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Monthly Archive for November, 2012

Will be ever bring them back?

In regards to Squidwolf Magazine, if they sell out yes we may bring them back for short limited edition reruns.

Squidwolf Syndicate: Road To SquidCraft 1.3.6 has been deployed

Squidwolf Syndicate: Road To SquidCraft 1.3.6 has been deployed across the network. This update brings changes to Squidwolf Main Site as well as final preparations for Squidwolf Minecraft entering Private BETA.

Patch Notes are available here.

Road To SquidCraft 1.3.6

Patch notes for Squidwolf Syndicate: Road to SquidCraft 1.3.6

To be released on Tuesday, 25 November 2012.

 

CHANGES

Squidwolf Minecraft – Private ALPHA

– You can now check the status of Squidwolf Minecraft online (ServerStatus).

– Advanced broadcast messages have been enabled (SpoutBroadcast).

– Advanced Server guides has been added (InfoGuide).

– Advanced Spout-enabled stuff has been added (SpoutEssentials).

 

Squidwolf Main Site

– Large navigation buttons have been removed and replaced with the News From Squidwolf RSS Feed.

– A right-content bar has been added containing links to various services.

Squidwolf Syndicate: Inherit Velocity to be deployed on Tuesday, 11 December

Squidwolf Syndicate: Inherit Velocity to be deployed on Tuesday, 11 December

 

Squidwolf Syndicate: Inherit Velocity is scheduled for deployment during an extended downtime on Tuesday, 11 December. The deployment downtime will begin at 09:00 UTC and is scheduled until 21:00 UTC. During this time, no areas of the network will be accessible.

 

The content-themed winter expansion promises to ignite a generation of new products and services on Squidwolf Syndicate.

 

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars will enter major release on Squidwolf Gaming Network accompanied Squidwolf Services Network’s major release. Squidwolf Store, Squidwolf Web Design, and Squidwolf Domain Registry are all going to enter Public BETA.

 

Squidwolf Minecraft and Squidwolf Nest will enter Private BETA stages with this expansion.

 

Squidwolf Cyberlocker, Squidwolf Web FTP Service, and Squidwolf Magazine Website will be entering Private ALPHA stages to continue their development into fully fledged products.

 

We are also drastically lowering our membership fees. For more information on this ahead of release, please refer to this dev blog. We are introducing a new petitions system for members’ problems to be addressed in a quick and efficient manner, and Squidwolf Web Proxy will be given session saving capabilities.

 

All members will be receiving an online storage increase, and Squidwolf Mail attachment sizes will be increased to 500 MB. Sadly, to make room for new development we will be closing Squidwolf Collaboration. For more information on this, please refer to this dev blog.

 

For more information about Squidwolf Syndicate: Inherit Velocity, please visit the Inherit Velocity Feature Page, and the patch notes page.

Inherit Velocity 1.0

Patch notes for Squidwolf Syndicate: Inherit Velocity 1.0

To be released on Tuesday, 11 December 2012.

 

FEATURES

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars

– Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is out of development and has been added to Squidwolf Gaming Network.

– ETQW has been connected to the Squidwolf Gaming Network which means it now has it’s own set of achievements.

– ETQW has been given a War Board.

– War declaration costs are determined by your rank on Squidwolf Gaming Network. Previously it sat at 100Gc but now varies between 10-20Gc depending on your rank.

Several annoying loopholes have been addressed:

– If you leave a match mid game, you cannot re-join until the entire session is over. This does not apply to p2p games.

– Negative k/d shedding is no longer possible. Joining a new clan will not affect your personal k/d.

All gaming matches are now public by default:

– You can view a report of all matches on the War Board.

– Players can request to join a clan already in-game instead of joining and forming a new clan in the game.

– All matches are published to the War Board by default.

– The War Board contains all kills and losses in date order for the past 7 days. This will be increased in the near future.

– The War Board contains a headline showing the total amount of damage inflicted.

– A graph is available so you can view games by rank.

– The in-game menus have been updated to have a nice look and feel.

– You can now create new chat rooms in-game.

