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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:

      -showui

      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve

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  1. Today's offering was a bit of an idiomatic shock when I encountered it last week, the usage of an idiom I thought was from the 70s--in a 1941 defense contractor ad! See for yourselves. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/keep-on-keeping-on Image Credit: 1941 Bibb Manufacturing Company ad from The Saturday Evening Post via AzVintageVariety on Etsy. Regards, John Kettler
  2. JoMc67, While the book reading extravaganza was, alas, a fleeting phenomenon, there has been a development recently which gives me real hope. After barely being able to do anything generally, and very little when it came to serious reading and writing, something astounding happened on May 18 in the afternoon.. Didn't feel great after getting up late on the morning of the 18th, yet somehow got through 45 pages of a legal opinion, followed about an hour later by a marathon writing session during which I wrote twelve (12) pages for one of my nonfiction books, despite doing significant research on the fly, too! Was a complete wreck the next day, but that night the writing bug hit me again, to the tune of four more pages! 16 pages in two days eclipse several months of writing. Wednesday night I wrote for four hours straight, producing three pages of article for the Trust. Now, if the CM neural circuits would be inspired by their writing siblings! Regards, John Kettler
  3. Erwin, My problem with the AI regarding sighting is that, unlike me, it never blinks, never slows down, never has mental fog or a mind that wanders. It never tires or forgets to check--ever. I was massacred by it in CMBN by fire coming, so help me, from the far side of dense woods, where all I could see were, well, trees! Totally ruined my attack and forced me to put enormous effort into dealing with a deadly flank threat which made not one, but a series of shots, each one of which turned a tank into a funeral pyre. Almost gave up on CMBN right then and there, because it seemed the computer was cheating. While it wasn't in the formal sense, for the reasons I outlined above, it was, I believe, de facto cheating, by being able to perform in an essentially super human way. The AI may well be able to fire down a one pixel width lane, but real tanks and ATGs need more room for such minor things as seeing the target and tracking it before firing. Keyhole positions are great things, but I expect you'd be hard pressed to sell one, say, three projectile widths wide to a real tanker in a real war. I've seen photos of US snipers using loopholes tens of projectile widths wide, so I see no reason why the same shouldn't obtain for the armor or ATG case. Would further observe the sniper position was firing down the length of a major street, too, and at such a range that the angle subtended was considerable, allowing fire to be placed on at least from sidewalk to sidewalk, turning the entire area into one big sniper kill zone. Regards, John Kettler
  4. There's a lot more to claims against the Patriots for cheating than Deflategate, and the NFL brass apparently have been directly involved in suppressing it! Please see especially the italicized area. SI: Patriots’ reputation of espionage sent opposing NFL teams into state of paranoia https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2015/09/09/si-patriots-reputation-of-espionage-sent-opposing-nfl-teams-into-state-of-paranoia (Fair Use) "ESPN’s Outside the Linesreported Tuesday that Spygate went much deeper than originally thought. Also on Tuesday, Sports Illustratedreported the Patriots’ reputation of espionage sent the majority of NFL teams into a paranoia over the course of the last decade. Nineteen teams took special measures against the Patriots to protect against potential spying, members of those organizations told SI, in the wake of new findings by Outside the Lines regarding the team’s 2007 Spygate scandal Low-level staffers were sent into opposing teams’ hotels and locker rooms to steal playsheets and gameplans, numerous former Patriots coach and employees told ESPN’s Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham. Additionally, former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said he was pressured by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to say he was “satisfied’’ with the league’s Spygate report exonerating the Patriots — in order to avoid a federal investigation — despite his suspicions New England has filmed his team prior to the Super Bowl in 2002. Goodell ultimately fined the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick, and docked the team a first-round draft pick, but strangely had all video evidence in the Spygate investigation physically destroyed (via an actual stomping by league executives in a Gillette Stadium office)." That article was triggered by this one which appeared in SI. About the only time I see SI is if I'm in the waiting room at some sort of health related office. It so happens I saw this particular battered 2015 issue in 2016 and read the referenced