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  1. Crux is nearly upside down. I'm trying to figure out where you would have to be to see it like that...
  2. Nah, but I have a friend whose family owns these:
  3. A relatively new John Deere combine with 40-foot-wide grain header is about $400,000. I suspect that farmers who don't want their expensive equipment banged up were the original market for these, and it kind of grew from there.
  4. At the WWI Museum in Kansas City, they have a display of artillery sights. It says that up until the onset of hostilities, almost all modern sights were produced in Germany. No one with influence considered that Germany might not wish to sell weapons to adversaries. Britain, France and their allies had to rush at the very last minute to reverse-engineer the German technology. The result was that there was a definite shortage of quality sights on that side for the first part of the war. I know of many other examples of this kind of thing throughout history, though few seem so blatantly short-sighted. "There is nothing new under the sun."
  5. 10.x.x.x is the Class A network assigned for internal-use only. I recommend every mission I consult with to get off 192.168.x.x and move to the 10.x.x.x address space if they can. We'll all be moving to IPv6 soon, anyway, and then it won't matter. Or so the industry keeps telling us...
  6. Mine was waiting for me when I got home from visiting with family. Thanks for being different than most - no, make that the vast majority of - IT vendors!
  7. So, I found out the video cable was connected to the wrong video port on the server. I didn't think to check for something like that. The other games were running pretty smoothly on the on-board graphics card. I would not have expected that, so didn't think to check the cabling to confirm things were running off the high-end card. I guess that shows I'm not serious enough about computer gaming. :???: SB Pro PE 3.002 is running quite well on initial tests using the good video card.
  8. 'Tis an XFX Radeon HD 7850. I won't have access to the server for a few days to run the DirectX diagnostics again. I didn't note down the details when I did it the first time, just saw there were no errors listed. I'll report back at that time. I was able to install and run MS FSX on the server and it runs quite well. Still, I know that SB Pro PE pushes the envelope more than FSX does, so that doesn't prove that SB Pro PE should work without any issues.
  9. I let Windows send in the error report, yes. I'd try this on another Windows 2008 R2 server, but the rest of the ones I have access to have pathetic video cards: the kind that can't even run 32-bit color at 1024x768 resolution. I can't imagine that SB Pro PE would survive that. Another note - I went into the map editor and was even able to use the LOS tool. When I tried to use the F1 view, SB Pro PE crashed. It is not the program, per se, but the 3D environment that my server can't handle.
  10. I tried all of the compatibility options that make sense. Trying Windows XP SP2 or Windows XP2 SP3 break it completely, probably because it is putting the files in the right place for Windows 7. Technically, Windows 2008 R2 "is" Windows 7. You know how that works, of course... The full error is: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: SBProPEcm.exe Application Version: Application Timestamp: 523c4c35 Fault Module Name: SBProPEcm.exe Fault Module Version: Fault Module Timestamp: 523c4c35 Exception Code: c0000005 Exception Offset: 005bbf72 OS Version: 6.1.7601. Locale ID: 1033 Additional Information 1: 0a9e Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789 Additional Information 3: 0a9e Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789 The timestamps change each time, but I think everything else is the same every time.
  11. This might seem an odd question, but I do have access to a nice tower server with a decent pci-x video card. It is running Windows Server 2008 R2, and because of the TPM chip and Bitlocker, I cannot dual-boot the thing into Windows 7. I successfully installed SB Pro PE 3.002. Everything seems OK until I hit the scenario start button. Then, I can hear the tank engine for a moment, and then I get an appcrash error. At this point I can't interpret that error in a meaningful way. I have successfully installed a few other DirectX 9 games on this server and they run without trouble on Windows 2008 R2. It makes me wonder if SB Pro PE just won't run on Windows 2008 R2. I know that some games will not. If SB Pro PE SHOULD run on Windows 2008 R2, then I'll want to troubleshoot in detail. If it is not expected to and nobody has tried it before, then I may just let this one rest. Thoughts?
  12. In a passenger car, I'd rather hit a tree than have an IED go off close by. In a tank or IFV, I'd rather face the IED. It has to do with how the force transfers. While a few wraps of det cord may sever a decent-sized tree, a couple of pounds of C4 placed fairly close by will not. The blast has to be in almost direct contact with the tree, and you use multiple wraps of det cord to cause the plane of the explosive force to be perpendicular to the trunk, so that little of the force is wasted. When the mass of an armored vehicle absorbs the blast of an IED, only residual energy gets through to the crew. Truly effective IEDs are really crude shaped charges that penetrate the weaker bottom armor of the vehicle. The crew is injured or killed because the blast actually gets inside the vehicle, and direct exposure to even a small part of such a blast is deadly. Also remember that an IED blast is almost instantaneous. You need an ultra-fast camera to see the motion of the wave. A person or civilian automobile exposed directly to it takes tremendous damage in that tiny amount of time, but an armored vehicle hull will still absorb the vast amount of that blast. The AFV might shudder, but it will rarely be thrown. By comparison, the impact of a tank against an sizable tree is spread out over a much longer time. Still a fraction of a second, but much longer. The tree has time to flex a bit and absorb the full momentum of the tank without breaking. What about the people inside the vehicle, though? They fly into the hard interior of the vehicle at the full speed of the impact. The tank has decelerated by 10s of MPH by the time they hit, and that impact is enough for serious injury. This is why some states in the USA now make it illegal to have anything sitting on the back shelf in passenger cars. A simple paperback book thrown forward in a collision can cause serious injury if it strikes a passenger in the back of the head.
  13. And they do - bought the license Sunday evening, had this error then and this morning, then successfully activated a few minutes ago.
  14. I can run the latest version of SB Pro PE on my Windows 8 ThinkPad with no trouble. The CodeMeter must be working correctly for me to do that.
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