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Star Trek-like 'Phraselator' Helps Police

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the set-phraselateor-to-drunk dept.

Technology 199

coondoggie writes "Yet another Star Trek-like device is making its way into the real world. VoxTec's Phraselator name sounds a bit like something the Three Stooges might have used long ago but no, this PDA-like device was developed through Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for use in Afghanistan and Iraq by American soldiers for communicating with locals who spoke Farsi, Dari, Pashto and other languages. It is now being used as one tool to help keep the peace between English and non-English speakers by police departments in California, Florida, Nevada. In a nutshell the $2,500 ruggedized Phraselator runs an Intel PXA255 400mHz processor that supports a built-In noise canceling microphone, a VOCON 3200 Speech Recognizer, 1GB removable SD card, 256MB of DRAM Memory and 64MB Flash Memory. It can store up to 10,000 phrases."

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Better idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076022)

The cops should just charm all the evil babes that fighting them in gladitorial combat, and sleep with them.

obvious (0)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076030)

this PDA-like device was developed through Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for use in Afghanistan and Iraq by American soldiers for communicating with locals who spoke Farsi, Dari, Pashto and other languages. It is now being used as one tool to help keep the peace between English and non-English speakers by police departments in California, Florida, Nevada.

IM IN UR PDA, TRANSLATIN' UR WORDS

Re:obvious (5, Funny)

Radres (776901) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076202)

Now the police can safely ignore the Spanish equivalent of "Don't tase me, bro"!

Re:obvious (3, Funny)

Myrcutio (1006333) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076688)

i can imagine the translator going off at odd times,

Police: "Freeze!"
Criminal: "No mi gusta las fresa! No el tase yo!"
Phraselator: "I don't like strawberries, you can't appraise me!"

If only you could harness the power of awkward silences...

Re:obvious (3, Insightful)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076842)

Using a taser does make the policeman's/soldier's job easier. When you tase someone, translations are simple: "AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH" is the English translation of "AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH" in Arabic. And Farsi, and Kurdish, and Najdi, and Khaliji, and...

Re:obvious (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22077144)

Translation of "AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH" from other common languages:

Russian: "You are correct, I should not have been reading that book, comrade."

German: "I apologize for being too Jewish, and will now board the crowded yet impressively prompt train."

Canadian: "Oh darn. Iced the puck again."

Japanese: "I believe the voice actress for my favorite anime is making an appearance nearby."

French: "My cheese!" or "You appear to be trying to add a non-French word to the French language", depending on context.

American: "It appears my Tivo did not record this week's episode of Lost."

Mandarin: "Hello."

"Australian": "Crikey, look at the size of that stingra--"

Jamaican: (nobody has ever heard this phrase from a Jamaican)

Anybody left I didn't offend?

What could possibly go wrong? (5, Funny)

Token_Internet_Girl (1131287) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076078)

"I thought she was asking for sex, turns out she just wanted directions to the 7-11. Oopsies!"

Re:What could possibly go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076866)

"spoke" ? As in, past tense? looks like the interaction did not end all that well.

Re:What could possibly go wrong? (0, Offtopic)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076998)

Cool, water boarding in 365 different languages, one for each day of the year, just what the US military needs.

This is horrid (4, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076084)

The summary is the first 3 paragraphs of the article and, not surprisingly, fails to summarize the article. So when you actually go and read the article you get the feeling that maybe it is an example of how poor automatic translation is, as the article has incredibly horrid grammar.. to the point that the whole second half of the article makes no sense.

Oh, and when you finally do figure out what the hell this article is about, it's boring as hell.. who cares about a mobile language translator device with text-to-speech that doesn't even do speech recognition? Travelers have been able to pick up such technology for $50 for a decade now.

Yawn.

Re:This is horrid (4, Funny)

ichbineinneuben (1065378) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076154)

It included the processor and the clock speed, just what do you want???

Re:This is horrid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076756)

...to know if a beowolf cluster of them running Linux could translate to Soviet Russian, of course.

Re:This is horrid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076922)

Well, does it run Linux?

Re:This is horrid (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076440)

Yeah, I agree. I think this story was picked up just because of the weak Star Trek reference. This just in! Motorola makes an amazing portable telephone called the PHAZR!!!!

Re:This is horrid (1)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077446)

But this one is ruggedized for military use, therefore it must be awesome, right?

