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Really sad that people think "nerdy fantasy and dragons" when they think about role-playing games. Case in point: through the brilliant Jason Morningstar I just learned about a fascinating new RPG about dying languages. It's called Dialect and it's on Kickstarter right now.

From what I understand it's about inventing the story of a small, isolated community that has their own language/dialect, invent words for that language and see the community change over time, the language evolve, and, finally, the language die. Of course, this can be placed in any setting (a jungle, another planet, ...).

The linguist in me is super-excited. I think I'll buy it, even if I may never get the chance to play. I'm sure reading the book is going to be worth the price!

#linguistics #languages #kickstarter #rpg #roleplaying #games

 
How #bilingual #brains #switch between #languages



What happens in the brain when we switch between two different languages? New research with people fluent in English and sign language digs into it.
https://www.futurity.org/languages-bilingualism-1861262/

 

L'OIF mobilisée vers le XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan (Arménie)


https://jeunesse.francophonie.org/item/669-francophonie-mobilisee-vers-le-xviie-sommet-de-la-francophonie-a-erevan-armenie

#francophonie #OIF #Arménie #armenia #yerevan #erevan #europe #français #langue #langues #languages #language #french #politique #géopolitique #afrique #canada #haïti #haiti

 

Help translate Movim!



If you know English plus another language, this is for you! Please help with the translation of Movim at its translation page. At the moment German and French are almost complete, no help needed now. The following languages are nearing completion (≥¾), so this might be the perfect moment to achieve 100% without having to work much:

Russian, Norwegian Bokmål (Norway), Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (China), Polish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Danish.

Of course, all other languages are welcome, too! This is your chance to participate in free software, open source, and federation, without having to be a programmer :~)

(Btw. I never worked with transifex myself, so please do not ask me about it.)

What is Movim anyway? It is a free software, federated, social network, but very differerent from Diaspora, based on the XMPP standard. You can try it e.g. here or check the more or less up-to-date pod list.

#help #translation #movim #xmpp #federation #languages #freesoftware #i18n

 
#Amazing 4-Year-Old #Russian #Child Who #Speak 7 #Languages

Source:

#Bella is a 4-year-old little girl from #Moscow who speaks 7 languages fluently ( Russian, #French, #Chinese, #German, #Arabic, #Spanish, and #English). She can also read them.

 
#Amazing 4-Year-Old #Russian #Child Who #Speak 7 #Languages

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#Bella is a 4-year-old little girl from #Moscow who speaks 7 languages fluently ( Russian, #French, #Chinese, #German, #Arabic, #Spanish, and #English). She can also read them.

 
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#Help us to update DiasporaForAndroids #translations for the upcoming release!



We're soon releasing the new version of #DiasporaForAndroid on #FDroid (link). Unfortunately not all #languages are fully translated yet. You can help us change that! Take a look at our crowdin project site and check, whether your language needs some love :) Can't find your language at all? No problem. Just let us (@gsantner and me) know, so we can add it to the list!

The following languages are incomplete at the moment: - #Dutch - #Kannada - #Malayalam - #Polish - #Portuguese, Brazilian - #Russian - #Spanish

#French, #German, #Italian, #Japanese are completed. Huge thanks to the contributors :)

We'll leave you with some #preview pictures of the new version ;) Resharing welcome ;) #DiasporaForAndroid #Diaspora #DiasporaAndroid #Diaspora-for-Android #DiasporaApp #mobile #app #translator #free-software #contribute

 
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#Help us to update DiasporaForAndroids #translations for the upcoming release!



We're soon releasing the new version of #DiasporaForAndroid on #FDroid (link). Unfortunately not all #languages are fully translated yet. You can help us change that! Take a look at our crowdin project site and check, whether your language needs some love :) Can't find your language at all? No problem. Just let us (@gsantner and me) know, so we can add it to the list!

The following languages are incomplete at the moment: - #Dutch - #Kannada - #Malayalam - #Polish - #Portuguese, Brazilian - #Russian - #Spanish

#French, #German, #Italian, #Japanese are completed. Huge thanks to the contributors :)

We'll leave you with some #preview pictures of the new version ;) Resharing welcome ;) #DiasporaForAndroid #Diaspora #DiasporaAndroid #Diaspora-for-Android #DiasporaApp #mobile #app #translator #free-software #contribute

 
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#Help us to update DiasporaForAndroids #translations for the upcoming release!