 

Squidwolf Services Network

– Join Squidwolf Syndicate has been updated to contain a message board.

– Join Squidwolf Syndicate now has a better looking registration form, finally.

– News From Squidwolf now has a new look and feel.

– Social sharing buttons has been added to News From Squidwolf.

– Patch Notes now has a new look and feel.

– Social sharing buttons has been added to Patch Notes.

 

Squidwolf Store- Public BETA

27 New products have been added to the store and a several new product categories has been added. An entirely new product category “accessories” has been added. The full list of new products is listed below.

Accessories

– Fiber Products

= Blue Sky Fiber Optic Cable Fault Tester

– Headphones

= Blue Sky “Woody” – Stereo Headphones with Mic

– iPhone

= iPhone Cases

|- iPhone Rugged Case (available in Red and Orange)

|- iPhone – Stealth Metal Case (available in Black, Blue, and Silver)

= iPhone Bumpers

|- iPhone 5 Bumper from Cyberhornets Media (available in Black, Blue, and Silver)

= iPhone Keyboard

|- Cyberhornets Bluetooth Keyboard for iPhone 5

= iPhone Battery Packs

|- Blue Sky Octopus – Battery Pack for iPhone

– Keyboards and Mice

= Computer Mice

|- “Scorps” USB Mouse

– Power Packs

= Power Pack for Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100

– Solar Power

= Camouflage 30W Solar Power Charger Unit

= Solar Backup Battery Kit

= Camo Print 10W Solar Battery Charger

– Android

= Android Computers

|- Android On A Stick

+ Android 4.0 Mini PC – 1GHz, 4GB SSD

+ “SmartTV” Android 4.1 Mini PC – 1.6GHz, 4GB SSD

+ “DroidTV” Android 4.0 Mini PC – 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM

|- Gaming Tablets

+ Blue Sky “Pearl” – Android Gaming Tablet

= Android Phones

|- FortisX Dual SIM – Rugged

|- Horizon 3G Dual SIM

|- Squire 3G Dual Sim (Available in White or Black)

|- Skiye 3G Dual Sim

|- HDMIDroid 3G Dual Sim with HDMI

= Android Tablets

|- Starlight 10.1-inch HD (Available in Black or Silver)

|- Dark Fantasy 9.7-inch HD

Several prototype products have been discontinued. We have started to accept billing for Squidwolf Memberships via Squidwolf Store.

 

You can now purchase a Premium subscription for Squidwolf Syndicate on Squidwolf Store – Public BETA as well as purchasing additional add-ons such as Squidwolf Tech Support. You must purchase this with the email address that is your Squidwolf Syndicate membership address. If you specified an alternative email address at signup, you can also register with that.

 

Additional elements to the store have been added.

 

Squidwolf Web Design – Public BETA

– Squidwolf Web Design has now entered Public BETA. You can now commission us to build you your website on Squidwolf Syndicate without paying entry fee.

– You can now choose whether to keep your commission with Squidwolf Web Design or transfer it to Squidwolf Nest.

– Website modifications have been applied.

 

Squidwolf Domain Registry – Public BETA

– Squidwolf Domain Registry has now entered Public BETA. You can now register domain names with us without paying early access fee.

– Free domain parking is added for premium account members.

– New registration fees have been applied:

= .com £11.99 /year

= .net £9.99 /year

= .org £9.99 /year

= .info £1.99 /year

= .biz £5.99 /year

= .co.uk £9.99 /year

= .tv £19.98 /year

= .me £12.99 /year

= .eu £9.99 /year

= .mobi £9.99 /year

= .pro £14.99 /year

= .tel £14.99 /year

= .xxx £59.95 /year

 

Squidwolf Social – Private BETA

– Squidwolf Social has entered Private BETA with Inherit Velocity.

– A complete site redesign has been carried out.

– Invite code system has been enabled. You can now invite others to join Squidwolf Social, even without them being a member of Squidwolf Syndicate.

– Network-wide announcements have been enabled.

– Several backend improvements have been made.

– Additional spam control measures have been enabled.

– Network-wide statistics have been enabled.

– Referring URL tracking has been enabled.

