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Castdeath97

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    Castdeath97 reacted to AndreiArgeanu in The European Commission fines valve and 5 publishers 7.8 million euros for geo-blocking steam games.   
    Thing is, games aren't really cheaper in the EU or in poorer EU countries. Below you can see how much Cyberpunk costs in different countries and if you look closely you'll notice that there's only one country that is in the EU where the price of the game is cheaper and that's it, and it's not even a significant difference over the US price. If you're in any other EU country you probably have to pay more than that anyway. And the EU doesn't have a problem if steam restricts keys from outside the EU to work inside the EU, their main concern is games bought within the EU used in another EU country.

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    Castdeath97 reacted to Delicieuxz in The European Commission fines valve and 5 publishers 7.8 million euros for geo-blocking steam games.   
    What can happen depends on where you live and whether the ticket was issued by a private company, or by a city or state authority. In any case, not being able to get a loan or buy a house, or paying much more on a loan, all because of how an unpaid parking ticket affected a credit rating, would suck.
     
    https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/save-money/what-happens-when-you-dont-pay-a-parking-ticket/
     
     
    Companies don't get a choice of whether to obey the law of the countries they operate in - if they don't, they're out of the country. So, a foreign company conducting business in the US while ignoring US law will cause the same or worse to happen.
     
    Valve can disagree with the decision while still paying it. They'll likely utilize any avenue they have to object to the decision. But if the decision stands after Valve have exhausted their avenues to object to it, then Valve will pay it.
     
    Different countries are charged different amounts for games because people in different countries make different amounts of money and have different amounts to spend, and are willing to spend different amounts on a game.
     
    In a poor country, a game might cost $15, while in a wealthy country it might cost $60. Valve don't want people from wealthy countries buying $60 games from poor countries for $15 because that loses them, and the publishers who sell their games through Steam, lots of money. So, they use region-locked prices to try to make sure that only people living in a certain country can buy games from there.
     
    Geo-blocking games goes a big step beyond that and means that if someone legitimately buys and activates a game in one country, but then moves to or is visiting another, they won't be able to play the games they purchased in the other country anymore.
     
    Valve withdrawing their business from the EU isn't one of the possible outcomes. Valve will object to it to the extent they are able to, and if the decision stands at the end, Valve will pay.
     
    If Valve withdrew from the EU, which isn't going to happen, it wouldn't mean that people in the EU stop buying games. They'd just buy games from one of the many other platforms operating in the region and Valve's market share would decrease while its competitors' would increase, while Valve would lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars per year over a fine of a couple million dollars.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Delicieuxz in The European Commission fines valve and 5 publishers 7.8 million euros for geo-blocking steam games.   
    I'm not sure of what "They don't have to give the EU the graces of using any of their software for the sales of any games" means, but a business has to obey the laws of the countries in which they operate, otherwise they won't be allowed to operate there. And so, every transaction Valve makes within the EU is subject to EU law. So are Valve's servers and any assets Valve has in the EU. So are any funds of Valve's processed and kept in the EU.
     
    A company has the right to sell in a place, subject to the law of the location in which they are seeking to conduct their business. Valve's options are to comply with EU law, or cease operating within the EU. Valve wants to sell in the EU because Valve generates hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in revenue each year by doing so.
     
    So, Valve can ignore an EU decision imposed on their business, but only by ceasing their business operations in the EU, which Valve doesn't want to do.
     
    It would only be like that if I was conducting business on your property, selling to all the other people on your property, using your banking institutions to process payments and your servers to host my services. And also if you were the ultimate ruler for everything that happens on your property (meaning there's no higher government) with the power to enforce your decisions.
     
    If I failed to comply with your decision under those conditions, you would be able to freeze bank accounts, cut-off transactions, and seize any assets.
     
    Which impacts your credit rating.
     
    New York City impounds vehicles and then sells them at auctions if people don't pay their parking tickets.
     
    https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/vehicles/services-auctions.page
    https://moneycheck.com/what-happens-if-you-dont-pay-parking-tickets/
     
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Delicieuxz in The European Commission fines valve and 5 publishers 7.8 million euros for geo-blocking steam games.   
    Publishers might have brought this on themselves by engaging in geo-blocking.
     
    Region-locking keys, preventing people from one region from buying and activating keys from another, makes sense - though, it can be sidestepped with VPNs.
     
    But geo-blocking games, preventing people who bought and activated them in their original region from playing them while they're in another, is an awful practice that should be outlawed everywhere because it is effectively stealing people's games and obstructing their property rights over them, which includes the right to play them regardless of where they are.
     
    Valve would have to appeal in an EU court, since the decision is made by the EU regarding EU law applied within the EU regarding Valve's business within the EU. Valve will have no choice but to submit to the decision of the EU if Valve wish to continue business in the EU.
     
