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Richard Hughes
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Current status: Covered in wet plasterboard
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Thanks to a ton of help from +Andrea Veri the ORDS is now running on GNOME infrastructure! The old instance just proxies requests to the new server so everything keeps working as before, although I'll patch gnome-software on all branches to use the new server directly. See https://odrs.gnome.org/ for the new site. Comments welcome!
GNOME Open Desktop Ratings. Choosing an application to install is hard when there are lots of possible projects matching a specific search term. We already list applications based on the integration level and with useful metrics like is it translated in my language and this makes sure that high ...
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On Monday the ODRS review server will be down... as we're migrating it to the super stable GNOME infrastructure! The old instance will be up for many months forwarding things to the new instance, but I'll also be issuing updates to gnome-software on all branches to use the new location directly.
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I've moved the age ratings to the details section, and also cut the details down to only what's required to justify the rating. The logic is that if the game features mutilation of body parts you also don't need to know that it also contains mild profanity
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Perhaps show the cut-down version to start, with a "More..." option to show the full set in the event that there are similar ratings. Not that they ever fully checked up on it beforehand, but my parents were generally fine with violence in games growing up so long as they didn't have to hear a bunch of off-color language. Times were different then, so I have no idea if that's something parents would actually care about upfront these days.
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I've been playing with the new CSM age ratings in GNOME Software. Any early feedback? I'm also pondering just putting the age rating in the details section where the License and Origin currently site. The pop-over only appears when you click on the icon, although I admit the icon doesn't look super clickable.

It's important to know this is purely informational, i.e. we're not hiding apps although there is certainly some possibility for parental lockdown in the future.
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My comment was more like 'oh cool, are shipping porn?' :)
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Down to the last three steam games! Do you, or have you, played Synergy, Empires or AdVenture Capitalist? Can you answer 20 quick multiple choice questions about these games? Thanks!
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Should I spend my spare evening learning Rust or Verilog?
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You should write a Rust -> Verilog compiler :D
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Hmm, so although the number of people downloading the ratings data from the ORDS has gone up every month slowly since we launched the service, the number of people actually submitting reviews peaked in July and then started decreasing ever since.

I'm not sure I know of a sane way to ask people to make a review automatically without getting bug reports about it being antisocial and garbage results from people that just want a nag dialog to go away. We don't actually know if the user has been using an app (we just know when it was installed) so it's not like we can do a popup after a week or so of use. Ideas welcome.
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I think engagement would be more consistent if there was incentive for giving feedback like I discussed above, having gnome software tailor changelogs based on user feedback being an example. There will be users who try and post bug reports in the review system and the way its designed makes it a pain to triage them. I don't really think the how do we forcefully push reviews to user using design is the correct approach to take.
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Last night I ordered the first batch of the #ColorHug Plus PCBs. Only 10 for the initial batch for prototyping and testing, but back on track now.
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Ooh sounds nice. If it can be used for scanner and printer profiling I'm buying to replace my xrite which can only do screens :-)
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My VirginMedia modem went pop today, so apart from a bit of tethering I'll be a bit offline until the "engineer" comes round.
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Calling all electrical engineers! Is there any way I can reduce the component count for the following circuit? VIDEO1 is a 2.5V->5.0V analog input, and VIDEO2 is a 0.0V->2.5V analog output, i.e. it removes a 2.5V offset. It works, but as each component costs money to "pick and place" any simplification would be great. I've used an op-amp as I'll also want to add some scaling in the future too (to make VIDEO2 0.0V->3.3V), and the I/O has to be 100% linear. Thanks! #ColorHug
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Resistor array? digikey.co.uk
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Hey, gamers! I need your help! Do you play games on Steam? I need people familiar with games like Killing Floor, Team Fortress 2 and Dota to help me answer questions so an age rating gets assigned. There's a simple spreadsheet to fill in (below) and then I'll add a 'merge' AppStream file for gnome-software. This will allow us to turn on some OPTIONAL parental controls inside gnome-software.
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400+ hours in the original Killing Floor; added.
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I'm an electronic engineer who likes to write free software. At some point in my life, I've probably caused a crash on your computer.
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    MEng Electronics, 2003 - 2007
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