– A new tool for viewing logging has been enabled.

– Additional control over locales has been added.

 

Squidwolf Minecraft – Private BETA

Squidwolf Minecraft has now entered the Private BETA stages of development with Inherit Velocity. This adds significant network changes and server upgrades.

– Population limit has been increased to 25 people.

– Additional server worlds has been enabled, listed below:

= Flight

= Surface

– We have added groundwork for moving away from the official Minecraft Authentication system to our own system.

– Mobs now drop mob eggs when killed which can be exchanged for bounty prizes at Squidwolf Mountain.

– Mob bounty prizes have been listed below:

= Blaze – 40Sc

= Cavespider – 28.5Sc

= Creeper – 57Sc

= Electrified Creeper – 69Sc

= Enderdragon – 500Sc

= Enderman – 60Sc

= Ghast – 69Sc

= Giant – 85Sc

= Monster – 85Sc

= PigZombie – 28.5Sc

= Silverfish – 2Sc

= Skeleton – 33Sc

= Spider – 28.5Sc

= Wolf – 28.5Sc

= Zombie – 21Sc

– Groundwork has been laid to have automatic bounty payments made periodically for killing mobs.

– Code for Irongolem bounty payments is there but has been disabled.

– We are planning a Player Bounty system.

 

Squidwolf Cyberlocker – Private ALPHA

– You can purchase Private ALPHA access from Squidwolf Store for $9.99 CAD.

– Groundwork for SquidPassport authentication for Squidwolf Cyberlocker has been added.

– File size limit has been capped at 10MB.

– Email notifications have been added.

– Upload progress bar has been added.

– Multifile upload has been enabled.

– Email notifications has been enabled.

– Social media buttons has been added.

– Links to other areas of Squidwolf Syndicate has been added.

 

Squidwolf Web FTP Service – Private ALPHA

– Passive mode has been enabled.

– A wiki guide on how to use the service has been added.

– You can purchase access to the Squidwolf Web FTP Service – Private ALPHA from Squidwolf Store for $9.99 CAD.

– iPhone mobile device mode has been added.

– Links to other areas of Squidwolf Syndicate have been added.

– A forum for FTP discussion has been added.

– SSL encryption is enabled but disabled for non-SquidElite members.

– Initial directory login has been enabled.

– login to multiple servers has been added.

 

Squidwolf Magazine Website – Private ALPHA

– A new online media outlet for Squidwolf Magazine has been deployed in Private ALPHA.

– You can buy access to the Private ALPHA of Squidwolf Magazine Website from Squidwolf Store for $9.99 CAD.

– The site will be populated with content from the next issue of Squidwolf Magazine.

 

Petitions

Petitions is designed to help you create support requests and speed up the efficiency of contacting customers who require assistance by providing Polaris with tools they need to deliver fast, effective and measurable support.

– Tickets can be created via email, online forms or other means (created by Polaris staff). Fexible configuration and mapping.

– Automatic reply that is sent out when a new ticket is opened or a message is received.

– Predefined responses for FAQs.

– Internal communication between staff.

– Configurable help topics for web tickets. Enquiries can be routed.

– Staff and clients are kept up to date with email alerts. Configurable and flexible settings.

– Tickets can be escalated if necessary.

– Works with SquidPassport.

 

Squidwolf Tech Support

– Purchasable as an add-on for Premium members and FREE to SquidElite members, Squidwolf Tech Support aims to free-up the time of Project: Hazel Developers from answering ALL questions relating to technology from everyone, everywhere.

– Project: Hazel Developers are no longer allowed to give Tech Support to anyone who hasn’t purchased or been given this service.

– Directly tied in with osTicket.

– Price plans:

= Monthly $5.99 CAD

= Three Months $14.99 CAD

= Annual $39.99 CAD

– Squidwolf Tech Support will answer any and all questions relating to information technology and devices.

– Squidwolf Tech Support provides one to one assistance either over FaceTime, Skype, or in Squidwolf IM.

– Simple technology queries are answered through the Petitions system.

 

Invite Codes

– You can now invite people to Squidwolf Syndicate using codes inside Squidwolf Social – Private BETA.

