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Clint Lalonde

Reading the wonderful "Ours to Hack and to Own" I discovered that the #EU invested €60mil into a complete suite of #FOSS tools meant to enable and empower digital and distributed democracy.


Yuk. I am chaperoning an overnight school trip for my son and his classmates in a few weeks. I had to get a criminal record check done. The police called me and said I've been flagged because I share the same date of birth with someone on their "this person shouldn't be in contact with vulnerable people" database. Apparently, it's a common occurance, but now I have to go in and get fingerprinted. Creeps me out thinking I am that closely associated with someone on that list.

@chendricks not just UBC. It caused much angst across the BC post-secondary system. There are a lot of provincial shared services that run on UBC infrastructure.

@dajbelshaw That was certainly true at one point, and may still be today. I've been away from this kind of technical work for awhile now. But end result has always been the same. Getting stuff from A to B is not easy. What is equally interesting to me is how this becomes an issue for many only when they actually try to migrate content from one system to another. Many assume that this kind of content interoperability is easy and just standard features of the various LMS's.

In this day and age it should be much easier to import/export course content from LMS to LMS. I mean, we have standards for a reason but nooooooo -in

@easegill Shhhh. This is why I flock to off the grid social media alternatives, like mastodon. They'll never find me here :)

No kidding wow. Talk about both adaptive AND personalized learning.

@Downes I agree, and I think this shift from the phone (in the traditional sense) being the primary tool of choice for communication has happened. My kids don't talk on the telephone with friends anymore. It is either text, video, or (increasingly) in-game convo's. Personally, I dislike phone calls. Find they are interruptions.

It's my Dad's generation that I worry most about. My Dad and his partner have been victims of phone scams, both sophisticated and simple.

So....this new Google AI Assistant. Someday in the not too distance future when you get that spammy automated phone call from "Revenue Canada", the automated voice on the other end might just convince you that it is really Revenue Canada calling.

@ton Reflects what we are hearing anecdotally in the BC psot-sec system. Not just US study permits up, but all international study permits on the rise.

No surprise here:

"The Canadian government issued 6,349 study permits to Americans in 2016, up from 5,683 the previous year. (Final figures were not yet available for 2017.) "

Time for this meme to die.

On the A/O scale
Annoying <--------+--> Offensive

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Good source of information about gender pronoun usage, along with some Creative Commons licensed infographics and resources to help inform those new to gender pronouns.