mimic

by reinderien

reinderien / mimic

[ab]using Unicode to create tragedy

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mimic

[ab]using Unicode to create tragedy

Introduction

monster

mimic provokes: - fun - frustration - curiosity - murderous rage

It's inspired by this terrible idea floating around:

There are many more characters in the Unicode character set that look, to some extent or another, like others – homoglyphs. Mimic substitutes common ASCII characters for obscure homoglyphs.

Fun games to play with mimic: - Pipe some source code through and see if you can find all of the problems - Pipe someone else's source code through without telling them - Be fired, and then killed

Results

Observe the mayhem:

some bad code "BUT WHY?"

Or, if you've been mimicked a little harder,

some worse code

Discussion

People have noticed how terrible this is.

SlashDot

Reddit

ycombinator

BoingBoing

The Register

Further Reading

mimic wiki

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