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  1. Maybe they can figure out a way to direct the microwaves in specific directions or arcs from which the drone threat is coming from. As for the frying of mobile phones, I think the military has just come up with a solution for soldiers making tic tok videos.

  2. Be interesting to see how the new Stryker based AA vehicle does against drone swarms which will likely be a serious threat as the technology proliferates. Most if now all the civilian drones are made in China so the technology is widely available. 

    The other potential threat is UAPs. So far it seems to be mostly a US Navy thing, but who knows. Awaiting the report that is slated to be released. Not expecting too much.


  3. The Stinger had a reputation as the bane of the Mi-24 in Afghanistan. So far in my limited CW game play, I'm not too impressed. I had 2 Stinger teams one with 11 missiles, the other with 15 missiles, plus a HQ with 4 extra missiles. All missiles were fired off and many times both teams fired at same time in same direction.

    All missiles have been expended and only 1 Hind downed and that was with the very last Stinger. The Hinds were able to strafe and rocket my M-113s and infantry pretty much at will.

    I haven't play too much so I can't say much other than to report what has happened with one of the first battles with Stingers and Hinds.

  4. Haven't tried it yet, but I suspect just like the Tungusta in Black Sea the zip-gun is going to be a favorite in h2h quick battles as an all purpose eradication vehicle and used against ground targets and buildings quite a bit.

    Unlike Black Sea the American side also has a rapid fire zapper in the M163.

  5. I thought this would be the least favorite of all the games I owned, but it’s turning out to be very entertaining and challenging.

    So far I’m finding the Soviet artillery to be very unpleasant and so far I’m finding I have to change tactics as the Americans.

  6. On 5/14/2021 at 3:03 PM, ng cavscout said:

    The new DLC for Arma3 - Prairie Fire S.O.G. - might be up your alley, especially the Mike Force mode.

    I have ARMA 3 but its not installed. I have 2.5 TB of storage space on my SSDs and need the space. I got it on sale. I'm not too familiar. I cannot play any FPS as I get motion sick. It looks like there are other modes than FPS in ARMA, I just didn't spend the time to really learn the system.


    When I get my new desktop system in July it will have 3TB SSD on it so I'll be able to store more.

    I did just get a new gaming laptop that had 1TB on it and I didn't want to put another SSD in it as I would void the warranty. It has the new USB 3.2 Gen 2 port so I was able to pair it up with a SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable 2TB external Portable Solid state drive.

    With USB 3.2 Gen 2 the transfer rate is 2000 megabytes a second. I've been able to install games on the external SSD and play them from the external SSD and I can hardly tell the difference between the external installed games and ones stored internally.



  7. I would like to see the the Arab vs - Israeli conflict modeled, but given the current climate that probably won't happen. Falklands would be interesting, but probably too limited and not enough to cover.

    Asia as mentioned would be great, but I've mentioned in the past with other titles and that looks like it's not ever going to happen, same with Vietnam. I saw an interview with the designer and aside from the can of worms it may open you have the issue of modeling helicopter insertion of troops-something the game engine is not designed for. Would be cool if we could see helicopters zooming in and dropping off troops and river patrol boats, but that would probably require a new game engine.

    In terms of 1970-80s NATO vs Warsaw Pact I vote for Norway. Then Turkey and the Southern Front. For me its the variety it would bring-not just troops, but terrain,climate and overall feel. US Marines, Nordic forces, the Turks, Italians...

    Regardless, whatever is released, I'll buy.



  8. On 5/12/2021 at 8:10 PM, LongLeftFlank said:

    Being in Asia, I can get Xiaomi products (they just got pulled off the US sanctions list) which in my experience are of Korean level quality (yup, the Chicoms can make great stuff when they choose to).

    Last October, I got their 34 inch curved gaming monitor, basically a straight knockoff of the Dell Alienware (probably made in the factory across the street in Shenzhen).  For 1/3 the USD price. Used daily and still going strong. However, CM won't display fullscreen, only 2/3 at best, but that may be a Macbook issue. I also remember way back in 2007 CMSF1 was promoting a Matroxx somethingorother multiscreen capability. 

