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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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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them
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The 'Never Say You've Seen It All' Thread

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On ‎1‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 0:19 PM, Michael Emrys said:

Reminds me of my hitchhiking days.

:D

Michael

They had cars when you were a kid? ;)

 

I don't know if this is proper for the thread, but I think this is just wicked cool:

 

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In looking at the latest offerings for ProjectFreeTV one night, I came across a show with a provocative name. I thought it was a typo, but it wasn't. Usual disclaimers apply.

https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/bong-appetit-tv

Cannabis infused gourmet meals! In light (or maybe chill) of this, I must congratulate the show's creatosr on their cleverness with the title.

Regards,

John Kettler

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The Hubble has definitely earned its keep. It was criminal negligence that led to its poor performance initially, but the repair, although costly and difficult, was absolutely worth the effort.

Michael

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And today's entry is to this shocking video I just found, but was posted at the end of 2015.

And how can I top that? Try Ayatollah Khomeini's excruciatingly detailed rules regarding, so help me, who may or may not dine upon a chicken a person previously used for sex!  Those are in the remarkable, moving and thought provoking Teaching Lolita in Tehran. Shall leave it to the rest of you to decide whether this is worse or better than Portnoy's liver.

Regards,

John Kettler

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On ‎7‎-‎1‎-‎2017 at 6:51 PM, John Kettler said:

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Random Shite 2017 01 05 14

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John Kettler

Ehm, as I see it, that ain't no water, it's a clairvoyant ant looking for answers in it's crystal ball.

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Sgt.Squarehead,

Phenomenal--in several meanings and levels of understanding! This ought to be required viewing for anyone involved in shooting small arms or interested in/involved with weapon terminal effects, including military history buffs who can learn a great deal from this amazing video compilation. I wish there'd been some partial penetrations and bulge with spall from the AP projectiles, and I want to know more regarding what appeared to be some sort of bullet disruptor using KE which was shown briefly. 

In other news...

Flip out over Flippy! It's a highly specialized restaurant industry bot and takes a whole five minutes to install.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/03/09/genius-burger-flipping-robot-replaces-humans-first-day-work/

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John Kettler

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Ditto on the never wanting to encounter. I grew up in the Southern US where we had an abundance of insect critters, but for the most part they didn't cross the line beyond seriously annoying. Compared to some of the truly horrendous specimens that inhabit the true tropics, they were I suppose relatively innocuous, though I wouldn't have described them as such and would not do so now. We had monster cockroaches, june bugs, honeymoon bugs, flies, mosquitos, fire ants, and many, many more. Living in the PNW as I do now, I am just as happy to avoid most of those.

Michael

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Sgt.Squarehead,

Don't know how you found that, but thanks!  Very cool.

Guys,

And for my contribution...  In trying to learn where shows like "Bones" get their corpses and components thereof, my search kicked up this. Suggest you not mix reading the below with a meal.

http://www.horror.land/films-that-used-real-bodies/

Have also uncovered (verb choice deliberate) a site called DapperCadaver, which has bodies and components in various unpleasant states, together with a claim these props have been "featured on top crime shows and thrillers.
 

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John Kettler

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Serious Overkill

In a rather unusual show of force, a U.S. ally shot down a small quadcopter drone using a Patriot missile, according to Gen. David Perkins, speaking at the Association of the United States Army’s Global Force symposium. And it wasn’t a drill. “We have a very close ally of ours that was dealing with an adversary using small quadcopter [unmanned aircraft systems],” Perkins said. “They shot it down with a Patriot missile.”

 

https://futurism.com/a-country-just-used-a-patriot-missile-to-take-down-a-200-drone/

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Was having loads of trouble on YT, so headed over to LL to see whether it was a connectivity issue here, as opposed to a YT issue. Seems to be the latter. In any event, I found this on LL. Must say it made me yearn to participate. Pretty sure these guys won't ever develop a work related (or maybe any other causation) ulcer.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fa9_1489789903

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John Kettler

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BletchleyGeek,

That's quite a story, but it neatly illustrates the adage: "When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything tends to look like a nail." Would be helpful if we could learn how high the drone was flying.  Since I don't see how it could possibly exceed their, um, service ceiling, Dutch ant-drone eagles may be just the thing for such problem, not to mention being dirt cheap by comparison!

Guys,

Believe this may the winner for today's posts here. Strongly suggest you not be drinking or eating while watching!
 

Regards,

John Kettler

 

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For decades now, I've been reading about the famous/notorious rebel yell from the American Civil War, something so iconic Rod Stewart directly mentioned it in the lyrics of his song "White Wedding." Evidently, the way it's been consistently portrayed in film has been flat out wrong. Listen to this, and imagine it coming from thousands of Confederate soldiers at once!

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fd6_1489259826

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John Kettler

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On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2017 at 10:08 AM, Michael Emrys said:

The Hubble has definitely earned its keep. It was criminal negligence that led to its poor performance initially, but the repair, although costly and difficult, was absolutely worth the effort.

Michael

I think the Hubble Deep Field Survey did more to alter our perception of the universe than anything following the discovery of the spherical earth.

 

Here's something cool, I don't know if I posted this around here before. Who knew gasoline could be so interesting?

Among other things, of course:

 

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