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You can master the Baleful Edict
The ship in the latest Warhammer 40K title is integral to your success in combat. Between each mission, you have to come back to the ship to heal your units, research new buffs and abilities, and even build new facilities. This Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters ship guide will teach you how to get the most out of the Baleful Edict and which upgrades or unlocks you should be aiming for first.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Ship Guide
It’s absolutely paramount that you learn the ins and outs of your ship as soon as you can. You’ll need to constantly tweak and upgrade everything as you move between missions. Each upgrade or piece of research takes time, measured in days, which passes as you move around the universe map. You need to make sure that you’re carefully planning how long journies will take, to ensure that you’re not wasting valuable research or upgrade time.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Ship Upgrades
The first thing to take into consideration is the various ship upgrades you can choose from. When you first start out you’ll have to repair several things that your demonic enemy broke in the last campaign. We highly recommend that you repair the Augmentation Chamber first, as this increases your supply of Servitors, which are effectively the resource that you need to perform further upgrades, making this an obvious choice.
Void Shields – This should be pretty obvious, but this upgrade increases your ability to take a hit, or rather, your ship’s ability to take a hit. In terms of upgrades to your defenses, this is one you should aim for earlier than most of the others. Having said that, you won’t be in ship combat for a little while at the start of the game, so you can use that time to get other upgrades out of the way.
Gun Batteries – Very similar to the shield upgrade, you won’t have to get this straight away, but don’t neglect it for too long. This increases the damage that you can do to attacking ships.
Exterminus – This is an upgrade that you can only buy twice, and that gives you a single-use ‘clear all’ sort of deal. When a planet is too corrupted by the plague, you can use one of these to completely wipe it clean, both of civilians and the plague itself. This one is locked away behind your second reactor upgrade, but it’s also really not necessary until the mid-to-late game anyway, unless you’re really bad at stopping the corruption early on.
Repair: Hull – The final upgrade here is a repeatable effort that comes up whenever you hull is damaged during ship-to-ship combat. You should immediately select this upgrade whenever the ship is damaged to avoid getting destroyed by another surprise round of combat.
Barracks – This upgrade increases the rank of your marines, as well as the amount of space you have to store fresh recruits. This is relatively essential to your ground combat, but it’s also not something that you need to worry about at the start fo the game. You should have two slots already, and it takes at least 4 requisitions to even fill those up. Just make sure you come back to this as ground combat becomes more difficult.
Meditation Chamber – Another upgrade more aimed at your units than your ship, this one increases the amount of experience that your units gain in combat. You should start this upgrade relatively early to maximize your bonus XP.
Statis Chamber – This upgrade is all to do with the health of your units. The first upgrade allows you to store fallen marines, both in memory of them, but also so you can put them to good use later on in the game. While certainly not urgent, you should consider getting this upgrade relatively quickly, as the later stages increase how quickly your soldiers recover, and that will become vital in the mid-to-late game.
Augurium – Your final upgrade option is the Augurium and it’s probably one of the toughest upgrades to decide upon. This supplies you with more Prognosticars, special marines whose job it is to scan space and learn what they can from the psychic fields. In game terms, this means they are attuned to specific systems and will reduce corruption, increase mission deadlines, and give you more information about who you’ll fight in each mission. They only give you these bonuses for the system they’ve attuned themselves to, as well as adjacent ones. It’s a good idea to bust one of these upgrades out whenever you feel corruption is getting out of control.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Research
Once you’ve met the inquisitor and have captured a specimen for her, you’ll gain access to the research bay. This place will unlock various different buffs and upgrades to your other systems which can turn the tide against your demonic enemies. There are essentially three different areas for you to buy upgrades in:
This is the first upgrade type that you’ll unlock by default, as it’s part of the story. These upgrades mostly deal with general buffs to the ship and crew, such as giving you more requisition credits and
This upgrade tree gives you better bonuses to your Prognosticars, typically increasing the amount of corruption they reduce or giving out extra warp points during a surge. A lot of these upgrades are passive buffs that are worth getting.
