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re: Changing your name is a hard unsolved problem in Computer Science VIEW POST

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re: Awesome post! That's a problem space that I've been dedicating a lot of thought these days. I've one of those long Iberian Peninsula names. Since ...
 

What's astounding is that the names don't even have to be foreign to overflow some of these systems.

"Christopher" is an exceedingly common name in the US, and yet it routinely gets truncated, usually to "Christophe" by systems, even when using the legal name may be warranted!

 

Exactly - while I do understand the pre-2000s rationale for smaller field sizes, this is one of the 'compromises' that boggles my mind.

Composite family names ('Tessier-Ashpool') suffer a similar fate, operators picking one part at random.

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