Learning the basics in paintball is pretty easy, but to become a really good paintball player, you have to know a few strategic tips that will be beneficial for you and your teammates to be successful. Some of the tips and tricks that you can use to become a better paintball player are listed below.
Walking the Trigger
According to pbguy.com. This technique turns your paintball gun into a fully automatic gun, allowing you to shoot a lot of paintballs in succession, which in turn allows your teammates to change positions quickly, with a low chance of getting hit, because your opponents are bunkered down, trying to avoid the rapid fire coming at them. All you have to do is place a couple of fingers over the trigger of your paintball gun, and tap the trigger quickly with both fingers, which allows your gun to shoot the paintballs rapidly, like an automatic weapon.
If you are behind a bunker, you should switch the hand you are shooting with depending on which side you are firing from. If you are shooting from the right edge of the bunker, you should shoot with your right hand, and if you are firing from the left side of the bunker, you should switch the gun to your left hand. The purpose of the hand switch is to limit your exposure while firing, decreasing the chances of being shot. Shooting with your right hand when you are firing from the left edge leaves most of your body unprotected, making you an easy target for your opponents, and shooting with your left hand while shooting from the right edge does the same. Switching hands give your opponents a very small target to hit.
Swabbing the Barrel
When you have a ball break in your barrel, it makes the barrel wet and slippery, the paintballs become less accurate, and you get more ball breaks easily. By using a long swab to clean out the barrel while playing, you dry it out, which allows it to fire accurately again, without having to remove the barrel to clean it out.
Reloading While Shooting
A lot of new players make the mistake of pointing their gun down to reload, which allows any opponent you were pinning down to hit you because you were focused on reloading the gun. An easy way to reload while shooting is to crouch on your knees, with your paintball pointed at your opponent, and use your free hand to add more paintballs into the gun, without having to stop shooting at your opponent, which keeps them pinned in the position they were before you had to reload.
Hitting the Sweet Spot
This is when you shoot at the area your target is going to, and not where they are. If you see an opponent trying to move between bunkers, aim for where you expect him to be by the time the paintball gets to him, and you can hit him before he gets to the next bunker. These are some techniques that will help you become a better paintballer, and will come in handy if you learn to do them right.
Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba’s cloud computing business is growing fast, and will soon have a large amount of cash, which has industry insiders wondering if it will start competing with the American cloud giants. Cloud computing is a multibillion dollar business that is growing each year, and it is led by Google, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services, with IBM and other companies planning to join the fold.
Right now, there are 15 companies that are considered big players in the cloud computing business, 13 of those companies are American, if Alibaba starts competing with the American cloud giants, it will be the third international company to be considered a major player in the cloud business. According to documents Alibaba filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of their initial public offering, the company had revenues of $102 million from cloud sales last year, which was a 26 percent increase from last year, while it isn’t as high as the 50 percent increase Amazon Web Services saw, it isn’t bad either.
Although Alibaba has invested a fortune in American technological companies, and even hired Morgan Stanley to help them find a partner or company that can acquire them, they are not yet an international cloud contender. Industry insiders believe that the main reason they aren’t a contender is because they have their hands full handling their business in China.
Alibaba’s cloud business, which was started in 2009, still has a long way to go before they can really compete with the cloud giants, they have only three large data centers in China, and a small one in Hong Kong, compared to the 25 regional data centers and 52 smaller centers that Amazon Web Services has around the world, with another currently being developed in China. When it comes to their performance, Alibaba also lags behind Amazon Web Services. They handle $5.8 billion on China’s biggest shopping day, which is very impressive, and according to their filing with the SEC, their cloud service does 3.6 million computing transactions per minute, which is a lot, but it pales in comparison to Amazon, which does 1.5 million transactions per second.
For now, Alibaba’s focus is on their business in mainland China, where they are planning to learn more about the cloud business before venturing out in the future. From there, they will probably expand across Asia, where they have a lot of business relationships, then Africa, which is still an open territory for cloud computing businesses. Alibaba’s cloud computing business is growing quickly, but isn’t ready to take on the cloud giants in America for now. Expect them to be a major player in the cloud computing business a few years down the road.