 

Squidwolf IM

– Multiple domain support has been added.

 

Squidwolf WiFi

– We are now accepting network submissions.

 

CHANGES

Squidwolf Web Proxy

– Session saving is now enabled.

 

Squidwolf Web Server

– All members are receiving a Web Server space increase.

 

Squidwolf Mail

– The attachment size has been increased to 500MB.

– Squidwolf SMTP Relay has been disabled until further notice.

– Squidwolf Mail is now able to send mail to Microsoft Email servers once again.

 

Squidwolf Collaboration

– Squidwolf Collaboration has been closed.

– Squidwolf Address Book Server has been disabled.

– Squidwolf Calendar Server has been disabled.

– All data on these services has been deleted.

 

Squidwolf Server Network

– Automatic backups has been enabled through the use of our Squidwolf Time Machine Servers.

 

Miscellaneous

– Information on the FAQ section of Squidwolf Main Site relating to memberships has been added.

– Links to purchasing premium accounts have been added to Squidwolf Main Site.

– You will now be informed that you have lost connection with Squidwolf Server Network.

 

HazelPorts

– MacPorts base version verified at 2.1.2.

– Ports tree updated.

– automake 1.2.12.5_0 installed.

– fftw-3 3.3.3_0 installed.

– fontconfig 2.10.2_0 installed.

– glib 2.34.3_0 installed.

– python_select 0.3_2 installed.

– tiff 3.9.7_0 installed.

– webp 0.2.1_0 installed.

– ImageMagick 6.8.0-7_0+q16 installed.

– php5 5.3.19_0+apache2 installed.

– php5-ldap 5.3.19 installed.

– Binary database updated.

 

FIXES

Squidwolf WiFi

– If a device connected to a 2.4GHz network is capable of 5GHz connectivity, it will be forced to change networks.

Minecraft AI

What are we doing:

Hey guys, HARR Megawatt Donut from Hazel Archives & Records Repository here with some news about NPCs and their brains. As it stands right now on Squidwolf Minecraft we are using the Vanilla-powered AI for all of our NPC characters. This is everything from Critters & Monsters, to the Enderdragon and NPC villagers. What we now want to do is use the Citizens plugin on the Bukkit repository to create our own series of NPCs.

Why are we doing this:

There are plenty of reasons for doing this. Trying to bring everything up to date, to stop using the standard Vanilla NPC AI, to give us new options for what we can do on the server, to try and close some exploits, to attempt to make the PvE more engaging, and more.

How are we doing this:

We are going to do this with a lot of little baby steps and public testing. We have also taken steps to make sure that if come release time if we don’t like where this is at we can easily revert it all and put it off for a release to try a difference approach.

Internally we started with just changing all of the Villager and Zombie NPC. This allowed us to run simulations with the AI packaged with the Pretty Scary Update against our own changes we made to Citizens and see how they stand against each other.

After the first round of testing we made some tweaks to the attributes on the Zombie NPC, specifically making them hate Villagers less, and got some of our QA and Bug Hunters to hammer through testing. So far the feedback from this has been really good and we are confident with moving on to the next step. We are still working out the dates for it but at some point in the coming weeks we want to get these changes onto a test server and invite the community out to run some gaming sessions and provide feedback.

As I said earlier this is something we are doing very carefully so getting it into your hands as soon as possible is of high priority for us. We are just sorting out when we can get access to one of the test servers.

Edit: Turns our the changes got published to Alive recently. So if you get on Alive now (If you have Polaris) you can see and test the changes.

F.A.Q.

  1. Q) Will the NPC’s switch targets now?
    A) Yes, yes they will.
  2. Q) Will the NPC’s choose a targets of the same level, so the different classes of Zombies will choose players similarly matched.
    A) Yes, the Zombie will try and pick targets matching their own level.
  3. Q) Will Zombies kill my Irongolem?
    A) Yes, but they don’t hate them nearly as much as players. It is also highly unlikely that a Zombie can defeat an Irongolem on it’s own.
  4. Q) Will NPCs do any new attacks?
    A) We are working on a Zombie-Skeleton hybrid, so arrows!
  5. Q) Does this change things like spawns or range activation?
    A) No. When the NPC decide to start hating you is still based on your environment.
  6. Q) Does this also cover The Nether and The End?
    A) Yes.

