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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Oct 18, 2013

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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 01:35
Chinese to English
Genius Oct 18, 2013

But surely wrong - I myself am extremely intolerant if I lack toast in the morning!

This is one of the best features of Google - it's so robust because it learns from the millions of typos it gets asked just the same as the real queries.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Funnily enough Oct 18, 2013

I've been missing toast the way we make it back home - with an overhead grill. These things are scarce as hen's teeth here in Spain...

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Anna Sarah Krämer Fazendeiro
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Natural language development Oct 18, 2013

That is the way languages have been developing since the beginning of communication - but through the internet this process is amplified and accelerated to a point where those who still know orthography might have to start thinking about how those who don't might spell something, otherwise they won't find anything on the net anymore. I had to think a while about the lack of toast to find out what it meant. Scary...especially when doing research for translations. Imagine not only having to find the source language expression for a tiny, rather unknown technical component of any obscure machine and then to have to search it in 30 different spelling variants, hoping that one of them would fit the creative inventiveness of the overworked, underpaid orthographically challenged technical writer that has produced some source language material about it.

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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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I Oct 18, 2013

I didn't even have to type this.

I just typed "I didn......" and the computer knew what I was going to say.

What you are reading was written without any human intervention. So if there are any mistooks, don't blame me.

And this morning I had two slices of toasted organic wholemeal bread with butter. Mm-hmm !

[Edited at 2013-10-18 08:52 GMT]


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finnword1
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Google knows a lot Oct 18, 2013

Just another day a local TV news reporter sent a gmail to the one sitting next to his desk, saying "I feel like having some Chinese food tonight". And sure enough, an ad for a local Chinese resaurant popped up. Google reads your emails!

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Neil Cross
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I must be... Oct 18, 2013

...being a bit dense this morning (probably caused by lack of toast), but it took me a couple of minutes to "get" this!

Can lack toast and tolerant people eat eggcorns?


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Eggcorns Oct 18, 2013

Neil Cross wrote:
Can lack toast and tolerant people eat eggcorns?


They are heart two die chest, so I hurt!


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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Hot buttered toast Oct 18, 2013

Who knew?

http://bob-williamson.blogspot.pt/2006/08/hot-toast-poem.html


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Tom in London
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by the way.... Oct 18, 2013

For those using Safari, here's an excellent plug-in that helps to prevent Tom, Dick, and Harry from tracking you:

https://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php

You can also install AdBlock:

https://getadblock.com

[Edited at 2013-10-18 12:38 GMT]


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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You mean, this would keep certain ads away? Oct 18, 2013

Tom in London wrote:

For those using Safari, here's an excellent plug-in that helps to prevent Tom, Dick, and Harry from tracking you:

https://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php

You can also install AdBlock:

https://getadblock.com



Those ads that keep popping up in on-line dictionaries:

"Have your text translated professionally"

or:

"Learn German in only 10 days"?


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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Probably Oct 18, 2013

Nicole Schnell wrote:

Tom in London wrote:

For those using Safari, here's an excellent plug-in that helps to prevent Tom, Dick, and Harry from tracking you:

https://www.abine.com/dntdetail.php

You can also install AdBlock:

https://getadblock.com



Those ads that keep popping up in on-line dictionaries:

"Have your text translated professionally"

or:

"Learn German in only 10 days"?


Yes - probably. I never see those things.


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 19:35
English
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Call me paranoid Oct 18, 2013

(let me see; might that be pair of nerd on Google?)

but I was about to download Do Not Track Me (Tom's link), when I wondered how do I know I can trust Abine? What if I'm downloading something that allows THAT site to track me. So I started googling and found this:

http://www.zdnet.com/why-do-not-track-is-worse-than-a-miserable-failure-7000004634/

What do you think?

(Sorry. Not my intention to high jack this thread. Just worried/curious.)

[Edited at 2013-10-18 16:57 GMT]


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Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
Japan
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Yes Oct 19, 2013

Suzan Hamer wrote:

(let me see; might that be pair of nerd on Google?)

but I was about to download Do Not Track Me (Tom's link), when I wondered how do I know I can trust Abine? What if I'm downloading something that allows THAT site to track me. So I started googling and found this:

http://www.zdnet.com/why-do-not-track-is-worse-than-a-miserable-failure-7000004634/

What do you think?

(Sorry. Not my intention to high jack this thread. Just worried/curious.)

[Edited at 2013-10-18 16:57 GMT]


Welcome to Person of Interest.


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Meta Arkadia
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abine Oct 19, 2013

Tom in London wrote:
For those using Safari, here's an excellent plug-in that helps to prevent Tom, Dick, and Harry from tracking you:



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