article, which is below. I don't really follow sports, but it sure got my attention. Suspicions of Bill Belichick's Patriots regime persist among opponents https://www.si.com/nfl/2015/09/08/patriots-cheating-suspicions-bill-belichick-tom-brady?xid=si_social (Fair Use) "At various times over the last decade, at least 19 NFL franchises took precautions against the Patriots that they didn’t take against any other opponent, people who worked for those teams told SI. Those concerns have not waned in the eight years that have passed since the Spygatescandal. The list of safeguards is long and varied. Teams commonly clear out trash cans in their hotel meeting rooms in New England because they believe the Patriots go through them. One longtime head coach said he ran fake plays in his Saturday walkthroughs at Gillette Stadium because he thought the Patriots might be spying on his team. Another team has taken things further: It fled Gillette and found a different place to practice, and on game day it piled trunks of equipment against the double doors in the back of the visitors’ locker room so nobody could get in. That same team kicked the visiting locker room manager out of the office he occupies near the clubhouse. NFL Tom Brady's image remains intact as Deflategate finally reaches closure In September 2007 the Patriots were found to have illegally videotaped Jets coaches during a game, something opposing teams had caught them doing at least twice previously. The NFL fined Belichick $500,000, the organization $250,000 and took away a first-round draft choice—and long-held suspicions about the Patriots cheating under Belichick were legitimized. Whispers about their activities became a year-round conversation throughout the NFL. Belichick’s coaching brilliance has never been in dispute—his ability to prepare and adapt are legendary. But he is not trusted. Even in a league filled with coaches who cover their mouths with call sheets and guard injury reports like nuclear codes, many teams view the Patriots as willing to cross lines others won’t. You could say the rest of the NFL is paranoid, and you might be right. What’s not debatable is that New England, because of that lack of trust, is inside opponents’ heads, forcing other teams to devote time, brainpower and resources to protecting themselves. Teams wonder why ball boys in Foxborough seem to stand closer to opposing coaches than they do anywhere else. It is common for opposing teams to have an employee guard their locker room all day when they visit Foxborough, something they rarely do for other road games. One team that played there in recent years put a padlock on the doors when it arrived on the Saturday before a game. The Patriots threatened to call the fire chief. When the visiting team challenged them to do it, the Pats backed down and the padlock remained. “There has never been a time when we have knowingly allowed a team to padlock doors,” says Patriots spokesman Stacey James. “That’s a fire code violation.” Some of the security measures are small. It is standard NFL practice for home teams to help unload equipment from buses, but one AFC team won’t let the Patriots do it. Other precautions are extreme: At least five teams have swept their hotels, locker rooms or coaches’ booths in New England for listening devices, sometimes hiring outside professionals. None have been found." As far as I'm concerned, videoing actual games is fair and entirely within the canon of of ethics, morals and good sportsmanship. When it gets to the point where a coach is running not one, but a slew of intelligence operations; when he has people surveilling practices by rival teams, stealing materials from their hotel rooms and locker rooms, trawling trash and the like; when teams have to run expensive sweeps against bugs and guard their locker rooms rigorously, then I maintain all three above have not merely been violated but openly flouted. The coach responsible shouldn't be fined, but publicly exposed and banned for life. Pete Rose, recall, had that done to him and was removed from the Baseball Hall of Fame for gambling, not the kinds of things Bill Bellichick has clearly been guilty of. Have to say I'm horrified, but not surprised, the NFL would not only hide but outright destroy the evidence of his systematic wrongdoings. Why not surprised? Because the Patriots under Bellichick give the NFL a huge draw live and in broadcast, creating tons of money. Ultimately, the league is about that, and the people who run it will mouth sportsmanship and the like but are really prostitutes in sharp suits! Regards, John Kettler
  5. StieliAlpha, Haven't read either, but I must say I'm intrigued. Please do tell me what the title of the documentary to which you refer is. Thanks! Regards, John Kettler
  6. Brother George summoned me to Messenger, which is where I found this possibly posted before video of high weirdness which ensues when a P-51 goes after a North Korean T-34/85 during the Korean War. As if that's not confusing enough, the unknown to me film is subtitled in what I believe is a Southeast Asian language and voiced in I have no idea what! Regards, John Kettler
