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What the Hell Happened to the Steam Hardware Survey?

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. For years, Valve has consistently published a monthly update on which systems and components its users own. It’s never been a perfect metric. It only captures computers that log into the service over a period of time, it isn’t always updated promptly when AMD or Nvidia launch new GPUs, and it doesn’t always detect GPUs correctly. It’s also not unusual to see Steam reporting a relatively high percentage of “Other” GPUs. Despite these issues, it…

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We went to watch BBC's new pop show, Sounds Like Friday Night, and this is what happened

“I cannot stress it enough: This is a gig.” Warm-up man Stuart Holdham is laying the ground rules for the studio audience at Sounds Like Friday Night, a brand new pop show on BBC One. “Don’t clap along to the music because you should be dancing,” he continues. “And if I see any dad dancing, you’ll be removed from the studio, driven to Manchester and forced to watch six hours of Jeremy Kyle.” For all of his humour, there’s no mistaking it: This is a big deal for the BBC….

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Whatever Happened to Just Being Type A?

A few years ago, Gretchen Rubin, the best-selling self-help author, pivoted from the happiness racket into the habit business with her seventh book, “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.” Embedded in it was a personality typing system of her own invention she called the Four Tendencies: a homage to Freud’s “fateful tendencies.” She’d had an insight, Ms. Rubin wrote in a typical flurry of italics, as seismic as Archimedes’s eureka moment in the bath: how does a person respond to an expectation? The answer to this…

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