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  1. 12 hours ago, DarkAngel said:

    Which installer?. I have SB on my J: drive and it's maps on my L: drive... No issues!.

    The Legacy Map Installer: SBLegacyMapsSetup . exe,  It had no option to install in another location, all the other installers had the option to install in a different location.

  2. On 8/11/2019 at 12:19 PM, Ssnake said:

    In any case, these aren't maps that you're supposed to "use", they are just a necessary fallback for Steel Beasts 4.1 when attempting to convert custom TER files that you may have.

    It would have been better if that installer would let you install it on another location other than C:\ it is only one of the installers that does not let you install to another location. I keep a separate SSD for simulations and such to keep them off of my C : drive.

  3. 19 hours ago, Ssnake said:


    We need to differentiate between terrain engine and terrain content. In addition, there are factors like sheer manpower, and total object count that must be considered. Now,

    1. the terrain engine is capable of doing more with the ground itself than what we could show so far, mostly because we only have legacy maps based on DTED2 or DTED3 low resolution source data. Getting real life data can be prohibitively expensive, except for low-res stuff which is available for free at least from a number of selected sources.


    What will the Map Editor coming with 4.0 allow you to do with older maps? Are there any things we have to watch out for if we want to continue to edit a map begun in an older version?

  4. I quite enjoy the short videos that Lindybeige posts, I find that his delivery style is quite humorous, anyway, here he is re-telling a couple of anecdotes from Foley's Mailed Fist book about his exploits in a Cromwell tank during WW2



  5. As usual with beer varieties the definition has become a little blurred over time,

    Here's Wikipedia's take on it.


    I've had beers marketed as Porters that are far stronger than some Stouts so the definition of whether a beer is a Porter or a Stout would to some extent lie with the brewer.

    Here we can get Guinness West Indies Porter which is a very nice dark porter at around 6%abv and the Guinness Special Export Stout is 8%abv rather than the 4.8% you get in the UK.

    When I was in Brugge a couple of weeks ago I had a stout called Hercule after Hercule Poirot it was very nice and came in at 9%abv washed down the burger I had just a treat http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/635/1694/

  6. Are they any good as a off roader ?

    I have seen a few here in Ireland The Irish military purchased some for there peace keeping missions. they certinally look the part

    Can't speak about the vehicle itself, but I did have an ex HMMWV 6.2l V8 diesel in my 6x4 off roader, great engine with bags of torque and could rev quite high for a natural aspirated diesel. My truck weighed in at 5.25 Tonnes and with the 6.2 engine returned about 25 to 26mpg compared with the 3mpg the 4.2 V8 petrol that was in it before. The later 6.5l V8 turbo is a lot more powerful but the only experience I have of that is a quick run in a Range Rover that had one fitted... it was scary fast!

    The truck was used and abused but the engine soldiered on without complaint. Cant say the same for the auto gearbox tho, it was not designed to run those levels of torque and burned out the clutches and drive bands, the gearbox was not a HMMWV one, it was for a single deck bus.

  7. Ah thanks. You should do regional accent tank commander .WAV sound packs. I'd pay for Mexican or possibly Glaswegian Tank comanders voice :)

    To be honest, i've been ignoring him and just giving everyone a SABOT where the sun dont shine. It seems to be working.

    I will pay more attention in future.



    The radio operator is from just north of Glasgow ;)
  8. Anyone try Grimbergen?

    Why yes, I have some Grimbergen in the fridge just now, but much prefer Kasteel Donker or Rocheforte, which are also in the fridge :)

    Wifey loves Guinness or Chimay Bleu.

    As an occasional beer, when in season, Tactical Nuclear Penguin is quite nice in moderation.


    The wife and I will sit down to enjoy a Kwak together when watching a film in the cinema


    I haven't yet, but I do like Belgian beers so will keep an eye out for it, thanks :)

    Come on over Crusty, I have some just right for drinking

  9. A long past relation was involved in that little storm in a tea cup over there too. He left Scotland to go fight against the English for the Americans, in fact he served in the navies of three countries after leaving Scotland, he was also in the Russian and French navies. In 1906 the US Navy had his body shipped from Paris back to the US where he lays in state at Annapolis.

    From Wikipedia:

    John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was a Scottish sailor and the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War. Although he made enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. As such he is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the United States Navy" (an epithet he shares with John Barry). He later served in the Imperial Russian Navy.

    When reading about his exploits along the coast of Nova Scotia, it reminded me that when I was in NS I found that a lot of the Native Americans there of the Micmac tribe have the same family name as him and I, he added the Jones after he left Scotland.

  10. Well, the entire executable and associated memory management is 64 bit. So, when dealing with particularly detailed maps and particularly large scenarios it can happen that the 32 bit executable crashes because it runs out of memory. The X64 version won't.

    So, there's another performance advantage.

    OUR main focus is the networking part, but that shouldn't stop you from trying it out. It's free and you have nothing to lose by it.

    Ok you convinced me :)
  11. The wife's laptop was just under £400, it has an i5 CPU with the Intel HD Graphics, still has 8GB ram and a 500GB HDD, also has inbuilt GPS, and a much smaller battery, there are a few differences between her laptop and mine but a big difference in price, you can add about £1k to the price of hers to get mine, the difference of a couple of months and a sale!

    The i5 is a lot less power hungry than the i7 and her smaller battery pack lasts almost as long as mine.

    I used a Dell for about 4 years before the Lenovo, it gave good service too, I still have it as it has a serial port that I use to control my radio and my telescope.


  12. Chris (Ells228) from VEAO mentions that he is looking at an augmented reality system for DCS, sounds promising and could have a lot of aplications in other fields too.

    On a more positive note, I've just had a demo of an augmented reality system.

    There are multiple applications for this type of technology but the one I'm most interested in is a headset and gloves combo.

    You wear a headset very similar to the Rift and wear a set of gloves that are both hooked up to a PC.

    The image is projected onto the goggles much the same as the Rift so you would see the Hawk cockpit as an example.

    The gloves then allow you to interact with the switches/dials in the cockpit and it applies pressure on your fingers and hand if you "touch" something so it feels like you've touched a switch but essentially nothing is in front of your fingers or hand.

    You can even model the stick and throttle in there and not physically have one in front of you but it will feel like you're holding them.

    I've seen demo's of this in the past but nothing as advanced as what I've seen today.

    I'm really excited with this technology not only for military applications but for home use also.

    If all goes well we'll be looking to partner with the company to develop solutions for DCS.

    More to come soon,



  13. This laptop arrived today (14 business days from China to L.A.) and of course the first thing I did was install SB 3.0. This laptop actually runs SB a lot faster than my desktop (specs in sig)! I am truly impressed by the i7. The laptop itself is all business, no fluff. There are a lot of prettier and more polished laptops out there, but not with the specs and price of this Lenovo Y410P. I hope it holds up to the test of time. I also need to get used to Win8.1.

    Been using a Lenovo convertible laptop/tablet X201T - 2985EZG since 2010 and it is great, now tho it does struggle with SB 3.XX but apart from that it was a great investment and it has worked better and longer than any previous laptop I have had. It has an older version of the i7 the 620M with Intel integrated HD graphics which is the real limiting factor in the laptop. The first and best mod I did to it was put in a SSD, that really transformed the laptop.

    I wish you long and fruitful use of your new Lenovo :)

    PS. the wife also went with a similar model Lenovo as mine and she loves it as do the grandkids, they use it in it's tablet format and from that they pressured their dad into getting them an iPad :)

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