A pretty good translation service bought by the fun people at AltaVista?. It translates between European languages + Russian. A handy way to tag translated text on this Wiki is to sign "-- BabelFish".
BabelFish: Translate this section from English to German. -- Fridemar
Of course, Fridemar:
"Der nächste Komfort Schritt ist der inline Aufruf von BabelFish wie (z.B.):
BabelFish: Übersetze diesen Abschnitt von Englisch nach Deutsch. -- Fridemar"
BabelFish was named after that wonderful invention of DouglasAdams?, the Babel fish in the HitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy. This species can translate between any language to any language using a psychic matrix. In other words, a really neat way to get around the bazillion alien languages problem in sci fi.
Also, later on, Adams "proved" that God could not exist using the BabelFish. The proof went along like this:
The other bold claim about the babel fish was that the resulting abolition of communication problems did not cause universal peace but rather more and bloodier wars than either before: postulating rather negatively that it is only by misunderstanding each other that we manage to get along at all...
P.S.: I agree the translator is rather good.