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Skype, what am I agreeing to?

I booted into Windows 8.1 for the first time in quite a while and decided to install +Skype for the desktop (didn't want to merge my legacy Skype account with my Microsoft account), and ran into this beauty... Just above the "Make MSN my homepage" checkbox (NOOO), I saw the dangling bottoms of some characters (highlighted in the accompanying image).

I couldn't scroll them into view with either the mouse wheel or page up/page down keys, couldn't resize the install dialog, but could move up and down through the selections with the cursor keys (still not moving the actual text into view). It feels like there are four other things that I would potentially be agreeing to there.

It's probably just a quirk of my font size / DPI interactions, and I bet if I turn text-to-speech on, it would read out the options and the state to me... but for now, I'm just not going to install this sucker.
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+Lizzy Kizzy Hah, I totally see what you mean! Having trouble unseeing "Satan" myself now. Witchery!
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21 flights on the Toronto Pearson Airport departure board cancelled. Something's going on.

Update It's a labour dispute with the fueling company. Glad to know it's not something worse.
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Not cool at all. The unintended consequence of trying to do a good thing (help boys keep learning through the summer) is that girls are being prevented from participating in a STEM summer program.

I'm currently the president of the Ontario Library Information Technology Association, and we confirmed that the policy for the program is, in fact, in place (despite staff being very much against the policy). Improving opportunities for girls and women in technology has been one of our efforts for years, so this was very disappointing.

I hate to see a public library fall under fire like this, but they have to change their policy on this program.
Because today I tried to register for the robotics session that our local library is offering and was refused based on the fact that I am a girl. Even after speaking to the Assistant Library Director Elaine De Bonis, where I explained that I have been participating in library programming since I was only a few months old I was still turned away. Mrs De Bonis explained to me that boys academic and literacy skills don't improve over the summer br...
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+Galen Charlton Yeah, the calendar was the first thing I checked when I signed the petition back when it was 500 strong. Didn't want to get the torches and pitchforks out before we had made contact with an actual human though. Now the petition is at 20,000 signers. Wow.

For our part, OLITA is putting together a statement encouraging a policy of inclusiveness of library programming to hopefully provide guidance for public libraries in the future.
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I think +Lynn Kabaroff would like this particular tweet (not sure whether to blame G+ or Twitter for not being able to embed the attached video directly here...)
“I really want to get back to work http://t.co/igUT5mfESb”
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Structured data for an event feed?

Having seen in the wild a number of organizations that just throw up their hands and point at a public Google Calendar for their events, I have a feeling that http://schema.org/Organization should offer something like schema:eventFeed that can point to a URL with a set of events.

Right now, you can include schema:event for each individual event, but that doesn't work for these organizations. And while they could conceivably use the Google Calendar API to generate a schema.org-compliant chunk of JSON that could then be embedded in their web pages, the kinds of organizations that just throw a raw Google Calendar up on the web are unlikely to have the resources or technical sophistication to be able to pull that off... but they might be able to add:

<a property="eventFeed" href="http://calendar.example.com/ourcalendar">Event calendar</a>

Of course, there are calendaring web apps other than Google Calendar, and you wouldn't be able to guarantee that all schema.org consumers would be able to consume the data from all different types of these web apps (Bing might not even consume Google Calendar, for that matter)... but I still think there would be value to surfacing the existence of the page.
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Mowing our lawn is extremely stressful for me. Because snakes. Specifically, garter snakes and beautiful emerald green snakes love to hang out around our house. We have some that live under our front steps. And the times that I go out to mow the lawn tend to align with the times that our snakes crawl out in the open: sunny and warm. And likely because I don't mow frequently, there are lots of juicy, tasty bugs crawling around the grass and wild flowers and weeds.

It's stressful because I love our snakes and worry intensely about hurting them. It's happened in the past, sadly, and today (despite moving slowly and carefully) I narrowly missed two different ones. What the hell, snakes?!? When you sense the loud lawnmower motor, that's your cue to find a burrow and hole up for an hour or two... please?
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I mowed a little field mouse like that once... ;-(
Felt terrible... It took 5 seconds, however for a crow to appear and take it off to be eaten... The circle of life....
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CartoDB is an awesome mapping tool, I participated in a workshop using it last Friday and was blown away by its combination of power and ease of use!