The final bracket of research is related to the game’s Stratagem system. This is a mechanic that allows you to equip different special abilities that you can employ during a mission, such as fully healing a single unit, or immobilizing every enemy for a turn. These are insanely powerful abilities and should be one of the first things you research.
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Apple iPad Bundled Up and Ready to Ship: the Guide
We are just days away from one of Apple’s biggest launches to date. Many would argue that the iPad has even managed to surpass the original iPhone, and perhaps some analyzed numbers would help that theory along. Whatever the case, the fabled tablet from the Cupertino-based company is almost here. People all over the United States have begun to receive their notifications in one fashion or another. Whether you have the tracking number on refresh in your browser, or you’ve been told that you need to visit your local Apple Store to retrieve your reserved gadget, each story has the same ending: This Saturday marks the day you can stop wondering what Apple’s tablet would be like, and finally get to play with it. But, what makes it tick? Why should you be interested in the tablet at all? Isn’t it just a big iPod Touch? We won’t dwell on the nay-sayers for this all-encompassing guide. Instead, we’ll take a look at what we know, and skip the heresy. After all, with less than a handful of days remaining before the big day, there’s no room for speculation.Hardware
We’ll start from the outside, and work our way in. Considering that gorgeous screen, we don’t think there’s any better way to do it, truth be told.
The size and weight of the iPad is one of the reasons Steve Jobs considers the tablet revolutionary and magical. Certainly, tablets of the past (even the recent past) have been bulky, and relatively thick (there are a few exceptions, of course), but that is certainly not the case with the iPad.
Height: 9.56 inches
Width: 7.47 inches
Depth: 0.5 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds for the WiFi only model; 1.6 pounds for the WiFi+3G model
As for that display, it looks something like this:
9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display; multitouch enabled; and IPS technology
1024×768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Oleophobic coating, to stave fingerprints and other muck
It can also support multiple languages, as well as several characters, simultaneously
Many people have asked what that IPS technology really means. Put plainly, it allows for the display to deliver a crisper image, while making it possible to view the images displayed therein at extreme angles. If you tilt the iPad to the left, right, up, or down, you’ll still see a crisp image, as opposed to it fading away, or becoming dark. It’s a great way to make sure that your movie watching isn’t impeded by anything as simple as moving the iPad in a certain direction.
There aren’t many external buttons on the iPad (much akin to the iPhone and iPod Touch), but they’re there:
At the top-right, you’ll see the on/off, sleep/wake button
Just below that, still along the right side, you’ll see the screen rotation lock switch
And then still lower, you have the volume up/down toggle
At the very bottom of the iPad, just below the screen and at the center of the bezel, you’ll find the pivotal Home button
As we dive into the iPad, we get into the main reasons why this tablet has become such a hot topic as of late. Considering the memory allowed, plus the processor that Apple created for the iPad, we’ve got a tablet that’s destined to stay on your counter, your bookshelf, and your bookbag for many years. Or, you know, just until the next version comes out, and you realize you need the newest shiny thing on the block with that Apple logo.
Memory wise, there are three options for your iPad, and that includes both the WiFi only version, as well as the WiFi+3G models:
16GB WiFi — $499; WiFi+3G — $629
32GB WiFi — $599; WiFi+3G — $729
64GB WiFi — $699; WiFi+3G — $829
How is 3G going to be handled? That’s part of the revolutionary part, we imagine. Apple decided to stick with familiar ground, and are offering two methods of accessing AT&T 3G connectivity:
$14.99 — 250MB/month
$29.99 — unlimited data/month
Free use of AT&T WiFi hotspots
Activate/deactivate on the iPad
What does it all mean? Basically, you can change your data plan whenever you want, right from your iPad. If you know you’re going to be travelling for awhile, then go ahead and pop on the unlimited data usage, but when you don’t need it anymore, go ahead and take it off. There aren’t any contracts to sign, and from what we have heard, you are able to do this as much as you want. You will just be billed for usage.
