suckless conference 2019, Bad Liebenzell, Germany
(14:00-18:00) Arrival at the venue
(20:00) suckless.org e.V. general assembly meeting
(11:00-12:00) Talk sessions
OpenBSD supremacy, Laslo Hunhold
A look at recent developments in OpenBSD and a discussion about how to include these advances in suckless tools.
(13:00-18:00) Talk sessions
Machine Translation, Manu Raster
The topic I would like to present is "Machine Translation" and it is in the spirit of Douglas Hofstadters destructive critique¹ and my own critique of Franz-Josef Ochs² concepts of translation from a history of science point of view. In comparison to the early beginnings (Bar-Hillel 1960 "The Present Status of Automatic Translation of Languages") little progress has been made. In particular I will explain
- why engineers use intermediate languages (IL) and why they suck - analogies between code generation and literature translation - keywords: philologists and barbarians, the babelfish-device, binary-size sanity
- how translation fails on IL-level and surface level (destination language)
- what a good computer assisted translation tool for advanced users can achieve such as an Acme-based tool³
and present reproducable examples where Google Translate™ and its epigones fail systematically.
: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/the-shallowness-of-google-translate/551570/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xnr-ST6ITo&t=294s : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rThQedY-H4Q http://sylvester.bth.rwth-aachen.de/dissertationen/2003/059/03_059.pdf : Nichols, E., Matsumoto, Y. 2007. Acme as an Interactive Translation Environment. in: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Plan 9, pp. 35–45, Murray Hill, USA, December 3-4, 2007
The Static Web, Laslo Hunhold
A presentation of the concept of the 'static web', an approach to web development using static websites and special approaches to data integration.
Acme changed my life, Marc Chantreux
Acme is the editor of choice in plan9. I don't use it but when trying it, I realized that vim is much more than an editor: it's an open window to my whole digital world: A perfect multipurpose UI. Let me show you ...
(19:00-) Evening program
(10:00-12:00) Talk sessions
Blind demonstration, Mattias Andrée
A demonstration of the blind video editor.
Reflections on Unicode, Laslo Hunhold
Dealing with Unicode is a difficult balancing between correctness and complexity. This talk presents recent results of the author with regard to suckless Unicode handling in C at the level of grapheme clusters.