Steam 停止使用 Bitcoin 購買遊戲

Steam 宣佈停止使用 Bitcoin 購買遊戲:「Steam is no longer supporting Bitcoin」。

官方提到的原因是因為交易費用太高 (雖然是讓使用者付):

In the past few months we've seen an increase in the volatility in the value of Bitcoin and a significant increase in the fees to process transactions on the Bitcoin network. For example, transaction fees that are charged to the customer by the Bitcoin network have skyrocketed this year, topping out at close to $20 a transaction last week (compared to roughly $0.20 when we initially enabled Bitcoin).

另外一個原因是波動問題:

Historically, the value of Bitcoin has been volatile, but the degree of volatility has become extreme in the last few months, losing as much as 25% in value over a period of days.

所以這樣推測,Steam 不是直接換成法幣?我記得他們合作的交易所 (BitPay) 可以馬上換成法幣...

MasterCard 在英國被告收取過高的手續費

在「Mastercard sued for $19 billion in Britain's biggest damages claim」這邊看到的幾個重點,第一個是歐盟對國際手續費 1% 的限制:(雖然 Brexit...)

A lawyer working on the case said Mastercard charged shops fees in excess of 1 percent for card use on international transactions between 1992 and 2008.Although the EU's anti-trust regulator only ruled Mastercard's international fees were illegal, this impacted British consumers as it was the default fee used in Britain.

另外一個是兩年前的新規定:

Two years ago, the European Union capped the fees retailers pay at 0.2 percent for debit cards and 0.3 percent for credit cards.

唔... (回頭看台灣的帳單)

T-Mobile 提供國際漫遊單一費率...

T-Mobile 將要推出國際漫遊單一費率的資費方案:「T-Mobile to offer free unlimited international data, texts」。

引用裡面的文字:

T-Mobile's latest shake-up puts international roaming rates in its sights, with the carrier eliminating fees for data and text messages entirely in more than 100 countries. It will also simplify the calling rates, charging a fixed rate of 20 cents per minute.

語音的部份,每分鐘新台幣 6 元?

不過 unlimited international data 是有速度限制的:

Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said the average speed customers would get would be around 128 kilobits a second.

如果要速度,多付錢可以解決問題:

T-Mobile hopes to make some of its money back with "speed packs" that customers can purchase on the fly to boost their connection speed temporarily. For $15, a customer gets a single day's worth of high-speed data up to 100 megabytes, while $20 gets one week at 200 megabytes and $50 gets two weeks and 500 megabytes. The speeds are more accustomed to T-Mobile's HSPA+ networks, since international roaming with LTE isn't broadly available.

在官方網站的「Simple Choice International Plans | Unlimited Data & Text | T-Mobile」上面寫的更清楚:

Only T-Mobile’s network can give you unlimited everything for everyone. Other carriers may even make you share minutes, messages, and data between you and your family. With the Simple Choice Plan, each line comes with unlimited talk, text, and data while on our home network—and starting October 20, unlimited data and text in over 100 countries at no extra charge. That means no overages just about anywhere you go. Plus, there's no annual service contract and it's easy to add additional lines.

現有用戶在漫遊時直接受益...

不知道外國人辦這個划不划算,尤其是常常跑去國外的...

亞利桑那州將針對肥胖治療的人收錢...

Slashdot 看到的新聞「Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax」,原文轉自 WSJ 的「Arizona Proposes Medicaid Fat Fee」。

文章裡提到:

Arizona's governor on Thursday proposed levying a $50 fee on some enrollees in the state's cash-starved Medicaid program, including obese people who don't follow a doctor-supervised slimming regimen and smokers.

那個「including」的意思表示不只跟這些人收,不然會用「only」而非「including」,以避免被政敵咬住利用,所以還不知道影響範圍有多大...