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By Damis

Conan Exiles - Time To Mount Up

It is time to mount your steeds and ride across the plains of the Exiled Lands. One of the most sought-after features since Early Access launch is a reality: Mounts are now available in Conan Exiles!  You can engage in mounted combat and level up your pets and thralls, so they grow more powerful the more time you spend with them.
MOUNTS
Getting a mount works the same way as getting a regular pet. You will first have to find a foal, then bring it back to a Stable to raise it. Stables work the same as Animal Pens, but are for horses only.
Like Pets/Thralls, horses will grow stronger as they level up. Raise several different horses to find one with the stats you like.
Once your foal has grown into adult horse it can be placed in the world, like a regular Thrall/Pet. To ride into the sunset like your favorite cowboy you’ll need to equip your horse with a saddle, which can be unlocked at level 20.
Saddles will have different effects on your mount:
Cavalry Saddle – Fast acceleration, maximum speed, minimum defense, minimum maneuverability Scout Saddle – Long sprinting time, medium speed, low defense, maximum maneuverability Warhorse Saddle – Slow acceleration, minimum speed, high defense, low maneuverability No matter which saddle you choose, using a horse to get anywhere is significantly faster than running on foot.
MOUNTED COMBAT
With mounts we’re also introducing mounted combat. Shoot your enemies from afar with a bow and gallop away before they know what’s going on. Grab a sword, axe or mace and swing away from the comfort of your steed.  Equip a pike or a spear and attack your enemies by stabbing at them or equip a lance and tear through your opponent’s defenses with a mighty charge.
We think mounted combat is going to add a whole new level to Conan Exiles’ PvE and PvP gameplay and we’re excited to hear what you think.
PET/THRALL LEVELING
We’re also adding a leveling system for Pets and Thralls that can follow you. Leveling a Follower grants them increased stats and special bonus Perks.
When placing a Follower, they start at level 0 with a base set of Attributes. Faction and Tier determines growth rate and base Attributes, to make sure similar pets and thralls won’t be exactly the same. You can check your Follower’s Attributes by selecting “Info” from the radial menu.
Killing enemies when a Pet or Thrall follows you will grant them experience points. Crafting, exploration and other activities will not. Pets/thralls will only gain experience points when they are following you. Pets/Thralls will gain perks as they level up, which will further enhance their capability and grant bonuses to Attributes. The more specialized the Perk, the greater the bonus.

Conan Exiles: https://www.conanexiles.com/
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By Damis

7 DAYS TO DIE - Alpha 19 B-157 Experimental Released.

The Fun Pimps are working towards another huge upgrade for the survival game 7 Days to Die, with a new experimental build out now to try. It's a massive upgrade again to many areas of the game. Some of what's new includes: Linear Color Space Lighting, Improved Gamepad Support, New Survival System & Critical Injuries, Interactive Loading Screen, Food and Water Bars in the UI and HD Characters.
Alpha 19 Official Release Notes
https://7daystodie.com/a19-official-release-notes/
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By Damis

Camelot Unchained Newsletter #67

Slowed but not stopped. 
We are now entering the new 90 day development period.  So we expect to see giants in all their glory or at least an early version.  Also, they plan on starting up a persistent world on a 24/3 [weekends] server run by their overlord program.  Some things we may also see during this period is are the Spirit mages and dragons as they start to get flushed out.
This months newsletter:  https://mailchi.mp/citystateentertainment/unveiled-camelot-unchained-newsletter-642244
News: https://camelotunchained.com/v3/category/news/
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By Damis

Amazon's MMO New World Release Date.

New World will launch on August 25th, 2020. It was originally planned for a May release date before the Covid-19 pandemic caused many games to be delayed. 
Does New World require a subscription?
No, there will not be a subscription fee to play New World. You only need to make a one-time purchase—it's $40 for the standard edition—though there may be expansions or other things to spend money on in the future.
Will there be a New World beta?
Yes, the closed beta begins on July 23, which you can get access to by pre-ordering.
https://www.newworld.com/en-us
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Ztuke

ALERT - Wi-Fi security flaw found (WPA2)

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Hello and stay calm, there is no need to start panicking.

 

Okay feeling calmer?

