Niantic Deploys Shadowban to Combat Hacking in Pokémon Go

Niantic, the developer of the mobile Pokémon spin-off, Pokémon Go has repeatedly taken a stance of disapproval regarding the use of third-party applications which interact with their game. The company’s latest countermeasure to cheaters is a “shadowban.” Players affected by this maneuver will have their game modified in such a way that only the most common of monsters will even appear to the player, making it considerably more difficult to catch and evolve monsters.

 

While the shadowban is the company’s most recent approach to cheating players, it is not the first. August saw the company issuing permanent bans to any player who violated the game’s terms of service. Violating the terms of service included the use of emulators, modified software, location spoofing or directly accessing the game’s client through a third-party application. August’s permanent bans were seen as controversial as it penalized the use of sites like PokéVision, which offered a map detailing where Pokémon could be found.

 

Silph Road, a subreddit dedicated to Pokémon Go, remarks that the accounts of shadowbanned players are flagged as illicit and that while many bot accounts had been flagged, many continued to function without issue. Initially, the concern among players was that accounts would be targeted for using deprecated API calls to Niantic’s private server. While this concern turned out to be true, it was not the sole condition for an account to be classified as illicit. Currently, it remains unclear which exact behaviors will result in the declaration of an account as “illicit.”

 

Pokémon Go players that make use of bots or certain third-party applications have reported warnings about the game’s detection of third-party software. The warnings go on to state that continued use of such programs is a violation of the game’s terms of service that can lead to a terminated account. Lastly, it cautions players who play the game without such devices to change the password of their account for fear of someone else spoofing their identity within the game.

 

The Silph Road cautions that not all known bot accounts have been flagged as illicit. While some bots were able to scan common species of pokémon within the game, like “Pidgeys” and “Rattatas,” other accounts have been shut down in order to avoid Niantic’s shadowban.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Releases Monthly Update 5/25/2017

Despite being in early access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the hottest games on Steam right now, having sold over 2 million copies as of May 2017. The game was developed by the modder PlayerUnknown who created the Battle Royale mod for Arma 3, and who also worked on Daybreak’s H1Z1. It is one of the top streamed games on Twitch on a regular basis, and recently made a total of $237,350.00 in a charity fundraiser held on the site.

 

Needless to say, many players of the game are excited for this upcoming monthly update. According to the patch notes, there will be a lot of polishing (especially in terms of badly needed client performance, termed optimization) and bug fixes. In terms of implementing new content, they will be adding a new weapon as well as a new vehicle.

 

One of the biggest fixes they will be making (in terms of gameplay) is to a targeting issue happening on scopes in the game. As shown in a video on their Twitter, bullets were going above the dot on the reticle following the recoil (as demonstrated on 4x scopes in particular). This made it difficult to make long shots, especially taking into consideration the games’ bullet drop mechanics and the need to lead targets.

 

The exciting new gun added is the VSS, a suppressed sniper rifle that uses 9mm ammo that will be found in care packages and as a rare world spawn. One of the greatest things about this new gun, other than being suppressed with no attachments, is that you will not need to find a scope for it- it has a permanently attached 4x scope! The only downside to this might be is if you found an 8x or 15x scope you wanted to attach.

 

As if the new motorbike with sidecar added last update wasn’t cool enough, the developers are adding a single person motorbike to the mix. This motorbike looks similar to the one previously added, but will allow for more maneuverability. They are also adding the ability to control the motorbike in the air, which would allow for the rider to perform stunts!

 

One last important update that is being done is to the games anti-cheat system. They are no longer allowing players to remove shadows by altering the games’ files. This allowed these players to have an unfair advantage over those who still had their shadows; it was easier to see camouflaged or hidden players without shadows.

 

The monthly update goes into effect Thursday, May 25, 5PM KST/1AM PDT/8AM UTC.

A Review of Ultra Street Fighter II

When most people think of fighting games, the common image is of face-to-face competitions around an arcade cabinet or close to a television screen. “Ultra Street Fighter II,” for the Nintendo Switch, changes this by giving fighting game fans a console experience on the go. Looking over Street Fighter’s history on portable machines, only a handful has been great: SSF2 Turbo Revival on the GBA; SFA 3 on the PSP and SF4 on the 3DS. One feature that USF2 has over those titles is that it does not require additional equipment for multiple players.

