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Oh ffs, it's 2021 and things like this are still happening: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politic ... bled=false :roll:
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UTF-8's backwards compatibility with ASCII is great and all that, but it can allow these errors to pop up when everything looked like it was going fine, and root-causing / fixing the problem can be a hair-wrenching experience – believe me, I know! I think Microsoft had the right idea trying to bring in UTF-16 for everything, but it didn't really catch on :mefiant:

EDIT: The Irish Times article translates "síneadh fada" as "aspiration" – wtf? :shock: A síneadh fada indicates a long vowel, not an aspiration!
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PluMGMK wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:55 pm The Irish Times article translates "síneadh fada" as "aspiration" – wtf? :shock: A síneadh fada indicates a long vowel, not an aspiration!
When even the Irish can't speak Irish anymore...

Anyway, you've probably seen this gem already, but your post calls for it:
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That is priceless! :lol: One can imagine someone painstakingly transcribing all that gibberish, imagining that it's full of meaning! And then of course the corrections are nowhere near as neat :hap: I wonder how the person who corrected it was able to figure out what was what – did they have to painstakingly type it all back in and change the encoding I wonder…
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What baffles me is how the sender did not have the faintest idea of what Russian Cyrillic looks like and diligently wrote all of this gibberish by hand, probably thinking to himself or herself, "man, those Russians sure love diacritics!". :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Hunchman801 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:41 pm When even the Irish can't speak Irish anymore...
Most can't and I can barely understand it. Most places I even see it would be relating to public transport, where they will state things in both English and Irish. :lol:
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Oh yeah, I've heard of the legendary "Dublin Bus Irish" dialect, where they just looked up each word in the dictionary and wrote them down in the exact same order! :lol: I think it's been improved in the last decade or two though!
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I didn't know they had done that before. :lol:

I looked a few weeks ago when I was on one, a sign says something like "Please exit the bus through the centre doors only" (I can't recall exactly how it's worded but it was basically saying this), and in Irish it's written as "Fág an bus trí na doirse láir amháin, le do thoil". They also do it with "Keep Window Open" where it says "Coimeád an Fhuinneog ar Oscailt".
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Yeah, those seem OK – those are Covid signs, right? But why not just "don't close the window" / "ná dún an fhuinneog" I wonder :fou:
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Maybe they're just eejits. :lol:
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I was talking about cosmic-ray-induced bit-flips in the You Game recently, and I just came across this nice video on the subject:


Maybe the Science topic should have Cosmic Rays as its next theme? :hap:
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Very instructive video! How I miss the good old times of debates in the science and religion topics now. :nostalgic:
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We never had a debate in the Science topic though, did we? :fou: As for the Religion topic, it was mistakenly locked for a period of two years or so, but I believe I rectified that some time ago…
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