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Musk will be allowed to stay as CEO but must leave his role as chairman of the board within 45 days. He cannot seek reelection for three years, according to court filings.
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So, my son is having difficulty concentrating, partly because he's too busy watching videos on youtube. The router's parental controls weren't working like I wanted, so now YouTube routes to nowhere. Yay for DNS tables!

It's only a partial measure, as the phone is more clever about getting DNS entries. Adding some parental controls helps cover that gap. Now all I have to do is worry about how to block it over his data connection once he figures that out.

Actually, I'm less worried about that. One of the problems has been he likes to have YouTube in a side window while working on the computer, then stops to watch some of the video, and forgets to go back to his homework. Blocking it on the PC is probably where he needs to have it blocked.
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Even when kids figure out how to work around parental controls, they're at least learning some problem solving skills.

(Our carrier lets you set limits and turn data on and off remotely for each phone on the plan, but I only had to do that to Matlock the one time.)
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If you lived in China that wouldn't be as big of a problem as among other crackdowns the Chinese government has decided kids under 18 should only play 2 hours of video games a day, or 1 hour if under 12 and use a facial recognition system against a database of all children to identify them and track the amount of time they have been playing.

Kids however are trying to outsmart the system through using sleeping relatives to prove they are above 18.

Business insiderAfter officially implementing the facial recognition software for its most popular game, "Honour of Kings," the company reported that about half of the accounts linked to underage players have successfully completed the process.

Of the accounts that didn't complete the process, 98% failed or declined the facial recognition test. Those who fail to complete the facial recognition are automatically limited to just one hour of play.

Tencent reported that young players have been using a number of methods to try to get around the verification process. Some attempted to use photos of sleeping relatives, while others tried to impersonate their grandparents while talking to Tencent's customer service. The company said that some kids had even convinced their parents or other adults they know into calling customer service to try to remove the age-based time limit.

Kids in China are trying every trick in the book to beat the facial recognition software that puts a mandatory time limit on popular video games | Business Insider India

I should add for those that don't know who Tencent is, this isn't some tiny trial thing, Tencent is currently the largest video game producer in the world, not only producing some of China's top mobile games but owning a portion of many game studios so if they don't make it, they probably still profited off it. This led to an amusing bit where PUBG corp (Tencent is a minority owner of) sued Epic Games (which Tencent is a minority owner of) over assorted rights issues because it doesn't matter if you like Fortnite or Pubg better, Tencent gets a cut of both. So that they are implementing this facial recognition means there's going to be little push back by chinese corporations to scanning you into the system before allowing use.

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And to double post related to China's moral crackdown.

That is assuming you get to play those games anymore!
GamerantRecently, the Chinese government created an Online Gaming Ethics Review Committee to ensure video games do not contain “ethically questionable content.” Of the 20 games reviewed by this new committee, 11 developers were instructed to take “corrective action.” 9 games have been selected, including Fortnite, to be banned in its entirety.

Fortnite getting banned in China

As was PUBG and multiple Blizzard games need corrective action, this includes to 'inharmonous chat' which could be anywhere from an aggressive chat filter to possibly requiring room or area monitors to watch chat.
So far this ban hasn't been put into place and considering it destroys multiple top money makers by top chinese companies, I expect there to be some appeal. Especially since China already has strict game laws about blood and gore compared to the rest of the world.
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