4 Problems with Bots in Pokemon Go and Why Niantic should fix them!

Pokémon Go by Darren Mark Domirez


In the beginning

It was cute when Pokémon Go was first released and people just had to show Niantic how people could easily hit their max level of 40!  Now let’s be clear about this, he did us a bot to get to level 40 and he was quite clear about it on Reddit.  So we already know that at least 5 months ago or more someone somewhere was using a bot for an example.   No one in their right mind would be able to say no one is using on Pokémon Go.   I’d even wager that Niantic has in the past tried to solve this very problem.   It however seems to be a never-ending story.

Really Good Pokémon

The real problem with some one using a bot is a simple one.   The game is designed to be played in the cold, heat, day, or night to catch these elusive really powerful Pokémon.   When a player has a very powerful Pokémon, like a Snorlax, or a Dragonite, then you will be able to do so much more stuff.   There are even players who have other regions of Pokémon such as Mime, which can only be gotten in Europe.  We will come back to this!

Egg Hatching and Star Dust

Stardust can be used to Power Up any Pokémon in your collection. For example, you can Power Up a Rattata using Stardust acquired by catching a Meowth. You obtain Stardust whenever you catch or hatch Pokémon of any species.

This is a constant problem because while some one uses a bot to walk 3 or 8 or even 10 miles per hour.   As they hatch 2k, 5k, or even 10k eggs you get 400 to about 3,000 star dust per egg depending on the egg.   You also get candies for the egg that you hatch but that is something like 5 to 35 candies depending on the egg also.  You can read the Reddit post if you want to know even more.   The point of this is that I’ve seen crazy amounts of star dust from players and I am wondering how they did it.   This is definitely one way they could have done it.

Inventory full

You can have a full inventory, Potions, full health, poke balls, ultra, and great.   The inventory also helps you such as reviving your Pokémon who have fainted due to gym battles.   You also can have the full amount of potions for healing your Pokémon.   This will be talked about later. When Niantic stopped people from doing drive by poke stops, this has been a problem for trainers.   Niantic has made it impossible to spin those poke stops while driving above 15 to 20 miles an hour.  This is also a problem for trainers who are not using bots and the people who are using bots are getting way to strong.

Gyms and Battling

Now we are getting to the main problem of why people are using bots to do this.   Players who have the really good Pokémon, and has enough supplies can bring down a level 10 gym and do it faster than a normal person.   They then can put their very powerful Pokémon into the gym and use them to collect Star dust and Poke coins.   Poke Coins are simply virtual currency to buy supplies from the game shop, such as incubators to hatch even more Pokemon, or lures to draw even more Pokémon to an area and camp.  We know what we can do with the Star Dust. The problem now with this is there is no easy way to report players who have not been anywhere close them to do those things.   If a bot is doing this, then there will not be anyone else around and you will see it on the screen and wonder who they are.  Then you might not know or take the difficult task of reporting the trainer.  We will talk about a possible solution at the end of this post!

Possible Solutions to the Problem

While I’m no big programmer, some of this seems to be so simple that I’m surprised Niantic didn’t do this already.   We’ve already heard about soft bans, hard bans, and even player deletion from botting.   This will always be a problem but Niantic seems to be reluctant to get the players to help.   We’ve got officer in every city and state so why can’t Niantic get the players who want to help fix the problem involved.   It would be a simple process of adding a button to each gym trainer in the form of a flag or maybe even a report button.   Now I am sure Niantic has been logging what people do and where they’ve gone.   We all know we are being logged and they can use that to look for anything that might have been overlooked by the anti-cheating software.  We know that can easily be beaten and I’m sure it has holes that need to be fixed.

The other possible solution the problem is prevent players from getting the coins from the conquered gym by making them wait an hour or two before they can get the coins and star-dust from that gym.   Right now the problem is, you can collect up to 100 coins and 10,000 Star Dust every 20 hours even if you have to find 10 gyms to occupy for that small amount of time to collect that Star Dust.   While instead of making it easier for bots to come along and swoop in and occupy 10 gyms and then collect their greatest amount of coins and Star Dust.   There should be a least amount of time before you can collect from one gym and so on for the other gyms.   This way you give players a chance to prevent the bots from collecting money from gyms.

Final Note!

I urge every Pokémon Go player to share this article and hopefully someone higher up will see this and start making the necessary changes to the game that I’ve suggested to help fight unethical trainers who are botting.

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How Dating Sites can create less privacy for you!

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Your dating profile!

As most of you know, You’ve got to have a dating profile for people who might want to talk to you.  So of course, you will probably have where you live or even maybe even your real first name, and if you are really stupid you’d even have your last name.  The profile also has your current age, and some other information that someone can use to find out even more about you.   The problem with this is that someone has enough information to start looking for you on sites such as Spokeo, PeopleFinders, Intelius, or even WhitePages.

