* Posts by LDS

4958 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: Google: "It is not "location services" so it's not reporting on you. So you can't turn it off.

I'm sure there's an English -> NewSpeak translator on Google Translate, but you need a Google internal account to access it...

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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"Isn't this NN fight really the age old one about capitalism vs socialism"

One of the main foundations of true capitalism is competition. Antitrust laws and rules aimed at letting old and new companies compete are not "socialism", they are fully capitalists. Incumbents barriers are not. Is freedom of choice among products and services "socialism"?

Actually socialism aims for giant state monopolies, a few entities controlling everything, a restricted choice of products and services - just like illiberal capitalism, it's much easier to gain a lot when you stop competition, and fix prices as you like. Both lead to a huge concentration of wealth.

Pai would look very well as an apparatchik in Soviet Union...

That said, I understand some of the telco issues - the legislation is hopelessly outdated, and sure, big monopolistic entities like Google are exploiting it as well. But it's not favoring one or the other that will solve the larger problem.

And if you believe the industry can self-regulate, look at what happened when telco were left free to choose a mobile standard - each tried to force its one, and US lagged for years behind Europe who adopted a single standard from the beginning - so the competition field was level, and companies had to compete on products and services, not rely on lock-in.

On the other hand the high prices many monopolistic European companies could ask in the 1990s slowed down Internet diffusion - and still here the State now has to invest in ensuring fiber connectivity is widespread, because greedy telcos don't invest in any area that doesn't return immediate high revenues - even in areas that are very wealthy, but made of many small towns instead of a few huge cities, making deployment costs higher. Is this "socialism" - or just ensuring people freedoms are respected? And once the network is completed, why should the telco be allowed to charge customer more just because they can?

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There wouldn't be such a push to kill neutrality if they didn't plan to earn a lot from it.

Otherwise, it would be just looking bad for no gain. You lobby for something unpopular only if the money offset greatly the image loss - anyway, if you're a telco you're image is not that great anyway.

Streaming services became more important even compared to 2015 - it's clear someone sees a big source of revenues. The push to cloud services may be another reason - why not pay more to ensure your G-Suite, Office 365, etc. works faster?

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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"I think Borland was waving a revolver and looking for its feet way"

True, but for a while JBuilder was one of their most sold products, while Delphi and C++ Builder lagged behind. Eclipse wiped that market fully and quickly, Lazarus was a far less dangerous competitor, those projects have very different support by open source developers and companies backing them.

Visual Studio had already regained the Borland C++ (later C++ Builder) market share - especially because Borland failed to understand C/C++ developers needed more and more to write server side and low level code, including drivers, Borland had been stubbornly desktop oriented.

Also, MS could afford a free version of VS - because has far more source of revenues, while Borland (and the companies it became) kept on selling outdated SKUs, often with very artificial limitations (they even attempted to hinder by license database application development with the less expensive ones!)

The switch from desktop applications to web ones for many database-based applications was a big blow as well. Later they attempted IDEs for Ruby and PHP, but with very little success.

Now they added iOS and Android support to Delphi/C++ Builder, but with their own framework and GUI libraries, and the products became quite expensive - they become a niche for people who don't want to leave them, or have a huge investment in legacy code, and don't want to rewrite it all.

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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

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Re: I run a business that competes

Moreover the ultimate aim of companies like Uber is to become monopolists - crushing any competitors with lower prices - so you don't have any other place to go - and once most jobs followed the same path, even switching to a different one won't change anything.

Just look at Ryan Air, same model, and now workers had enough.

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"that Britain had older ties with that part of the world"

Yes, you see that from those Shakespeare works like the Merchant of Mumbai, Julius Ceasaresh, and the prototype of every Bollywood movie, Romeo Ashok and Juliet Patel. Or when he writes "Something is rotten in the state of Punjab"....

Even Beowulf was known for its Sanskrit poem, and Grendel was of course hidden in the Indian forest.

But I guess the Indian caste system matches very well the British one...

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Flexible arrangements should be the exception, not the norm

Sure, there are some people whose life don't wholly depend on the money they earn from their work, and just look for a part time job to get the money for some leisure expenditures.

But when the same approach is fully and forcefully applied to people who need a full job to build a life and take care of them and their families, and it used because it takes away any responsibilities from their employers, and put the full burden of their welfare expenses on other workers whose wages are not so high, it becomes, yes, a disruptive force, in the sense it cripples the whole society and turn the clock back to an era of serfs paid peanuts and wealthy people fully exploiting them - with very little hopes to raise from the former to the latter.

We've seen it all before - are we really sure we want to get back there?