  7. IMHO, Regarding 1) Oops. Shall have to be more careful next time. Regarding 2) Possible sightings at 1:41 and 2:43, plus a definite scoped weapon (partially hidden by soldier's bod; type unknown to me) at 2:45. Steve, Great video! Does the new Battle Pack have this sort of typical steppe terrain, as opposed to our rather constrained LOS situation in the core game. Hope so, for that's when those not presently terribly useful BSR and such really show their worth; where they are finally able to carry out their intended functions (target detection as small as a single soldier, feeding targeting data from multiple sensors into the FS network, observing and adjusting artillery fire using radar only, etc.) from ranges well outside of tank cannon and most ATGMs' range, providing them a measure of survivability they simply don't have now. As I've said before, the Russians have ground systems which can see 10 kilometers because they have lots of spaces where this is usable, such as some of what that video showed in a small portion of the endless steppe which drove some German soldiers mad because they had no such vast flat spaces in Germany and their minds couldn't deal with something so extraordinary. If the Battle Pack does have this sort of steppe terrain, then I believe it will be a boon to the Russians, who've been geared to fight in that environment going clear back to the Cold War. We are, I believe, late to the game in this area, though our get well program is pretty scary (LRAS, COLT, TOW ITAS, etc.). Can't speak much to the US BSR side, but am reasonably certain the US has no direct counterparts to the armored tracked Russian ones. From what I know, the US has to take to the air to obtain the deep look capabilities the Russians have long had on the ground. Regards, John Kettler
  8. Haiduk, Great stuff! Certainly illustrates FOW vs how things usually go in CMBS. Noticed the MG was not only damaged but couldn't traverse, either. Also, the TC's Baby Luna, if you will, was shot out. Several points of interest in the first were: 1) what looked like some sort of DMR weapon (scoped), 2) the AKSU-74 with 30 mm GL, which we saw being loaded but not fired in frame and, at ~4:20 and a number of seconds thereafter, what sounded to me like a female voice and a glimpse of what I believed to be a woman. My sense was this was a medic. Thoughts? The soldiers seem to be real pros, what with standing and firing coolly while shots zip overhead. Of course, it helps that the target of the fire is the tank. That said, there are multiple instances where the soldiers are firing well off-axis from the road. Regards, John Kettler
  9. JLouis, Welcome aboard! In terms of bang for the buck, the CMBN Big Bundle (which I own) currently has more than any other CMx2 WW II 4.0 game or, for that matter CMBS, which recently acquired a sepatate Battle Pack. This is because CMBN has two modules: CW (Commonwealth) and MG (Market Garden) plus the only VP (Vehicle Pack) so far. Of the WW II games, CMBN has by far the most user created scenarios and mods. CMSF, which came out first, has one more Module and tons of user created content, but it doesn't have the current game engine (can't do many things possible under 4.0 and earlier) and can't be upgraded to it. Also, the rendering is nowhere nearly as detailed . What CMSF has, though, is an absolutely unbeatable price point, since BFC has drastically discounted the core game by 2/3 to $15 and offers all three Modules (Marines + British + NATO) for a mere and deeply discounted $40. Thus, $55 gets you the core game and three (3) Modules for $5 less than what one current CMx2 game costs! StieliAlpha's advice is right on, and you are fortunate in that four months or so back, BFC finally updated its ancient CMBN Demo. Think of this as selecting ice cream, with each game being a different flavor. This list isn't comprehensive, but it should help you refine your game choice if you seek a high leverage solution of most gaming for least money. Regards, John Kettler
  10. Andy, Have watched the COPS parody so far. Loved it, but found it also depicts the bloated Imperial officer corps. A captain in charge of a squad at most? No wonder the Rebels are succeeding! His dialogue was great--simultaneously reasonable and scary. Regards, John Kettler
  11. Today's contribution is a fascinating grisly story posted only little over a week ago about corpses, scads of them, from a former Mississippi sanitarium located where the University of Mississippi is now. http://www.livescience.com/59045-7000-bodies-under-university-campus.html Regards, John Kettler
