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  1. Sure. You'll need to rewire the cable at both ends, and you'll probably need a few basic ethernet tools (a crimper, a tester, etc...). Amazon has a bunch of ethernet tool kits that include everything you'd need for $20 - $30. The tester will be handy in the event you mess up the wire connection order at either end - which is easy to do and maddening to diagnose without a tester. You can use "keystone" jacks that will accept the individual wires directly, like this: https://www.amazon.com/Cat5e-Ethernet-Keystone-Punch-Down-Network/dp/B07F378M7L (although you'll probably want one with a wall plate) - and you'd just need a "punchdown" tool to jam the wires into the color-coded receptacles. Including the jacks, you're probably looking at 40 bucks or so. You can always just hire someone, but you can save $$$ and learn something if you try it yourself. Finally, there are also a zillion youtube videos about ethernet cabling - like this:
  2. It's a social commentary on the role of evolving role of women both within the typical household and in the workplace. The woman is about to go to sleep, and falls down on a loaf of bread - because she is the bread winner. Now comes the ham - which represents the pork that permeates the decisions we make on a day to day basis. One slice falls down, and it's comforting - it's helping her get to sleep after a long stressful day at work. But then another slice falls down, and another - soon a tidal wave of ham. The weight of the pork becomes overwhelming and begins to crush her - she can't breathe. Just as the final drop of lifeforce drains from her soul, the cheese, lettuce and tomatoes come into view along with another slice of bread - the bread she worked so hard to win - and the entire stack of socioeconomic deli products bounces off her cold, dead body. The pickle at the end, of course, represents the male, who is indifferent to the burden that she carries. It's all really quite obvious once you know what to look for. Hope this helps.
  3. It's absurd how smart and talented the teams at both WT and FBW are. Listening to any of their team members speak on live streams is always impressive - how can anyone know THAT much about aircraft systems - especially when this was a side project for most of them. Kudos to Asobo for fully embracing these teams and helping them to take their projects to the next level.
  4. You probably know this already, but aerodynamics is a major part of the next update - to the degree that they've recently done many hours of real world flight testing to tweak things like the effect of full rudder effect on yaw, and have tweaked the parameters of almost every aircraft in the game. To your point, it's odd that such a huge undertaking is not even listed in the feature development slides. I think their intent is to visually demonstrate "we read the forums and we listen to your feedback and we have made progress on many of the things that you found annoying upon release" - which is 100% true. That point I think has been made though - probably time to move on to a new format altogether.
  5. One final thing to keep in mind is potential cross-play / compatibility with the XBOX. I'm not 100% sure about MSFS, but with other MS titles such as Forza - if you purchase a game on the PC, you also have access to the XBOX version. Your achievements, save files, and add-ons are also synced between the two platforms. This functionality is called "Play Anywhere" and is supported on the MS Store, but NOT Steam. I have a feeling that people will be surprised by the performance of MSFS on the XBOX Series X - it's much easier to optimize code when you are testing against a very specific amount of RAM, CPU/GPU cores, (e.g. see the amazingly rock solid 60 FPS achieved with excellent visuals on a wide variety of titles). etc.. So even if you've never considered playing MSFS in your living room, it might be more of a viable option in the future than people think and something that might tip the scales in an otherwise 50/50 choice.
  6. I'm glad you brought that up. He built the aircraft, so you'd imagine he'd be intimately familiar with every single fuse, but still - in a high pressure clouded judgement state, pulling fuses seems extreme. What if you pull the wrong one because you thought your hand was one row higher than it really was? What if you attempt to reset the avionics and the system doesn't reboot? You've already lost airspeed, but what if you lost altitude indication over that rough terrain? I had to pause the video a few times right here thinking "I can't watch this..." because I could feel his panic. Then again, I don't know anything about aircraft fuses - they are positioned right in front of the pilot for a reason - and he did manage to reset the stall warning without resetting the avionics. For real pilots out there, is it ever advisable to pull fuses when you aren't 100% sure what's wrong? There's no "pull this and plane turns off by accident" fuse in one of those rows, is there? Nothing but respect for this pilot - everyone makes mistakes, it's a rare breed that learns from it, and even rarer to swallow ones pride to teach others.
