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Wow, just had a proper look at OARS (Open Age Ratings Service) used in GNOME Software, elementary OS AppCenter, etc., and it’s problematic as hell.

Thank goodness they removed “homosexuality” from the rating (wtf?) but it still represents a very limited world-view.

e.g. “nudity likely to cause offense”

To whom, exactly?

“Intense: Explicit nudity showing nipples…”

Men, put your shirts back on!

Under language: profanity (“defined as blasphemous…language”)

Not a secular rating, then…

A website selling soap: your password is WEAK, you should try again with capital letters and lower case letters and numbers and special characters and no English words

My literal bank: whoa whoa whoa, you can't put special characters in your password! Who do you think you are, the Riddler

A small victory: An hour after we sent a cease & desist letter to 's legal team on Oct 21 regarding their failure to publish up-to-date source code in compliance with Mastodon's AGPLv3 license, they have uploaded a new version.

That is not all that we demanded in the letter, but it is nevertheless a victory in upholding the AGPLv3 license of our project, and a signal to those who doubt that we are willing to show teeth to those who ignore it.

More context: blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/07/

We're very excited to announce today a partnership with @iXsystems bringing an official #Nextcloud app to over 1 million @freenas systems! Tomorrow, 5PM Berlin/8AM Cali time we'll do a live Q&A with raffle, so stay tuned for more!
nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-n

European Commission Report Declares Open Source Software and Hardware to be a “Public Good”

"This information is essential to develop policy actions in the field"

See abopen.com/news/european-commi

A "podcast" behind a paywall is not a podcast.

A "podcast" that only one app can receive is not a podcast.

A "podcast" without a public feed that can be freely pulled into any podcast client or RSS reader is not a damn podcast, don't let people get away with calling it that.

Call of Cthulhu: It's a book of great evil!

Me: Atlas Shrugged?

CoC: Near unreadable in its rambling, incoherent diatribe of horror!

Me: Atlas Shrugged.

CoC: Those who read it becomes monsters dedicated to the torment of humanity!

Me: Yeah, that's Atlas Shrugged.

(stolen from twitter.com/BadProbably/status)

Survivalist store closes as pandemic has been "bad for business" 😂😂😂 corkbeo.ie/news/cork-21447625

Employees are speaking out about issues from harassment to business practices.

inkl.com/a/rbyVBWCJbqJ

Apple reportedly insists “employees give the company access to their personal iCloud accounts”

It's that time of the year again.

I've been using Linux for about 30 years. Mine was the first installation, given Linus didn't install it on his computer, he grew it on top of an existing Minix install, replacing it piecemeal.

My first contribution is over 30 years ago, about April, 1991, the sprintf (now snprintf) function in the kernel.

It's been a fun ride.

RT @bbbradsmith@twitter.com

Was watching the 1938 Robin Hood and when a particular bit of sword fight happened, I realized I'd seen it a thousand times before in Prince of Persia! Rad!

Ubuntu users, please take note, and boost if possible, this bug report about installer issues with Orca. The OS installer is the first thing many users will experience of an OS, and since, for better or worse, Ubuntu is the "flagship" end-user-facing Linux distro, accessibility should be kinda important. I know, volunteers and accessibility don't pay the bills and all that. Whatever. I'm done discussing that, I'm tired of excuses. Below is a link to the bug report:

bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sou

#accessibility #a11y #linux #foss #ubuntu #orca

Replaced the screen on my own phone today, only left with one spare screw and one broken major cable.

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