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Re: Diversion tactics needed?

I'm quite sure analytics data are already full of individuals that visit both porn and religious/political sites....

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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"You can expect an OS not to dick around with the HAL"

The HAL (whish is Windows specific) has nothing to do with drivers, it looks you have no knowledge of drivers development. It's also funny that one reason for the new hardware model was to simplify it, being the older one much more complex - and now some drivers can be implemented in user space.

Sometimes, changes are inevitable, because hardware evolves as well, and kernel has to cope. Or people would complain the OS is outdated.

Apple changes its driver model as it see fits as well - just look on forums for the issues Canon had with the latest releases of macOS. Just Canon worked to fix the issues (and had no issues with Windows, meanwhile). Reputable hardware provider do update their drivers. Others are just happy to force you to buy a new device.

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"I got myself a Mac and could still use my scanner"

I've seen Canon recently scrambling at each release of macOS because Apple changed something and its scanners/printersa and even camera software stopped working.

See for example: https://www.canon-europe.com/support/consumer_products/operating_system_information/?=j+e

Anyway drivers are up to the HW maker, you can't really expect an OS deliver drivers for each and every device ever produced. Especially complex ones like scanners or printers which may have very specific functions.

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Re: KB2952664

No, it's not a Windows Update update, it's a telemetry update, and it no longer nags you to install Windows 10. I don't install any of them anyway.

Yet bad telemetry may mess with the printing subsystems or the USB stack.

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

Not since Nadella decided MS has to shove down your throat whatever he likes... today you have to print from the cloud, not with locally connected printers.

Anyway, how they could have borked the simplest printers I don't know - some millennial developer who never saw one, probably.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Re: Number of people offended

Also it looks they have less issues if their crews fly the airplane into the cable of a cableway full of people...

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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"Search engines compile and present indexing information"

Search engines are not simple indexes. They correlate and rank information, so they decided what is at the top or the list or not (and it's almost hidden).

Propaganda and "SEO" experts try to understand how to use those algorithms at their own advantages - both to promote or hide information. But it's something beyond the reach of plain citizens.

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"I can't immediately see why the second should be suppressed."

Because in most EU jurisdiction religion ( I don't believe you can be a PR for scientology without being an adept) is a sensitive data which imply special handling of the information, which usually means the written consent. Thereby an "incidental mention" is something which may promote a removal - even if it is scientology (has it religion status in EU too?)

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"Google is just a search engine." - Sorry, no more.

Google became the gateway to what information most people see, and fully controls it.

It's no longer just a simple search engine for some internet stuff only. It has a power very few commercial entities had, if anybody ever had such power - probably newspaper and TV networks never had such power, even when they had a great one, not even in dictatorial regime where people never trusted the source - while many people naively trust Google results.

And Google shown several times it's fully ready to abuse the power it gained.

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"that sort of iunformation shuld not be purged as it is useful for people to be aware of"

Do you really believe pieces of information found from web sites, often of unknown reputation, can give you a real picture of someone? Even someone may be accused of the worst crimes, and then found innocent. Some may have paid their debt with society and changed their life.

Google wants this power? OK. Let's make it fully accountable for any incorrect, outdated, fake information its search engine returns, and any damage that may be inflicted to anyone. With fees high enough to impact its executives bonuses and stock options.

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"Under EU data protection law detail about"

No, even privacy laws in Europe have exceptions - but they are exceptions, not the norm like Google would like.

For Google, there's much more at stake, because if it obtains people can't obtain their data to be removed, it can expand it to any data whatever they are whomever they are from, people's data are everything for Google to keep on making money, and it has to destroy any protection around them.

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"This would effectively erase the public’s right to know important information"

Translated from GoogleSpeak: "We want the absolute right to decide what information people see or don't see. If you pay us handsomely, you can publish what you want, and maybe have information removed, if you're a friend of us, and work actively in our interest".

Even if the applicants were among the worst people on Earth, that shouldn't become an excuse for Google to ignore the law and take control of information.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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"Did you really expect zero code reuse?"

No, but we believed they reused only the good one... oh wait, that would risk to be zero code reuse...

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Coming live to a warzone near you: Army Truck Driver for Xbox!

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"used drones to observe the Ukrainians' movements"

Didn't the Iowa battleship used drones in the first Gulf War to aim its main batteries guns, and check for results, and Iraqi forces surrendered in front of one of them? So, really nothing new... but it's alarming a 25 year old technology don't have proper countermeasures....

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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"The way that Communism was actually implemented"

Just, it was implemented that way anywhere, showing that the very idea is utterly flawed from the very beginning. But still people believe it could work, and that's the dangerous thing - it will end in the same, terrible way anyway.