However, you won’t be able to just throw in your own SIM card (if you’re on AT&T) and go. The iPad is the first device to use what’s called a Micro SIM card, and, as you can tell from the name, it’s a smaller version of the current SIM cards being employed.
Steve Jobs remarked at the iPad keynote that the tablet would be able to handle up to 10 hours of WiFi Internet browsing, as well as doing other things. That still holds true, but something we will have to test personally when we get the opportunity:
Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Up to 10 hours of surfing the Web on WiFi, watching videos, or listening to music
Charging is handled by plugging your iPad into an AC adapter, or USB into your computer
Steve Jobs also mentioned that the battery will give you over a month of stand-by time. That’s noteworthy, because we’re wondering how long the iPad will go on one charge, with minimal usage.
Now, for the sweet spot within the iPad. The processor that Apple decided to throw into the tablet is pretty impressive, and it’s one of the main reasons so many people are interested in handling the gadget.
1GHz Apple A4 custom designed system-on-a-chip is specifically manufactured to offer up high performance, but with low-power outage. Meaning, you won’t lose a finger because it gets burned off, and the system should remain blazingly fast as those 10 hours of usage tick off the clock.
As is customary for a touchscreen device that rotates, Apple included all the necessary sensors for you:
Accelerometer, so that the iPad changes from portrait to landscape on command, just by rotating the tablet
Ambient light sensor, so you don’t go blind in the middle of the night
Input and output is handled in a standard fashion, with nothing all that surprising for an Apple product:
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
30-pin dock connector port
Micro SIM card slot, which is available only on the WiFi+3G model, for obvious reasons
The wireless and cellular connections are pretty extensive, and we’re pleased to see that Apple has managed to cover every base that we can think of, to make sure that wherever you go, you’ll be able to use your iPad to the fullest extent. As long as you buy the model that’s right for you, of course.
In the WiFi model only, you’ll find:
WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR technology
In the WiFi+3G model, you’ll find:
WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR technology
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
The 3G model supports data transmissions only — that means you won’t be making any calls from your iPad. At least not from AT&T’s 3G network.
If you’re planning on using your WiFi for location-based services, you’ll either be troubled or happy by the fact that the WiFi only model won’t help you out in the woods:
WiFi model does not include any kind of GPS, or assisted GPS
Both models do include a digital compass, though (so maybe it can help you in the woods, after all)
Assisted GPS is available only in the WiFi+3G model
Cellular connections can also help you locate yourself, but that is only available in the WiFi+3G model as well, for obvious reasons
Now, that takes care of the hardware, both on the outside and on the inside. As you can see, Apple has held nothing back when it comes to the manufacturing of their latest gadget, and we imagine that should make anyone who has purchased the tablet pretty happy. Of course, there are always unseen factors, but Apple seems to have some of those covered as well. If, for example, your battery crashes on you, and you can’t seem to figure out why, you can simply send it back into Apple. Instead of giving you your old one, they’re just going to send you a whole new one. Sure, you’ll have to resync it with iTunes, and load up everything all over again, but hey, it’s better than getting a refurbished model, right? Besides, you’ll be able to open it all up again, like it’s brand new. Because, it’s brand new.
We’ll dive away from the bulleted lists for now, and focus on the content that Apple is manufacturing with the release of the iPad. Mainly, we’ll talk about the iPad itself, and how it feels in the hand. Truth be told, when we first saw the tablet, we were wondering how it would feel. Our worries were quickly dashed when we finally got our hands on it. Both in landscape and portrait mode, the iPad feels great. The 1.5 (and 1.6, we imagine) pounds packed into the tablet feels exactly like it should: you know it’s there, but it’s not heavy enough to be a burden. In essence, we won’t say it’s perfect, but for what the tablet is, we can imagine it being pretty close.
