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Bing Translator Adds Klingon 103

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Today Microsoft made an addition to its Bing translation service: the Klingon language. You can now easily read up on proper grooming habits for your Targ, learn how to perform routine maintenance on your painstiks, and brush up on your Shakespeare. You can also brush up on your tlhIngan Hol by reading your favorite websites through a translation filter. The timing is no coincidence; Star Trek: Into Darkness is coming out on Friday. Qapla'
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Bing Translator Adds Klingon

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  • Qapla!
  • 9 out of 10 (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @04:49PM (#43724507)

    9 out of 10 Klingons use Bing!!!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Translate your important business documents to Klingon with Bing instead of those other guys!!

  • The s-meter in my SDR software has native Klingon support. It's one of the easter eggs. I'm imagining people finding it, then actually translating the s-meter readout by going to Bing. Having a little trouble with how they'll encode the input font, but I'm sure MS has it all figured out. Perhaps it's OCR.

    I dunno if it's just me, because I'm wacky that way, but... lol.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      The s-meter in my SDR software has native Klingon support. It's one of the easter eggs. I'm imagining people finding it, then actually translating the s-meter readout by going to Bing. Having a little trouble with how they'll encode the input font, but I'm sure MS has it all figured out. Perhaps it's OCR.

      What SDR software is that?

      And no, there is a romanized way of entering pIqaD [wikipedia.org] (most people use the KLI version). No OCR required, other than transliterating the characters.

  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland @ y a hoo.com> on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @04:54PM (#43724619) Homepage Journal

    10 years ago when everyone else did it.

    • Everyone? I don't see it listed as an option in the Google translator. Who else does?

      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        Ok, so it's not on the translator, but you can visit Google's homepage in Klingon [google.com]. It's not as if MS is the first company to use Klingon on the web. Although they may be the first to attempt a translator. The best thing about a Klingon translator is that almost nobody knows how well it really works.
  • by Alomex (148003)

    One more reason not to use Bing.

    On a related note, in an effort to be hip Bing employees will now wear bell bottoms to the office.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      they also play old episodes of the brady bunch on 84" screens in the main foyer... what could be more hip than that!?

    • by vux984 (928602)

      One more reason not to use Bing.

      Because google is any different?
      https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-klingon [google.com]

      Its just a matter of time before they add klingon to their translate service.

    • One reason not to use Bing is they added Klingon to the translator? I suspect you're full of beans and weren't going to use Bing anyway. If the Google Translator adds Klingon are you going to switch to Ask.com?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Klingon is my favorite - fantastic language, especially to curse with.. Hu'tegh Ha'DIbaH petaQ bIHnuch QI'yaH!! It's like wiping your ass with a pine-cone, I love it.

    • by jamstar7 (694492)

      Klingon is my favorite - fantastic language, especially to curse with.. Hu'tegh Ha'DIbaH petaQ bIHnuch QI'yaH!! It's like wiping your ass with a pine-cone, I love it.

      Love the way you alluded to Matrix Reloaded.

      Personally, I like John M Ford's version of Klingon, called 'klingonaase', 'the tool for the manipulation of the principle of klin'. 'Klingon' in klingonaase translates roughly to 'the one that embodies or possesses klin', aka, the 'warrior spirit'.

    • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:39PM (#43725345)

      It's like wiping your ass with a pine-cone, I love it.

      Some of us don't share this particular fetish...

  • by RichMan (8097) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:02PM (#43724737)

    In response Siri will support -
    Valyrian

  • How does it feel being treated like a imp.

  • Now I only have to be fluent in Javascript and leave Klingon to Bing!

  • Borg? (Score:4, Informative)

    by 680x0 (467210) <vicky AT steeds DOT com> on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:09PM (#43724853) Journal
    I dunno... somehow Borg seems more appropriate for a Microsoft product. :-)
    • Re:Borg? (Score:4, Funny)

      by Immerman (2627577) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:18PM (#43725007)

      Yeah, but the translation requires that you have a direct neural override implant installed, and the marketing team is still trying to figure out how to make that sound like a must-have feature.

