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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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Childress

Machiavelli, a bad dude?

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'Machiavelli survived and died in his bed.'

The Great Cynic held several ministerial positions in the Florentine city-state. His journey to the grave was interrupted by several weeks of torture at the hands of the Medici who, after a spell in the political wilderness, returned to power with a vengeance. They tied the future philosopher's hands behind his back and hung him from the ceiling causing dislocation of the shoulder. Unpleasant to be sure and the politics are too Byzantine to describe here. If only some of our pols had expiated their sins in a similar fashion.

One of Machiavelli's key policies while in power consisted in replacing the mercenary army of Florence with citizen-soldiers. As documented in his theoretical works, he found that the former's unpatriotic and uninvested nature made their allegiance fickle and often too unreliable when most needed. No diversity for him.

Machiavelli discussed history in purely human terms- including many striking examples from Ancient Rome- and he was never personally ruthless or devious. He praises Cesare Borgia in The Prince. But the former learned his realpolitik tactics from the latter, not vice-a-versa. The name of Machiavelli incurred obloquy for centuries. Mussolini was one of the few political leaders to praise him publicly.

 

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7 hours ago, Childress said:

If only some of our pols had expiated their sins in a similar fashion.

I would be in favor of bringing back public beheadings for misbehaving politicians except that things being what they are, it would probably end up being applied to the wrong people.

Michael

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Selected cynical quotes:

”If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.

 “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” 

“it is much safer to be feared than loved because ...love is preserved by the link of obligation which, owing to the baseness of men, is broken at every opportunity for their advantage; but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.” 

“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.” 

“…he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.”

“Since love and fear can hardly exist together if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved” 

“Of mankind, we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.” 

“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.” 

“Therefore, it is necessary to be a fox to discover the snares and a lion to terrify the wolves” 

“He who builds on the people, builds on the mud” 

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On May 19, 2017 at 7:44 AM, Childress said:

“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”

This should be a cardinal rule for every strategist...at least the ones on my side.

On May 19, 2017 at 7:44 AM, Childress said:

“…he who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.”

This is what made the British Double Cross system workable.

Michael

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On May 19, 2017 at 7:44 AM, Childress said:

“Of mankind, we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.” 

Not much has changed, sadly enough.

Michael

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