The bezel is big. Every bit of big as you’ve seen in the images here, and elsewhere. But, it’s not a bad thing. While some have argued that it could have been smaller, we would argue this point. The simple fact that Apple made it like this to make sure you could handle the tablet without accidentally activating anything on the screen, makes the design make sense. Yes, you will be handling the iPad a lot. And, yes, you will be moving it from portrait to landscape mode a lot. So, that bezel makes it possible for you to do so comfortably, and without fear that you’ll start making your way into an application without your knowledge. And yes, it is shiny, which doesn’t hurt all that much, either.
The back of the iPad is slightly curved. That means if you put it down on your table, and intend to use it for more than anything than making random taps on the screen, you’re going to have some trouble. Unless you grab that bezel and hold it still, of course. We’re not exactly sure that was the greatest design, but we will say that the curved back does make it feel very nice to hold in the hands. So, perhaps that was the main point. After all, we know that Apple would rather you hold the tablet, then put it down on a table. Though, if you put the tablet down on a smooth surface, you can spin it like a top. Maybe a developer out there will make some kind of game where that could be implemented usefully.
What’s the software like? How does it differentiate between the iPhone and iPod Touch? Well, as you’ve surely heard, the iPad is running a slightly modified version of the iPhone/iPod Touch Operating System. It’s being billed as iPhone OS 3.2, and the majority of the differences seem to be within applications, and not so much with the major differences in the forefront. Though, it is probably a fix for iPhone OS 3.2 that we can now select an image for our background, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that kind of update on future OS upgrades for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Just as we’ve seen from Apple’s “how to” videos, we can see that almost every single iPhone/iPod Touch application has been completely revamped, and recoded for the iPad. Mail, mobile Safari, Calendar, iTunes, the App Store, Photos, Videos, and YouTube. There are other applications that have been included, but that will need to be downloaded from the App Store after you turn your iPad on. We’re completely positive that the iBookstore (which will supply you with all your iBooks) will be free to download, but the others: Pages, Keynotes, and Numbers will all cost you $10 a piece.
The truth is, the difference is going to be the applications. Just as we’ve seen and explained, the usage of pop-up windows, contextual menus, and split-screen functionality all work together to bring a fluid, and expansive resource to the iPad, even if the particular features are part of separate applications.
The software keyboard is a topic in of itself. The keyboard will appear in either portrait or landscape mode, and both sizes offer up their own benefits. The portrait mode is small and compact, but considering the size of the tablet itself, you probably will still not be able to hold it in both hands and type with your thumbs. We’re not saying it’s impossible, but it will probably be pretty uncomfortable for most of the users out there. As for the landscape keyboard, Apple has stressed plenty of times (especially in their “how-to” videos) that the full keyboard is almost the size of a netbooks. Now, that could mean a couple of different things. First, that it’s not anywhere near full size, and that you’ll probably not enjoy typing on it at all. Or, and what we imagine it to mean, is that the keyboard is pretty close to a full-sized one, with some changes made to fit the screen, but that overall you’ll enjoy the experience. And, most importantly, want to actually use it.
We are hoping that it’s the latter case, because the truth of the matter is, the software keyboard for the iPhone is still held up as the best available on the market, so we don’t want to think that the same keyboard, made only larger, is bad. But, when you are accustomed to a notebook, or netbook’s keyboard, we can understand why going to a software format, plus smaller or changed in some fashion to what you’re accustomed to, may make it hard to use. You will just have to learn how to use it, much like every other keyboard available on the market.
