Ahead of Congress receiving the Pentagon’s report into UAP’s, Senate members flagged concerns over national security.
Mark Warner, Democratic chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, told Fox 8 television: “If there are objects flying over military installations that could pose a security threat … [it] needs to be declassified and revealed to American public.
“If there’s something out there, let’s seek it out, and it is probably a foreign power.”
Marco Rubio, the Republican senator and vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said ahead of its release: “There is stuff flying in our airspace.
“We don’t know what it is. We need to find out.”
Marik Von Rennenkampff, analyst in the state department’s bureau of international security and nonproliferation, also told The Guardian foreign powers would have had to undergone a breathtaking technological leap to be behind the UAP’s.
He said: “China has well-documented issues with basic jet engines, they rely on espionage to develop their most advanced weapons systems. So, I struggle with China having developed this.
“Russia has a defence budget that is a fraction of the United States, and much of its military infrastructure is crumbling so I struggle with that too.
“So if it is China or Russia, then that’s extraordinary.
“I don’t know how they did it, and it would be a monumental failure of intelligence collection on the part of the United States, orders of magnitude worse than 9/11.”
Valorant 3.0 does much to change the current experience, bringing with it Account Leveling and a new Agent to play as.
Fans will notice straight after updating that Valorant Account Leveling is now running in the background, however much you play.
According to Riot Games, Valorant Account Leveling can be found as a border on your in-game Player Card and will change every 20 account levels and leave you with a way to visualize and rep the time you’ve spent in-game.
This is not connected to just one game mode and levelling up your account requires you to get Account Points (AP).
You can earn AP in several ways, including by playing matches; however, the amount of AP you gain per match is based on the duration and results of the match.
You will also be rewarded bonus AP for your first win of the day, although it should be noted that AP only goes toward your Account Level, and does not contribute to Battlepass or Agent XP.
At the end of any match, your AP will go toward your account level, which will appear on the Player Card as an evolving Account Level border, as mentioned above.
A message from Riot Games adds: “Your account level goes up with every 5,000 AP you earn. As your account levels up, so does your account level border.
“In order to respect time already invested into VALORANT, on the day of the Patch 3.0, you will receive an amount of AP based on how many matches you’ve played in the past.
This means you could be anywhere from Account Level 1 to 100 (or more) depending on how many games of VALORANT you’ve played at this point.”
Meanwhile, Riot Games has also confirmed that Leaderboards have been disabled but will be returning later this week.
Gamers should also note that wins are being tracked, with Riot Games adding: “EP3 Act I Leaderboards are down, but they should be back up later this week. Don’t worry; your wins are still being captured… you just can’t, ya know, see it.”
“Account Levels for longtime VALORANT players have a much lower cap than we intended. We’re looking into a fix and hope to update in a future patch.”
Further patch notes have been shared and can be found for Valorant 3.0 below:
Signature abilities now only provide a minimum of one charge per round instead of accumulating a charge every round.
For example, if you have a two charge signature ability and you end the round with one charge remaining, you will not gain an additional charge
Charges gained from cooldowns are now always temporary
Visibility returns faster during the fadeout period of all flashes.
Price decreased 500 >>> 450
Walking inaccuracy changed from .25 >>> .8
Running inaccuracy changed from 1.0 >>> 2.0
Price increased 1600 >>> 1850
Damage falloff at 10m changed from 13 per pellet >>> 10 per pellet
Damage falloff at 15m changed from 10 per pellet >>> 7 per pellet
We want the Judge to be a devastating, multi-fragging, close range option and believe it’s a bit more premium than we had previously given it credit for. It was also performing better than expected at range so we’re taking that down a notch.
For Episode 3, our major focus for Ranked is matchmaking accuracy and fairness. We’ve evaluated our system and have made a few significant changes that should improve these key areas across a wide range of players. Without getting too much into the secret sauce of things, we want to share some of what you can expect in Episode 3.
Here’s our primary player experience goals:
We want winning games to matter most—at all skill levels.
We want to improve individual performance evaluation because we believe it helps identify more fair and balanced matches.
We want you to see your rank as an accurate representation of your current skill level.
We want you to have fewer motivations for playing on different accounts and to get to your proper rank faster.
Here’s some of what you can expect from our changes:
Reduced the possibility of feeling “hard stuck” on older accounts. If your skill improves, your rank should properly reflect that, regardless of account age.
Matchmaking accuracy will improve across all ranks, which should lead to a smoother ranked climb and reduce how hard you may swing up and down in rank
While winning games is still the most important factor, individual performance will also be accounted for to improve matchmaking at Immortal+
Close games will have a smaller effect on rank rating gains and losses
Adjusted our Rank Rating curves, so climbing (or falling) should feel less volatile
Updated Rank distribution
Placements raised to Diamond 1
Our plan is to continue to monitor these changes after they’ve reached our live servers, and we’ll certainly make more adjustments where appropriate. We’re looking forward to getting these changes into your hands, and please continue to provide us with feedback on your experiences throughout Episode 3!
We’re excited to deliver major improvements with 3.0! This work is the culmination of significant effort and collaboration over the last several months involving many teams across VALORANT. Performance is a war won in the margins, and we’re generally able to provide small, incremental changes. This time, however, many of our smaller items came together all at once.
Players with medium to high spec machines (CPU bound systems) may see up to 6% performance improvements as a result of the following work:
Improved clipping plane calculations using multithreading
Improved thread utilization across multiple cores for distributed tasks
KXAN Live anchor Will DuPree and KXAN politics reporter John Engel hosted the discussion featuring Nelson Linder and Andrew Allison from Austinites for Progressive Reform — the group behind the strong-mayor proposal — and Jesus Garza and Nico Ramsey with Austin for All People, which opposes the change. Jen Rice of Houston Public Media and former city council member Daryl Slusher provided analysis.
“As cities grow, and as things change or don’t change, you need to make a more effective system. The question for me is, can Austin be a better, more inclusive city? The answer is yes,” Linder said, adding the fear that having a strong mayor “running errant does not square with reality if you know Austin, Texas.”
“The council-management system has worked for the City of Austin,” Garza countered. “The fact of the matter is, the mayor and council set policy. The mayor and council approve the budgets.”
He added a strong mayor system “puts an awful lot of power in one individual.”
The City of Houston has a mayor-council, or strong mayor, structure of government, like is being considered in Austin.
But Rice, the Houston Public Media reporter, pointed out the Houston mayor has control over the city council agenda — a power not granted in the strong mayor proposal before Austin voters. A ballot initiative in Houston is attempting to pull back some of that power.
“It sounds like what’s going on in Austin is people trying to find more of a middle path, frankly, because it doesn’t have that much control that goes to the mayor,” Rice said. “I’m really interested, and I think it’s a really nuanced conversation, and I’m really interested to see what Austin voters are going to do.”