 

USF2 looks as good as the HD Remix releases of SSF2 on the PS3 and 360. While the fighting game community will likely spend months comparing it to other versions, USF2 is still a Street Fighter title-an installment of one of the most venerable fighting game franchises. Even USF2’s presentation is customizable, allowing players to choose between HD or 16-bit graphics and between a remixed or chiptune soundtrack. While some may decry the HD artwork, those complaints mostly fall away when observed in person. USF2’s main benefit is its flexibility; you can enjoy old-school fighting on a monitor, complete with upscaled resolution, or you can take the game on the go. To play with a friend, just take the Joy-Cons off the tablet and hand one off.

 

As for playing with Joy-Cons, the experience is mixed. The analog stick makes some motions, even the rudimentary slide from “down” to “forward,” frustrating. While you can access “L” and “R,” the wrist strap slides make it much easier. The left Joy-Con’s face buttons are an excellent stand-in for a d-pad. The Joy-Con is also used for a special minigame that puts you into first-person perspective as you execute traditional special moves against waves of enemies; a feature good for some mindless bashing or keeping children active.

 

The biggest issue with USF2 may be the price tag; you’re effectively paying $40 for a 25-year-old game. While this is a comprehensive version of SF2 on a new console, some may wonder if it’s really worth the investment when the “Virtual Console” has SF2 for $10. Honestly, the $40 price tag is the only legitimate justification for why Switch owners might give USF2 a pass.

 

The Advantage of E-Governe

E-governe is a computer system that can be integrated into professional business systems in the health industry to help improve the overall run of the business. It is considered an information system that access profiles, processes, features and usage for a health company. This system list its overall goal has making everything in the health industry simpler, functional and economical. The systems offers multiple features like scheduling appointments, organizing workers schedules and providing service to the public. This system also can control distribution and stocking of medicine from the pharmacies. Other functions deal with the application of vaccines and scheduling of certain consultations and examinations. Some advantages listed for this system, is its ability to integrate and secure information which is very important when dealing with medical and personal files of patients.

This system also opens the doors to making communication and management of files easier. It allows a secure way to share and create reports without them needing to be reworked. It makes reports available in real time. E-Governe helps meet the demands for the health company’s units and reminds them of any openings. Their website list their results as regionalizing attendance, controlling the flow of patients, controlling the agreements between Municipalities and/ or between the state and Municipalities, managing financial transfers and improving the organizations work process. Along with those results, they also say that they will control the flow of patients between health units, allow the correct dimensioning of health units and enable the structuring of the programs of continuous attention to health. This system overall forms a secure structure to improve the day to day responsibilities of a health facility.

E-Governe has three systems that make up the whole thing. Sisterplan, is the system that focuses on the public management side of the business and helps create portfolios for the company’s clients. This system was developed in the 1990s and has grown to have an excellent reputation. The Sisterplan system is described as being a modern innovative and current system. The next system is Minauro, a system that uses innovative ways to improve and develop a company’s system. This system improves the quality of the company’s actual system such as management and offers a company a better way to serve their customers. Its main goal is to make a company more efficient and complete.

Their website describes, Minauro, as “The best medicine for the management of Public Health”. This system has been around for more than 20 years. The final and oldest system is the Consult. This system keeps health companies updated with the newest legislations and most current technologies. Consult has been around for about 30 years, keeping systems updated and ahead of other companies. This system works on a day to day basis to keep the company in the loop with all the most recent changes in their field. Due to the amazing qualities E-Governe provides, this system has been fully added to Instituto Curitiba de Informatica (ICI) by City Hall after the great work it has already done in managing the human resources. https://jccavalcanti.wordpress.com/2007/04/01/fique-nu-e-governe-o-mundo/

 

How to Build a Great Team on Madden

Madden is one of most popular games in the history of the world. Every year, a new installment of this game comes out that lets people run their own team and players. There are a lot of changes in the model for this year, and many people are wondering how they can build the perfect team. Here are a couple of tips about how you can succeed in the world of running a Madden franchise.

 

 

Drafting

 

When running a franchise, it is vital to be able to draft successfully over time. A lot of people have issues in this area, especially because they do not have an understanding of scouting. Scouting is the way that you can see the attributes of players before you decide to draft them. Instead of spending all of your points on a couple of players, only scout the key attributes of players who you want to scout. This will allow you to get a quality view of the players who are available and make your decisions accordingly.

 

 

Salary Cap

 

In your first year running the franchise, it can be really hard to stay under the salary cap if you do not understand the rules. You need to think of ways that you can make your team better without spending too much money. One of the biggest issues that many people have is spending too much on older players. Past a certain age, the progression of players is quite low. This is why you should never pay too much for someone who is past their prime. If you can learn how to deal with the salary cap, you can essentially build your team any way that you want.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, Madden is a great game that you should enjoy playing. The new features this year make it a much better experience for a lot of players. Not only that, but you can get really deep into running your own franchise. Always remember to think about how much a player is going to cost over time. This will help you stay out of cap trouble for the foreseeable future in your franchise. With the new changes, you have more power as a player than ever before.