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"when your entire population is dependent"

You're right - it's the dream of any politician - have the whole population utterly dependent to the State (which means to politicians) - which also means you eventually got the Big Brother - Freedom is Slavery...

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EU court advised: Schrems is a consumer in Facebook case, but can't file class-action

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"could easily lead to legal costs of €10-20 million under the Irish system"

If Ireland don't ask Apple & C. to pay due taxes, they need to find money somewhere else...

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OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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They are online again...

"Maisons du Monde" started to spam me again....

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"You do know that in-house IT systems fail from time to time as well, right?"

Yes. but their effect is confined to a few systems...

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Re: "Small Earthquake In Peru - Not Many Injured" *

They could boast about how many spammers they host, especially French ones, but I guess they do only on specialized forums...

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: How Google won the smartphone wars - really?

Google is not interested in making money from Android itself, or the phones sales (that's an issue for Samsung & C., not Google) but to ensure its dominance in the data access, gathering and ads pushing.

With an 80% of users in many lucrative markets, it has achieved that - and it can let Apple make money from selling expensive phones. which, often, will still send data to Google because of the services used, and will show ads from the Google empire.

And because of the prices, Apple won't ever have as many users as Android.

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Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

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Continuous integration is a different idea - it doesn't forbid to compile and debug locally. It's just a way to ensure everything integrates correctly and all tests are run (plus other tasks like packaging, for example). It also could ensure testers and users get an "official" build, and not several different ones from different developers.

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Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

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Just an attempt to block the most intrusive ads, to avoid users employ full ad blockers

Ad blockers which will also kill the very remunerative Google ads...

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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It's quite hard to kill in a few minutes 28 or 59 person with a shovel, and people around have far better chances to stop you, especially because you need to be very close.

It also require much more strength, and determination. Or even with a knife (and I will ban carrying knives around anyway, really no need today).

Moreover shovels are usually far more useful than guns, and less comfortable to carry around.

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"Yeah, thanks school for teaching eight year olds to how to type search requests into Google"

Actually, teachers get money and other free stuff from Google to ensure that... it's probably time to stop it - not only Google, obviously - especially because we are no longer talking about products only - but information and thereby what people becomes trained to think.

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SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that

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"do it through a proxy that filters any attempted file transfers."

Which is exactly what the "middlebox" usually is, an "HTTPS proxy" (and other protocols too, if needed) able to look into what's happening in encrypted sessions.

You may want to control what's getting out and what's getting in. People may attempt to send data out - and the company may be accountable if specific data leaks, or may attempt to being unlawful contents in, and again you may get into trouble - legal or not - for that.

It may be not nice, but a company may have no other way - unluckily, a proxy able to filter user stupidity doesn't exist yet.

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Oh Snap! Rap for crap chat app brats in nine-month $3bn scrap flap

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But the CEO & C. got rich, they'll keep the scam alive as long as they could. Once money are safe in some paradise, who cares?

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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"Murder on the Orient Express"

What version? The latest I've seen made Poirot a Catholic bigot.... scriptwriters - mostly failed writers, I believe - became arrogant and lack the humbleness needed to work on masterpieces.

There's a reason why some works became masterpieces, and changing them in the attempt to show how great you are usually just show your arrogance and the incompetence which usually accompany it.

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Re: I always thought...

And there will be also "Smaug papers", when someone leak the position of a cave in a Caribbean island where a dragon is sleeping over an offshore treasure, amassed there by greedy dwarfs to avoid to pay taxes....

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"when Sauron was mortal "

Isn't Sauron one of the Maiar? If so he was never mortal.

So sad anyway to see the heirs of Tolkien trying to squeeze any dime they can from his work... and given the level of actual scriptwriters, I'm really afraid how low they could bring it...

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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"Company directors do have a legal duty to their shareholders"

The French nobility thought something alike. Then heads started rolling...

It's always very risky to lose the Big Picture. It's true that corporations are built to make money. But there's a threshold trespassed which some ways of making money becomes detrimental to the society, and in the long run to the shareholder themselves.

Good company owners and shareholders can understand that, especially since they also need customers able to buy the product or services they sell, and the services and employees to keep the company working.

Just asking people to make debts is sustainable for a while, then, like in the subprime crisis, it crumbles - and the system needs to be bailed out using taxpayers money. But keep on on this path, and one day there could be not enough taxpayers money to save the system.

And heads may start to roll again...

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Re: Tax dollars meant for Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam is Cook's uncle...

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"I fear the reasons for that may be beyond the understanding "

Greed?