  12. It would appear one of Ukraine's major problems lies in inadequate numbers of properly trained officers and NCOs, as nicely depicted in the desired norm below where things are being handled properly . For those who don't know about the Roman legions, the gentleman on the left is a Roman centurion, roughly the equivalent of a modern Company Commander, yet in many ways operating as a senior NCO. Centurions were the professional backbone of the Roman Army . This one has clearly just read out the luckless miles gregarius (ordinary soldier), who is bawling out some response after the centurion, whose gimlet eyes miss nothing, has bellowed some question into the soldier's ear. See that stick? It's called a vitis and is a tough piece of wood from a grape vine. It is both a symbol of authority and a real threat, for centurions could and did wallop their men with them! One centurion hit so hard when beating his men's backs he kept breaking his and would say to one of his aides "Cedo alteram" which means "Fetch me another." Mind, am not advocating that the vitis be issued to UKR Army NCOs and junior officers! As some of you may know, I'm a big time Roman military buff, and this really got my attention when going through military collectibles on Etsy. Hey, a man can dream, right? But there's something else that makes this special. The sculptor is a Kharkivite named Roman Tkach, and his store is called MiniatureArmyShop. I mention this because he has some cool things spanning a lot of time, including something called Objekt 704, which was evidently the ISU-152 design which didn't make the cut. He sculpts, paints and does small dioramas, too. Much of what he does is custom work, which may take several weeks to complete. Roman centurion circa 100 A.D. reads out an ordinary legionary. Image Credit: Roman Tkach via Etsy Regards, John Kettler
  13. Muffed it about "Zulu," and after the fact, I can't believe I botched it--until I think about the hour I wrote the post! Have never seen "Zulu Dawn," but since it preceded the action in "Zulu," I really need to watch it at some point. There was an article regarding Islandlwana sometime in the mid 80s in Infantry Journal. The article specifically mentioned two critical factors on the ammo side. They were: insistence on rigorous adherence to peacetime ammunition issuance procedures and the fact there were only two (2) screwdrivers to open the stout wooden cartridge boxes. Nor were these ordinary wood screws. I saw them on a TV program recently, and they are at least 3" long. Unfortunately, I don't recall how many screws were used to hold down the lid, but on general principles, I would expect at least four. The article was quite clear this ongoing lack of sufficient cartridges in a hot action against the Zulu impi was what cost the British the battle. Loved "Sahara," Bogie (watched every movie I could with him in it), the guys and the Lee tank. Went nuts as a kid the first time I saw that tank appear, for I couldn't believe my eyes. Memory's dim, but I thought "Hamburger Hill" captured the essence of the Vietnam War's futility very nicely. For the handwriting on the wall of what was coming ref Vietnam, see "Go Tell the Spartans." Apocalypse Now" made no sense to me until I saw the director's cut. The theater release was a horribly cut down version of what Coppolla wanted to release, but the studio, having already had the film utterly blow both budget and schedule (minor stuff like a hurricane and having the helos snatched away to battle Huk insurgents), wanted to maximize the number of people who could see it and forced him not only to shorten the film, but to do it in a way he hated but the suits liked. Never saw "Enemy at the Gates." Am always wary of a war movie with a love interest in it. That said, I know of at least one, maybe two instances in the handful of books I have for Russian war memoirs from the Red Army in which the author did have a wartime romance and even wed the woman. See Penalty Strike. "April 9th" and "1944" were both quite good, but neither is well known in the US. Regards, John Kettler
  14. Was trying to watch something online and was redirected to this. Evidently, I'm now attracting these sorts of items without having to resort to reading sidebars and footers! http://unusualworldd.com/top-10-most-famous-living-dolls/ Regards, John Kettler
  15. cool breeze, I neglected to point out a further salient matter. That is that with very few exceptions, wars typically last far longer than those initiating them or opposing them once begun ever expected. This reality, I believe, erodes the argument about the inapplicability, because of time available, of the draft. Right now, the US military, personnel and equipment alike) has been ground down by years on end of the GWOT, which presently girdles the globe. You've got people on their third or fourth tour, stop losses are in place (my own brother barely avoided one a few years back), and the Air Force is really short of transport pilots, many of whom have been lured away by the airlines. I have a brother-in-law who's a retired USAF LTC. I asked him whether he'd thought of returning to duty. Turned out he'd talked to the Air Force people seeking pilots and, after mutual review of when he last flew C-130s and how long and what it would take in resources and Air Force money to get qualified again, they decided 15 years away were simply too much to make it worthwhile. Seems to me we're not so much in a situation of doing something when the balloon goes up, but it's already up, even if most people don't bother to look skyward. What we clearly can't keep doing is operating the way we have, for it is unsustainable and will ultimately destroy the US military as an effective fighting force. Otherwise, someone in charge needs to scale back current operations and OPTEMPO or figure out a better, less resource, time and personnel intensive way than the current one. Regards, John Kettler