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Comment: Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

by VGPowerlord (#48875257) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

im sorry to break this to you pal, but half population of europe != half world population

He's referring to an event that happened in the Middle Ages where the world wasn't anywhere near connected as it is now.

If a fatal disease had an outbreak somewhere these days, chances are it would quickly spread to epidemic levels unless it is immediately quarantined.

And no, moving to Madagascar won't help.

Comment: Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (Score 1) 329

by VGPowerlord (#48831393) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

It kind of floors me that they aren't doing some kind of check that the directory tree they are about to delete actually looks like a Steam install before deleting it. e.g. check that ClientRegistry.blob file or SteamApps directory exists under $STEAMHOME.

ClientRegistry.blob isn't used by Steam any more and thus won't exist if you've installed Steam in the past 9 months or so

Would the Steam directory even have a SteamApps directory if you're using Steam's library feature to install all games to a different path?

While we're at it, is it SteamApps, steamapps, or some other variation of capitalization? That kinda matters on Linux.

Comment: Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (Score 1) 329

by VGPowerlord (#48831285) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

I think the problem is that it's written in .NET and has to fire up the whole .NET environment, just like how a Java app has to fire up the JVM to start, which puts a (rather large) lower bound on the amount of resources an application needs.

Steam isn't written in .NET... I'm not sure where you would ever get the idea that it was.

As for the browser component, it uses Chromium Embedded Framework. However, I don't think it was ever upgraded to version 3.

Comment: Re:This is not good news (Score 1) 248

by VGPowerlord (#48696037) Attached to: Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

Heck, when you think about it, WebKit has almost become the de-facto web renderer on the Internet, taking over from IE by being everywhere. How and when did Apple take over from Microsoft in that regard?

Webkit lost a lot of user share last year as Chrome switched over from Webkit to Blink and Android 4.4+ followed suit.

If anything, Blink is the current de facto web renderer with somewhere around 40-50% of the market.

Comment: Re:Unfair pricing (Score 1) 160

by VGPowerlord (#48626771) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

I will never buy anything in the EU until they stop their 1 USD equals 1 EUR scam.

It's not a scam.

OK, lets take a specific example.

In the US, a new AAA game is generally $60 pre-tax... which is 48.6€ using current exchange rates.

With me so far? OK, so the US price is ready to list on Steam because US price listings don't include taxes. However, the EU version isn't, because EU requires that VAT be included in the price.

So... lets take Italy for example. VAT in Italy* is 22%. So... the same price that lists for $60 USD would list for... 59.292€. Suddenly the 1:1 ratio makes sense.

Now, here's the thing: VAT varies wildly across Europe... anywhere from 15% (Luxembourg) to 27% (Hungary). From what I've heard, there are only two mainland Europe pricing regions on Steam. Which means the prices are going to be affected by the VAT rates of the other countries in said pricing region.

* Italy was chosen for two reasons: 1. Most countries are in the 20-25% range... 22% is about in the middle; and 2. I know someone who lives in Italy.

Comment: Re:Nope. That's not what happened here... (Score 1) 160

by VGPowerlord (#48626435) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Right now, Steam has promotion where you get "tokens" (for lack of a better term) from game achievements and can use those to buy games. Those tokens have the same value in all regions, so if you buy a game with tokens, you can gift it to anyone else, regardless of any gifting restrictions on purchased games.

Steam gems are gotten from the turning various cards you get from playing various games on Steam (it's based on the game and the amount of time played as opposed to achievements.

Those tokens are actually an auction, so unless you're the highest bidder, you get nothing.

Incidentally, said auction ends later today, to be immediately followed with the Steam Winter/Summer sale.

(I'm too lazy to see if /. support upside down text for Summer)

Comment: Re:Why Steam? Why? (Score 0) 160

by VGPowerlord (#48626139) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Let's say the game costs 10 times less in Russia.

So if a game is $50 in the US, and it costs "10 times less" in Russia, does it mean that it's 10x$50=$500 less than the US price and that Valve will pay me $450 to take it off their hands?

Or did you mean "one tenth"?

"times less" moves the x10 to the other side of the equation.

Such as $50=10x$5

Which is the same as $50/10=$5

Comment: Re:Naming (Score 5, Funny) 161

by VGPowerlord (#48532875) Attached to: Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Well, I heard* that the name Go was decided upon when an executive at Google needed to think up a name and was looking around his office.

On his computer at the time was a Chrome browser with the Google homepage open, but a Solitaire window was open in front of it obscuring the right half the page.

Now, if the Solitaire window was on the other side, we might have the ogle programming language instead!

* and by "heard" I mean "just made up"

Comment: Re:I guess it shows that Valve as a company .... (Score 2) 92

by VGPowerlord (#48514193) Attached to: Valve Rolls Out Game Broadcasting Service For Steam

I am glad that Steam look at Twitch as a competitor, but making it so that their streaming is only accessible through the Steam client is well -- a terrible decision.

If you mean viewing a stream, apparently you only need Safari or Chrome to do it. I haven't actually tested that, though.

Comment: Re:Use the singular (Score 3, Informative) 274

by VGPowerlord (#48506915) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

The Foundation "is", not are. It is one entity. You're not referring to all the people within the Foundation, you're referring to the Foundation itself. You even use the word "it", not them, to refer to the Wikimedia Foundation.

You use is when referring to a singular entity.
You use are when referring to more than one entity or a group, such as they.

From my observations, this is one of those points where UK and US English disagree.

Organizations are referred to as plural in UK English and singular in US English.

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