Publishing Partners and the iBookstore
The iBookstore is one of the topics that’s been the most discussed since the announcement of the iPad. For good reason. Many people believed that the Apple tablet would change everything about the digital disbursement of books, and in some ways, they were right. It took a lot of work to finally achieve the spot they’re at now, but it seems to the world that Apple’s iBooks are going to be priced from: free to $14.99. That $14.99 is the ceiling, and it’s been suggested that books won’t be going over that, no matter their spot on the New York Time’s Bestselling list, or their hard cover pricing. It should be noted that none of this has been made official by Apple quite yet, but with a few leaks of the iBookstore shop, we’re pretty sure that the pricing discussed is what we will see in the final product.
Here is a list of the announced publishing partners (so far):
Simon & Schuster
Hachette Book Group
This list is going to grow over time, we’re sure. Publishers will see that the eReader function on the iPad is just as good as the competitions, and much like developers have flocked to the App Store, publishers will work with Apple to bring their books to the iBookstore. There’s no telling how long that will take, but we’re sure it will happen.
As for magazines, newspapers, and the like, there’s a small army being built to support the iPad:
The Wall Street Journal — $17.99/month for subscription
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Apple made it official, that if you wanted to get your iPad application out the door on April 3rd, you needed to have them submitted by March 27th. That day has come and gone, and so far, it looks like Apple has approved somewhere in the ballpark of 130+ applications to greet iPad customers on Saturday. We aren’t going to list all of them here, but at EverythingiPad, there will be some comprehensive coverage of the applications available for the Apple tablet.
What we will talk about, though, is the differences that you can expect from the applications you know and love on the iPhone or iPod Touch, and that are being brought over to the iPad. As you know, applications that are created for the smaller iPhone OS-running devices can still be run on the iPad; by either keeping them at their “normal” size, or by doubling their pixels, and nearing the full size of the tablet. Knowing that wouldn’t be good enough for the majority of customers out there, Apple allowed the iPhone OS Software Developer Kit (SDK) to provide options for developing iPad-specific applications.
The iPad offers developers more options: a faster processor, bigger screen, and more memory to develop applications. With that, developers can create larger games, and applications with more options. That’s both good and bad for consumers. It’s good because that means we’ll have new games, even if they are reboots of old classics, and it means that we’ll have more playable options. But, it’s also bad because the games and applications are going to get a price increase. Titles that were originally $2.99 have been upped to $4.99, and there are bigger exceptions that are found in the iPad App Store as well. Affording the iPad may be one thing, but affording the applications available for it may be another thing entirely.
You didn’t think there wouldn’t be accessories, right? After all, this is an Apple product. You’ve got quite a few options here, so we’ll break it down for you:
The iPad Keyboard Dock is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a dock that you can put your iPad, but there’s an Apple keyboard attached to it as well. Which means, if you’ve got a lot of typing to do, you can go ahead and plug your iPad into the dock, and start typing. It’s only for portrait mode though, so don’t think you can switch it up any time soon. You can pre-order the iPad Keyboard Dock right now, and it will only cost you $69.00. However, it won’t ship until late April, so a few weeks after you get your fun new toy.
The iPad Case has a fine microfiber interior, making sure that you won’t scratch the screen when you close it up. It also has reinforced panels, which should add a little bit of protection to the iPad. And while it works great as a normal case, it also folds backwards to act as a stand, as well, so you can place the iPad on the table (in landscape mode) and use it to your heart’s content. (Guess that takes care of that rounded back.) The case can be pre-ordered now, for $39.00, and ships in mid-April.
There’s the standard iPad Dock, which allows you to charge your iPad easily. It places your iPad in portrait mode, and you can use it as a standard photo frame, if you wan to display your photos for everyone while it’s charging. The Dock will ship by April 3rd, and it will cost you $29.00, so go ahead and pre-order it now.
The iPad 10W USB Powe Adapter allows you to charge your tablet from an AC power adapter. Nothing other than that. You can pre-order it now, but it won’t ship until May. It will also cost you $29.00
iPad Camera Connection Kit is a simple piece that connects into the 30-pin connector at the bottom of the iPad, and allows you to have access to a USB port. It also comes with a second peripheral, which allows you to import pictures directly from an SD card. Unfortunately, Apple still doesn’t have this listed as able to pre-order, nor do we know how much it will cost.
