75 posts • joined 16 Apr 2009
But why are we translating it literally?
- surely we need a phrase in the other language which means "something really good", and which is also slightly rude in that language. A literal translation won't carry the positive meaning of the English.
And anyway, how come a description of a dog's gentleman's parts means "something really good"?
Is it by analogy with the "bee's knees"? Which doesn't make literal sense either.
And while we're there, is it a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner to describe something that's a bit of a mess?
I'm confused. And I'm a translator.
How many translators does it take to change a lightbulb? - Depends on the context.
Re: The Other Half
I'd guess any thickening in the lower half of the head wouldn't be as serious, as it's not compressing the brain.
Oh no, Unicode Consortium taken over by cats
Looking at the Unicode listing given in the link above:
1F638;GRINNING CAT FACE WITH SMILING EYES
1F639;CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY
1F63A;SMILING CAT FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH
1F63B;SMILING CAT FACE WITH HEART-SHAPED EYES
1F63C;CAT FACE WITH WRY SMILE
1F63D;KISSING CAT FACE WITH CLOSED EYES
1F63E;POUTING CAT FACE
1F63F;CRYING CAT FACE
1F640;WEARY CAT FACE
Base model £2,499.00 on UK Apple store
Base model $2,999.00 on US Apple store
Google says "2999 US Dollar equals 1833.69 British Pound Sterling"
US sales taxes can't account for all that difference can they?
"Also if you get one of those 'new customer' flyers through the letterbox addressed to the Home owner with a great deal in it, they'll match that, even if you are in the middle of a contract"
IF... what do you mean "if"? We get those flyers twice a month at least*. I'm collecting a year's worth just to be able to go up to their caravan sales thing in town, dump them on the table and say "Still no, thanks"
*26 of them since 1 Jan
...network run by you
Is this the bunch that advertise themselves as the network "run by you"? I'd prefer a network run by people qualified and/or experienced at running a network.
"We do have a treaty which is called the Treaty of Lisbon and in this treaty – and maybe not everyone has understood this – there are no more pillars as there were before, where [for instance] you had a pillar for security and that was completely in the hands of the national states and where the rules of the protecting of the individual, which had to be adapted to this pillar, were a little flexible.
There's none of this anymore since December 2009. Now the rules are horizontal."
That was described as an insight?
Pillars? horizontal rules?
I was going to comment...
...but I've drunk so much tea I need to visit the euphemism.
Handy to have drives powered by the firewire connection, saves yet another cable and power sockets are in short supply in my "office" (2-bed Victorian terrace). Any ideas which of these might be?
"Up to about double" - is that like "unlimited" broadband?
I meant comparing between the models listed
For a comparative round-up, why no comparison of MPG figures (at least for the hybrids)?
Re: Re: "repeated digits"
yes, for 4 repeats, but what about only 2 repeats, abbc, acbb etc. That's a far bigger pool of PINs potentially eliminated. Perhaps the original article was referring to all 4 the same rather than just 2 repeats within a PIN, but I didn't read it like that.
The article mentions "repeated digits" as part of the "not-so-random" codes. Why? Surely random codes would occasionally* lead to repeated digits, and forbidding them would reduce still further the available pool of numbers.
*someone with better stats than me can work out the frequency of occasionally.
Pretty sure that the signals fail safe, i.e. default to red, like a lot of other things on the railway are designed to.
But yes, the disruption is enormous, and "something must be done"
To be honest, I'm not sure it does.
As a Reg-reading bloke, my reaction was a bit meh.
Lifelogging a dead horse...
after the stable door was bolted in mid-stream, to mangle a few metaphors
sample of 2,002 in fact
A footnote at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/media-centre/news-releases/2011/identity-fraud-continues-to-rise-with-4-million-victims-in-uk-alone-65446565446
says "For this report, quantitative research was carried out with 2002 Great British adults aged 18+ as part of an online consumer omnibus survey"
and it was weighted for sampling deficiencies.
Still don't know what it actually asked though
and another thing...
how do you adjust for the probability that it's the more gullible/susceptible to fraud who will fill in surveys and the paranoid who won't?
Isn't that what the banking home page is for?
or whatever you call the page you get to after logging in?
Surely better to remind people when they log in, as my bank repeatedly does (we haven't got a mobile number for you...).
puts space travel into perspective against other kinds of travel when "quite reliable" is used to describe a rate of ~1-3% catastrophic failures.
