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reply Andrei Alexandrescu <SeeWebsiteForEmail erdani.org> writes:
Had a good chuckle:

http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.html

Andrei
Feb 25 2012
next sibling parent Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
From another article:

You bet it is.
Feb 25 2012
prev sibling next sibling parent reply torhu <no spam.invalid> writes:
On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.html

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.
Feb 25 2012
next sibling parent reply simendsjo <simendsjo gmail.com> writes:
On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu <no spam.invalid> wrote:

 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.html

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)
Feb 26 2012
parent reply "Lars T. Kyllingstad" <public kyllingen.net> writes:
On 26/02/12 11:24, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
 On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu<no spam.invalid>  wrote:
 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.htm
 l

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)

I know that there's at least one site out there which will generate random research papers for you, but even those are way better than this, because that sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them together in way that its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the research papers is stuff that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it actually means)

Someone actually managed to get a paper like this accepted to a conference. :) http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/ -Lars
Feb 26 2012
next sibling parent reply "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Lars T. Kyllingstad" <public kyllingen.net> wrote in message 
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 On 26/02/12 11:24, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
 On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu<no spam.invalid>  wrote:
 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.htm
 l

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)

I know that there's at least one site out there which will generate random research papers for you, but even those are way better than this, because that sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them together in way that its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the research papers is stuff that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it actually means)

Someone actually managed to get a paper like this accepted to a conference. :) http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/

Heh, I glanced through their first example, and came across this gem: "First, we halved the effective optical drive space of our mobile telephones to better understand the median latency of our desktop machines. This step flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but is instrumental to our results." The whole thing sounds like it's written by former researchers who have completely snapped. It's so random, there's no coherence from one sentence to the next :)
Feb 26 2012
parent "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> wrote in message 
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 "Lars T. Kyllingstad" <public kyllingen.net> wrote in message 
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 On 26/02/12 11:24, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
 On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu<no spam.invalid>  wrote:
 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.htm
 l

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)

I know that there's at least one site out there which will generate random research papers for you, but even those are way better than this, because that sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them together in way that its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the research papers is stuff that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it actually means)

Someone actually managed to get a paper like this accepted to a conference. :) http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/

Heh, I glanced through their first example, and came across this gem: "First, we halved the effective optical drive space of our mobile telephones to better understand the median latency of our desktop machines. This step flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but is instrumental to our results." The whole thing sounds like it's written by former researchers who have completely snapped. It's so random, there's no coherence from one sentence to the next :)

Ha! And "Fig. 6." ("The expected distance of Rooter...") is hilarious. The best part is the axis labeled "latency (celcius)". I can just imagine this paper being rushed together by a bunch of senile retired scientists (Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth comes to mind..."Good news everyone!" :) )
Feb 26 2012
prev sibling parent "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Brad Roberts" <braddr puremagic.com> wrote in message 
news:lhsxxvmhqpqmygxockuq forum.dlang.org...
 There's a group of sci-fi authors that took this concept to a whole new 
 level (to demonstrate how awful a publisher was).  The result of their 
 work is nothing short of amazing:

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Nights

 An excerpt from that page:

 ==========
 In retaliation, a group of science fiction and fantasy authors under the 
 direction of James D. Macdonald collaborated on a deliberately low-quality 
 work, complete with obvious grammatical errors, nonsensical passages, and 
 a complete lack of a coherent plot. The effort was partly inspired by 
 another collaborative "hoax" work, Naked Came the Stranger, as the working 
 title of Atlanta Nights was Naked Came the Badfic.[6]

 The distinctive flaws of Atlanta Nights include nonidentical chapters 
 written by two different authors from the same segment of outline (13 and 
 15), a missing chapter (21), two chapters that are word-for-word identical 
 to each other (4 and 17), two different chapters with the same chapter 
 number (12 and 12), and a chapter "written" by a computer program that 
 generated random text based on patterns found in the previous chapters 
 (34). Characters change gender and race; they die and reappear without 
 explanation. Spelling and grammar are nonstandard and the formatting is 
 inconsistent. The initials of characters who were named in the book 
 spelled out the phrase "PublishAmerica is a vanity press."[7]

 Under Macdonald's direction, the finale revealed that all the previous 
 events of the plot had been a dream, although the book continues for 
 several more chapters.
 ==========

 I've tried to read it, several times.  The first chapter is so horribly 
 perfectly wonderfully bad writing.  I've never made it to chapter 2.

