avatar image

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
  • January 16, 2019, 05:11 AM
  • Proudly celebrating 13 years online.
  • Donate now to become a lifetime supporting member of the site and get a non-expiring license key for all of our programs.
  • donate

Author Topic: When Software Fails... (Possibly NSFW)  (Read 1474 times)


  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 13,260
  • Tell me something you don't know...
    • View Profile
    • Renegade Minds
    • Donate to Member
When Software Fails... (Possibly NSFW)
« on: May 07, 2011, 09:39 AM »
Through a series of clicking in Wikipedia I ended up here:

NSFW on Wikipediaw

And read this:

"Nigger-brown" colored furniture

In April 2007, a dark brown leather sofa set, sold by Vanaik Furniture and Mattress Store in Toronto, Canada, was labelled as “Nigger-brown” color. Investigation determined that the Chinese manufacturer used an outdated version of Kingsoft's Chinese-to-English translation software for writing the tags; it translated the Chinese “dark-brown” characters to “Nigger-brown”, and neither the Canadian supplier nor the store owner had noticed the incorrectly translated tag; subsequently, Kingsoft corrected its translation software. In Hong Kong English, the phrase nigger-brown was, decades earlier, routinely used in newspapers without racist connotation.

It was just a bizarre software issue that I thought some people might find interesting.
Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. - John Diefenbaker