Text-mode apps (Was :Who are the "spacists"?)

Steve D'Aprano steve+python at pearwood.info
Sat Apr 1 12:00:33 EDT 2017

On Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:17 pm, Rick Johnson wrote:

> Most people just quietly change the filename and move on

There are over a billion people in China, almost a billion more in India,
about 140 million people in Russia, nearly 130 million people in Japan, 250
million in Indonesia, about 290 million native Arabic speakers, and even 9
million speakers of Hebrew.

If you think that all these people, and hundreds of millions more, will
just "quietly change the filename" to ASCII because you're too lazy,
self-centred and arrogant to move on from 1963, then you truly are an
example of the Ugly American.

To say nothing of the hundreds of millions who use Latin character sets that
ASCII cannot handle, including around 65 million British.

Open your eyes, there is a whole world past the borders of your insular,
close-minded little country. 95% of the world is not American, and there
are millions of Americans who want to use non-ASCII characters in their
file names, even non-Latin characters.

You talk about a fraction of that 5%, the tiny minority who care only about
ASCII, and describe them as "most people". That demonstrates the smallness
of your world-view and the enormity of your ignorance. Wake up. The world
is not Smallville USA, it never has been, and never will be.

Either adapt, or get out of the way of those who have.

“Cheer up,” they said, “things could be worse.” So I cheered up, and sure
enough, things got worse.

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