55

Yeah, when stuff contradicts itself in such weird ways, I always assume "okay, someone didn't code that right and it's a known thing...there's an update around the corner, surely."

It's weird, with all the pre-release testing these things go through, that such basic "huh?!" stuff still manages to squeak into the final release.

I guess that's just how this stuff is (I know nothing about coding, software development, etc.). I'm just a stupid end-user.
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Bryson
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Whitby
 
2021-11-18, 16:27

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Originally Posted by psmith2.0 View Post
I have no help on the main topic, but it would be funny if Siri had a built-in Abuse-O-Meter, and after, say, 50-100 times of being sworn at, called names, etc, she shut down and bricked the phone.

“I’ve asked you nicely, 99 times before, to please not speak to me that way. I told you there would be consequences…did you not believe me? No, Drew…fuck you, and have a nice day. This iPhone will be rendered inoperable in 5…4…3…”

Anyone wanna test that?
In all seriousness, they should track this stuff, and refer the most egregious cases to engineering to examine what the failure really was.
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