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When the Macintosh version of the Opera browser hit the Mac App Store, a lot of people were surprised to discover it went in with a 17+ rating. Not that there's anything actually, y'know, dirty about it — apparently, it's Apple SOP to slap that label on ANY browser.
Credit the folks at Opera to take the news with a spoonful of good humor. In today's press release, ??VP of Desktop Products Jan Standal announced (with tongue firmly in cheek) "I'm very concerned. Seventeen is very young, and I am not sure if, at that age, people are ready to use such an application. It's very fast, you know, and it has a lot of features. I think the download requirement should be at least 18.?"
And taking a cue out of the Joe Eszterhas ?playbook*, the press release also coyly advised "For those under 17, there is a workaround. Just visit www.opera.com and download it. We do not ask for your age or your credit card number. Please, get your parents' permission before using this browser."
* When SHOWGIRLS first came out, Eszterhas publicly advised underaged girls to use fake ID's in order to see the NC-17 film. Then-MPAA president Jack Valenti called the screenwriter "demented."