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Activision Devoting "Significant Resources" to PC Black Ops 4

IGN reports some comments on Activision's plans for the PC edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from a recent earnings call. Activision Blizzard president and COO Coddy Johnson talked with investors about the upcoming military shooter sequel, saying this "is a game that will push the envelope with innovation." He also spoke of their increased focus on the PC edition, saying the company has "invested significant dedicated resources to ensure we can deliver a great PC game."

Steam Survey Win7 Error Fixed

Steam offers April Hardware & Software Survey Results along with an explanation of the error behind results from last year that indicated Windows 7 was regaining market share at the expense of Windows 10. It turns out the survey was overcounting results from cyber cafe customers, which lead to deceptive results:
The latest Steam Hardware Survey incorporates a number of fixes that address over counting of cyber cafe customers that occurred during the prior seven months.

Historically, the survey used a client-side method to ensure that systems were counted only once per year, in order to provide an accurate picture of the entire Steam user population. It turns out, however, that many cyber cafes manage their hardware in a way that was causing their customers to be over counted.

Around August 2017, we started seeing larger-than-usual movement in certain stats, notably an increase in Windows 7 usage, an increase in quad-core CPU usage, as well as changes in CPU and GPU market share. This period also saw a large increase in the use of Simplified Chinese. All of these coincided with an increase in Steam usage in cyber cafes in Asia, whose customers were being over counted in the survey.

It took us some time to root-cause the problem and deploy a fix, but we are confident that, as of April 2018, the Steam Hardware Survey is no longer over counting users.

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Out of the Blue

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is an annual mostly American celebration of a Mexican military victory over the French more than 150 years ago in the Battle of Puebla. One would almost think we're just looking for an excuse to drink or something. Enjoy if you are celebrating, and please be careful on the roads.

Linko de Mayo: Thanks Ant and RedEye9.
Play: Crazy Shooters.
Stories: If You Think You Hate Puns, You're Wrong - In Defense of Puns.
World record Big Mac eater takes down 30,000th burger.
Christopher Nolan returns Kubrick sci-fi masterpiece '2001- A Space Odyssey' to its original glory.
Science: How the Failed Search for MH370 Solved 19th Century Maritime Mysteries. Thanks Neutronbeam.
'Disease Detectives' From CDC Help Find The Cause Of Mystery Outbreaks.
Media: HeroStorm Ep 40 Go Go Nexus Heroes.
Arrested Development: Star Wars with Ron Howard.
If they were made in... - Modern game demakes.
Follow-up: Drug made famous by Shkreli’s 5,000% price hike is still $750 a pill.
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