Re: Clarification Please @AC
"We all know you are more anti US than an ISIS website but this is ridiculous statement."
No, it's not.
"When the article is about a subject you do not know every term or acronym about then doing a little research on those terms or acronyms is not unexpected. I would do the same type research for any word, term, or acronym I did not know regardless of the subject of article - storage related, UK gov, security, etc. Luckily there is this new thing called the internet that allows people to learn the meaning of words, terms, and even acronyms with very little effort."
Actually, I was taught to explain the acronyms in my articles, especially when I felt there was a more than reasonable chance that my audience wouldn't know them. This is my issue: the presumption that we would (or should) "know" these acronyms. We shouldn't. There's no reason for us to know them. Thus expansion of them - or a link to an explanation - is good form, and recognizes that there is a world outside the US borders. The concept that the onus should be on the reader to hunt that down is, to me at least, nothing more than USian arrogance and pride.
"Oddly enough, things like names, acronyms, and all sorts of other things get reused in this world. In your example, CA represents Canada in the country code listing and California in the US state code listing. Georgia the name of both a state in the US and a Country in Eurasia."
Yes, but what I abhor is when an international tech magazine, like The Register - or pretty much anything else on the internet - will say things like "Mountain View, CA". It's just assuming you'll know that CA is a second level administrative division within the US because you automatically think everything is in the US first. Instead of, I don't know, assuming you're saying "City, Country"...like those same publications do for ever fucking city in a non-US country.
I won't say "Edmonton, AB" unless I'm writing for a Canadian paper. I will say "Edmonton, Canada". Because I don't expect my readers to know what "AB" stands for. It's a second-level administrative division.
Even more - and this one really pisses me off I wouldn't just use the city name. If I just said "Vancouver", for example, there's no reason to assume I'm talking about Vancouver, BC.CA. The yanks have one of their very own in Washington.
Similarly, if I talk about London, I wouldn't just use "London", because in addition to the proper one in Ontario I understand that there's also one in the UK.
The issue here is the assumption that we're either all American, or that we should be thinking like Americans. That "America first, last and always" is the "proper" way of thinking, instead of a little bit of effort to put yourself into the mind of the Azerbaijani who might be reading your scribblings.
depending on how technical the article is, I don't expect too people who don't know what a SAN is to read an article about how to resize LUNs. So in a really technical article I won't spell out LUN or SAN. (Though I will if the target is more CIOs than sysadmins, or a far more general audience than ultra-deep-dive nerds.)
I will, however, spell out other acronyms like Software as a Service (SaaS) (and do so in exactly that manner, the first time) in a storage article. This is because I don't expect a hard-boiled storage nerd to know all the cloudy acronyms. It's not his job.
This particular article may have been about american politics, but it's topic affects the entire fucking world. The results of this are of critical import to everyone around the world. There is no reason whatsoever to assume that all readers are conversant with US terminology, idioms and abbreviations.
So, could someone go and look that stuff up on the internet? Sure. But it is about respect. It is about checking your assumptions and knowing your audience. Just like CA California/Canada is.
I, for one, am sick and tired of non-Americans being treated as though we're second class global citizens. But I wouldn't expect an American to understand the first thing about any of that. It's not about "one little incident". It's about a fucking lifetime of it.
It's not a malicious thing on behalf of the author, or even the commenters defending the practice. I am sure that it is entirely subconcious. In a way, that makes it even worse. It's just...ingrained. This externalization of non-Americans. The diminution of them, rendering them - in thought at least - as something "other". Secondary. Not quite people.
It is something I've had to put up with when I deal with Americans my whole life, and it is irritating as hell. And, to be blunt, now that they're not the world's only superpower anymore...I don't see why I should "just take it". It's time they learned to respect the rest of the world.