  7. This was fascinating, stressful, and difficult to watch at times. I though you all might appreciate it, since I *guarantee* you've encountered the same exact issue in MSFS that this pilot did in the real world. In fact, you will instantly know what the root cause of the issue is - long before the pilot does. The difference that this video brings into sharp relief is - in MSFS you don't get a primordial "fear of death" shot of adrenaline that clouds your judgement. Occasionally, I've had the sensation that I'm really flying in MSFS - but there's an extra dimension of emotions that comes with being alone at 10,000 feet in the clouds in the real world.
  8. If it helps, it's not just you. I have a similar issue with the A320 and the Aerosoft CRJ. I find that the final 2-3 miles requires the elevator trim to be almost maxed out - and thus the AC becomes unstable. Also similar to your experience: with auto pilot enabled on an approach, it's not as much of an issue - perhaps because the AP is auto-trimming the aircraft up until the last minute? I could be that I'm simply coming in too slow, although I'm no where near stall speed at any point. Curious to see other replies on this issue. I'm using a TM Warthog setup.
  9. Very cool to see what it's like from an actual dispatcher's perspective. Did you work for an airline? Your example of LAX is the exact type of nonsensical scenario in the sim that caused me to question what happens in real life, and it's crazy that the same issue exists sometimes. To your point, I guess that's what differentiates a good dispatcher from a ... less than good one. Very interesting to hear about all of the different factors and systems that come into play. Quick question: how is the performance of a dispatcher measured? Is fuel consumption a factor? Do pilots (or the company) "rate" your flight plans? I always imagine a constant war between commercial / business objectives and safety going on behind the scenes. Thanks for taking the time to provide a window into your world.
  10. I have been in a few direction changes while on the ground as a passenger - and they definitely seem like a logistical nightmare. Just getting everyone in the takeoff queue to taxi over to the other end of the runway took 30 minutes. I was thinking these happen as often as the wind changes direction - but I can see why that is not the case. Probably better to deal with a moderate tail wind for a few hours than to go through all the trouble of temporarily changing the active runway. Thanks for the clarification!
  11. That makes sense, and I suppose you also become intimately familiar with routes and alternates when you fly them regularly week after week. Have you ever had a situation where you were suddenly out of your comfort zone because of rerouting or weather? Like "oh crud, I've never landed on that runway before..." The other thing I find hard to grasp is the ground taxi routing - and the fact that any pilot can actually comprehend the instructions. The sim doesn't bark at you when you get your taxiways mixed up - but I know the real world ground controllers are not at all forgiving. Does following the correct path to the gate concern you when you land on an unfamiliar runway?
  12. I'm an aviation novice, but a sim veteran and have been around since the Bruce Artwick / Sublogic days. I'm also a frequent flyer - and my questions really came to a head when attempting to replicate the shuttle flight from San Antonio to Dallas that I've taken way, way, way too many times. It says a lot about the "out of the box" fidelity of this version of Flight Simulator that it gives you enough insight into actual flight logistics that you start questioning how these things work in the real word. The gaps between reality and the sim are only glaring because it comes so amazingly close to the real thing. Super thankful for all of the amazing replies and info!
  13. Holy cow - thank you for the incredibility informative response! This makes sense and you addressed something else I was curious about - the existence of "smart" flight planners that could take in real-time information - similar to the way automobile GPS apps can reroute you based on real-time weather. Sounds like some of the newer tools are getting there. Okay - that definitely clears things up a bit. I was having a hard time understanding how it was practical for individual commercial pilots to plot their own route for each and every flight - and also explains why the commercial routes I've flown on as a passenger are always very similar, and seldom the most direct path. This is exactly the kind of info I was looking for and really helps to understand what goes on in the cockpit in the real world. For me, most of the fun in Flight Simulator comes in the "suspension of disbelief" - where for brief periods, you forget you are in front of a computer and get a glimpse of what it's like to fly an actual aircraft. Understanding these nuances really adds to the immersion. Thanks again for taking the time to educate me!
  14. Good lord. I nearly had a panic attack just watching this. This would be my worst nightmare in the real world, and why I'm curious about the stress level when arrival instructions change. All of the responses in this thread are incredibly insightful and put it all into perspective and it's all starting to make sense: you plan the route from beginning to end with some well informed assumptions, but as a professional pilot, you are prepared for alternatives - and you usually have enough time to adapt well in advance.
  15. That makes sense, and I have noticed that when flights I'm on take an unusual route, the aircraft is sometimes noticeably hand-flown. In real life, will ATC vector you in if they need you to deviate from your flight plan? Or would they ever say "AA320, please use the XYZ arrival" and expect the pilot to understand the associated route / waypoints?
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