Commentary: Hello?

This is the content of three recent automated telephone “alert” messages from RIOC.

#1:

[Recorded human voice:] This is a RIOC Advisories message from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

[Computer-generated portion, in full, as voiced:] Can be found here. h-t-t-p colon slash slashry ock dot n-y dot governor slash meeting dot h-t-m.

#2:

[Recorded human voice:] This is a RIOC Advisories message from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

[Computer-generated portion, in full, as voiced:] Notice and agenda can be found here. h-t-t-p colon slash slashry ock dot n-y dot governor slash meeting dot h-t-m.

#3:

[Recorded human voice:] This is a RIOC Advisories message from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

[Computer-generated portion, in full, as voiced:] For more information or to register on line, visit h-t-t-p colon slash slashry ock slash uckdesk dot com. Goodbye.

 

Does anyone at RIOC care (?) that:

• It’s unlikely any entity other than RIOC would be sending out a RIOC Advisories message, isn’t it?

• There is no actual useful content in the messages. Notice and agenda of what?

• It isn’t necessary to voice the clutter of the “http://” portion of internet URLs. Web browsers assume those characters, so they need not be entered – or voiced.

• The “n-y dot governor slash” portion of each message shows that the system turns the three-letter “gov” domain “government” designation into “governor” – a perfectly logical interpretation if you’re a computer. But it won’t get you there if you make the word “governor” part of the URL you enter. (Again, has anyone at RIOC ever actually listened to what they put out?)

• The “slashry ock dot” portion – meant to be interpreted as “/RIOC.” – is simply a bad phrasing by the computerized voice. Listen to it five or six times and it’ll become clear. (But why would you bother? There’s no there there.)

• In that last message, the uckdesk was the machine’s attempt to voice “recdesk,” but we know that only because the email version of the message was clear.

If you’re amused by this sort of blunder, just subscribe to the telephone version of RIOC’s advisory service. When you do, note how to unsubscribe, because it’s not likely you’ll appreciate the occasional 10:00 p.m. calls that will make you scramble for a phone, only to learn nothing.

DL

Tags: Editorial Dick Lutz

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