(using the figures from earlier posters in these comments)
Minor point on the pie chart...
it asks "Are you planning to buy one this year" and **all** the answers are variations on "Yes".
"bit like reading a book in a language you don't speak by looking up every single word in a dictionary.
It works, and with a good enough dictionary, you can understand it – this is how online translators like Google Translate work"
I beg to differ. You can look up every single word in a dictionary and still be none the wiser.
Re: "You didn't have to go on the day to write the review."
Yes, did consider some kind of exposé, but too much effort. Ended up just reporting the job offer to the site admins.
And to clarify, no, I don't write reviews for payment. The job alert just came through under a much wider category that I subscribe to.
Source of freelance income
I subscribe to a freelance job marketplace site which has had jobs posted to write reviews. Best one was for "experience days out" - hot air ballooning, drive round Brands Hatch etc.
You didn't have to go on the day to write the review.
We have to reduce square footage with our existing stores by shrinking the footprint
... or make the shops smaller?
policy, procedure, implementation
"our policy is to manually delete the data from laptops after the records have been processed"
"The machine was one of 20 lost from a storeroom"
It was in a storeroom, waiting for records to be processed?
How did he get a signal underground?
Should London Transport investigate?
"with French letters on the keys" - that's not where they're usually most useful.
"...a problem occurring in men as they get older."
Who says baldness is a problem? Next they'll be telling women they can eradicate the visible signs of ageing or something. Oh wait...
happy, shiny idiots laughing
The happy, shiny idiots laughing are taking over the world (at least if you look at TV ads, posters, displays in opticians)
Hair on mices' backs -> human heads?
Or will the this just cause any remaining hair in humans to grow, like those annoying bristles coming down your nose and out of your ears?
Speaking as a translator...
...who makes use of google translate to look words up when I can't remember them, one thing to worry about is the implied assumption that there's a one-to-one correspondence between words in the source and target languages.
They only suggest one answer, when in fact there could be many answers, some subtly different, some very different in meaning.
Bizarre Comic Sans sighting no342...
...labels on the on-screen buttons of the industrial control system for the hydraulic jacks used to launch the 1000s of tonnes of bridge deck for the Millau viaduct (source: Channel 5 documentary last night).
I make no judgement.
Does it need a playmobil figure to operate it?
Want to know more about the dust
How harmful is that dust when working with it? Where does the residue end up after installation? Any danger of more dust if you want to put up shelves?
Inky blackness of space
Liked the glimpses of the inky blackness of space as it spiralled down.
glueing together three sheets of bog-standard paper
... happens to me the morning after a curry
2+2 = ... 2
Is the car industry the only one where 2 plus 2 equals 2, for all practical purposes?
The BBC teletext version of this earlier this morning had beef pies with 56% of the market and sausage rolls with 53% (or similar figures that add up to over 100). Either they're taking into account the amount of air in the pies, or they need someone to put that on a pie chart.
Grammatical gender ≠ sex
As per title.
Might only be 2 hours a day, as...
... "The court and cells are open from 2 August – 31 August with tours at 2pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)." (http://www.dorsetforyou.com/387120)
There, I'll do some "research" for you. Took all of 2 minutes. Can I have a pay rise?
Heävy Metal Ümlaut?
Is thät a heävy metäl Ümlaut I see? Öh dear.
Monty Python flashback
"Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) Chairman Lord Rupert Redesdale"
sounds like an interviewee on a too silly Monty Python sketch. (Nothing personal Lord Rupert, I don't suppose you chose the name)
"It's unclear weather..."
Foggy is it?
"Why do ALL American computer people seem to have weird names? Wozniak, Kernigan, Zimmermann..."
Suspect it's not just computer people. Many people emigrated from all parts of the world to America.
£500 and you can't switch from yards to metres?
Or get Visit London involved?
they have a "complaints" page at
where they say "At Visit London we are committed to promoting London as a world class city that provides you with the best possible tourist experience. However we understand that mistakes can happen. If you are unhappy with your experience in London please send us your comments by using this online complaints form."
You didn't tell us which of these are bus-powered and which need a power brick. Makes a big difference to portability
unless the sentence "Users of desktop computers too like their bus-powered plug-and-go convenience" means they are all bus-powered. Doh.
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