    As to shortages, I'm in the energy business and will say that betting on long term scarcity of any commodity is a sucker play IMHO; all the modern conveniences of civilization that Pax Brittania-Americana once provided to the Western masses cheaply remain entirely available today, but only for those who can pay. The rest must double up or do without. [/politix]

    If I'm not mistaken LCD screens are basically made by a few manufacturers and only the label that' stuck on it is different. Its taken so long to get components I just went ahead and cancelled everything and shopped around some more. I'm not in a rush. I was able to find a system using a RTX3080 card and paid $100 less. I am going to have to wait until July to get the system though as the graphics card is pre-ordered.

    I'm also shopping around for monitors to see if I can snag a deal. One thing I do know is anything over 34 inches running over what I'm currently running 2560x1080 is going to be pushing a lot of pixels. I can't play first person shooters as I get dizzy.

    Flight sim 2020 is the real killer app I have. So long as I get 30FPS I should be fine.

  9. 3 hours ago, Erwin said:

    Totally agree.  A huge scam imo.  When the battery dies in 10 years, the car becomes instant trash (what do you do with all those deadly battery components?) since the batteries are so expensive.    And what do you do when there is another of our increasingly frequent power outages? 

    Also all the proponents conveniently ignore the increasing cost of the electricity needed to charge the batteries - building new CO2 emitting power stations?  Burning more coal, oil and gas?  Or, are we all going with nuclear?

    Apologies for going OT.  But, this electric car scam bugs me.

    No argument from me on this one. I never owned one and don't plan on it. My sister bought an electric car and the batteries died after 100,000 miles. The cost to replace was astronomical. She went back to a non electric vehicle after that. I also think its now coming to light that Elon Musk has been overselling and exaggerating when it comes to his vehicles.

    Getting back to monitors. I may be getting the 49 monitor that runs at 3480x1080P that runs at 144hz or the 5120 x 1440 model that runs at 240 Hz. Have to wait to hear back. As for the size, from what I've seen its going to depend on what you do as well as the game itself. For Flight Sim 2020 its going to be an experience. Rome Total War should also be an experience. Some games don't scale well. Just going to have to see...

    You can also run multiple screens at once on an 49 monitor. Its really the equivalent of 3 monitors. Depending on what you do its going to require a powerful system. I'm currently running a I7-6700K at 4.00GHz with 32 gigs of memory and a RTX2080.

    My new machine will be an AMD 5950X, 32 gigs of memory and a RTX 3070. I would have paid $400 more for the 3080 if they were in stock. I was not going to pay $1800 more for the 3090 which was available or $800 more for the AMD RX 6900 XT.

    The 16 cores on the AMD should help with multitasking and the multiple screens. I'm expecting FS 2020 to be the frame rate killer app.

    The small text in games like Combat Mission is a minor concern. If worse comes to worse I'll just play on my laptop and current 32 monitor. I could also just try playing on one of the multiple screens or down size the resolution. I'll have to play around and see if it will be possible to keep the monitor at highest resolution and open a separate screen to play Combat Mission at a lower resolution.

    I'm hoping that in a year or so all this craziness around GPUs will subside. I may be willing to try the monstrosity that is the RTX 3090.

  10. 17 minutes ago, Holien said:

    I have solar panels on the house and have been waiting for batteries to become realistic in price to invest in some, I have not done any recent research, not sure if we are at the point for in home battery storage, I will have a look again later this year...

    Waiting for a monitor might be a bad idea due to inflation, and inflation is coming with all the money being printed (In UK and America) so these last two years will seem like good times in the near future...

    Hope I am wrong....

    I have small hand carry portable batteries and they are mainly for emergency use. So long as your expectations are realistic and you understand the strengths and weaknesses on them you'll be fine. Same with the solar panels to recharge them. I'm also satisfied with the AAA, AA, C, D and 9V rechargeable batteries and solar recharging system. Once again taking the time to understand the strength and weaknesses is key. Also its good to remember the one is done two is one theory.

