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Comment Re:The problem is GAN1/4 (Score 1) 82 82

I noticed that you wrote Also, we're talking conversation here, not characters. and realized from your first sentence that you were familiar with the simplified character problem with the word "Gan". However despite your statement that "Gan" would never be used for "it's nice to talk to you." we can't know whether it was or was not used in the reported case because, understandably enough, the very short "Network World" article doesn't provide the actual words that were used. Maybe the speaker did use "Gan".

And although "we're talking conversation here, not characters", my first thought was that the translation software did something like:

1. Capture sound of word
2. Determine what character the word corresponds to
3. Translate that character

In which case the "collapsed" simplified character problem would indeed be pertinent.

Comment Re:The problem is GAN1/4 (Score 1) 82 82

As noted in the link provided in the post to which you replied, this is not a question of homophones but rather a result of a simplified Chinese character serving triple duty. That discussion also points to another article by the author who states:

I am trying to make sense of how this phenomenon actually came about. It seems that the twenty or so different meanings of the three-stroke calendrical graph that is used to write GAN1/4 (a total of three distinct graphic forms in the traditional script -- , , -- all reduced to one -- -- in the simplified script) in Chinglish have all collapsed into the single meaning of "fuck". Wherever that graph occurs, Chinglish speakers will translate it as "fuck".

The Chinese characters in the above do not display properly on Slashdot but you can read the article at:

In other words, the problem is with the written character, not the spoken word.

Comment Re:"Pocket dialed"? (Score 1) 179 179

Thank you. And the most interesting part of that Wikipedia article is this bit about the lovely state of Nevada:

Investigator Joseph Morgan, a law enforcement officer with the Nevada Taxicab Authority which regulates the taxicabs in Clark County, Nevada is being prosecuted by the Nevada Attorney General's Office for leaking the contents of a pocket dial. Nevada Taxicab Authority Chief Investigator Ruben V. Aquino, Jr. pocket dialed Morgan. Aquino was then heard inappropriately discussing information relating to a confidential internal investigation. Aquino and another Investigator, Antoine "Chris" Rivers, then further discussed how the taxicab companies in Las Vegas control the day-to-day operations of the Nevada Taxicab Authority. Aquino also criticized Morgan for being proactive in his duty performance. Morgan, acting as a whistleblower, leaked the information to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto, members of the Nevada Legislature and the media. Instead of investigating the Nevada Taxicab Authority for corruption, Morgan is being prosecuted for leaking this information.

I wonder if Joseph Morgan's attorney reads Slashdot.

Comment Re:Hey Lady, just go to church and meet a nice fel (Score 1) 176 176

They don't say which "Internet dating site" she used but another victim did indeed meet her con-artist (or perhaps it was a group of con-artists) through

Then in 2012, on, she met a man who called himself Thomas. He said he was a road contractor in Maine and was about to leave for a business venture in Malaysia.

Comment Re:... How can they even watch the internet? (Score 1) 63 63

Are you sure that breaking the pencil lead is what's precipitating your seizure? My first thought is that breaking the lead is a harbinger of an oncoming seizure.

I realize that this could be dangerous and certainly not pleasant, but have you tried, perhaps under a doctor's supervision, purposely breaking the lead while writing to see if it triggers your seizure?

Comment I coulda been a contender if only I had known (Score 1) 90 90

The blog concludes that your choice of major may unwittingly decide ... depending on how well that field is paid, your economic future.

That insightful tidbit has really piqued my curiousity and I'm going to read the rest of that blog real soon now. Pretty soon I'll be a genius.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten