COBOL was written for "managers". Unlike FORTRAN it was supposed to be readable and useable by non-programmers. Same thing for SQL. And AppleScript.
All of which are harder to use than C or Python or any number of well documented and rational programming languages (ok, SQL isn't as bad as the other two).
Siri reminds me of AppleScript. It's supposed to be a conversational companion, but as of 2013 it's an artificial form of conversation full of "magic words" like "Cancel" and incantations and capabilities that must be memorized in one form or another.
Yeah, Siri hasn't lived up to my early brainwashed enthusiasm. She can generate passwords (via Wolfram Alpha), but you can't copy the $!$#@$ strings.
Alas, contrary to my expectations, Apple isn't giving up on Siri. If anything, Apple's doubled down. You can't search iOS settings from Spotlight, but you can search from Siri.  It's widely assumed Siri will be required to use Apple's iWatch.
So we need to learn it, which means studying the documentation. There's a fair bit on the web (not much on Apple's web site of course), but I wanted a book.
Turns out there is one - Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant - Erica Sadun, Steve Sande. It's $7+ on Kindle, $9 on Play . I glanced at a few pages, learned/relearned 3 new things, and bought it. (The next edition won't be available until March 2014, so for iOS 7 used the book and Sadun's TUAW update.)
Between the book and the links below I'm writing my own Siri notes (in Simplenote of course). Siri is one foreign language I need to learn.
PS. My personal (Simplenote) Siri notes are public at http://simp.ly/publish/K19h9j
- Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant - Erica Sadun, Steve Sande
- iOS 7: Siri starts to shine | TUAW 9/2013. partly excerpted from iOS 7 Quick Guide and Sadun's
- What can you say to Siri in iOS 6? | TUAW 9/2012. Sadun post covering some book material
- Gordon's Notes: How and when will Apple give up on Siri? 10/2012. Answer, not soon.
- Gordon's Notes: Siri, the Friendly AI 10/2011. I was under the influence.
- Gordon's Tech: Making Siri Useful 12/2012. My last attempt to figure out Siri. Some good links.
- iMore Siri Tips series including Siri: The ultimate guide.
- Gordon's Tech: Fixing Siri - When Really Sorry isn't good enough - I hope this desperate reset method is no longer needed.
- Six tips for mastering Siri | Macworld 12/2011 but still current. Note Cue words.
- How to get the most out of Apple’s Siri on your iPhone or iPad GigaOm
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 A mind-boggling omission. Does Google have a patent on searching settings?
 Play DRM can be removed - so worth the $2 to read it via Google's web pages, iBook, and BookReader
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