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Santa dropped down Dennis Mangold's chimney in Ten Hills on Christmas and left him a NOAA Weather Radio. He listens and wonders, "Are the broadcasts done in computer-generated voices, or is it an actual person?" That's text-to-speech software you hear. The previous cyber-voice, "Paul," had a vaguely Scandinavian accent. Jackie Hale of the Sterling, Va. forecast office said, "We took polls, and people said, 'Get Sven off the radio!'" Hear Paul and his successors at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/newvoice.htm.


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