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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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John Kettler

Strategic Sentinel OSINT report on Kerch Strait Bridge

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One of my brothers sent me this. together with his opinion this site looked like a good source. A fast skim of the article and the conclusions drawn in it cause me to concur. Strategic Sentinel is a civilian geospatial organization located in Herndon, Virginia. For the Russians, the Kerch Strait Bridge is a very big deal and has serious security implications for Ukraine. 47 trains/day and 40,000 vehicles/day provide huge logistic capabilities for Russia, a nation which used to have to rely on ferries, to move troops, equipment, and supplies across the Kerch Strait. 

https://www.strategicsentinel.org/single-post/2017/08/31/The-Kerch-Strait-Bridge-August-29th-Progress

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John Kettler

 

 

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I partially erred in my characterization, in that at the time of the report, the railroad side of the bridge was complete, but the automobile side wasn't. Construction was scheduled to be completed in December 2018, but the Kerch Strait Bridge to be fully operational in June 2019.

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John Kettler

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2 hours ago, John Kettler said:

47 trains/day

It's 47 train pairs a day. I.e. 47 trains in each direction.

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IMHO,

Thanks for the photo, but I gasped over your noting the figures were for train pairs. Does the track configuration allow for simultaneous one-way traffic on parallel tracks all exiting Russian and crossing the Kerch Strait, in a manner akin to the US Redball Express of WW II fame?  If so, I shudder to think what 94 trains could move in a hurry.

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John Kettler

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On January 6, 2018 at 10:31 PM, John Kettler said:

For the Russians, the Kerch Strait Bridge is a very big deal and has serious security implications for Ukraine.

It also has serious commercial implications, which probably add considerable impetus to the decision to proceed with the project.

Michael

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Had a quick look in Google Maps.....It's weird, there are two parallel tracks leading to the construction site but they kind of fade in and out of existence as though the image has been composited from distinctly different dates.

FWIW

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3 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Had a quick look in Google Maps.....It's weird, there are two parallel tracks leading to the construction site but they kind of fade in and out of existence as though the image has been composited from distinctly different dates.

FWIW

Yes, Google.Maps does this. Moreover G.M with no tips and tricks applied is not a real map from geodesy point of view 

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