Final Words:

A short dev blog, but hopefully one that is clear and to the point. PH Blue Shadow and I look forward to discussing this with you more as we move forward.

HARR Megawatt Donut

p.s. I have reports that the Irongolem and Snowgolem on Alive are attacking everyone and everything. You asked for a more dangerous and challenging game so we delivered!

p.p.s. We are working on a fix for this, don’t worry.

Squidwolf Syndicate: Road To SquidCraft 1.3.5 has been deployed

Squidwolf Syndicate: Road To SquidCraft 1.3.5 has been deployed across the network. This update adds groundwork for custom NPC AI, mapping of in-game worlds for viewing on mobile devices and in web browsers, and the CrazyCore systems plugin has been installed.

Patch Notes are available here.

Road To SquidCraft 1.3.5

Patch notes for Squidwolf Syndicate: Road to SquidCraft 1.3.5

To be released on Tuesday, 20 November 2012.

 

CHANGES

Squidwolf Minecraft – Private ALPHA

– Custom NPC AI has been added (Citizens).

– Mapping of Squidwolf Worlds has been added (Dynmap).

– CrazyCore systems plugin has been installed.

 

Squidwolf Main Site

– An error relating to the version status of Squidwolf Store on the Inherit Velocity features page has been corrected.

 

Squidwolf Server

– Adobe Flash has been updated to the latest version.

Forums Spring Cleaning

Greetings Internet people!

My name is M Purifier and I have been tasked with maintaining Squidwolf Forums for the foreseeable future. To start with there is some spring (fall) cleaning that needs to be taken care of. These changes have been in the air for some time and they are something that we feel is needed to keep the Forums neat and tidy.

Login and Account Registration

As you may already have noticed we have two different types of accounts on the Forums:

Created accounts, also known as Forum accounts.

SquidPassport accounts, also known as Squidwolf Accounts.

The difference and reasoning behind the two types of accounts are detailed in an earlier DevBlog. It is now time to move on and leave the legacy Forum accounts behind and focus on the SquidPassport accounts. Therefore as of Road To SquidCraft 1.3.7 it will no longer be possible to use or register on Squidwolf Forums unless you have an active Squidwolf Syndicate account that is SquidPassport enabled.

Existing Forum accounts will still work as before. This will have no immediate effect on Forum users who don’t have a Squidwolf Account.

We are doing this as a catch-all measure to prevent automated forum account creation which is responsible for a huge 97% of all spam on the forums at present.

Simply put, it is free to get a Squidwolf Account and all new accounts that are created are automatically SquidPassport enabled so there is no excuse not to get one if you wish to use the forums.

Now that is all out in the open I’m off to finish my university coursework.

Catch Ya Later!

M Purifier

Account improvements winter update

Things have been going well on the account improvement front as we ramp up to our winter expansion in the coming months. We began earlier this year with rebalancing Free Accounts for Echoing Spectrum, and then delivered improved SquidBasic accounts through PH Squidwolf. We also gave you increased storage and increased mail attachment limits despite summer vacations taking many staff away.

That’s a total of 19 improvements, which is not too shabby to start with, considering it’s a little less than 10% of all account features. Adding PH CloudSurf to our team has been a great aid in getting things moving alone, a bit like hiring an extra half-naked loud vocalist to a heavy metal band. Plus, she doesn’t eat much (a few oreos we launch at her in the morning), and usually she sleeps in a dark corner somewhere and works 22 hours a day. Not a bad deal.

 

Despite being happy with our first round of account changes, work has barely started and we really want to ramp things up for the nest expansion. So, let’s check what you are getting for winter.

The changes below will be effective from 11 December 2012.

Free Accounts

Free Accounts have the highest improvement priority so far, and the experience gained with Echoing Spectrum is definitely going to be put into good use here. Here is the updated list which has changed a little since Squidwolf Annual Keynote 2012.