Also, where exactly does the star trek parallel start? is it ruggedized into an aluminum earpiece? Is is only to be used by a foxy black chick? I too am somewhat unclear as to why a talking electronic english to X dictionary is newsworthy.

Re:This is horrid (1)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077596)

Travelers have been able to pick up such technology for $50 for a decade now.

Travellers have been able to pick up pocket phrase books for about $1 for the last 200 years. I have a nice collection on my bookshelf, well thumbed and annotated from my travelling days. Seeing as you actually have to type your phrase into this thing, I really doubt it performs any faster than a thoughtfully indexed phrase book.

Phraselator? (3, Insightful)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076092)

VoxTec's marketing department should be summarily dismissed for coming up with that one.

Re:Phraselator? (4, Insightful)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076320)

It's the US Government (and the military no less)!!! You can sell anything to them, no matter how poorly marketed, expensive, or functional it is, especially if it ties in with the "war on terror"

Re:Phraselator? (5, Insightful)

DFIE (984796) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076884)

we have one in my platoon. did we use it at all in the 15 months we were in iraq? nope! why? interpreters work better and stop bullets.

Re:Phraselator? (1)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077470)

...bunch of mindless jerks who will be the first up against the wall when the revolution comes...

Re:Phraselator? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077912)

Oddly enough a copy of Phraselator firmware which fell through a wormhole from 1000 years in the future contained exactly that statement but in the past tense.

Re:Phraselator? (1)

pipatron (966506) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077536)

VoxTec's marketing department should be summarily dismissed for coming up with that one.

Don't worry, they'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes.

One Way Tool? (4, Insightful)

Faizdog (243703) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076108)

This is pretty good, but it still doesn't solve the problem that the officer can't understand the other individual. This could lead to some problems. Now, an officer may wait for backup that speaks the language, or proceed forward knowing that he/she cannot understand the other person and vice-a-versa.

Now, due to this device, officers could think they are making themselves clear, and behave differently, (i.e. I said get down, and I said it in your language, now get down or I shoot), but the other side could be saying something important and can't be understood.

Re:One Way Tool? (4, Informative)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076204)

And what's really stupid is that there are commercial devices available [ectaco.com] which are bidirectional for under US$600. Sounds like great US military spending.

Re:One Way Tool? (5, Funny)

adminstring (608310) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076310)

Or better yet, they could just use a simple, inexpensive megaphone. Because everyone knows that if you just speak LOUDER and LOUDER, eventually you will reach a volume where the non-English-speaking person will finally understand you!

Loud? PAH! (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076666)

Who needs loudness. The distinct "clink-clunk" of a weapon being cocked is universally understood to mean "get on the fucking ground before I blow your head off". Anything else is just pillow-talk.

Actually, now that I think about it, judging by the videos I've seen on TV, that's the universal language for anywhere EXCEPT America, where a weapon being cocked seems to mean "please come and argue with me some more".

Re:One Way Tool? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22077400)

Mod, anyone? Funny, yes. Informative, not so much.

Re:One Way Tool? (1)

diskis (221264) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077880)

You've never seen american tourists...

"WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CANNOT TAKE AMERICAN MONEY YOU STUPID LITTLE FOREIGNER"

I don't know how you do it back home, but abroad you are are complete retards.

Re:One Way Tool? (1, Redundant)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076540)

Military (or police) equipment is on a whole different level than most commercial devices when it comes to acceptable tolerances for failure. This process is often described as making a piece of equipment "solder-proof". People who don't understand this need to realize that when lives are literally on the line (for both soldiers and civilians), you often have to pay a premium for both the reliability and/or the specialization needed for military applications. You have to take ALL the specifications into account when comparing products and their price points.

Re:One Way Tool? (2, Interesting)

hughk (248126) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077570)

If one looks at the average military procurement program the prime concern is not whether it works, just that there are enough retired senior military officers on the company's payroll. Note that PDAs have been used for some time by people like surveyors, construction workers and so on. These ruggedised versions are best to use for comparison purposes. Yes, they do cost more than a regular PDA, but that much?

Re:One Way Tool? (3, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077900)

This process is often described as making a piece of equipment "solder-proof"

Nothing is impervious to my soldering. I can destroy anything.

Re:One Way Tool? The price is high because... (2, Insightful)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077002)

SOMEwhere in there is an embedded, county/parish/municipality based digitized asshole:

Contempt Modes

CM1 "SCUMBAG, get ON the GROUND NOW, or i WILL DROP YOU."
CM2 "Turn the FUCK around. PUT your DAMNED hands UP."
CM3 "FREEZE, MOTHERFUCKAH.*"
CM4 "Don't FUCKIN' LIE TO ME, PEDRO/Patel/Nguyen/(sub a name you want)I'm gonna deport your ass."
CM5 "Go back where you came from..."