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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"really depends on one enorrmous binary firmware"

Probably you don't know what the firmware in Linux is (and why you don't see it in Windows):

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/Firmware

Firmware code may, and often is, not open source at all, it's strictly tied to the hardware, and the hardware manufacturer may not want to give away IP or the like. You'll need open-source CPUs, GPUs, etc...

Like it or not, any OS still needs to run atop some kind of hardware (physical or virtual), and has to program and use it as needed. Having the latest firmware loadable on-request is a plus - even CPUs can load code to fix issues.

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"An awful lot of them work for big companies"

So don't call it a "community" - say "the big open-source contributors and beneficiaries have to provide alternatives..."

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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"it is easier to use, more reliable and has more features out of the box."

Sorry, I forgot there's a third group, those who have been brainwashed (by the first group) to believe Linux is "the best" - and all other OSes are the same from 1995 (your comment about reliability is a classic example of that). But this changes a little - they are a small minority and won't spend much money in hardware and software - the fact that a distro can bundle more software by default is exactly because it's free stuff you don't have to pay for.

A C compiler, a command line shell or a Python interpreter are a "basic" need only for a niche of users. Again the lack of understanding what most users needs is what dooms Linux to be on less than 5% of desktops, and why desktop commercial software stays away from Linux.

Believe me, I'd really like a good alternative to macOS and Windows, but the "superiority complex" stemming from Stallman himself doesn't really help...

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'that I actually need - like a Ferrari'

Nobody really 'needs' a Ferrari.... I may spend more for an electric cars that doesn't pollute, maybe, or something alike, but the iPhone X is exactly like a Ferrari, or Rolex, great engineering, excellent to show off, but you don't really 'need' it.

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"Why do you think Linux users do not spend money?"

The commentards here. The many comments about how they can use old or cheap hardware, and they don't have to spend money on the hatred 'commercial' software. Otherwise they would have bought a Mac...

There are two groups of people using Linux. For one, it's a political assertion in the name of Stallman and the GPL. The other is made of people who just find free stuff appealing, especially since Illegal copies of Windows and its software became harder to use (and running macOS on non Apple devices not so easy). Both not exactly groups you're going to target with not so cheap hardware and software , although someone can still find the bling and status symbol associated with some devices appealing, but they are still too few, no ROI.

Obviously I'm talking about the 'desktop' consumer market. The 'server' one, and a few very vertical ones, are different.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Give Credit where its due

Yes, but that's an hotel with a clientele which is better not to make angry.... they are not the "average citizen". In such a situation, if you lose your credibility your business will go bankrupt very soon, and your bottles in some auction...

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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"that Unicode was brought in [...] without considering any of the problems it would cause."

Sorry, but this kind of problems can't be tackled at the Unicode standard level - especially since the character appearance is also up to the font designer - Unicode may say a codepoint is "Cyrillic Capital A" or "Greek Capital Alpha Α" - but its actual glyph is designed by a font designer. They are different codepoints, and an application *can* say they are different.

As usual, a programmer should "never trust input" - and have some knowledge beyond simple IT.

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Re: Unicode is evil

Actually, anything that doesn't allow to manage and display different languages on the same application is evil, the World doesn't speak English only.

Non printable characters exist in other character sets as well. The fact that some Cyrillic letters resemble Latin ones is the result of thousands years of writing and cultural exchanges, and you can't change it. And it is very simple in Unicode to detect them, you don't need to process the glyphs, just look at their codes. Mixing alphabets in the same word should raises suspicions... to any competent developer who don't believe the Universe is ASCII-7.

BTW: UTF-8 is just one of the way you can encode Unicode. Look-alike glyphs are not dependent on the encoding.

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Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

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"it is not actively scanned and monitored."

You may want to read the article published today when Google says files are scanned by machines....

Sure, users can still report inappropriate contents, but Google does its own scanning.

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Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

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"some equivalent like putting the results in a status or debug window."

Sometimes tracing is necessary, but it should be implemented in a smart way, and there must be way to disable it to avoid impacts on the code performance. I/O to the screen or to a simple file may require a lot of time, especially if multiple threads or processes write to the same output and needs to be synchronized. Smart ways could be for example using async messages to a separate process that will handle the output, and minimize the required I/O, by buffering it and using smart I/O techniques.

Languages that allow for IFDEFs at least allow to remove debug code in production releases, those lacking them become soon littered by IF..THEN... or have to go through a function call anyway that will check the debug level and act accordingly. Add too many, and the performance will suffer.

Of course, the effort you put in your tracing code may depend on the application needs - but when performance are important, debugging code may slow down a lot.

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