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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:


      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. May be warheads didn't explode for some reason. Two 80mm HEFRAGs and no serious fragment damage on the cars.
  2. So far the reason for the accident is given as an electrical short-circuit that caused involuntary launches.
  3. Russian army under equipped?

    http://navyparade360.mil.ru/ 360 degrees panorama of RUS Navy Parade
  4. Russian army under equipped?

    And one more a forecast Background: RUS airlines are now trying to establish a semi-slave labor rules regarding civilian pilots. The reason is civilian pilots have very transferrable skills - they can fly for RUS airlines, Iran, China - whatever. So when rouble fell RUS airline salaries became uncompetitive. And since RUS economy is not about competitiveness and efficiency RUS airlines cannot adapt and increase pilot salaries in local currency to what's available at the international market. So pilots started to move to other countries and that became a state-wide problem by now. So why the background... In some cases Russian military producers didn't waste the state money as customary in Russia but created rather high tech engineering and production lines and they hired young engineers straight from high schools to man them. Those engineers were young and inexperienced when they started but that's not so anymore. With currency halved and military budgets shrinking these young lads will realize sooner rather than later that designing running gear for a tank in Russia is actually not that different from designing running gear for some heavy construction equipment somewhere else...
  5. Russian army under equipped?

    Correct. RUS MoD already has an inefficient structure and it's making it worse and worse. What will be the end - is quite clear. Red Square parade units No real impact on military capability. Things to watch: sudden switch of budgets from buying new platforms to upgrades to old ones, delays in new platform adoption in numbers, slower production tempo for new toys, programs left orphaned at R&D stage etc. Overall Russian economy is about six times smaller than US by PPP. So a rule of thumb - Russia has monies to support six times smaller military than US. And that's about what happening in reality as estimations for the number of combat ready ground troops in Russian military range from 20 to 50 thousand. Less high tech gear in RUS Army allows you to jump a bit over "six-times-less" rule. In R&D intensive industries - and weapons production is VERY R&D intensive - the economy is quite the opposite to your notion of "cheap Russian labor". Your R&D costs are so high that lower individual wage of an assembly line worker does not help. What helps is higher production numbers - something that you're lacking with "six times smaller military." So even though technically you're able to produce, the costs would be so high it's prohibitively expensive for your military budget. And that's what's happening in RUS with really new toys rather than upgrades. So if your budget allows you to have a six times smaller military in reality it means you have to do away with a ten times smaller if you want to have a modern high tech military. You may add to this calculation the fact that US is already over-militarized beyond the level when military spendings start to negatively affect your economy competitiveness. Wise people do not want to repeat others' mistakes
  6. Russian army under equipped?

    It's interesting what RUS MoD plans to do with so many different platforms. New ones: Boomerang, Kurganets, T-14/T-15, a multitude of light wheeled vehicles. A whole slew of older wheeled and tracked platforms that are here to stay for the decades - BTR-82A, BMP-3, BMD-4, Rakushka, T-72, T-90 etc. That's many times more than US Army has yet RUS economy is light years behind American one...
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  8. Russia Light Infantry

    Russia's light headed infantry In Russian city of Chita (well over 300 thousand) some guys tried to sell S-200 warhead as a scrap metal. https://youtu.be/_fhhVyRGlSg
  9. ISIS a bunch of losers!

    Especially if one defines the victory as not a dismantling of state-like structures but rather as no acts of terror on the invading countries - be those Eastern or Western... It sets a higher mark - pushing everything under the rug is no more than a temporary solution. May be there's a similarity in popular feelings... I guess in terms of real politik the situations are incomparable. Whereas in case of US/European politics it's still about the normal process of one political force taking over from another, in case of Middle East - there's nothing normal about the consequences. The costs are already borne whether those be in blood or gold. And the question is rather how to minimize the bloody side...
  10. ISIS a bunch of losers!

    @John Kettler, it'll take more than mere propaganda. Most of those who go have literally nothing to do at home and no future to expect. You can stop it only if you make them believe they have an alternative in normal life. May well be at a fraction of current military expenditures at Middle East... Broadly speaking current welfare programs at non-oil rich countries are simply designed to reproduce zealots. Allocating money to gasoline and floor subsidies yet keeping secular education unattainable for the poor (religious one is free and readily available). Just fashioned in a way underprivileged never stand a chance to ride up social lifts and pose economic competition to the "aristocracy".
  11. NK is not a signatory to the non-proliferation so legally they don't have any obligations. Not that I believe NK's getting ICBM adds any positive spin to the situation. I meant US sanctions against Russia and Russia-US detente, not international sanctions against NK. I expected Russia would have derailed NK sanctions in Security Council in retaliation as was tit-for-tat custom of late times but to my sheer amazement it did not. Though I still believe it may well be a miscalculation on the Russian side - it's obvious there's an extremely broad anti-Russian unity among American establishment. IMO Russian leadership could hope for reciprocity in other areas for its NK position and I can hardly imagine it forthcoming. Then it might be an emotional case of unrealized hopes and further downward spiral. Russia views it as a global bargaining whereas for US all points of contention are separate with their own unconnected logic.
  12. @DreDay, @Sgt.Squarehead, @Bulletpoint, New sanctions... So much for any hope of a detente I guess NK must be high on the list of possible points of retaliation: RUS vs. US interests are so diverse. For RUS it's a chance to earn a buck or two rather than loose anything and yet for US it's a most beloved pet subject.
  13. Well... It's less. Unfortunately going into too much details is not a healthy exercise these days. Hope you understand. Sorry