    You can get away with not paying a parking ticket issued by a private company on their property. But if you were to be caught parking on their property again without paying, they might tow and impound your car until you paid. You can avoid paying the ticket by avoiding the property of the company you owe a fine to. And even if you don't pay a private company, they'll eventually hand your fee to a collection agency, which will harm your credit rating.
     
    If the ticket is issued by a city or state, the fine will likely keep increasing and you can have your car impounded for not paying, and can also lose your driver's license. An arrest warrant might also be issued for you.
     
    In short, you can avoid paying to the extent that the reach of the company or entity you owe is limited.
     
    But the EU government's reach encompasses the entire EU and a business can't avoid the EU government's decisions so long as it continues operating within the EU. If Valve ignored the EU's decision, Valve's business in the EU would be heavily penalized and its assets could be seized, and Valve could be prohibited from operating in the EU, which would mean the loss of access to the 2nd or 3rd-largest economy in the world.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to jagdtigger in The European Commission fines valve and 5 publishers 7.8 million euros for geo-blocking steam games.   
    Please do the same with every single streaming platform for blocking VPN and other shenanigans like locking 4k to specific HW for no good reason (DRM is not a good reason before someone jumps on it)......
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    Castdeath97 reacted to RejZoR in YouTube demonetized Onision for violating its Creator Responsibility policies off the platform   
    People think Youtube celebrities are anything on a global scale. Mention PewDiePie to casual people and I bet you no one will know who he even is. And he's the biggest Youtuber. Hell, same with Linus and Linus Tech Tips. They are well known in tech circles, but outside of that, they are nobodies. It's just the reality of things where only truly worldwide mainstream celebrities can have that status of "Yeah, that's that guy/girl" that everyone instantly recognizes.
     
    It makes even more cringy when Instagramers ask for free things from restaurants, hotels and companies in general and then go on and brag how they have 300.000 followers on Instagram. Dude/girl, you're an absolute nobody. Like, literally nobody.
     
    Also Onision is a very weird guy on so many levels and for some reason he has a massive fanbase mostly consisting of younger girls. Which makes it even more bizarre. You understand why teenage boys follow PewDiePie, you know why geeky boys follow Linus/LTT, but my god I can't wrap my mind around why young girls follow Onision.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Moonzy in YouTube demonetized Onision for violating its Creator Responsibility policies off the platform   
    "5.3mil subs across 3 accounts"
    And I'm like.. who?
     
    Man having 1 mil sub is nothing now
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Mark Kaine in NVIDIA to reintroduce the RTX 2060 series into the market   
    Thats pretty damn cheap, in comparison! 
     

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  9. Funny
    Castdeath97 reacted to Jet_ski in NVIDIA to reintroduce the RTX 2060 series into the market   
    A lot of people missed this part of the leak: Nvidia will also be launching RTX branded flying unicorns in March for a low price of $69.99 and they come with 10 bejilion CUDA Tensor cores. If you can hold on a little longer though, I hear RTX Flying Unicorn Ti dubbed Flying UTI is also around the corner.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Morgan MLGman in NVIDIA to reintroduce the RTX 2060 series into the market   
    Considering that the 12GB 3060 is supposed to cost €330 in late February? I wouldn't really say so.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to D13H4RD in Having confusing desktop GPUs wasn't enough - Nvidia removing MaxQ branding   
    Also, in case people haven’t noted.
     
    The RTX 3080 and 3080 Laptop use completely different dies. The 3080 uses GA102 whilst the 3080 Laptop uses a fully-unlocked GA104 (same die albeit binned lower used on the desktop 3070, with a lower-binned variant on the desktop 3060 Ti).
     
    It’s why I’ve taken to calling the laptop variant the RTX 3080M.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to TetraSky in Having confusing desktop GPUs wasn't enough - Nvidia removing MaxQ branding   
    Why is it so hard for Intel, AMD, Nvidia and others... To have clear product brandings and stick to them... 
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    Castdeath97 reacted to TrigrH in Having confusing desktop GPUs wasn't enough - Nvidia removing MaxQ branding   
    imo this entire 30 series laptop generation is a joke. After two generations of fairly synced up laptop and desktop GPUs its now back to the 980m bullshit, this time without the "m" designation to mislead the consumer.
     
    Here is my take:
    Tightass nvidia fucked everything by going with a hot and under-performing Samsung 8nm process.
    IMO the 3080 desktop was shifted to the GA102 (the titan class die) to compete with AMD RDNA2.
    As a result of the above there is no fucking way a "102" die (which they have never used in a laptop before) is going to be feasible.
    GDDR6X also runs hot, so we wont see that in a laptop.
    Even the GA104 (3070 die) runs fairly hot and pulls a good chunk of power (close to the 2080 if i'm not mistaken).
     
