Shit in, shit out

Over at Colin Davies’: Google Translate as free copy Terminator, or, if your masterpiece is illegible in the source language, then don’t expect a transbot to help you out.

Similarly, if not in style, Salvador Sostres says that language learning is for secretaries and salespersons, something you should encourage in your child only if his attic is static.

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