Someone (maybe you) mentioned Atlanta Nights here about a year and half ago. Since then, I ordered myself (and my brother) hardcopies of it and it's become one of my all-time favorite...umm..."novels". Right up there with Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy, IMO. I still haven't gotten all the way through it, but that's more due to lack of time for reading than anything else. I've finished the first 11 chapters, though. Some really great stuff in there (for some definition of "great" ;) ). I think I'm going to have to restart it though because it's been such a long time since I've picked it up. Has anyone here seen the Futurama episode where Fry has to save everyone from being trapped in books by the evil floating brains by writing his own ending? "Now I am leaving Earth for no good raisin!" It's like that. It would made a fantastic movie, too. Every time I read it, I can't help wanting to see actors actually delivering the absurd lines with straight faces :) It would make Zucker/Abrahams seem tame.
Feb 26 2012
prev sibling next sibling parent Jonathan M Davis <jmdavisProg gmx.com> writes:
On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu <no spam.invalid> wrote:
 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:
 
 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.htm
 l
 
 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)

I know that there's at least one site out there which will generate random research papers for you, but even those are way better than this, because that sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them together in way that its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the research papers is stuff that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it actually means), whereas this is just horrible English. It pretty much _has_ to have been done manually simply because an autogenerator would have done a better job as far as the English goes if not the content. - Jonathan M Davis
Feb 26 2012
prev sibling next sibling parent James Miller <james aatch.net> writes:
On 26 February 2012 23:24, Jonathan M Davis <jmdavisProg gmx.com> wrote:
 On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu <no spam.invalid> wrote:
 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started=




 l

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? =C2=A0That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)

I know that there's at least one site out there which will generate rando=

 research papers for you, but even those are way better than this, because=

 sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them together in way t=

 its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the research papers is=

 that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it actually me=

 whereas this is just horrible English. It pretty much _has_ to have been =

 manually simply because an autogenerator would have done a better job as =

 as the English goes if not the content.

 - Jonathan M Davis

There are books that are generated using Markov chains, then sold on amazon. There are also bots that try to sell used copies of books, so you have robots writing, buying a selling books! -- James Miller
Feb 26 2012
prev sibling next sibling parent simendsjo <simendsjo gmail.com> writes:
On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:47:53 +0100, Lars T. Kyllingstad  
<public kyllingen.net> wrote:

 On 26/02/12 11:24, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
 On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 06:57:21 +0100, torhu<no spam.invalid>  wrote:
 On 26.02.2012 01:34, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
 Had a good chuckle:

 http://buztech.org/read-d-programming-ebooks-lesson-1-getting-started.htm
 l

 Andrei

Did they use Google translate to translate it to Chinese and then back again? That's the worst I've ever seen.

At first, I thought the site was some sort of auto-generated content to fool users to see the ads :)

I know that there's at least one site out there which will generate random research papers for you, but even those are way better than this, because that sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them together in way that its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the research papers is stuff that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it actually means)

Someone actually managed to get a paper like this accepted to a conference. :) http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/ -Lars

http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Failing_the_Turing_Test.aspx
Feb 26 2012
prev sibling parent "Brad Roberts" <braddr puremagic.com> writes:
On Sunday, 26 February 2012 at 14:47:53 UTC, Lars T. Kyllingstad 
wrote:
 On 26/02/12 11:24, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
 On Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:05:33 simendsjo wrote:
 I know that there's at least one site out there which will 
 generate random
 research papers for you, but even those are way better than 
 this, because that
 sort of thing takes real, valid sentences and puts them 
 together in way that
 its AI thinks will sound good (and the result with the 
 research papers is stuff
 that sounds good until you start trying to figure out what it 
 actually means)

Someone actually managed to get a paper like this accepted to a conference. :) http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/scigen/ -Lars

There's a group of sci-fi authors that took this concept to a whole new level (to demonstrate how awful a publisher was). The result of their work is nothing short of amazing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta_Nights An excerpt from that page: ========== In retaliation, a group of science fiction and fantasy authors under the direction of James D. Macdonald collaborated on a deliberately low-quality work, complete with obvious grammatical errors, nonsensical passages, and a complete lack of a coherent plot. The effort was partly inspired by another collaborative "hoax" work, Naked Came the Stranger, as the working title of Atlanta Nights was Naked Came the Badfic.[6] The distinctive flaws of Atlanta Nights include nonidentical chapters written by two different authors from the same segment of outline (13 and 15), a missing chapter (21), two chapters that are word-for-word identical to each other (4 and 17), two different chapters with the same chapter number (12 and 12), and a chapter "written" by a computer program that generated random text based on patterns found in the previous chapters (34). Characters change gender and race; they die and reappear without explanation. Spelling and grammar are nonstandard and the formatting is inconsistent. The initials of characters who were named in the book spelled out the phrase "PublishAmerica is a vanity press."[7] Under Macdonald's direction, the finale revealed that all the previous events of the plot had been a dream, although the book continues for several more chapters. ========== I've tried to read it, several times. The first chapter is so horribly perfectly wonderfully bad writing. I've never made it to chapter 2. Later, Brad
Feb 26 2012
prev sibling parent "Mike James" <foo bar.com> writes:
The scales fall from my eyes...
Feb 26 2012