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Comment: Re: Quebec Language Police (Score 1) 578

by IANAAC (#48724501) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Television is télévision. Telephone is téléphone. Electricity is électricité. Etc.

I think in the case of words like these (and many other technology words), we have to consider when they came into being. When Telephones, TVs and electricity were invented (and more importantly, mass-marketed), the modern industrial world was heavily influenced by Western Europe, namely France - it was still the language of culture, and English due to the industrial revolution. It was only natural that these terms were coined from Latin and Greek. Greek had a lot of influence on Latin, which in turn had a lot of influence on Romance languages, which through French had quite a lot of influence on English vocabulary.

Comment: Re: For wealthy gadabouts perhaps (Score 2) 129

by IANAAC (#48705229) Attached to: Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders

Translation: works as well as anything. The only real limitation is that technical jargon in German doesn't pass through to an equivalent US English expression. But that is the same thing that happens when German people speak English. They have very good grammar and accent in English, but they are not taught our technical words or colloquialisms. So technical documents have a lot of instances of "Module", "Technology", etc. referring to different things using the same words when there were more specific words that meant something in German.

Disclaimer: I'm a translator by trade.

That said, I think for basic, oral communication, a lot can already be done, but for anything beyond that, anything out there right now fails miserably.

It's not just about translating words. Consider, say, translating a legal document from any language to English. Which English, exactly? Not only are legal terms different depending on country, but so are legal concepts. Even within the same region, you'll find variation of speech that currently can't be handled at all with automatic translation. Ever read the transcript of a message left on Google Voice by a non-standard American English speaker? It's laughable. Translation knows nothing about these differences.

We're going to need humans specialised in specific concepts and regions for a long time.

Comment: He didn't care enough to edit it, apparently (Score -1, Redundant) 218

by IANAAC (#48682323) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos
Did he not know that he could choose the background image? Or that he could edit it? It came out the way it did because he just clicked away without thinking.

Sorry for his daughter's death, but he could have influenced the final result or, better yet, elected to not participate in it at all.

Comment: Re: Oh yeah, it's "bombing" in the US alright... (Score 1) 288

by IANAAC (#48682245) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
I'm not sure how much "Selma" and "American Sniper" cost to produce/market/release, but there's been a lot of news blurbs stating that "The Interview" cost around 80 million to put out, around 30 million of that just on marketing.

They still have a long way to go to break even, even with Hollywood's underhanded accounting.

Comment: Jolla (Score 1) 60

by IANAAC (#48673211) Attached to: Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1
I'm much more interested in what Jolla may come out with. Their OS interests me, and for those android apps I'd need (none of them need Google Play), I'd imagine they'll have it ready to run them.

From their crowdfunding promo that I saw a month or so ago, it looks like it'll be expensive, though.

Comment: Re: Can't wait to replace CenturyLink (Score 1) 110

by IANAAC (#48671797) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis
I'm just over the border in Wisconsin and CenturyLink is my only wired choice too. They supposedly give us a 2M down/768K up connection, but I never have seen it. And they keep telling us that upgrades will be coming soon. They're actually not taking any more subscribers right now, due to saturation.

So I ended up getting rid of CL and just using a small hotspot for casual browsing. My neighbor does let me still use his CL connection via WiFi when I want to do anything big (like ISOs, and videos) though. Otherwise, my little 3G hotspot is actually faster than CenturyLink.

Comment: Re:Get a Zaurus... (Score 1) 110

by IANAAC (#48591733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?
Or better yet, get something like a Viliv or a BenQ. They have relatively modern Intel processors, so you can install most any Linux on them, provided you can find the drivers.

I have a BenQ. I have Opera 12 running on it, and just recently installed Softmaker Office (they recently released their 2012 suite as free) so I have a very capable office suite. With a foldable BT keyboard, it' s WAY more useful than any smartphone is, although if I could find a decent enough office suite for Android, I' d opt for a cheap tablet.

Comment: So I'll suggest something I've not seen yet... (Score 1) 720

by IANAAC (#48543967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
in the comments.

Do you have an indian reservation nearby? I have two near me and I've seen the same IT positions (a DB admin and a sys admin) available for the last two years for one place.

Now, I can't speak with any authority, but reservations around here operate as sovereign territory and don't play by the same local/state/national rules. So it could be that a past felony might be OK. It's also entirely possible that they would reject you because of your felony, but it's an option worth checking.

Comment: Re:Do any of us know how much we really use? (Score 1) 48

by IANAAC (#48279569) Attached to: Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests
I try to keep a decent handle on what I use, at least when it comes to a cellular hotspot I use.

One tool I use with a laptop (but it could easily be installed on a Linux or BSD-based router, is VNStat -

It can monitor and report hourly, daily, monthly, etc and you can easily chose what interface to report (it monitors all active interfaces). There's also some graphics reporting capability, too, but I just use the command line output and awk-parse what I need.

With your bare hands?!?