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[–] InDifferent 4 points 15 points (+19|-4) ago 

Yes, a QA fuck-up resulting in a bug that lead to a chance that someone saw your info = Valve literally being 1984.

As someone in a sysadmin position, I can safely say that sometimes shit just falls through the cracks and you do the best you can to fix/revert it as quickly as possible.

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[–] tcp 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago 

Valve has chosen not to be open about the scope of the leak, give any assurances about security, inform all users of the leak in a timely manner, nor give adequate recommendations for actions users should take. If this is how they downplay "a QA fuck-up", how would they react after a more serious breach? Well, historically, we already know they have interesting ways to deal with being owned by the boy who stole Half-Life 2 (and the others that were inside before him), but hopefully their network security has improved since then. The problem is that if people make excuses for companies in almost every case that comes to light, they will feel a sense of impunity or just develop the inability to account for themselves. They will hide more serious breaches.

People's response to endless personal information breaches, leaks, and abuse is to say that all your info is out there already anyways. However, how did it get like this? What about children of the future, do they just abandon all hope of keeping private information private? This isn't 1984, but this is true apathy. Accordingly, we've always been in the shit, so we should stay in the shit. There is no way to change the system for the better anyways, right? This case may not be the most egregious, but if Valve can't act properly on something like this, there will be little hope down the line and for others.

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[–] Psylent 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Would you want to enter discussions with rabid highly abusive nerds threatening to sue and all sorts of shit .. ? or would you wait until their vitriol has died down before engaging them ?

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[–] gruevy 3 points 1 points (+4|-3) ago 

The problem isn't that it happened. The problem is their attempt to pretend it didn't

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[–] Ioxvm 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

They didn't pretend it didn't happen. They did what any sane person would do. They acknowledged the problem while it was happening. They fixed the problem and then they moved the fuck on along. Shit happens, people make mistakes, get over it.