User talk:SteveBaker

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NOTE: I know some people carry on conversations across two User talk pages. I find this ludicrous and unintuitive, and would much prefer to follow Wikipedia's recommendations (see How to keep a two-way conversation readable). Conversations started here will be continued here, while those I start on other users' pages will be continued there. If a user replies to a post of mine on this page, I will either cut/paste the text to their page, or (more likely) copy/paste from their page to this one and continue it here.

Antibiotics and placebos[edit]

That was a great story. I am glad you posted it. I will tell it in the future, always giving you credit :-) Dbrodbeck (talk) 22:14, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Bike-engined car[edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing, Bike-engined car, has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Sincerely, SamBlob (talk) 18:12, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Pneumatic non-return valve[edit]

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audio impersonation[edit]

Interesting, Steve. There are two issues here, I only addressed adding to the original recording, e.g. in a conference room with high noise, and I said it would be hard to add to it due to not having a clear patch of room noise from then. So you're saying it's trivial to add in extra audio into a low-quality recording of people's conversations? (to extract room noise and then splice it in without any noticeable clips or change that makes it obvious the person was added in post-production?) For my response I assumed the person would just be willing to read their lines - can they then be dubbed in easily into a high-noise actual recording of an actual conversatoin, with constantly varying background noise?

Because in this case the background noise might be really obvious as well (for example if anything else is happening), and repeating a section, or cutting abruptly or anything else, might be really obvious. . . .

I ask here because the person used 'impersonation' and I think that's wrong on its face. (It's often a crime.) On balance I would say the OP's intentions are not pure, but in any case I would like to 'keep them honest' by not posting details about how to do it. (talk) 16:06, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

I would assume that 'clean' recordings of the extra person's words would be placed into existing lulls in the existing conversation - not spliced into them...but even so, resynthesising noise is easily done...I do it a lot in two dimensions when I use a resynthesis algorithm to remove objects from a photograph and resynthesise new data to fill in the gap....I'm sure it can be done even more easily in one dimension for audio. So you'd introduce your gap, resynthesise the room noise to fill it - then add the synthetic voice over the top.
As for bad intentions from the OP. First, here on Wikipedia, we're required to Assume Good Faith - so unless we have evidence to the contrary, I assume that our questioner is asking this for reasons of good, not ill. For example (s)he might be making an amateur movie about some fictional event and want to do what they did in Forrest Gump where their hero is inserted into a section of archival footage. I don't know - but I am required to assume good faith. Secondly, wikipedia isn't censored. So we are able to discuss this kind of thing with appropriate scientific/encyclopeadic detachment.
SteveBaker (talk) 16:33, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
same guy here. Sure, but he used the word 'impersonation'. Hard to find any honest context someone would use this word in. (they would just use a different word.) It sounds like a criminal category, and is one, or at least a word for something that is wrong on its face. If he hadn't used the word 'impersonation' I wouldn't have thought twice about it. it just seems wrong, in any context. (Because impersonation is really about the idea of identity theft. He even gave us the context, where someone would be impersonated and put into a conversation.) (talk) 21:38, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
No! Impersonators exist for humor and to have historical figures appear in modern movies. The actor who plays Alan Turing in the new "The Imitation Game" movie is "impersonating" horrible nastiness there. As I said, we're REQUIRED to assume good faith here at's not just a suggestion or a's a rule. SteveBaker (talk) 22:15, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
there is a sense of 'impersonations' like standup comics do, but I don't think anybody says the actor playing Alan Turing is 'impersonating' him - we just don't use the word in this sense. (Except in an impromptu over-the-top impersonation sense.) I've never heard anyone use it the way OP did, have you?
Okay, so I just reread the OP. It's not even about the word impersonation. I am extremely bothered by this: "Can the voice of one person be recorded, analyzed and then be used(dubbed)to show that this person was present in a conversation between others?"
it is written legalistically (to show) - i.e. to prove. Now, assuming good faith I can imagine that the Defense is asking whether this is possible (a possible defense against someone actually participating in a conversation.) If so I would answer in the affirmative or negative, but without enabling this behavior. But it looks really like someone is asking for a way to have this done. Just because we assume good faith doesn't mean we don't also keep people honest. (talk) 00:39, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Let me axe you a question.[edit]

I get the pixture that when you said I should of said "intents and purposes" you thought I didn't know what I was doing. I come acrost that a lot. Merry Christmas. μηδείς (talk) 19:30, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Glade at least she know what she’s doing -because I don’t. Merry Christmas Steve. --Aspro (talk) 00:42, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Reason for getting the greece postcard[edit]

The reason is because Callisto in Xena Warrior Princess is from there and I'm going to a Xena Conventrion in four weeks and I wanna show people a postcard of the real Kirra. Venustar84 (talk) 21:45, 27 January 2015 (UTC)