      • and the marketing team is still trying to figure out how to make that sound like a must-have feature.

        That and easy one; brainprint verification will going to be required for Windows 9 activation.

  • by Grashnak (1003791) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:12PM (#43724911)

    Curses, my new Esperanto dating service, granda_boobs.com, will be totally upstaged!

  • by MobyDisk (75490) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:20PM (#43725045) Homepage

    The Klingon language isn't actually complete, so if it encounters a word that has no translation it just makes-up something by adding unpronounceable letters in place of real ones. Unless it starts with a capital letter at which point it knows it was a proper name. Examples:
    Microsoft --> microsoft
    microsoft --> mIchroSotlht
    what stinks is that it isn't smart enough to reverse the process:
    mIchroSotlht --> michrosokt

  • by Flere Imsaho (786612) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:21PM (#43725053)

    Are either of the Bing users trekkies?

  • This joke was already tiring when we were submerged by it on April 2, and now Microsoft trolls slashdot by planting that damn rot13 filter and having people link to it.

  • but the klingon font it used does not seem to be widely circulated,
    which means.... lame

  • LOLTargs (Score:4, Funny)

    by Sponge Bath (413667) on Tuesday May 14, 2013 @05:40PM (#43725361)

    I can has gagh?

  • The timing is no coincidence; Star Trek: Into Darkness is coming out on Friday.

    Awesome! Uh, except that I already saw it last Friday...

    • by Jaruzel (804522)

      As usual, /. completely ignores the fact there are populated regions of land mass elsewhere on this planet other than the American continent.

      Global release dates for Into Darkness:

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408101/releaseinfo [imdb.com]

      The US are getting it late, it seems.

      • The US are getting it late, it seems.

        Isn't that getting to be often the way? One might naively assume it was some kind of desperate ploy to defeat piracy...

        The only country that got Iron Man 3 after the USA (so far) was Poland.

      • by oodaloop (1229816)
        Why do you go to an American website and complain that it focuses on America? If it bothers you that much, go to a website hosted in your own country.
        • by Jaruzel (804522)

          OK I'll bite.

          US websites are the ones that end in .US. The ones that end in .org, .com, .net are GLOBAL top level domains and should not contain US centric content.

          (Also, there's no tech sites worth shit for the UK because as we all know, the UK *doesn't* have a decent tech industry... :( )

          Finally, wtf is wrong with you Americans that you can't accept a single negative comment aimed your country no matter how accurate? I guess tho, once you've grown up a bit, you'll be able to take constructive criticism

          • by oodaloop (1229816)
            Strange then that I've lived nearly my whole life in the US and can't remember ever going to a .us site. Slashdot is run out of the US with American editors. It uses American units and American lexicon (color instead of colour, etc). It's not going to have every unit for every country, ever release date for every movie, or every lexicon to appease the global audience. Get over it. This has nothing to do with taking criticism or behaving like a strop, whatever the fuck that is.
          • by oodaloop (1229816)
            Replying again, I looked up .org in wikipedia and it says nothing about it being global. If you have a source for your statement that .org site is global and should not contain US centric content, please post it.
    • by mjwx (966435)

      The timing is no coincidence; Star Trek: Into Darkness is coming out on Friday.

      Awesome! Uh, except that I already saw it last Friday...

      Submitter used Bing to get the release date.

  • Glory to you and your Householder matrices.

  • There is actually a code for Klingon in the iso-639-2 Language Code table.

    tlh ==> Klingon; tlhIngan-Hol klingon

    See http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php [loc.gov] for the full list.

  • So when I saw this, I thought to myself "Oh wow, did Microsoft just out-nerd Google? I'm impressed."

    But then when it was pointed out that this coincides with the latest Star Trek movie, I realized: "Oh, it's a marketing gimmick. I see."

    Everything in normal.
  • Ha ha, you assholes clicked on a bing link.

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