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  1. All cryptocurrencies are a Ponzi scheme that also happen to be catastrophic for the climate. (Less horrific, of course, but still word not allowed annoying: the catastrophe they're wrought in the GPU market.) I have yet to see a coherent argument for them that doesn't ultimately boil down to "it's profitable for me."
  2. With all due respect to Orbx for trying to innovate, I'm also getting terrible flashbacks to the FSX/P3D overheated addon ecosystem. I don't want to spend $10 per country to fix morphing terrain, especially in a simulator whose greatest selling point is that it's truly global, where nearly everywhere looks good. If there's a technical fix here, I want Asobo to implement it globally. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars to paint myself into a shrinking box of areas covered by addon scenery. James
  3. "THE CLUB" Funny now to think about how absolutely ubiquitous TV ads for anti-crime everything were when I was growing up. Certainly drives home just how much crime in a good chunk of the world has precipitously declined since then.
  4. I think our own experience here is actually telling. Even if it's the case that individual humans are less violent over time (again, not sure it's true, but for the sake of argument), history doesn't move in straight lines -- and presumably wouldn't necessarily do so for these aliens either. If you happen to encounter these aliens in the equivalent of their timeline of our 1936, say? Militarism, authoritarianism, and racism (leading shortly to murderous genocidal activity) were all in the ascendant, even in the societies that were still liberal-democratic. You can argue that's a blip, but my point is, what if we just happen to run into the aliens during a similar blip? How much better would we feel to know that they killed half of us and enslaved the other half only because it was a brief "extreme event" for them? 😃
  5. Yes, of course we should! If you lived anywhere between Brittany and Hokkaido between 1933 and 1945 your life was likely to have been massively marked by the war, even if it didn't actually kill you. I'm typing this in a city that lost two-thirds of its population in that period. You're also confusing two separate, albeit related, questions. "Would I rather be a human being in 1650 or 1950?" and "Was the 17th century or the 20th century more violent?" I'm open to evidence that, contrary to what seems obvious to me based solely on the number of deaths, the earlier period was actually more violent. But "we now have modern medicine, indoor plumbing, and electricity," while true, doesn't actually help answer that question.
  6. Yeah, this Steven Pinker (not only him, I know) argument about how history has just been a long march to greener pastures and kinder, gentler societies seems clearly absurd and ahistorical on its face to me. Sure, you've had societies that were more or less violent for most of recorded human history, and yes, there are examples of hugely destructive wars in the pre-modern era (30 Years War in Germany jumps out here, and of course there's stuff like Genghis Khan). But come on. Even if World War II is the only thing you consider in the 20th century, it led to the deaths of nearly 5% of the world population, the overwhelming majority of whom were civilians -- and the deliberate, near-successful genocide of an entire group of people. And then you get to stuff like the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, the Great Famine in the USSR, etc. etc. etc. Aside from the obvious scale of the atrocities you saw in the 20th century, an underappreciated point is that the intensely bloody 20th century came as an unwelcome and stunning rebuke to the sense in the Belle Epoque that things really were getting more civilized. If you were a European, life genuinely was getting generally kinder and gentler from 1815 to 1914; wars were largely limited and civilians were less threatened by them than ever before. The great powers didn't fight any major wars at all between 1871 and 1914, and it seemed like maybe things would just keep getting better. Then you have not one but two horrific world wars, one that slaughtered most of an entire generation of young men across Europe and one that visited death and devastation on civilians on a scale probably not seen in centuries. Oops. Turns out it wasn't the end of history after all! Turns out we actually have to work hard at not being monsters to each other, that we can't just sleep sound in the knowledge that it will all work out and things will just keep getting better. James
  7. Sorry, let me be more precise. I'm not trying to start any rumors here! Johan didn't say that they're formally stopping development, and I'm not sure whether he was speaking "for AIG" in his post in any case. That said, I think it's a fair reading of his post that MSFS progress has either significantly slowed or stopped. I'll put it this way: I didn't read that post and then think "yeah, I'm feeling good about AIG being first out of the gate with an AI solution for MSFS." James
  8. Johan’s April 21 post is the last one here: https://www.alpha-india.net/forums/index.php?topic=35773.30
  9. I’d love for you to be right, but the most recent postings by the AIG team on their forum have indicated they’ve stopped working on MSFS development altogether for the time being. I understand their frustrations with a changing platform; I’m also frustrated with the way the last sim update screwed up my offline traffic. But it’s pretty disheartening. Given AIG’s rather aggressive approach to others working in the AI space (some might say “territorial”) I would have liked to see a little more perseverance here. Surely there’s still groundwork that can continue to be done even as certain sim features are (hopefully temporarily) broken? James
  10. Guess I may have to! I did try switching to online to see if my current installed generic Asobo model liveries would just match with the online traffic and it didn’t work at all, unfortunately. James
  11. I just tried setting icao_generic = 0 in the aircraft.cfg (it was set to 1 before). You can see the result below, same as before: the top line shows the flight number, and the next line down shows the livery shown. So you can see ACA (should be Air Canada) is showing a Ukraine livery, AAL (should be American Airlines) is Air Portugal, and so on.
  12. Well now you have my attention! The consensus on the AIG forums was that it's broken: https://www.alpha-india.net/forums/index.php?topic=35773.30 It would be huge if you could help isolate what you're doing differently than everyone else.
  13. Are you sure the livery matches the actual flight? It’s easy to check in Little Nav Map. If I only had liveries installed for one geographic region I might not have even noticed, but it becomes very obvious with traffic for the entire world. James
  14. Unfortunately, the last update broke the AI system so that instead of displaying a livery based on the ICAO code for the AI traffic, as it had previously done, the sim chooses one at random from all active liveries. This seems to have been an accidental/incidental change, but it means that offline AI traffic setups that previously showed appropriate liveries at a given airport are now a total random mess. So instead of getting Qantas, Singapore, etc. in Sydney and Frontier and Spirit in Denver I'm getting Frontier in Sydney and Qantas in Denver...Nothing like seeing Southwest in Yekaterinburg. It's a little thing for most users, I know, but it's really sapped my enthusiasm for airliner flying in MSFS. And it's a real downer knowing that it could be months, or longer, until it gets fixed or at least reverted. 😞 James
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