 

Andrew Rolfe’s Vision for Ubuntu Fund

Andrew Rolfe established the Ubuntu Fund. It funds education without having any strings attached on the beneficiaries of the donations. It is run under the chairmanship of Andrew Rolfe in South Africa. The Ubuntu Fund and Center are located in Port Elizabeth, and they are an expression of the life and hope in quality education for all.

Andrew Rolfe founded the Ubuntu Fund to show the commitment he had for the community to prove that access to quality education is a right and not a privilege of a few. Ubuntu Fund grew and realized other innovative models to address the complex challenges faced in the townships and communities. The grassroots model was eventually adopted and has proved to be the best.

The Ubuntu mission

The service mission for Ubuntu is simple yet radical in nature. The mission is to take care of orphaned and vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth by providing everything. Andrew Rolfe believes that the meaning of “everything” in what Ubuntu offers, is what every child needs.

The Ubuntu model

The Ubuntu model adopted an entirely different approach, unique from the old model of going to scale. It has adopted a community-based approach, which seeks to go into the depth of the community rather than just have an impact. It has been able to reach more than 400,000 people through this approach.

It operates on the smallest unit of the community, which is the family. Andrew Rolfe stated that the Ubuntu Fund seeks to create complete individuals, flexible and ready to meet the challenges of the times. The model adopted by Ubuntu is simple yet impacting and new yet innovative.

The areas of concern to the Ubuntu Fund

The cornerstone of the work at the Ubuntu Fund has been simplified as stability, education and quality health. The three as indicated by the vision of Andrew Rolfe are fundamental to bring a change in the township life. They are the obstacles preventing the children from accessing education. Therefore, the Ubuntu Fund ensures that the children they support break away from poverty, access the world’s best education, get employed, and grow into valuable adults with stable incomes and contributing to the community.

 

Far Cry 5 To Focus on the United States

The “Far Cry” series has developed a reputation for beautiful locations, plenty of guns, impressive voice work and courting controversy by placing the blank-slate protagonist in exotic locales with guns pointed toward the local populace. Previous games have been set in the South Pacific, Africa, an oceanic archipelago and even a fabricated country located within the Himalayas. Far Cry 5 seems to be breaking away from this world tour approach by taking place within the United States. In recent press materials for the game, Far Cry 5 indicates that it will be set in Montana with a religious cult of rural, pro-gun Caucasians as its primary source of antagonism.

 

Drawing inspiration from real life, the imagery seems to be taken from the 2016 occupation of an Oregonian wildlife refuge. With the exception of the “Grand Theft Auto” and “Postal” franchises, few modern, “triple A” titles feature American citizens as the enemy; most games go for a non-controversial element, having the player contend with extraterrestrials, the undead, sentient machines, Nazis or faceless “foreigners.” While plenty has been explained about Far Cry 5’s setting and antagonists, the identity of the player character is a complete unknown. Far Cry 2 let the player select his ethnicity; Far Cry 3 had a white collegiate gaining tribal tattoos and Far Cry 4’s protagonist was returning home to spread his mother’s ashes. Whatever ethnicity the Far Cry 5 protagonist is, the choice will likely be made to counterpoint its antagonists.

 

Initial impressions of the game’s press materials have been mixed, but sharp on both ends. Where some people commented that they would find out which company makes the Far Cry series so that that company will never receive a cent by purchasing their games, others responded with the perceived hope that Caucasians would become evil by promising to follow throw and others still greeted the opportunity to mow down proxies for religious bigots via chain gun with great enthusiasm. While it’s unknown how Far Cry 5 will offer the usual beautiful settings and dangerous weapons, its press kit mentions that it will discuss video game violence and why the acceptance of murdering virtual people is entirely dependent on which political, religious or ethnic group happens to be in the gunner’s sights.

 

The Influence Through Philanthropy Of George Soros

Born in Hungary in 1930, George Soros did everything he can to survive the Nazi occupation of his home country during the Second World War. The experiences he had seen during the war had transformed him into someone who would, later on, cause massive changes all throughout the world that would bear positive impacts to those who are oppressed, discriminated and neglected by society. Today, George Soros is known to be one of the most generous philanthropists, having given away over $12 billion to support individuals and organizations fighting for a cause.

After the Second World War, George Soros had left Hungary for London where he worked, and at the same time, pursue his studies at the London School of Economics. He immigrated to the United States in 1956 and began to build his multi-billion investment empire that made him one of the most successful in America, owing vast amounts of his fortune to his own hedge fund, Soros Fund Management.