Those are just a few sites someone who wants to find out where you live, if you have any public court documents, Your Birth-date, or maybe even other valuable information to steal your identity.  Most people don’t understand that aspect of being on a dating site.   You may even come across a fake profile from time to time!

Your Privacy!

I’ve already talked about how you really don’t have any privacy on the internet.  Although Wikipedia has a different take on what Privacy is:

Privacy is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively.

The problem with the definition from Wikipedia is quite clear to me.   An individual on the internet can’t protect their own privacy and even a group of people might be able to stop some of this but with sites being hacked daily on an ongoing process, it’s impossible.   Want to know what information is out there about you, just check out “Have I been Pwned?”   I find that site really useful just to know if you have anything to worry about.  It however is just one site in a dozen or more on the dark web that you may not know about that has that same information or more.  Your information is floating somewhere for others who might want to cause harm on the net.

Ethical Dilemma of it all!

On My previous post about Ethics of this very question, I’ve discussed the foundation of what the ethical and moral parts on about doing this type of research.  The problem with doing this is just that people think you are finding out information that they may or may not want you to know about.   It can be really scary for some who finds out.   They think it is an invasion of privacy but I have the right to protect my kids from abusers, or predators, or even from getting scammed.  There lies the problem, some people might have some scary background information that they paid the price for but it still is a valuable tool to find out more information about an individual then talking with them.   I believe people will intentionally lie about something just because it really still is a painful area in their lives.   Does that make them wrong or evil, probably not but it still tells you a story of where they’ve been and how far they’ve come.   So you have to take the information with a grain of salt and use it to better understand just who they are.

Finally

If you are really worried about what people might find about you here are a few books that might help you make it harder for anyone to find you on the internet:

Disclaimer:  I am an amazon affiliate and these links are affiliates.   You pay no more than the cost of the books but I receive a commission for when you buy the books with my links.   If you don’t feel I should get the money please visit Amazon directly and find these books there. 

Each of these have some very Good tips of helping your privacy.   I’ve not bought these book but they do look to have what is needed to help you keep your privacy safe on the internet.   This is trying to help those who might want to protect their privacy.   Thanks!!

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Online Stalking — The morality and ethics of it all!

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Online Dating

So I met this really nice very charming woman on a dating site. It was getting interesting to say the least, I thought we were hitting it off and really enjoying talking to her.  The problem is of course the scammers and Nigerian hooligans out there that are just greedy and wanting free money.   Each time we meet someone online, there is of course the possibility of it being a scam.  The problem can be so scary when it comes to even considering dating online.

I know she may never forgive me and I might not ever meet her but I am sorry that people think that have illusion of privacy in society now a days.  This seems to be a major flaw in society now a days.   When I went to a local establishment for months in 2001, I found out that someone did a background check on me and I was quite mad but later I realize just how easy it was to order a background check on me and even others without much information.  I’ve said it at least once, but I’ll say it again we no longer have any privacy on the internet.  I’ve always considered myself somewhat a White Hat Security Researcher.  I’ve even found some flaws in a local company and reported to them but they made a few comments on other websites that I had to contend with.   No company wants to know they are vulnerable or that someone actually found a problem.  So I’ve been reluctant to give out my name and stuff to companies, instead I go the old fashion route of snail mail and let them worry about it for themselves.   That way they can be mad but not know who found out and retaliate because I’ve found problem.

Ethics Alone

We are all human we know right from wrong, or at least I hope so.   The problem with how far we should go to find out if someone is real or fake can be bit of the grey area, not really black but not completely white either.   We can go into detail of just how ethics of finding out about people can be we are searching for something that is wrong or something not quite right.   We could also summarize that we don’t want to be hurt by someone, the pain of finding out that they didn’t fully trust you can be heart breaking to say the least but the truth of the matter.   When you tell someone something in a message can be just that an easy way to say anything that may or may not be true.

Morality of it all!

Morality is ‘principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.’  It closely goes with Ethics but ethics comes from one person where morality is a principle in society.   Morals of a person can be good or bad depending on what society thinks of the person in question.   That being said, we all either strive to have a good moral being or just don’t care and have a bad moral being.    Because society will also judge us for our poor choices and that can be good or bad depending on how ethical we were when society finds out our poor choices.  It goes hand in hand with our actions but most people don’t understand that part of it.

Finally

The last note in this blog post is to the woman I hurt, I will tell you I’m truly sorry and I’d wish you would forgive me but that may never happen.   I know we have never met and we may never meet but I don’t want to have those negative thoughts that you may have of me stop you from taking chances.   I am sure being that I am not alone in this attempt because I am willing to bet other online dating couples have had to tend with this exact situation.   I can’t be sure but I am sure I am not the only one.

Sincerely

Paul Sylvester

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