You can pre-order the iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter, which allows you to plug in your iPad to a TV, monitor, projector, or LCD display that utilizes VGA connectors. You can pre-order the dock connector for $29.00 right now, and it will ship by April 3rd.
And Just Days Before…
There’s only three days separating you from your very own iPad, and we hope that this guide has been beneficial to you in one way or another. As you play around with yours, if you want to join in the conversation about your brand new Apple tablet, we would like to point you in the direction of Everything iPad, your one-stop shop for all iPad related news, conversations, and everything else in between. And of course, as news breaks, we’ll be sure to bring it front and center here at SlashGear.
Boba Fett’s Ship Name Changed From Slave-1 Officially
This week the folks at Marvel and Disney and whomever else is in charge of this sort of business made the name change official for Boba Fett’s ship. Earlier this year, LEGO detailed a new set of bricks that’d make what they might’ve earlier called Slave-1. That was the official name for Boba Fett’s ship in earlier LEGO sets, and the name of the ship almost anywhere else it was required – books, comics, and so forth. The LEGO set was called Boba Fett’s Starship. Now it has a new name.
The new name comes from a canonical comic book release from Marvel. This comic is called Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1. This comic is one of an array of similar comic books all taking part in a “War of the Bounty Hunters” event. This event takes place after The Empire Strikes Back and before Return of the Jedi.
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In the story, Boba Fett effectively lost possession of Han Solo (frozen in carbonite). Solo was stolen by Crimson Dawn – the gangster crew you might remember from the Star Wars movie SOLO. It is during this period that the comics assert the names of the ships of each of the main hero Bounty Hunters. These are the hunters we see in The Empire Strikes Back aboard a star destroyer being given a bounty by Darth Vader.
Boba Fett appears on a “Behold the Vehicles of War” poster / variant cover for a War of the Bounty Hunters comic with his ship. The ship’s name and specifications appear written in Aerebesh, aka Galactic Basic. These letters are basically 1:1 code in English and can be translated with relative ease, just like the Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 6 chain code shown on Boba Fett’s wrist.
This cover shows Boba Fett’s ship: Firespray.* The name very, very likely originates from the canonical model/class of the ship: Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-31-class Patrol and Attack Craft. Now it’s also been given the nickname Firespray.
*UPDATE: The original article suggested that the cover itself listed “Firespray”, when it wasn’t the cover, but the press release about the cover that revealed the name. The cover is one of several from the War of the Bounty Hunters limited series showing artist Paolo Villanelli’s cover art. Per the press release from Marvel, each cover shows “the underworld’s most dangerous hunters” and “dynamically depicts them alongside their legendary ships.” The release goes on to list the following:
· Bossk and The Hound’s Tooth
· Boba Fett and Firespray
· IG-88 and IG-2000
· Zuckuss and The Mist Hunter
· Valance Beilert and The Broken Wing
· Dengar and The Punishing One
The most important bit here is the fact that they list the unique name given to each of the ships, not the ship’s model. Boba Fett’s ship model is a Firespray-class, and here it would ALSO appear that they’ve gone ahead and given the ship the nickname Firespray.
Google is offering hackers the chance to win a cash bounty if they can find vulnerabilities in the search giant’s top Web applications such as YouTube, Blogger, Gmail and chúng tôi Successful Google invaders can be awarded up to $3,133.70 for their hack as well as get their name added to a Google credit Web page.
Google is only rewarding hackers who can find vulnerabilities using scripting language or injecting code onto a Web page. Attacks not included under the new program include vulnerabilities found in Android, Google desktop programs (Picasa, Google Desktop, etc.), distributed denial of service (DDoS), attacks against Google’s corporate infrastructure and gaming Google’s search algorithms.
