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#281 DustMagnet

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 10:55 PM

I got a small ultrasonic humidifier once.  That's it.  But, you know what ol' Abe Lincoln said...

#282 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 02:51 AM

“a sucker is born every minute”?

#283 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 05:50 PM

Amazon's Swedish website launch became a laughing stock on Wednesday after poor translations saw it filled with offensive descriptions for products. 

The internet tech and online shopping giant, making its first retail foray into the Nordic countries, mixed up the Argentine and Swedish flags, labelled frying pans as items for women and bizarrely listed an Adidas 'child sexual assault' football shirt.

The new website, Amazon.se, appeared to fall victim to a poorly designed translation algorithm as it struggled with the multiple meanings of some English words on its launch day.



Confused users will have also seen items labelled as a 'gypsy shirt', pearl earrings apparently suited to 'European prostitutes', 'Star Wars grievous bodily harm tank [top]' and a fabric belt described as a 'narcotics strap'.

The website's translation algorithm appeared to have particular problems with products involving oilseed rape, which it translated to 'valdtakt' - Swedish for violent sexual assault - on numerous items.

The result was items such as jigsaws, mouse mats and shower curtains decorated with 'sex assault flowers', while a fishing a lure was described as 'roach, barr, sex assault'.



#284 dasmo

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Posted 30 October 2020 - 08:07 PM

Take that Lex Bezos! Haha.

#285 Sparky



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Posted 30 October 2020 - 09:17 PM

^^ Everyone knows it’s a “ pearl necklace “
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#286 AllseeingEye



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Posted 31 October 2020 - 08:03 AM

.........while a fishing a lure was described as 'roach, barr, sex assault'. Ouch - I want to catch fish, not brutalize them psychologically and physically......


Hard to believe Amazon doesn't employ an army of localization specialists considering they're a global enterprise; relying on algorithm's and neural nets to accurately transcribe any language is problematic at best I would think.

#287 Rob Randall

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Posted 31 October 2020 - 08:11 AM

My guess is the automator was the first kick at the can before humans fine-tuned it but someone skipped that step and made it live.


It happens all the time. Websites publish Lorem ipsum dolor text, TV news puts up Queen Elizabeth obit graphic. Test accidentally becomes the real thing.

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“I mean I just don’t understand the big Texas part, like maybe he’s from Texas? I want to know the back story.”


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