one of my favorite things about star trek is how people will routinely be in some first contact situation and get a computer built by some civilization they know literally nothing about to do stuff for them, whereas i, a 21st century computer professional, am basically incapacitated if i sit down at a computer running the same operating system i use but configured slightly differently or try to use a telephone manufactured by a different company than the one i'm used to.

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@brennen Universal Translator needs no samples to work from. Okay, except for Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.

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@grin the whole premise of darmok is basically incoherent if you think about it too hard, and also a beautiful poem.

@brennen There are no problems which cannot be explained by unusual energy fluctuations! ;-)
Nevertheless don't think about the translator too hard either...

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