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As he started to earn more than he could ever imagine through the Soros Fund Management, the idea to create a foundation kicked in, and thus, Open Society Foundations is born. This foundation is a gigantic network of foundation, partners, and projects around the globe, which offers a number of social assistance. George Soros, through his newly established foundation, had changed the world drastically, by means of informing and enriching the people’s knowledge. He had given scholarships to deserving students worldwide and helped to build colleges and universities. His works helped to uplift those who are already feeling desperate in life and has supported the rise of transparent democratic governments. No one could deny the impact and the influence that George Soros has. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.

As time goes by, his view on society was slowly reshaping the world, and how the standard of morality was viewed upon. He criticized the war on drugs, stating that it is more dangerous than the drugs itself; he vocally supported the LGBT’s equal rights, and ultimately became a backer for same-sex marriage; finally, he has helped those who were discriminated because of their appearance or ethnicity, using the influence that his foundation has.

Today, his business is still thriving, and the fund which he started has become tremendously successful. He is known to be the 21st richest person in the world, and his worth is now estimated to be at $26 billion. George Soros, as his wealth continues to grow, never forgets the most important thing in life – reaching out to those who are in need. His philanthropic works, which has helped millions, would surely stay behind for a long time. Being in his 80s with all of the achievement he gained, George Soros could only wish for one thing – a utopian world where people live in peace and harmony. Know more about George Soros on Investopedia.

Sources:

https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros

http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527

https://www.georgesoros.com/the-life-of-george-soros/

Susan McGalla Shares Tips For Success With Future Businesswomen

The needs and expectations for women in business have grown enormously over the last few decades, but more motivation and change is needed for it to continue, according the the ideas shared by Susan McGalla at a recent event. Specifically, Ms. McGalla, known for her expertise in the different aspects of branding, marketing, operational efficiencies and similar industries, has three valuable pieces of information to pass along to the next generation of women looking toward the professional workplace.

 

Access As Much Higher Education As Possible

 

Ms. Mcgalla shared that education is the key to professional success. Although it may be inconvenient or expensive to continue in classes, women with more advanced degrees typically have better professional opportunities.

 

Instead of looking at school as an endless expense and challenge, she recommends investigating all of the different avenues for financial assistance for school. Accessing financial aid packages that are appropriate to the existing skill set is essential to long-term success and often requires extra time. The good news is, your investment is likely to pay off, over time.

 

Women Need To Believe In Themselves

 

Upon graduation, women are likely to feel confident and secure with their professional goals and expectations. Sadly, over time the influence of management can cause those important feelings to diminish by up to 60%, according to data shared by Ms. Mcgalla.

 

Therefore, it is essential to not only believe that you have the skills to make it, but also to surround yourself with people who share that belief. The desire for success can diminish if there is not adequate support for it.

 

You Are Unique And Should Ignore Glass Ceilings

 

The long-held belief about the alleged glass-ceiling and that few women make it past it has negatively impacted many women and other minorities over the years. Fortunately, Ms. McGalla has achieved success following some unique advice of her own…Forget the glass ceiling and ignore the prejudices that may be there.

Doing so was key to her success and she followed up with a final idea to aspiring business women to ignore stereotypes. Instead, she believes it is better to allow the quality of your work to make its own statement.

In conclusion, success at anything will take hard work and perseverance. However, it is important to remember that given the still unequal statistics pertaining to professional advancement for women, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

 

 

Do You Need Some Money For Your Business?

If you own equities, you may be able to get a loan on those equities for your business. If you take a list of the stock you own to your banker, they will be glad to tell you what they can do for you.

They will lend up to 40% of the value of the equities. That is not much, considering the fact that you can get 100% of the value if you sold them.

They will tell you that there are certain equities that the can not use as collateral. The government forbids it. This is especially true of conventional and institutional lenders. They will lend that 40% at a very, very high interest rate, after seeing a business proposal describing the use of the proceeds of the loan. And the loan will take a while.

You would be better of selling the equities and proceeding from there. But, there is one other avenue to see, first.

Go to Equities First, AU. They will lend up to 80% of the value of your stocks. That is a good start. Also, they can lend against any equity there is, since they are not an institutional lender and are not beholden to the same government regulations. Their interest rate is much, much lower than just about any others. It is sounding better already, right?

They do not want to see a business proposal. You do not have to waste your time writing a proposal to describe your use of the proceeds of the loan.

And! The funding will be right away. It looks like you have found a winner: Yourself! Since Equities First and You are a win-win situation, see them first!