Then I will try and give you a brief summary of this discovery while trying my best to avoid as much of the techno-babel as I can. For the tech heads out there, this will not include details or in-depth descriptions, use Google for those.

 

First off, what is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a system of equipment and code that allows various electronic devices to communicate with and through each other without actually being connected by a physical link.

 

Okay, so what is WPA2?

WPA2 is one of the latest (widely implemented 2004) and commonly used security specifications and protocols used in most wireless equipment found today.

 

I'm still in the dark here as to what the problem is?

I'm coming to that, but the short version is that earlier this month (October 2017), it was made public that a flaw in this security system had been found. This flaw applies to the early WPA and WPA2 protocols and allows anyone WITHIN range of your Wi-Fi system with the knowledge, code and equipment to intercept the initial 'contact' between your device (cell phone if it is using Wi-Fi, tablet, notebook, laptop or anything else you may have) and the access point (Modem/Hub, Hub or Router). 

So, to start with, the bad guy has to be close enough to get a usable signal from your Wi-Fi, there is a range limit here.

During this initial 'contact' the system is vulnerable and this is where the problem lays.

 

What can I do, NOW?

First off, do NOT panic. Yes, this is a potentially very serious situation but panicking and taking knee-jerk actions can make things far worse. Remember, the media and press who are reporting this make their living by 'exaggerating' a news report so they get ahead of their competitors.

Now, take a deep breath, hold it for five seconds and slowly let it out. Do this two or three times.

Right then, first a warning, what follows is going to include some tech talk, sorry about that.

Do NOT, REPEAT NOT switch to WPA, WPS, WEP or any of the older protocols, some of those can be broken in seconds!

 

For those of you running a Linux operating system, there is a patch already available. Ubuntu 14.04+, Arch, OpenBSD, Debian, Gentoo, Linux upstream users can patch now. OpenBSD was patched back in July.

For those of us running the Windows operating system, Microsoft considers their latest flagship operating system (Windows 10) to generally be safe, they are not taking any chances and have released a security fix already. (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 Security Bullitin)

 

For other operating system and firmware users I will include the following list which was correct as of 08:47 AM (ET) October 17th 2017.

 

Fixed

Intel Chipsets - Updates available for various chipsets

Lineage OS - Fix merged with regular update due this week (23rd Oct)

UniFi - Firmware 3.9.3 resolves the issue

Microtik - Router OS v6.39.3, v6.40.4, v6.41rc and up

DD-WRT - Core code fixed, waiting for builds to roll out

Meraki - Fixed with Meraki 24.11 and 25.7

Aruba - Updates available across Aruba hardware

FortiNet - FortiAP 5.6.1 and up fix the issue

Cisco - Updates available across Cisco hardware

Synology - Fix available

 

Pending or in Beta

macOS - macOS 10.11.1 (beta only)

Raspberry Pi - Jessian, Stretch fixed. Wheezy and others by October 17

Android - Fixed at patch level "November 6, 2017." Rolls out soon to Pixel + Nexus

Samsung - Modern Samsung devices receive Google security patches, but older ones don't. No comment on those

iOS - iOS 11.1, out in a few weeks

Netgear - No release available, but due "soon"

LEDE - Fix available in nightly builds

Eero - eerOS 3.5 and up

 

No Fix KNOWN!

Google WiFi - Google says a fix will roll out "soon"

Apple Airport - Apple has not responded to requests for comment

AVM - Aware of issue but won't update unless "necessary"

TP Link - The company doesn't know if it's affected

KPN (NL) - Statement released with no fix information

Nest - Reportedly Nest is telling customers their devices aren't affected

Sonos - No response to queries

Amazon - "In the process of reviewing devices." No fix issued for Echo etc

Belkin - "Aware of the issue" but no fix for Wemo/Linksys devices

 

OTHER things

CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team - Carnegie Mellon University) - This is an exhaustive list and not an easy read!

 

OFF Topic but related

For General security instruction on how to protect yourself, I highly recommend starting here!

 

Please note that i will not be updating this post due to the sheer time involved in checking all the sites required and my current work load.

 

For further details, please either Google "wifi security flaw wpa2" or check out some of the links listed below.

Original SOURCE notification post

The Guardian

Wired

Centre for Internet Security

 

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