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  More Than 2/3rds Of Ubisoft's Sales Are Console Sales
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 7 hours ago - Forum: Gaming - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/246079/ubiso...that-of-pc
In the Q1 2017/18 column, the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and 7th gen consoles add up to 69% of sales.

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  Article Calling For Serious Study Of UFOs
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 07-14-2018, 02:31 AM - Forum: Anything Alien - Replies (1)

https://theconversation.com/are-we-alone...tudy-98843
It's a great read, and I'm sure Dave will be interested.

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  Germany Bans Vague Dates From Marketing
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 07-13-2018, 04:27 AM - Forum: News & Politics - No Replies

https://www.techpowerup.com/245920/germa...-and-sales

Quote:Vague dates like "coming soon" or "shipping soon" to lure pre-orders is outlawed in Germany, after a Munich Regional High Court ruling, in which a litigant took reseller MediaMarkt to court over excessive delivery delays. For any retailer to sell a pre-order for a commodity or a digital software license (i.e. take payment before product launch date), the reseller must specify the exact date of on which the product will be delivered. In other words, the onus is on the reseller to specify when a buyer will have the product or digital license in their possession, before making the sale, and ensure that the product reaches the consumer on or before the specified date.

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  Valve Leaks Incomplete Data On Player Count Per Game
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 07-12-2018, 03:17 AM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/07/s...-of-games/

Quote:Because this data is derived directly from Steam's API for each game, it ends up much more precise than the old Steam Gauge/Steam Spy estimation methods, which relied on random sampling of a small portion of the Steam player base. But this method only works for games with developer-defined Achievements, so it covers about 13,000 of the roughly 23,000 games now on Steam.

It's not exactly clear how Valve defines this "Achievement denominator," which approaches but doesn't precisely match up with the "players" statistics provided to individual developers. The new data also gives no indication of how many people own the game without having played it. And, in very rare cases, this method could come up with a denominator that's off by a factor of two, thanks to common factors (though this chance becomes vanishingly small in games with more than a few Achievements).

By July 4, Valve updated its Steam API to provide much less precision in its Achievement percentages, cutting off this new data source altogether. That move comes just months after Valve started protecting individual Steam usage data by default, cutting off the previous estimation method used by Steam Gauge and Steam Spy. Valve Head of Business Development Jan-Peter Ewert said the company is currently working on a "more accurate" way for users and developers to "get data out of Steam," though apparently this kind of Achievement-derived data set wasn't what he had in mind.

https://techgage.com/news/valve-leaks-li...ly-on-top/
Quote:The more that the list is pored over, the more interesting tidbits can be found. Is it sad that Half-Life 2 peaked at 8.8 million, when a game based on its engine, Garry’s Mod, enjoyed 18.5 million? And we wonder why we haven’t seen a Half-Life 3? Both Portal titles have had more players than Half-Life 2: 12% more played Portal, and 48% more played Portal 2.

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  $225 Fee to file a complaint with FCC
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 07-11-2018, 10:53 PM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (3)

7-11-2018

Ajit Pai's FCC Doesn't Want to Hear Your Complaints Unless You Pay Them $225


Ajit Pai and the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission successfully rolled back Barack Obama-era net neutrality guidelines earlier this year, but they’re not done screwing with consumers yet. 

Per the Verge, Democratic Sens. Frank Pallone and Mike Doyle of the House Energy & Commerce Committee have penned a letter to Pai saying they are “deeply concerned” with the proposed rules change, which would allow the FCC to route free informal complaints directly to service providers’ customer service departments without being viewed by FCC staff. (The FCC says this is “streamlining” the process.) A separate, formal complaint system that is routed to FCC employees would remain in place, but it costs $225 to use.

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  Intel Is Not Ending Extreme Edition CPUs
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 07-11-2018, 02:24 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies

https://techreport.com/news/33891/rumors...xaggerated

Quote:For its part, however, Intel suggests the Extreme Edition brand is here to stay. I asked the company whether it had any plans to retire the moniker, and an Intel spokesperson provided me with the following statement:
Quote:There is no change to the branding of the Intel Core Extreme Edition processor and Intel Core X-series processor family.

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  Trump may disclose Alien contact with Earth while in England
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 07-07-2018, 08:07 AM - Forum: Anything Alien - No Replies

https://www.unilad.co.uk/featured/will-p...ut-aliens/

Obama and the UK released millions of previously classifieds documents on UFO's to brace the planet for joint revelation.

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  Veteran forced to sell home over American flag
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 07-06-2018, 02:27 PM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (1)

7-4-2018

Veteran forced to sell home over American flag

https://www.wthr.com/article/veteran-for...rican-flag

An Air Force veteran in Florida who was forced to sell his home due to hefty fines for flying an American flag is headed to court.

Larry Murphree says the homeowners association at the Tides Condominium in Sweetwater didn't approve of the small flag in a flower pot on his front porch.

"I got a violation letter that stated the American flag was an unauthorized object and for me to take it down," said Murphree.

Murphree refused, and started getting fined up to $1,000. That's when he hired lawyer Gust Harris, and filed suit in federal court.

Harris says the two sides came to an agreement that the flag could be flown. But according to Gust, the HOA changed the flag ordinance to a flower pot ordinance a few months later.

Murphree was again being charged $100 every day he didn't remove the flag. On top of this, he says his HOA was using his HOA fee money to pay off the fines unbeknownst to him.

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  Social Media Tax
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 07-04-2018, 08:43 PM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (1)

May have to pull the plug once the Social Media Tax is implemented. Even this site is considered Social Media.

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  Rumored Polaris Refresh
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 07-03-2018, 10:12 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/27276...in-q4-2018
There's also a Navi rumor, but it's sketchy.

Quote:First off, there’s a new Polaris family supposedly being prepped for a Q4 2018 introduction. Built on the same 12nm process improvement as AMD’s second-generation Ryzen CPUs, it would offer a 15 percent performance improvement over current cards.

There are only two ways for AMD to deliver this kind of performance improvement, and only one of them makes sense. To improve GPU performance you can make a GPU wider or smaller while keeping the architecture the same, or you can increase the GPU’s clock speed. With architectural changes unlikely, this suggests that AMD would instead simply try to ratchet clocks higher. And who knows? Given that Polaris was the first 14nm discrete GPU GlobalFoundries had ever built, it’s possible that AMD found some low-hanging fruit that would allow it to hit higher clocks. The larger problem is that while a 15 percent jump would give AMD much stronger footing against Nvidia today, it might not compare well against any next-generation hardware Nvidia launches — at least not without price cuts.

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