/via +Les Vogel 
 
An in depth article on how to map the world news thanks to the new CartoDB+GDELT partnership. It even includes my BigQuery example :)

http://blog.cartodb.com/gdelt-api/
In the second addition of our series on clever mapping with GDELT data (see this post from last week), we wanted to take on some more advanced mapping t...
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Ah. That's why my morning flight was cancelled. Solidarity, brothers and sisters! I'm just tired after 28 hours of travel so far...
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Free in Canada, too. Happy Canada Day!
 
All the animals went 2x2, but what about the leftover few? Excited to premiere the new film, “All Creatures Big and Small." https://goo.gl/Fa5Gug
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Why I want WHOIS privacy services to continue

I just sent the following email to ICANN in relation to their proposal to restrict WHOIS privacy services:

Dear ICANN:

As a software developer and librarian who has maintained a variety of his own websites for over a decade now, I appreciate the value of WHOIS privacy services.

After my first child was born, I realized that having my home address and contact information readily available through WHOIS records was perhaps a little more transparency than I desired for the kinds of content that I was posting--mostly about open source projects, but occasionally veering into political discussions--and I paid for a PO box at the cost of approximately $120 per year simply to provide a layer of protection of that personal information.

When I realized that WHOIS privacy services were available for free through my domain registrar, it enabled me to save a not inconsiderable sum annually. While I could afford that luxury, I'm concerned that many others are not in such a fortunate position, and would thus either be more exposed on the Internet, or perhaps suffer a chilling effect in terms of their willingness to speak their thoughts freely through their own website.

Having been lightly doxxed in another venue, I am, of course, aware that there are other means to track down identifying information a person in a particular community, but keeping the option of WHOIS privacy services to make that task a little bit more work for the edgecase elements of our society is, I believe, the correct ethical stance for ICANN to take.
 
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Signed the petition, thanks for the heads-up.
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Ah, the moment when you realize you left the proprietary charger for your smartwatch at home...

Should have brought the Moto 360 so I could just use Qi charging. Instead, this thing is going to become a dead weight in about 12 hours.

/me wonders if +LG Electronics​ has any outlets in Sydney, Australia that carry a spare charger for an LG Watch Urbane :/
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+Sajjad Yasin Sony and moto already have been, motoactv had micro USB as does Sony sw3. May be others but I've only owned moto and Sony smart watches.
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One of our garter snakes hanging out in the rhubarb.
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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Systems Librarian
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Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
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  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Sudbury, Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario - Barrie, Ontario
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Great brekkie: the poached eggs with smoked salmon includes a very generous portion of salmon, and the avocado is always welcome!
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Beware the "parlour room"! I reserved a room with two double beds. On my way to the airport, the hotel called, told me they had a note in my reservation that I wanted one bed (I couldn't check, because I was driving), and said that because the hotel was booked solid they would be able to give me a "parlour room". That is, a couch that pulls out into a bed. I was dubious, but still driving (hands free of course!), and when they said "it still has our pillow top mattress, it's just a bit thinner", I thought "okay, that doesn't sound so bad." Now I'm in the room. It's the thin pull-out mattress that you would expect from a cheap pull-out couch. As a bonus, the room is right beside the elevators. I am not looking forward to my stay here, because I value sleep.
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Great vegetarian Indian cuisine. I'm a repeat visitor over the past ten years; it's always been good. Service is variable, but that's too be expected from any restaurant. Prices are in line with the norms for the quality and quantity of food served up per dish.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Casual atmosphere (a dress shirt is way over the top for this place), excellent Thai food. I had a bowl of tom yum soup; the portion size was small but it was packed with flavour. By far the best tom yum I've had (and I've tried a lot). Also had the green curry, which more than met expectations in flavour, presentation, and serving size. Highly recommended.
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A go-to place for sushi when I'm downtown.
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I've been multiple times over the past twenty years; first as a student for my first Ethiopian experience, most recently as a parent with two overtired children in tow. I've never failed to have great, attentive service (especially impressive patience with said children!) and wonderful food. One of my favourite places to visit in Toronto.
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reviewed 4 months ago
Perhaps the best Indian cuisine I've had, including the ten years I lived in Toronto. The dishes, rice, and naan are freshly prepared when you order, and the portions are generous; two main dishes are more than enough for three people. They don't hold back on the spice; if you order "hot" you will get very hot, and I love that :)
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