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Links » Saturday September 18, 2021

“When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

» Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Mar 15, 1933 – Sept 18, 2020)

 

 

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Pandemic

Please Get Vaccinated

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Canadian Election T -3 Days

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Oddities

  • It has come to Subscription Tacos » The Atlantic / CNBC
  • A certain orange haired ex-US President writes to Georgia Secretary of State demanding the 2020 election be decertified, or “whatever the correct legal remedy is”. Like a spoiled three-year old child who cannot accept he lost his lollypop  ⤵️

Links » Tuesday September 14, 2021

On This Day

September 14, 1907

Jasper Forest Reserve, which covers 13,000 square kilometers in the Canadian 🇨🇦 Rockies, is established.

In 1930, Jasper will become a national park under the National Parks Act.

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Canadian Election T -6 Days » Election day is September 20

Links » Monday September 13, 2021

Tech

COVID-19 / Pandemic

Canadian Election T –7

  • Alberta’s ‘Energy War Room’ appears to be operating in defiance of the Canada Elections Act.

Dawson College & Gun Control

  • Survivors of Dawson College shootings urge voters not to support the Conservatives » The Halifax Star
  • 15 years ago on this date, a single gunman, armed with a Beretta Cx4 Storm assault rifle, a shotgun, and a Glock semi-automatic handgun, went on a shooting rampage at the Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec.
    • One 18-year old woman, Anastasia De Sousa, died at the scene, while another 19 were injured. The shooter eventually committed suicide, after being shot in the arm by a police officer
    • Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, continues to repeat the lie that the Beretta Cx4 Storm assault rifle used in the Dawson College shooting, was illegally obtained. It was not. The shooter obtained it legally. The Liberal government banned the Beretta Cx4 and 1,500 other assault-style weapons after the Dawson College shooting. O’Toole has promised the gun lobby to make the Beretta Cx4 Storm, the AK-47, and other assault weapons designed to hunt and kill humans legal again in Canada.

 

South Korea passed a bill that prevents Google and Apple from restricting app developers to their built-in payment systems, challenging the tech giants’ dominance over purchases and threatening to stem the flow of lucrative 30% commissions

Jiyoung Sohn, Wall Street Journal ($Paywall) »

A bill passed Tuesday by South Korea’s National Assembly is the first in the world to dent the tech giants’ dominance over how apps on their platforms sell their digital goods. It will become law once signed by President Moon Jae-in, whose party strongly endorsed the legislation.

The law amends South Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act to prevent large app-market operators from requiring the use of their in-app purchasing systems. It also bans operators from unreasonably delaying the approval of apps or deleting them from the marketplace — provisions meant to head off retaliation against app makers.

Companies that fail to comply could be fined up to 3% of their South Korea revenue by the Korea Communications Commission, the country’s media regulator.

Update »

Apple provided MacRumors with the following statement »

The Telecommunications Business Act will put users who purchase digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermine their privacy protections, make it difficult to manage their purchases, and features like “Ask to Buy” and Parental Controls will become less effective. We believe user trust in App Store purchases will decrease as a result of this legislation — leading to fewer opportunities for the over 482,000 registered developers in Korea who have earned more than KRW8.55 trillion to date with Apple.

More » The Verge

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