We're soon releasing the new version of #DiasporaForAndroid on #FDroid (link). Unfortunately not all #languages are fully translated yet. You can help us change that! Take a look at our crowdin project site and check, whether your language needs some love :) Can't find your language at all? No problem. Just let us (@gsantner and me) know, so we can add it to the list!

The following languages are incomplete at the moment: - #Dutch - #Kannada - #Malayalam - #Polish - #Portuguese, Brazilian - #Russian - #Spanish

#French, #German, #Italian, #Japanese are completed. Huge thanks to the contributors :)

We'll leave you with some #preview pictures of the new version ;) Resharing welcome ;) #DiasporaForAndroid #Diaspora #DiasporaAndroid #Diaspora-for-Android #DiasporaApp #mobile #app #translator #free-software #contribute

 
Really sad that people think "nerdy fantasy and dragons" when they think about role-playing games. Case in point: through the brilliant Jason Morningstar I just learned about a fascinating new RPG about dying languages. It's called Dialect and it's on Kickstarter right now.

From what I understand it's about inventing the story of a small, isolated community that has their own language/dialect, invent words for that language and see the community change over time, the language evolve, and, finally, the language die. Of course, this can be placed in any setting (a jungle, another planet, ...).

The linguist in me is super-excited. I think I'll buy it, even if I may never get the chance to play. I'm sure reading the book is going to be worth the price!

#linguistics #languages #kickstarter #rpg #roleplaying #gameshttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/347698129/dialect-a-game-about-language-and-how-it-dies

 

Ethereum Must Drop Turing Completeness, Or It Will Fail



Great talk by Meredith tonight at the Ethereum Meetup in Munich (as announced a few posts back) that dived deep into certain aspects of blockchain protocols.



"The single one element you get from the blockchain you don't get from other tools is consensus. If you don't need consensus, you don't need a blockchain!"

In Bitcoin, the consensus is about transactions. Also its transaction language is probably context-free, but it's very cautiously and conservatively implemented. Its subset is probably regular.


In Ethereum, consensus is about .. well, anything. Its transaction language is deliberately Turing-complete, and about as readable as any other programming language.


Cryptographic Trust -- But of what?
Would you trust this contract?
How about now that I signed it?
Then why did anyone sign on with TheDAO?

How did TheDAO hack happen? http://hackingdistributed.com/2016/06/18/analysis-of-the-dao-exploit/

How do we stop this from happening again?
You don't.
Unless you're willing to listen to her: "No More Turing Complete Input Languages!"
Rice's Theorem: For any non-trivial property of partial functions, no general and effective method can decide whether an algorithm computes a partial function with that property.
Thus, Ethereum should drop its Turing-complete language, or things like TheDAO hack will happen again and again!
Meredith L. Patterson is an American technologist, science fiction writer, and journalist. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is also a blogger and software developer, and a leading figure in the biopunk movement.
#owncontent #meetup #ethereum #bitcoin #muc #munich #ethmuc #security #crypto #cryptography #consensus #blockchain #cs #computerscience #linguistics #language #languages #contextfree #contextfreelanguage #regular #regularlanguage #turing #turingcomplete #turingcompleteness #thedao #hack #rice #ricestheorem #meredithpatterson #meredithlpatterson

Ethmuc 2016 09 b bitcoin consensus about transactions

Image Ethmuc 2016 09 b bitcoin consensus about transactions in Herzmeister's images album

 
Any recommendations for a (preferably modern) programming language with powerful and convenient text processing? I don't need proper parsers, just good text processing primitives/libraries (regular expressions, extracting interesting bits out of a string, etc.) #programming #questions #advice #languages #programminglanguages

 
Hey everyone, my good mate @Damien Schroeder is #newhere on #framasphere (et #nouveauici aussi, und #neuhier auch), he is #smart and #kind and I guess he likes #computers, #privacy, #justice / #equality / #sustainability, #electronicmusic, #folktronica, #techno, #livemusic, good #music in general, #travelling, speaks many #languages, is somehow connected to #strasbourg and #münchen...

How about making him feel #welcome here? :)



Hopefully he won't mind me revealing so much about him ;) <3