    Thanks to all of this we are now stuck with the biggest cluster fuck of underclocked GA104 laptops, misleading 3080 laptop marketing. Confused consumers and drastic performance differences between laptops running same the 30 series GPU.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to CephDigital in Having confusing desktop GPUs wasn't enough - Nvidia removing MaxQ branding   
    The main issue is that a 3060 in laptop A could be wildly different to laptop B despite both having a "3060". You can't tell unless the maker specifies it. At least with CPUs you can see that CPU A has a higher boost clock than CPU B so is most likely to be faster.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to CephDigital in Having confusing desktop GPUs wasn't enough - Nvidia removing MaxQ branding   
    First time doing a news post so lemme know if I've done something wrong.
     
    Summary
    Nvidia are removing the Max-Q designation for laptop GPUs, making it a whole lot more harder knowing what performance you can expect.
     
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    My thoughts
    Stop this please Nvidia. When it comes to laptops, knowing if something is MaxQ or not is a massive thing. For instance, a MaxQ 2080 might only be on par with or slightly better than a Max P 2070. I seriously think they're doing this on purpose so they can charge unknowing customers the "better" 3080 when it might perform worse than a cheaper 3060 at a higher wattage. What makes this worse is that the MaxQ features has to be implemented in BY the OEM, meaning you could theoretically get a GPU that is underpowered and none of the benefits that supposedly come with MaxQ.
     
    Sources
    Notebook Check
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    Castdeath97 reacted to kuddlesworth9419 in Google employees formally launch new union after pushback from Alphabet   
    Only scummy companies are scared of unions because they know they won't be able to fuck their staff over anymore. In the UK unions have done a lot of good work especially these days. In the past some got a bad name but these days a lot of unions will really help you out. Companies think twice before fucking you over if you are part of a union. The US could really use with a lot more unions.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Orangeator in Google employees formally launch new union after pushback from Alphabet   
    It really depends on how realistic the union leaders are. Certain union leaders abuse their positions (as do company exec's) and some favor the employee's desires far more than they do the companies (to the detriment of the company).
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Dutch_Master in Google employees formally launch new union after pushback from Alphabet   
    Unions, particularly trade unions, are viewed by corporate America as something Extremely Evil(TM) for their association with dictatorial politics. True, they have been abused by communists, and still are in a way in certain countries, but on the whole, unions are for the better of the company. You need to look no further then Scandinavia, Germany and the Low Countries to see what non-militant trade unions can achieve to further the position of employees while still take in account the needs of the company they work for. Their agreements are based on consensus, mutual respect and a strong sense of joint responsibility for not just the existence of the company but also society as a whole. The Anglo-Saxon model based on egocentric greed and implied disrespect for subordinates doesn't fly here. The economic results speak for themselves: it works
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Pickles - One of the Jar in Google employees formally launch new union after pushback from Alphabet   
    It is good to see something positive coming for the workers at Google. There have been a lot of issues coming out from Google with various scandals, how they have treated employees and even went after some when unionizing came up. Hopefully this is for the better and provides a turning point in the culture at google. Honestly, it has been a long time coming. 
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    Castdeath97 reacted to poochyena in Prices For Various PC Components Have Just Gotten More Expensive/Are Expected to Get More Expensive in the US Due to Tariffs   
    It will be annoying short term, but it will be better off long term as companies will hopefully be enticed into moving production to more ethical countries that aren't currently rounding up it's citizens and putting them into secret concentration camps.
  21. Funny
    Castdeath97 reacted to Downkey in Can't get your Hands on the Next Gen Consoles ? - At least you can now buy the perfect furniture for it from Ikea   
    Next thing you know we will get RTX 3080 couch cushions.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to handymanshandle in Dell introduces "5K" 4K Ultrawide Monitor   
    WHERE'S OUR 3:2 4K MONITOR REEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Sarra in Yeah it's SUPER, super out of stock that is - new RTX card rumors.   
    I doubt it. The actual signalling wouldn't be there, and the controller on the die would be expecting specific capacity chips, if it saw double that capacity, you would either have half the bandwidth, half the capacity, or it would flat out reject the chips, and you'd basically have a card with no memory.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to SADS in Yeah it's SUPER, super out of stock that is - new RTX card rumors.   
    To be honest, I just don't even care anymore.
     
    If you can't even buy them, who cares if they're bringing out new products, rumors or not.
    They may as well just be labelled as concept products.
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    Castdeath97 reacted to Sarra in Yeah it's SUPER, super out of stock that is - new RTX card rumors.   
    3080 Super: Now with 2GB of GDDR6X!
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