What I’ve Been Reading: June 17, 2018

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We’ve got a lot to cover this week, so let’s get started, shall we? Read on for pieces on Anna Delvey, Amy Bishop, and other people you haven’t heard of. More

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What I’ve Been Reading: May 27, 2018

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Let’s boogie down with some links, shall we? Today, we’re talking about NXIVM, K-pop, and African gray parrots. More

What I’ve Been Reading: February 19, 2017

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It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. So let’s do one of these. Read on for pieces about Gamestop, Hong Kong car repair, and -sigh- Donald Trump. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 25, 2016

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You’re a butt. Because you’re a butt, you should read these articles. More

What I’ve Been Reading: April 3, 2016

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This week, we’re talking games. And food. But mostly games. More

What I’ve Been Reading: March 1, 2015

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Hello, brave Internet warriors! It’s time to follow some links to other websites. More

Steam’s Reliability Problem

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For those of you who aren’t aware of its existence, there’s a website called Is Steam Down? It’s exactly what its title says: it answers whether or not Valve’s highly popular Steam service is up and running, or if it’s currently down. It’s a pretty useful tool, especially if you’re not sure if you’re having Internet issues, or if there are troubles on Valve’s end.

But there’s a problem. As useful as this tool is, I’m not glad it exists. I don’t mean to say that the tool is not a good resource for verifying Steam’s status. Rather, I mean that Is Steam Down? shouldn’t need to exist. The fact that it does shows that Steam has a long way to go before PC gamers can fully trust it. More

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