All posts by Carola F Berger

AB5: Do you know your ABCs?

At February’s NCTA General Meeting, two representatives of the language industry discussed the ramifications of AB5 for the industry and suggested what independent language professionals can do to help.

On January 1 of this year, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) went into effect and brought sweeping changes to California’s labor laws. The intention of AB5 was to simplify the classification of independent contractors and employees in California; however, it brought a host of unintended consequences. AB5 has caused considerable confusion in the language industry. NCTA invited Lorena Ortiz Schneider, founder of the Coalition of Practicing Translators and Interpreters of California (CoPTIC), and Shamus Sayed, vice president of Interpreters Unlimited, Inc., and board member of the Association of Language Companies, to clarify some of this confusion at the February General Meeting.

For more information, read my summary article that just appeared on NCTA.org.

From left to right: NCTA events chair Fernanda Brandão-Galea, presenter Lorena Ortiz Schneider, NCTA president Michael Schubert, presenter Shamus Sayed. Photo credit: Ana Salotti

From left to right: NCTA events chair Fernanda Brandão-Galea, presenter Lorena Ortiz Schneider, NCTA president Michael Schubert, presenter Shamus Sayed. Photo credit: Ana Salotti

A not so new kind of scam – email spoof

So, the following arrived in my inbox today, allegedly sent from me, to me.

Email spoof scam

Further down in that longwinded text, they demand a payment in Bitcoin to release my email domain from the hack. I immediately checked the header to see whether my account has indeed been hacked. Of course it hasn’t, they just spoofed my email address, quite elaborately I might add.

Google has a pretty nifty tool to analyze email headers, so that you don’t have to wade through a bunch of code. You simply copy the header in its entirety, as shown below, and let Google do the analysis.

Header analysis

Here’s the result:
Header analysis result
 

 

The originating IP address, 103.35.109.142, is apparently in Bangladesh, in the Dhaka region, as one can find out via https://www.iplocation.net, for example.

I sent a complaint to the original service provider to report the abuse. Let’s see what happens.

Handouts for ATA59 – An Introduction to Neural Machine Translation

I will be giving another presentation at the upcoming ATA Annual Conference in New Orleans, ATA59, jointly in the SciTech and Language Technology tracks. The presentation will give an introduction to neural machine translation. My talk is preliminarily scheduled for the very last time slot on Saturday before the final keynote. I hope to see you there, despite the late hour!

Abstract

“The end of the human translator,” “nearly indistinguishable from human translation” – these and similar headlines have been used to describe neural machine translation (NMT). Most language specialists have probably asked themselves: How much of that is hype? How far can this approach to machine translation really go? How does it work? The presentation will examine one of the available open source NMT toolkits as an illustrative example to explain the underlying concepts of NMT and sequence-to-sequence models. It will follow in the same spirit as last year’s general introduction to neural networks, which is summarized in the accompanying handouts.

Handouts

I have just uploaded the handout for the presentation onto the ATA server. The material is a slightly updated version of my blog post on neural networks, which summarizes my presentation at ATA58. You can download the handout here.