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Eavesdroppers Struggling with the Sounds of Siri

There’s a funny New York Times piece by Nick Wingfield about a new problem in the ever-changing world of cell phone netiquette. It’s all about what to do or not to do when the person next to you starts barking back at their iPhone 4S virtual assistant Siri.

Included in the article are several LA anecdotes. Along with the guy who had to endure listening to a woman while in line at a car dealership, there’s this tidbit from 24-year-old Jimmy Wong:

Wong was at an after-hours diner with friends in Los Angeles recently when they found themselves next to a man ordering Siri to write memos and dictate e-mails. They found the man’s conversation with his phone “creepy,” without any of the natural pauses and voice inflections that occur in a discussion between two people.

“It was very robotic,” he said. Yet the group could not stop eavesdropping.

Given that Doris Day is back with a new album and imminent LAFCA Career Achievement Award, maybe some enterprising YouTube user should turn this latest friction point into “Que Siri, Siri.”

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