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(The Atlantic)   There is a glitch in the Google matrix, and now conspiracy theorists believe there is something sinister hidden in a botched Latin translation algorithm   (theatlantic.com) divider line 15
    More: Silly, Google Translate, Brian Krebs, conspiracy theories, Latin  
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2014-08-21 08:35:25 AM  
"People called Romanes, they go the house"?
 
2014-08-21 09:06:03 AM  
Maybe the language database was accidentally linked to the Monty Python database.  Probably need to rebuild indexes or something.
 
2014-08-21 10:28:05 AM  
Weird Al was more right than we knew!

/I put on my tin foil hat and my robe.
 
2014-08-21 10:33:23 AM  
Beyond Good and Evil... carrots!
 
2014-08-21 11:07:39 AM  

the8re: Weird Al was more right than we knew!

/I put on my tin foil hat and my robe.


Does your robe have a 9 on it?
 
2014-08-21 11:22:47 AM  

yves0010: the8re: Weird Al was more right than we knew!

/I put on my tin foil hat and my robe.

Does your robe have a 9 on it?


No it has a 6... oh crap, it's upside down again!
 
2014-08-21 11:53:12 AM  
qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit amet consectetur adipisci[ng] velit, sed quia non numquam [do] eius modi tempora inci[di]dunt, ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

Coincidence?  No.  It is the rise of ETAOIN SHRDLU, our overlord from the Black!
 
2014-08-21 01:41:46 PM  
Here's an hypothesis:  the Chinese, always in search of ways to evade government censorhip, have taken to using lorem ipsum as code for "China's Internet". The translation algorithm is using probabilistic prediction to translate and the frequency of lorem ipsit in contexts where China's internet is meant has caused the algorithm to pick up the code words as a translation in contexts where the Chinese are using it.

If Canadians were using "President Sweater-vest" as code for PM Stephen Harper as frequently as the Chinese use codes for words related to China and the Internet, the software might be confusing people and triggering conspiracy theories with references to President Sweater Vest.
 
2014-08-21 01:47:45 PM  
Aha!

What I typed into the translator:  china's censorship of the internet is a bad thing

What I got as a latin translation: Lorem ipsum dolor sit de aliquo malo censura

Try it and see if you get the same thing.

The translator translates only the words "censorship" and "bad (thing), evil", everything else, including China and the Internet is replaced by Lorem ipsum ....
 
2014-08-21 02:17:37 PM  
I dunno, but this shiat's funny:

Input:
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Curabitur porta aliquam sodales. Aenean rhoncus fermentum tellus, ut mattis sapien lacinia imperdiet. Morbi eu massa ut lorem sollicitudin euismod nec id sem. Aenean rutrum leo quis nisl porta maximus. Maecenas quis vehicula justo. Etiam ut orci lobortis, consectetur felis in, venenatis sapien. Sed a quam tellus. Donec condimentum libero non arcu rutrum, quis pharetra erat vulputate. Etiam vitae sollicitudin sem. Phasellus aliquet orci varius vestibulum fringilla. Fusce odio nibh, sagittis eget egestas in, gravida vitae ex. Duis nec ultrices ligula, dapibus auctor metus. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

Output:
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet pretty easy. Wow, some members of the gate. Indian Textile Iraqis worry that a comprehensive policy on the fringe hairstyle. Do not express the mass of an investment in order to lorem concern to a lot of football of heart disease. Traffic Makeup any airport gate important. Developers who just vehicles. Also known as the policies the United States, the main game here, with poisoned the kitchen. But from that region. In addition, to improve the liberty, but not by bow, makeup, paper was the anyone a quiver. Also, the health care financing. Welcome to the latest survey of various scholarships. Clinical hate smoking, stress the need for law enforcement, from the emotional life. It's not a basketball around the world, the impact of competitive ranking. With my comrades and the home of his and the great gods into labor over the mountains, ridiculous mouse will be born.
 
2014-08-21 02:22:37 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-21 04:04:37 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: [img.fark.net image 850x290]


Aww. It's just a crummy commercial. :/
 
2014-08-21 07:37:30 PM  

germ78: Vlad_the_Inaner: [img.fark.net image 850x290]

Aww. It's just a crummy commercial. :/


Not even the right one.  It should read "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine".
 
2014-08-21 08:59:21 PM  

dittybopper: germ78: Vlad_the_Inaner: [img.fark.net image 850x290]

Aww. It's just a crummy commercial. :/

Not even the right one.  It should read "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine".


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-21 11:45:09 PM  
It's a way to send coded messages to Chinese agents in the US.

BTW the story was done better by Krebs on Security days ago.
 
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