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Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 Happy St. Patrick's Day

Valve on Epic Games Store and Steam Data

Bleeping Computer has a statement from Valve responding to the recent news that the Epic Games Store may be accessing Steam data files for some users (thanks Eurogamer). Epic has stated this is innocuous, and requires user consent, but Valve expresses concern nonetheless. Here's what they say about the situation:
We are looking into what information the Epic launcher collects from Steam.

The Steam Client locally saves data such as the list of games you own, your friends list and saved login tokens (similar to information stored in web browser cookies). This is private user data, stored on the user's home machine and is not intended to be used by other programs or uploaded to any 3rd party service.

Interested users can find localconfig.vdf and other Steam configuration files in their Steam Client’s installation directory and open them in a text editor to see what data is contained in these files. They can also view all data related to their Steam account at:

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's latest accounting of the bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. Devil May Cry 5
  2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Total War: WARHAMMER II
  6. Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
  7. Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition
  8. Factory Town
  9. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege - Year 4 Pass
  10. Conan Exiles

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! I imagine that much of the partying went on last night, but I also know that some people take this seriously enough that they set alarms this morning to start the festivities. So please enjoy, but also please be careful... there's a lot of amateur drinking going on today.

The occasion is a little more somber here at the BlueTower, as we're still coming to grips with the loss of the Gunnar-man. I want to express heartfelt thanks for all the kind thoughts you offered in the comments and by email, they are quite touching and have provided a great deal of comfort. MrsBlue was quite moved by these expressions, prompting her to spend some time this morning reading some old Out of the Blues where I talked about the doggies, which brought a lot of laughs and good memories. We're still in pain, but focusing on the great times we all shared helps a lot. Speaking of which, I found the last picture that I took of him, and it is really something special. We went out with the parents of the twins and Jedi the Jindo last Sunday and Gunnar came along, as he was always a big hit at this doggie- and family-friendly watering hole. A darling little girl was there with her folks, and though the twins are her age, like so many people, she was drawn to Gunnar, and an immediate friendship was struck. At some point I looked down and realized how much of a love-fest this had become, giving me the chance to sneak this beautiful photo, which I will treasure forever:

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Why Are So Many Farmers Markets Failing? Because The Market Is Saturated.
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Depression may respond to exercise.
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The 12 Strangest Objects in the Universe.
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Testing Saw Blade Wheels on Frozen Lake.
True Facts: The Bolas Spider.
Follow-up: Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate.
The Funnies: Fake Views - FoxTrot.
bird and moon – Nymphister kronaueri.
Battle Royale Hype Train.
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