While Google’s new security challenge shouldn’t affect regular users, it’s always good to know what’s going on. Here’s what you need to know about Google’s new bug bounty program.
Which Google Web applications can be targeted?
Google says that any Web app that “displays or manages highly sensitive authenticated user data or accounts” can be targeted. This could include many commonly used Google apps including Gmail, Google Docs, Blogger and YouTube.
Does that mean my account can be targeted?
No. Attacks against regular users to test an app’s vulnerability are forbidden. Google has directed its hacker helpers to “never attempt to access anyone else’s data.” Google also explicitly states that a hacker’s testing “must not violate any law.”
What if I feel my account is being targeted?
It’s highly unlikely that Google’s bug bounty program will cause a rise in attacks on regular users. Nevertheless, there are other hackers out there who are not high-minded enough to help Google improve its security. Google has a variety of ways to report abuse. Gmail users can flag messages as spam or phishing attempts from within their Gmail window. There are also pages to help you report other types of abuse for Google Web apps such as Google Docs, Gmail and Google Buzz.
Why is Google doing this?
Google has run a similar vulnerability program for close to a year for its Chromium Web browser open source project. Hackers are invited to find weaknesses in Chromium (the browser where new code for Google’s Chrome browser is tested), and earn a cash reward and credit for their find. The concept was inspired by a similar program run by the Mozilla Foundation (makers of the Firefox browser).
Although Google’s Web apps are not open source software, the bounty program also adheres to the philosophy of open source projects that the more eyes you have looking at something, the more likely you are to find flaws and improve it.
Why is the top bounty $3,133.70?
Hackers can be rewarded anywhere from $500 to $3,133.70 for finding a flaw in Google’s Web apps. The company doesn’t say why the top prize is such a strange number, but Google is well known for embedding geeky jokes into its products and services. The original Chromium bounty, for example, was $1,337, a nod to the code system Leet.
Ultimately, Google’s Bug Bounty program should not affect regular users and may even improve security for the Google products you use every day. Not a bad idea considering Google had to deal with suspected attacks from hackers based in China this year.
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Introduction to PowerShell Administrator
PowerShell administrator is a person who is responsible for maintaining the overall windows-based servers of an organization. They are also responsible for maintaining the integrity of the data of the organization. They also play a pivotal role in maintaining the on-boarding and off-boarding of employees as they are the ones responsible for maintaining the active directory of the organization. PowerShell administrators are also known as windows administrators.
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There is a major difference between running a cmdlet or a script in PowerShell in a normal mode from that of an administrator mode. It is because most of the operations require admin access and only a PowerShell administrator has the privilege to perform those operations.
Open PowerShell using the run command. Once the PowerShell window is opened, type as Start-Process PowerShell -verb run as and press the enter key.
By using task manager, create a new task. In the name, type PowerShell and check the “Create this task with administrative privileges” and press enter.Roles and Responsibilities of PowerShell Administrator
Given below are the roles and responsibilities :1. Check for patches
One of the main responsibilities of a PowerShell administrator is to check for the latest patches that are available and install them. This is a crucial part for any organization to prevent the resources from vulnerabilities attacks and other security related issues. Most of the organization’s patches are installed on a monthly basis to avoid any threats. Get-Hotfix cmdlet is used to find the patches. If we know the id of the patch, then that KB article value should be passed.
It will display the list of all patches that are installed in the local computer.2. Monitoring the disk space availability
The other important task of the PowerShell administrator is to monitor the available disk space in the system. This process will be tedious in case if there are multiple servers in the system and can’t be done manually. This job is automated by most of the admins with the help of a script which regularly checks for the disk space and sends a trigger based on the condition. These scripts are run using a task scheduler, which will run during non-business hours.