    Waiting for solid state batteries in fine in theory. However I've already experienced power outages and if something big happens and you're without any power for an extended period of time I doubt you'll be saying I'm glad I waited for solid state technology...

  11. There is a global shortage of many items, not just microchips. Basic materials like copper and lumber are seeing shortages, increased demand and price spikes. Many other basic materials used in the manufacture of products are increasing in price.

    I ordered a new gaming workstation and the new 3080 graphic cards were not available so I had to get a 3070 and will be waiting 3-4 weeks.

    I also bought a gaming laptop. The ones with the latest AMD processor were sold out. While some models are in short supply and being grabbed fast the high end gaming laptop sector seems ok for now...you may not get exactly what you want however.

    I think another factor is many made huge money in crypto currency and being technically oriented many are using gains to buy up electronics.

    I don't have a crystal ball and don't know the future. One of my hobbies is investing and I've been doing it for a couple decades. If you follow the economic news there is a lot of chatter about shortages, inflation, supply chain disruptions and other looming issues. We are also on the cusp of a huge global economic boom where demand for everything is going to explode.

    I recently retired. I was a security specialist in the IT sector. While I have no special insight or knowledge, I've been buying and testing out portable solar panels and rechargeable portable batteries (240-1000watts). The power grid in the country was designed and built in the 50's. Its way overdue for replacement and overhaul. The Solarwinds and recent cyber attack on the pipeline on the East Coast is what many believe to be just the tip of the iceburg.

    I've already experienced periods of power outages due to fires and system overload. Texas experienced a massive power outage due to weather. Reliable electricity on demand is something I no longer take for granted.

    Running a high end gaming laptop off solar rechargeable batteries is practical. The larger desktops with high end graphic cards and other power hungry components is doable on the larger wattage rechargeable batteries, but IMO you're better off sticking to the laptop. Some of the newer gaming laptops while not as powerful as desktops are close in performance and many weigh 4-5 pounds. (However the power brick weighs almost as much as the laptop!)

    I'm hearing July as the target date for when the run and shortage on computer will end, but in today's rapidly changing environment I wouldn't count on it

    and reliable always on demand electricity?

    I have opinions about that, but leave it at that.

  12. I played Going for a Swim and was going to mention this, but being so new to release I didn't want to say anything. My half-tracks were ambushed and targeted and I was surprised to see the gunners still alive. Before they would have been toast.

    I also think I see better textures and I could swear the infantry animations are better, but I haven't play enough or maybe I'm just imagining it.

  13. Not sure where this would go in current threads.

    I was pursuing the internet and came across some information that the US Military has spent a considerable sum on training and preparing for war underground. Kinda surprised me. The rationale is this-drones swarms will make warfare above the ground highly risky in the future and thus its projected that much future combat will be conducted underground.

    Our adversaries have also seen what happens when US airpower is applied and they too have come to the conclusion that going underground is the way to go. Additionally the world is becoming more urbanized and sewers and other underground terrain will be used and fought over.

    DARPA sent a request over twitter for proposals that related to underground warfare. It was picked up and combined with the recent creation of Space Force some started to put out rumors it was to fight aliens!

    I would assume that China has constructed elaborate underground facilities in the islands they are occupying. Taiwan probably also has a maze of underground tunnels and facilities. The terrain definitely is conductive to that and they have concluded that going asymmetric against China should they invade is the way to go.

    That brings me to the Ukraine. We see lots of tanks and other above ground equipment and trenches. It would make sense to me if they haven't taken the time since the last flare up to extensively borough underground. Against the Russian artillery, air power and tanks it would not only provide protection, but opens up opportunities to go asymmetric and in big way. Small groups of tank hunting teams suddenly appearing and shooting off Javelins at Russian tanks would be a serious hindrance.   

    Too bad Black Sea doesn't model below the surface warfare. That would be interesting.

  14. I'm hearing much of the current situation comes down to resources-specifically water. Water usage has been rationed to 3 hours 2 times in parts of the Crimea a day and recently has been cut back more.

    Russia is accusing Ukraine of holding back water flow to parts of the country.


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