dittybopper: Standardize the transliteration from Cyrillic to Latin alphabets. Pick a standard, and stick to that standard.
Arkanaut: dittybopper: Standardize the transliteration from Cyrillic to Latin alphabets. Pick a standard, and stick to that standard.That's only going to work if the person you're tracking also follows that standard, instead of spelling his/her name however he wants to when he gets to the states.
Flakeloaf: A stupid person could learn Cryillic inside of a week,
Flakeloaf: Is there a problem with spelling the name in its original alphabet?
firefly212: The solution is obviously to spy on more Americans.
Esn: Or, you know, somebody could write a software on the basis of this table that would automatically transform any Russian name spelling into any one of the 11 major potential transliteration systems.But really, just using the original Cyrillic spellings would be safest. Many of the Cyrillic letters are the same as the Latin ones, anyway.
Random Anonymous Blackmail: The FBI and CIA were too busy checking your search logs on miget amputee goat porn.Good job American "intelligence."
jshine: Flakeloaf: Is there a problem with spelling the name in its original alphabet?Yes. There are dozens of character sets around the world (some of which are huge, like the set of Chinese characters). It's unrealistic to expect each gate agent, TSA employee, flight attendant, etc., to be able to read & pronounce every conceivable name in its native character set -- even if Unicode can handle representing the characters inside the computer.
ringersol: Flakeloaf: "Is there a problem with spelling the name in its original alphabet?"The aforementioned software engineers who don't give a fark about reducing you to a number? As it turns out they very much give a fark about not having to support Unicode characters.Sometimes, for understandable reasons (decision-makers won't accept increased cost/time estimates; underlying libraries don't support it; legacy systems don't support it; it can be very hard to do Unicode properly across a large project because so many programmers just don't deal with it.)But rarely for actual *good* reasons.It's not unlike the resistance against the switch to metric.
Bin_jammin: It's comforting to know that they're still catching all the senior citizen and toddler terrorists though. You never hear of THEM bombing anyone, so shaking them down while letting the rest of the baddies through must work.Right?
flak attack: Russia reports pretty much every Chechen that leaves the country as a terrorist. It would be more surprising if they didn't warn us. That's why stuff like this doesn't get taken more seriously.
Clent: As a software engineer, the solution is to normalize the data. The unique key of relational data should never be a name, that's what UUIDs are for.Suspect 135010234 cannot enter the country without being detained.Fuzzy search any name, further narrow results upon multiple hits. If no number is found, bullet to the head or detain the individual based on the situation.For those who think too highly of themselves to be reduced to a number, be aware software engineers don't give a fark.
zimbomba63: Yeah, there are going to be problems. For as long as I can remember, the capital of Ukraine was spelled Kiev, now, during the crisis, people have started to spell it Kyev, for some reason.And, yes, I understand some of these alphabet conversions go back a long time and things have gotten muddled. It's like the conversion of Chinese spelling to Western spelling. IIRC from my Chinese history classes, the system was set up by the Jesuits, centuries ago. Even though Beijing was spelled Peking, by the Jesuit system, it would have still been pronounced Beijing. It was Westerners unfamiliar with the rules of the Jesuit's system, that started pronouncing it as it was spelled. I forget the reasoning behind the Jesuit system, but, it's been only in the last 40 or 50 years that things have gotten straightened out. But, Kiev or Kyev, it's still pronounced the same farking way.
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