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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
KL2004

Good analysis of NK dynamic?

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3 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

Quite right. The election of meatheads will never stop me!

:lol:

Michael

Lmao good catch. What a difference a humble comma makes to some dotard... ;)

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6 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

From their perspective this is a struggle for continued existence, if fighting starts, all their cards will be brought into play.

I always thought the same.  This is a guy who wants to make sure he and his best friends are immune to harm.  They won't want to attack first, that would bring wreckage on them.  If we just cool down and make sure they are assured mutual destruction if they attack, I think they'll continue with the sex slave massage girls.  And whatever we think about that, it is a war we should wage by culture.

 

You know, like Civ.  We should build some culture wonders in Japan and South Korea.  :P

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9 hours ago, KL2004 said:

You know, like Civ.  We should build some culture wonders in Japan and South Korea.  :P

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Daedalus nuclear fusion rocket!

or unleash a fleet of Statue of Liberty balloons...

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15 hours ago, KL2004 said:

I think they'll continue with the sex slave massage girls.  And whatever we think about that, it is a war we should wage by culture.

Well said.....In this instance Coca Cola & BBQ Sauce will probably have significantly more impact than the B1 Lancer or THAAD.  ;)

For further (unfettered) discussion, see this thread at SH:  http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/1068-north-korea-you-so-crazy/

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North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.

Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea's airspace.

If this was CM PBEM trash talk next it will no holds barred in using arty on the first turn...

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Anyone else watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam?  Just watching episode 3 on the Gulf of Tonkin.  A nice example of what kind of s**t can go wrong.

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On ‎9‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 7:42 AM, Sublime said:

P.s. Im also pretty sure sburke and emrys know Im well aware of the Americas dirty actions around the globe going back to the USS Maine... And beyond.

If you get a chance, have a listen to Dan Carlin's Podcast: http://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-49-the-american-peril/
 

On ‎9‎/‎25‎/‎2017 at 2:36 PM, KL2004 said:

lmao :)  I think Kim would like free McDonalds for life...  (consider it a very sly form of assassination!)

I have long advocated defeating North Korea, simply by dropping McDonald's on them.

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A friend of mine called me up with ideas for dealing with North Korea, and that call caused me to do some digging. Found some eye-openers!

What a War with North Korea Would Look Like

Article raises some excellent points about limitations on what the US can do in conventional attacks against NK nuclear assets, part of which limitations turns on the goodness of post-strike BDA.

https://www.equities.com/news/what-a-war-with-north-korea-would-look-like

A former top USAF war planner is quite pessimistic about US capability to remove NK nuclear capability via use of conventional weapons. A sobering read.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-08-10/only-effective-arms-against-north-koreas-missile-bunkers-are-nuclear-weapons-says

NK's AD fangs are much longer and more dangerous  than I was aware, for it has an indigenous version (KN-06) of the S-300 with an estimated 150 km range. The CSIS site from which I was taken is a missile info gold mine and has some great graphics, too., but failing to list the KN-06 range in the key info summary was a huge error. 

https://missilethreat.csis.org/missile/kn-06/

Regards,

John Kettler

 

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Think Scud-Hunting in Iraq.....Then make the terrain about a hundred times more complex and put a nuclear warhead on one Scud in ten.  If we take the military option, that's pretty much what we're looking at.

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3 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

An eye lost for the glorious Juche Revolution is considered a mark of honour amongst NK pre-teens.  ;)

"You could poke somebody's eye out!"   - teacher in NK promoting use of bayonet.

Next we will learn to run with scissors to stab at American invaders.  :D

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It took a fair amount of backtracking from the link I was given, but here is what I consider to be a most insightful piece by a once highly favored NK financial official who defected when things went sour. In his view, Pyongyang wasn't expecting sanctions in response to its military activities and certainly not as heavy if it was. China has sided with the UN, making for a low opinion of PRC's president.  The defector says NK is in dire straits.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/north-koreas-economy-may-not-survive-another-year-defector-says.html

Andy,

That photo of the AK toy armed kids reminds me of the chilling Soviet elementary math book "We Receive New Rifles" in which math problems take the form of "If Yuri has four rifles, and Sasha has three and they put them in one stack, how many rifles in all? It was a big enough deal there was an English version available. Got one for a friend as a gift.

Regards,

John Kettler

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On ‎10‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 4:09 PM, Sgt.Squarehead said:

You know the North Koreans really are quite militaristic compared to us:

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You won't see that in EU pre-schools and that's a fact!  :lol:

the other thing this makes me wonder.  Are these all Kim Jong Un's bastard offspring?  You know this isn't your typical "my parents are eating grass and working in a coal mine that is ready to collapse to make ends meet" children's day care.

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Worrying:  http://uk.businessinsider.com/north-korea-diplomacy-last-legs-trump-ponders-war-2017-10?r=US&IR=T

"It is not so much that North Korea is shutting down, it’s that the message from the US  government is, 'surrender without a fight or surrender with a fight,'" the official said. Another added that diplomatic efforts are on their "last legs."

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On ‎10‎/‎27‎/‎2017 at 11:58 PM, Sgt.Squarehead said:

It's interesting the way people seem to think it's even possible to negotiate anymore.
The only way we can appease North Korea is to surrender to them.
They're not going to accept anything until they have an ICBM, once they have one, they will simply hold us hostage.

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if he does I don't think N Korea will be here next week.  If a N Korean nuke missile explodes above ground I expect the US military will react immediately.  I think N Korea knows that and combined with some of the flak they are getting from China they have to be a bit wary.  That tunnel collapse set back their testing program a bit.

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