 

Here is how a current Free Account looks now:

– Server Storage 640 MB

– Squidwolf Mail 500 MB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Collaboration

Only available to accounts active before Echoing Spectrum.

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf Wiki

 

Here is how it will look with Inherit Velocity:

– Server Storage 750 MB

– Squidwolf Mail 750 MB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf Wiki

– Squidwolf Services Network

– Squidwolf Web Proxy

– Squidwolf Store – BETA

– Squidwolf Domain Registry

– Squidwolf Tech Support*

*Add-On of $9.99 CAD /month

We will be increasing storage on the server as well as increasing Squidwolf Mailbox sizes. Free Accounts will also have access to Squidwolf Services Network, Squidwolf Web Proxy and the Public BETA of Squidwolf Store. Free Accounts will also have the option to purchase Squidwolf Tech Support.

 

SquidBasic

Here is how it looks now:

– Server Storage 2 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 2 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Collaboration

Only available to accounts active before Echoing Spectrum.

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf Wiki

 

Here is how it will look with Inherit Velocity:

SquidBasic $30 CAD /year

– Server Storage 4 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 4 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf WIki

– Squidwolf Services Network

– Squidwolf Web Proxy

– Squidwolf Store – BETA

– Squidwolf Domain Registry

– Squidwolf Tech Support*

– Squidwolf Gaming Network

*Add-On of $9.99 CAD /month

SquidBasic accounts will get increased server storage and mailbox size as well as enjoying the new revised price of just $30 CAD a year.

 

SquidStandard

Here is how it looks now:

– Server Storage 10 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 10 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Collaboration

Only available to accounts active before Echoing Spectrum.

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf Wiki

 

Here is how it will look with Inherit Velocity:

SquidStandard $60 CAD /year

– Server Storage 20 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 20 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf WIki

– Squidwolf Services Network

– Squidwolf Web Proxy

– Squidwolf Store – BETA

– Squidwolf Domain Registry

– Squidwolf Tech Support*

– Squidwolf Gaming Network

– Squidwolf Time Machine – 1 Computer

*Add-On of $9.99 CAD /month

SquidStandard accounts will get increased server storage and mailbox size as well as enjoying the new revised price of just $60 CAD a year. SquidStandard members can also enjoy backups for their mac computer via Squidwolf Time Machine.

 

SquidImproved

Here is how it looks now:

– Server Storage 20 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 20 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Collaboration

Only available to accounts active before Echoing Spectrum.

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf Wiki

 

Here is how it will look with Inherit Velocity:

SquidAdvanced $90 CAD /year

– Server Storage 40 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 40 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf WIki

– Squidwolf Services Network

– Squidwolf Web Proxy

– Squidwolf Store – BETA

– Squidwolf Domain Registry

– Squidwolf Tech Support FREE

– Squidwolf Gaming Network

– Squidwolf Time Machine – 1 Computer

– Free access to all Private BETA services.

SquidAdvanced accounts will get increased server storage and mailbox size as well as enjoying the new revised price of just $90 CAD a year complete with a FREE Squidwolf Tech Support plan and FREE access to all Private BETA services.

 

SquidElite

Here is how it looks now:

– Server Storage 50 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 50 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Collaboration

Only available to accounts active before Echoing Spectrum.

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf Wiki

 

Here is how it will look with Inherit Velocity:

SquidElite $100 CAD /year

– Server Storage 60 GB

– Squidwolf Mail 60 GB

– Squidwolf IM

– Squidwolf Forums

– Squidwolf WIki

– Squidwolf Services Network

– Squidwolf Web Proxy

– Squidwolf Store – BETA

– Squidwolf Domain Registry

– Squidwolf Tech Support FREE

– Squidwolf Gaming Network

– Squidwolf Time Machine – 2 Computers

– Free Access to all Private ALPHA services.

SquidElite accounts will get increased server storage and mailbox size as well as enjoying the new revised price of just $90 CAD a year complete with a FREE Squidwolf Tech Support plan and FREE access to all Private ALPHA services.

 

Enjoy!

PH Blue Shadow

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