Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Sorrowful Abuse of Google Translate

This is a story about the pitfalls of Google Translate.



Google Translate is a wonderful tool for anyone playing Eve Online. Our single shard, global population means language barriers that one would not believe. Entire player societies speak their native tongues. When I first started, I'd often growl at people in Eve Uni Chat who would make fun of someone with very poor English. In Eve, you can never assume that English is someones first or second language. When someone speaks three or four languages I could never mock them for a lack of perfection in one of their second/third/fourth languages.

But, Google translate is not perfect. It is a, for the most part, direct translator. Sentence structure alone can mangle one language changing into another. English is already an obnoxiously flexible language where fine nuances can be created by word placement. But, it is still a good tool. Even poorly translated, Google Translate allows us to communicate, even if badly, in ways we never would have been able to years ago.

But sometimes it turns on us. Almost as if it is angry.

The story contained after this did not happen to me. I, however, was graced by Diz with receiving a copy of the communication.

It seems that Naoru and Diz were off, flying around Low Sec and having some male bonding time. Naoru will classify this as just a roam but like hunting, fishing, and hiding in a closet in someones house after a period of being blacked out drunk while searching for their clothing and running home through the woods, these are bonding moments for some people.

During the course of their night they came across an Iteron V. It tried to cloak, decloaked, failed to warp off and died. After it died, it seemed that the pilot no longer wished for his capsule as well. However, a few minutes later Naoru began to receive eve-mails from the pilot. He captured it and write it up in his Blog: Flak Bait (which is probably over whelmed by so much attention in one month) which has his copies of the eve-mails.

At first I thought that the eve-mails sent to Diz and the Eve-Mails sent to Naoru were just copy and pastes of the same thing. They are not. There are lots of small differences in the language and the ones sent to Diz were sent minutes after Naoru received his communications.

The below is blatant Google Translate abuse. It is believed that the perpetrator is Russian.

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777
From: San Jinlong
Sent: 2013.07.22 07:05
To: Diziet Thomas,

E prostitute took all my honestly earned a point now cram himself and his friend hahahahha
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555
From: San Jinlong
Sent: 2013.07.22 07:19
To: Diziet Thomas,

and about your clan, too, there was like all the slut
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777
From: San Jinlong
Sent: 2013.07.22 07:55
To: Diziet Thomas,

you have decided that you have an alliance whores, and who comes to you, that slut and cancer
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777
From: San Jinlong
Sent: 2013.07.22 08:56
To: Diziet Thomas,

Your alliance will soon be to fuck, it's left for the price that I would say that would fuck you all there, prepare the jelly scum, I'll give any money that would have buried your alliance
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1
From: San Jinlong
Sent: 2013.07.22 09:08
To: Diziet Thomas,

in the sense of a problem? attacked by lawlessness, I generally went blank, why do I have to honestly earn and what you take away all the whores, Победа: San Jinlong (Iteron Mark V*) you pretend that stupid, let my 6000000 adequate if you're a normal person, or for you to start chaos, I earn well so do not joke with me

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Unlike Naoru, Diz did not engage in conversation. The entire situation is, amusing. Diz was kind enough to share and I will do the same.

The general tone appears to be that Naoru and Diz are terrible people and should repay him for his lost Iteron V. I believe that there are threats in there as well that THC2 and the alliance that it is not in and that does exist will be crushed by this power he will summon.

2 comments:

  1. "prepare the jelly scum"

    Priceless.

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  2. hmmmm, just based off the character name i would have used chinese as the google translate. But even that assumpetion :) might create an incorrect line of communication.

    Sly

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