(As someone given false tickets at least 1 time by local police and TWO times by CHP, and nearly screwed by the judges on the case/docket, I can say contempt of cop is NOT something you want to engage in.)

* (When I part-timed at Emporium in 1989 in Almaden (back then, mostly white, not Asian, neighborhood) there was a theft in progress. Loss Prevention (Caucasian) were in hot pursuit scaling and hopping escalators and chasing the suspects/shoplifters (Black) and not gaining on them. (They were WAY too fast to be caught). Angry, one of the shorter LP yelled "FREEZE, MOTHAFUCKA!! This thin, old, short white lady nearly fainted when she heard the words. I think she wasn't bothered by the hot foot pursuit. I think the profanity stunned her, hehehe...)

Re:One Way Tool? (1)

hughk (248126) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077542)

The model you mention looks a bit too flimsy, but they also do this one [ectaco.com] which really does look a lot more something that you could easily carry around and use on the move.

ObPython (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076118)

My hovercraft is full of eels

I can just imagine it (1)

davidc (91400) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076120)

"My hovercraft is full of eels"

WHAT??

Re:I can just imagine it (4, Funny)

QuickFox (311231) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076212)

"My hovercraft is full of eels"

WHAT??
Let me explain. What this means is that the guy who wrote the comment is the owner of a hovercraft, and he's complaining that it's full of eels.

Re:I can just imagine it (1)

Jardine (398197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22078012)

Let me explain. What this means is that the guy who wrote the comment is the owner of a hovercraft, and he's complaining that it's full of eels.

I think you're reading too much into the statement. He may not be complaining that his hovercraft is full of eels, he may be letting you know in case you happen to be in the market for some eels. He may be bragging about his large number of eels. He may think that you asked to borrow his hovercraft and is letting you know that you can't...because it's full of eels.

Re:I can just imagine it (4, Informative)

tkw954 (709413) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076314)

"A légpárnás hajóm tele van angolnákkal"

For further information, please visit this page. [omniglot.com]

Re:I can just imagine it (2, Interesting)

ChrisMP1 (1130781) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076422)

The Esperanto for it is wrong.

Mia kusenveturilo estas plena da angiloj
This suggests that your hovercraft is completely made of eels. Try "Mia kusenveturilo estas enspacita de angiloj."

This phrase comes features in a sketch about a badly translated English-Hungarian phrasebook from the British TV comedy show, Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Badly translated English-Esperanto phrasebook anyone?

Re:I can just imagine it (1)

tkw954 (709413) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076696)

That is 100% awesome. I wondered how many of those translations were wrong. Subtle humour is always better.

Re:I can just imagine it (1)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077000)

Wow, you actually learned Esperanto?

Let me guess, you did it at night school while you were training training as a monorail driver and undergoing zero G training ready for your move to the international moon base in the year 2000?

Can see some amusing things happening (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076130)

Citizen: Someone's planted a bomb in there!
Phraselator: "Somebody set up us the bomb."
Soldier: What you say!!

How depressing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076932)

A VOGON 3200 Speech Recognizer?

Does it read poetry?

Never let it do that.

Re:Can see some amusing things happening (1)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077484)

Citizen: I'm getting the fuck out of here, you should come too, or you'll probably be killed
Phraselator: HA HA HA HA

Phraseleator (1, Funny)

acrobg (1175095) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076136)

Hm, Sounds like the DARPA version of the babelfish. now if only it could be placed inside everyone's ear

Good thing? (2, Insightful)

gotzero (1177159) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076142)

I am not sure those two sides will want to know what the other is saying... Does it work two ways? It seems like it would be more helpful but also more cumbersome as a dialog.

My hovercraft is full of eels. (1)

naturalog (1123935) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076152)

I only hope Alexander Yalt isn't involved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6D1YI-41ao/ [youtube.com]

Doesn't work in every major city yet (4, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076156)

The reason they're not using it in all major cities is simple,... it won't translate jive . So it's useless in the ghetto,... I guess we'll still have to look for little, old, white ladies that speak jive!

Re:Doesn't work in every major city yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22077370)

But does it translate l33t [megatokyo.com] ?

