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“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

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  1. Gezza

     /  September 5, 2017

    For my sweetie, & new mum, Bluebelle the pooky

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  2. pickled possum

     /  September 5, 2017

    Did the WATER saga, get a mention by the leaders in their debate.
    To HOT to handle …

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  3. Conspiratoor

     /  September 5, 2017

    Hilarious side effect of the statistical approach taken by Google Translate. The damn thing can be fooled into producing crap. Translate ‘Supreme Leader’ from Korean to English and you get ‘Mr Squidward’ and “Rossiyskaya Federatsiya” translates to Mordor

    “But since it relies on previous translations, the statistical method is vulnerable to abuse — especially since Google allows users to suggest alternate translations.
    If you click on the incorrect French translation of “go-to person,” you’ll see a correct alternate version someone has suggested — “une personne-ressource” — and you’ll be able to submit your own version. That, very likely, is how Google Translate came to interpret the Korean characters for “Supreme Leader” — Kim Jong Un’s title — as “Mr. Squidward,” a character from the Spongebob Squarepants cartoon.
    In a similar situation last year, when Google Translate repeatedly translated “Rossiyskaya Federatsiya” (Russia’s official name in Russian) into Ukrainian as “Mordor” and “Lavrov” (the Russian foreign minister’s last name) as “sad little horse,” Google said it was just a glitch. That’s highly unlikely “

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    • Gezza

       /  September 5, 2017

      No wonder you’re voting for NZF !

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 5, 2017

        Google translate has an annoying habit of translating something as itself, if you see what I mean-ask it what Victor Ludorum is in English and it will say Victor Ludorum. It can be funny to ask it to do something you already know and see what it says-and then ask it to do it back and see the hash that it sometimes makes.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 5, 2017

          It knows ‘victor ludorum’, but made a hash of ‘sic transit gloria mundi’.

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          • Gezza

             /  September 5, 2017

            It doesn’t help matters that Roman spoke backwards. Funnily enuf When I was driving ma up to Porirua Megacentre yesterday morning, we had an amusing discussion about what their calculations involving fractions must have looked like?

            When using Google Translate for anything other than tbe simplest of phrases it certainly helps to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the language you’re attempting to translate because it produces a few howlers at times.

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            • Gezza

               /  September 5, 2017

              * RomanS

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 6, 2017

              I once did a multiplication equation with two longish Roman numbers….never again, and I am used to them. I didn’t cheat and ‘translate’ them, I must say. But as I am not very numerate anyway….

              I suppose that XX1V divided by IV would be easy enough, it’s when the numbers are not a straight fraction-this would be VI, so not much of a challenge to anyone that the trouble would come. In the Middle Ages, government documents used Roman numerals and they are full of errors. I don’t know if the Romans made many mistakes. Of course, they were reading them as numbers, not, as most people do now, as a series of letters, I read them as words/numbers, not letters. (XXIV-viginite quattuor, not X-X-I-V)

              Vale.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 6, 2017

              If one knows the language, one wouldn’t need a translation in most cases.

              I can’t believe how hard it was to find an English-Latin dictionary.

              The people who invented Latin grammar-all those endings-had far too much time on their hands.

  4. Gezza

     /  September 5, 2017

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  5. patupaiarehe

     /  September 5, 2017

    I made another friend at work today…

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  6. Conspiratoor

     /  September 5, 2017

    Mellow version of an old french cabaret classic by god. Just add fire, marshmallows, mulled wine and a beautiful woman

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