}3. Adding users from csv to an AD Group
Output:4. Check if patch is installed in a server or not
In the above example, a list of servers is maintained in one csv and the list of patch ids to be checked for installation in maintained in another csv. For each of the servers mentioned in the csv, all the patch ids are checked if it is installed or not. The server details and patch id’s can be mentioned in the same csv but it would be convenient to have them in different csv’s.5. Deleting IIS logs older than 10 days
In the above script, a list of log locations is mentioned in the text file. Then in each of the paths, the files that are greater than 7 days are deleted. This can also be scheduled in a task scheduler and can be run daily during non-business hours.Conclusion
Thus, the article covered in detail who is a PowerShell administrator and what are his roles and responsibilities. The mentioned roles are only a few but there are more tasks than a PowerShell administrator does on his day-to-day activities. The roles are explained with appropriate examples. In some cases, the PowerShell administrator is also responsible for the overall infrastructure of an organization.
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Introduction to ZBrush ZRemesher
Zbrush ZRemesher can understand as arranging as well as calculating polygons for doing retopology of the visible portions of the chosen sub tool in this software. With ZRemesher, one can do retopology very quickly instead of doing it manually. Retopology is necessary for having a good number of polygons on the sub tool so that it can easily animate during the animation process. In Zbrush, we also have a ZRemesher brush that helps us locate sub-tool portions according to which we want to do retopology with the ZRemesher option.How to Use ZRemesher?
We use ZRemesher to minimize polygons on the selected sub tool of our model. So how you can use ZRemesher, let us have a model. We will go to the Light box of this software and choose this Female head from the list. You can use your own model for learning about this topic.
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Now we will go to the transform menu of the menu bar, which is at the top of the working screen, and enable the Polyframe option so that we can see polygons on our selected sub tool, or you can press the Shift + F button of the keyboard as its short cut key.
If we increase the DynaMesh value from the Dynamesh option of the Geometry panel for this model, you can see there are lots of polygons that are not good for animation purposes.
Before you start working with ZRemesher, make a duplicate copy of your subtool because ZRemesher will change the retopology of your sub tool completely but maintain shapes as much as possible.
By default, its value is 5, but you can decrease it as per your requirement. Such as we will take its value as 1 by entering 1 in this option.
And you will have less polygons with the same shape.Methods of ZRemesher
Using ZRemesher, you can go with some methods; the first one is you can go with symmetry mode, which gives you symmetrical polygons on your selected sub tool. So if your sub tool has symmetry, then make sure you have symmetry mode is on. So, for example, we had taken this sub tool through the ZRemesher process when my symmetry mode was on, and you can see there are equal polygons on both sides of the face.
And the next method is non-symmetry mode so that we will press the X button on the keyboard.
And now, when you press the ZRemesher button of the ZRemesher panel, then you can see it will give you a result that has no symmetry for your sub tool. So you can use it with a non-symmetrical sub tool.
The other method which you can use for not disturbing your desired area. So for that, we make poly groups of our desired area. You can make more than two poly groups of your model, and for making poly groups, we will on Mask brush by holding the Ctrl button of the keyboard.
And we will mask this mouth area.
And press the Ctrl + W button of the keyboard to make this masked area a poly group.
Now enable the “KeepGroups” option of the ZRemesher panel.
And you can see after retopology; it maintains the edges of the mouth very accurately.
If you want, you can press the ZRemesher button again to have smooth polygons.
There is a ZRemesher brush also in the brushes panel, and you can use it for the same purpose as we use Mask brush. With ZRemesher brush, we can specify the area to ZRemesher option for having accurate results.
Now just move the cursor of the mouse around the area which you want to mark. For example, we will mark this eye area. My symmetry mode is On, so it will automatically mark the opposite eye.
You can use any of the methods according to your requirement for having your desired result. You just have to maintain parameters accurately.Conclusion – ZBrush ZRemesher
We have good information about the ZRemesher option of this software, and now we have an understanding about almost every aspect of this option. You can also use ZRemesher brushes for smooth retopology of the visible sub tool of your model. Now we will suggest you start practicing this method to have more and more command on it.Recommended Articles
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