Reminds me of Mars Attacks... (4, Funny)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076180)

Aliens: "Bak Bak, BaBa Bak Bak, BAK BAK BAK"

Translator: "We come in peace, we mean you no harm!"

"See? They mean us no harm!"

Re:Reminds me of Mars Attacks... (5, Interesting)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076292)

Funny, it reminds me of an elevator conversation joke in our native tongue (Tagalog).

The scenario is that a foreigner (english) and a native was taking a ride down the elevator and it stopped halfway down, the door opened and the native outside the elevator asked if it is going down. The native inside said Yes it is going down. The conversation goes like this...

Native Outside Elevator: Bababa ba?
Native Inside Elevator: Bababa.
*Both natives understood each other*

The root word is "Baba" meaning "down" or "under".
Doubling the first syllable "Bababa" would mean continuing action as in "going down"
Adding a word "ba" after an action denotes a question (like adding "ka" at the end in Japanese)

So "Bababa ba?" means "Is this going down? (elevator)" to which the answer is an affirmative "Bababa." meaning "Yes it is going down."

"Ba" is pronounced like the "ba" in "bat"

The foreigner then asked if the natives just had a conversation :D

How would this device fare against such scenarios. I dunno. There are so many possibilities when it comes to languages...

Re:Reminds me of Mars Attacks... (1)

fireforadrymouth (1064330) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076684)

Never seen that movie but you reminded me of this [wordpress.com] .

Note: I have no affiliation to this blog just did a quick search and made sure the vid wasn't DMCA'd

Will it help them with speakers of other languages (1)

miskatonic alumnus (668722) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076184)

like Français, Deutsch, or Español?

Re:Will it help them with speakers of other langua (2, Insightful)

TheGoodSteven (1178459) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076284)

My guess is no. 10,000 phrases might sound like alot, but I can imagine that they would get used up very quickly. Sounds like the only application for this is for police to give commands. With the speech recognition software, not only would only a handful of people be able to use it, but they would also have to know the limits of the device, as far as how fast you can talk, what extent of a vocabulary it has, and so on.

Amazing CPU efficiency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076230)

Damn, and I thought my 3.4 GHz Core 2 Duo was fast! This thing can do voice recognition at 400 millihertz clock speed!!

screw myminicity (-1, Offtopic)

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Stay in school kids, learn to read and write (0, Flamebait)

link5280 (1141253) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076296)

The writing in this article is total crap, the author needs a Englishlator. If you haven't read it yet don't bother, it will hurt your brain and make you dumber.

Popular phrase (3, Funny)

Frank T. Lofaro Jr. (142215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076300)

Todos son de su base nos pertenece
Toutes vos bases sont nous appartiennent
Ihre Basis sind gehören zu uns

Al uw uitvalsbasis zijn bij ons horen
       
Tutti sono la base appartengono a noi

Toda a sua base são pertence a nós
       

Re:Popular phrase (1)

greenguy (162630) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077318)

That should be...

Todos sus bases son nos pertenecen.

And yes, that is the correct, incorrect, Spanish. I am a professional. Do not try this at home.

Intel xscale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076312)

I thought intel had sold off their xscale business to Marvell.

Waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22076330)

Why can't they just teach the cops to say "Prepare to be tased" in a few different languages?

Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk, earth-bound (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076340)

Yet another Star Trek-like device is making its way into the real world. VoxTec's Phraselator name sounds a bit like something the Three Stooges might have used long ago...

What, did I miss a bunch of 3-Stooges Sci Fi episodes? I don't get it. I don't remember Moe poking aliens in their 7 eyes, and the like.
           

I read this as... (1)

deft (253558) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076390)

I read thais as a star trek item with a VOGON 3200 Speech Recognizer.

Vogon would be pretty impressive.

Noise canceling microphone? (2, Funny)

croddy (659025) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076408)

What the hell is a noise canceling microphone?

Re:Noise canceling microphone? (1)

Carbon016 (1129067) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076728)

Uh..from the name I would assume a microphone that attempts to isolate the speaker's voice and reduce noise?

The real number of phrases. (0, Flamebait)

kcbanner (929309) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076554)

I'm interested in their quote on the number of phrases it can store. Is it 10,000 short phrases like "Where are the terrorists!!", or is it 10,000 longer phrases "I would like to have a chat with a member of your family to see if they might be a terrorist before we destroy all your property."?

Human cyborg relations (1)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076582)

Now we just need to supply golden armor to all of our troops. Suddenly, peace will break out as everybody tries to figure out how to finally leave Tatooine...

H2G2 (3, Funny)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076734)

>> a VOCON 3200 Speech Recognizer
A VOGON 3200 speech recognizer? Don't the Vogons use Babel Fish like the rest of us? :-)

In other words.. (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076746)

So this is a ruggadized Pocket PC (like they use in the automotive section of Wal-Mart) with custom voice recognition software.

Dan East

I used one... (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076810)

...in Iraq. It took some getting used to, but actually worked quite well. I successfully introduced myself as a "police dog" to a group we detained.

Part of the problem that may never be solved is the lack of direct translations many languages have between each other.

Still, we never had to worry about the phraselator giving information to the insugents. And the phraselator never had to worry about lying to his family about working for us. Sooo... a win/win! 'Cept all that war, violence, and suffering.

better (1)

meeya (1152133) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076832)

i think they can do better with this much of computing power. say , like voice to process to text to voice.little Annanova?

Oblig. (1)

leesz (871148) | more than 6 years ago | (#22076840)

"The helmet now has an integrated translator. That's how they can communicate with the Aliens." "How'd the NoxGuards communicate with the aliens before then?" "They beat 'em up."

mHz? (2, Insightful)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077142)

PXA255 400mHz

I don't know, maybe they should get one of them new-fangled Intel chips that's rumored to do a full processor cycle in *under* two seconds?

here's a MS MRB fix w/ livecd for ya (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22077432)

dude, I read you had problems with ubuntu fubaring MS's MBR and I thought you should see this over at arsgeek
http://www.arsgeek.com/?p=3340

really what you should do if you wanted to use Linux + MS is run linux or Windows under a VM like Virtualbox. it gets to be a pain to keep having to boot back and forth between them after a while and really it isnt worth fubaring your boot record *again* just to have them both. w/ the VM you can run both OS's programs "natively" [w/out wine or cygwin] at nearly native speed in the VM. if you VM windows under linux the only thing you need to do to use it after you install is to add your userid to the vboxusers group. other than that, it works nicely. I would have posted this in your journal but that's archived by now- no new posts allowed.

More Zero-Sum Expansion..... (1)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077588)

Noise-cancelling microphone.

Ok, now before techies start calling me an idiot, I know what a noise-cancelling microphone is, but I thought it sounds a little funny and contradictory. After all, aren't microphones supposed to *detect* noise?

Ok, I'll shut up now.

We need to make a device like this with a screen,, (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077638)

... so it will be able to show useful messages such as "O RLY?", "YA RLY!", full collection of lolcats, shock sites, giant emoticons and recordings of recent Fox News broadcasts for trolling purposes, photos of Iwo Jima flag and other similar images. To facilitate responses it should also include gang signs with translations, images of fast food and various versions of "Yankees, go home!" phrase, Fall of Saigon photo, multiplication table, and large amount of porn. This improved version of the device will be able to facilitate meaningful dialogue between American soldiers and foreign population, and also useful for communication between police and immigrant and/or poor communities in US.

We're making INCREDIBLE progress.. (4, Funny)

MindPrison (864299) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077694)

...like all translation devices up to day:

Police: Ok Stan, this is a dangerous situation but our new Phraselator 4000 will deal with the situation, just talk into the mike:

Stan: Everything will be just fine, just drop your weapons.
Phraselator 4000: Every Bill be Your time, you topless weapon.
Terrorist: Allah will punish you, infidel!
Phraselator 4000: Allah will puke you, insurance!
Stan: (looks at the other officers and talks)
Stan: This is your second and final warning, drop down your weapons - NOW!
Phraselator 4000: Piss is your semicolon and finally warm, top down groove you weapon - HOW?
Stan: I don't think this is working, sir...
Phraselator 4000: I don't think, piss is lurking, sir...
Stan: Will you shut that useless piece of cr*p down!!
Terrorist: In soviet russia - camel piss on you!

(*everyone fires their guns, Phraselator 4000 has saved the day - once again*)

But can it handle cultural references? (3, Interesting)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077768)

Darmack and Gillard at Tenagra! Shaka, when the walls fell.

getting tazed !! (1)

chrisranjana.com (630682) | more than 6 years ago | (#22077822)

Nowadays native english speaking native americans are getting Tazed by the police due to miscommunication ! Wonder what will happen to the Farsi, Dari, Pashto speakers !
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