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  1. I've found that for regional editing tools, SC4Terraformer covers a wealth of sins. My Republic City map (from Legend of Korra) was initially created in grayscale by painting over a map of the city that I found online. I then imported it into Terraformer and further smoothed out all the rough spots. I think it needs another go around to be proper quality (sampling from some other real-world maps would go a very long ways to perfection, but I'm not setup for it at the moment) but in getting the map into the game I don't think I did so bad. It's worth noting that the map was considerably worse before Terraformer and would look nowhere near as smooth if I'd tried to only use the tools available in the game. I might also mention that whole thing took me about two months, if I remember correctly.
  2. Yeah, the number of good city builders that are on the scope of SimCity can basically be counted on one hand. C:S I would actually put on that list, but it does limit the kind of criticism you can put on a game/genre when there's only a handful of examples.
  3. @jeffryfisher City Bound is working on something like a planning mode, but it's mostly for fixing mistakes before you approve it, not for construction at a later date. The biggest reason why no one will implement such a mode is because SC4 has no consequences for bulldozing tons of houses and businesses to make room for the freeway or canal etc. that you want to build. Most users who want to lay out the highway ahead of time either do it right then (a game bug means that RHW costs nothing to maintain), or they place roads and streets in the general location and give the area a wide berth and use the street and road markers as a reminder of the "purchased" right of way. The rest consider building around desired structures you may have let grow in your project's path an engineering challenge. How can you build your system around the landmark, and what else are you willing to sacrifice for it instead? It's one of the reasons I try to build interchanges with as few floating flyovers as possible, and on usually uneven terrain at that. What fun is a flat region?
  4. Apparently, a semi-decade number of congrats, since decade can refer to any collection of ten things! That was surprising. Either that or a semi-decuple, if we want to avoid mixing our word roots (Latin & Greek). I'm not sure I have a preference either way.
  5. You know what's weird? Yesterday was my 5th year at ST. I'd even forgotten that this thread was a thing. Dang. Time flies. One year of many, hopefully. You've definitely made the place brighter, and earned all that rep.
  6. You should be able to embed from Dropbox, but finding the direct link is much harder than before. Change the www.dropbox.com to dl.dropboxusercontent.com and leave the rest the same. The image will now link directly. Like So: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fxz5i1xicbhiof5/Screenshot009.jpg?dl=0 becomes: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/fxz5i1xicbhiof5/Screenshot009.jpg?dl=0 and looks like:
  7. I had this on my family's home computer. Many, many photos were lost in an attempted recovery (we were fools wandering around systems we didn't understand). The culprit was my brother (who was 10?) at the time. The AV software we had did absolutely nothing. The file was an innocuous music file, but the AV failed to detect it, and also failed to get the virus off of the computer. The site was not reputable. The AV was Norton at the time. We still have the computer. We did a system reset not knowing it would wipe the hard drive (in theory). We stopped using it in the hopes that we could have the data restored somehow (after reading how Windows "wipes" drives, I'm a little more optimistic than I used to be, but not much), and ended up buying new computers entirely (another one went down at the same time for apparently an entirely different reason).
  8. Microsoft's free suite is lousy, but it gives me peace of mind and at least doesn't bother me like Norton, Avast, or McAfee. It also uses almost no resources. The best protection against viruses is yourself. If the source is trusted, it's unlikely to be corrupted. If the source isn't trusted, use a sandbox or for goodness sake don't download something from a site you don't trust! The chances of a secure download being corrupted are unlikely, and if it is, then no AV is equipped to deal with the problem, unless they happen to be particularly snappy (which, given the kludge that most AV software behaves like, is highly unlikely). Antivirus software recovery after an infection is pathetic as far as my experiences go, so Norton is really useless once the computer is infected. In general, use a basic one to protect against website and email-based malware that you might download in the course of browsing, and ignore the rest. It's good to be cautious, but there's caution and then there's foolishness. At worst case, the file is corrupted and won't work. You may lose a city or two, but the computer itself will be OK. This is my experience encountering corrupted files from trusted sources. Untrusted sources went into the sandbox, after which I usually deleted them out of paranoia. Either you trust something or you don't, and the amount of recourse you have if you're not a Computer Whiz is almost nil, so why pick hairs over flags from a site that you've otherwise downloaded potentially hundreds of other files from with zero issue whatsoever, especially if that file has been available for a significant amount of time and the site in question has active admins and moderators whose sole job is to maintain the massive file repository and keep it free from bad files? Maybe some of the sites I've DL'ed files from have been questionable, but at the end of the day if I didn't trust a download I didn't grab it, or deleted it soon afterwards. It's not worth the gray hairs that stem from thinking there are gray areas about your otherwise trusted software.
  9. There are no custom shortcuts. Use the default ones (the NAM simply overrides what the shortcuts originally link to, but contains no custom shortcuts in and of itself). The rest have no shortcuts whatsoever, though to be fair utility of LOT-based shortcuts drops dramatically once you start using extensive Custom Content, after which point I find only the network/other tools shortcuts handy. I don't plop enough schools to justify a shortcut for just one lot, but I have more than enough roads to lay, and setups complicated enough that a few extra keyboard shortcuts (like one for monorail, for instance) would not be remiss. Although keyboard shortcuts are theoretically something that we can mod, the resource keys (as I understand it) used to map the physical keyboard key (and associated game flag) to an actual game-lot or network tool are missing. It has been the desire of many, I think, to have a OWR shortcut, but there is no way to identify from the thousands of keyboard shortcut possibilities available to us, which one actually maps to which specific key, nor is it, IIRC, easy to identify exactly how to link the said shortcut to the desired lot/tool. Maybe the resources are easier to identify in DLL format, but I doubt it (they may be easier to hack through, though).
  10. Yes, to get Sims to travel across tiles, you need to have a deficit of jobs at home, and the most miniscule of available jobs next door to induce the Sims to travel, since they can only see their nearest neighbors (jobs are not telegraphed region-wide, despite demand being a region-wide function). Once Sims get to the intermediary and realize that there aren't enough jobs, they will travel onward to the next closest job location; they won't double back even if a path is possible because traveling Sims have the most basic of information which includes their starting point. Just as Sims are not allowed to double back on their path without changing transit type (to save CPU cycles, among other things), they are also not allowed to return to the city of origin. Primary concern, of course, is that this origin memory is one city deep; it only knows the last city that the Sim came from, even if the Sim traveled over 4 tiles (I have seen cities and regions with successful 4+ tile commutes from the suburbs to the city center), hence the possibility of the infamous commuter loop. So I'm glad you were able to get it to work, but this is the main rationale behind how the whole process works.
  11. What else is new?
  12. Keep in mind, too, that monorail networks as the Bullet Train in the NAM travel at ~220km/h (I think), and RHW/MHW moves at 150km/h. These are both highly unrealistic, but were designed to give both networks significant speed advantages over the other options available, as the numerous other reasons for taking such types of transport are ignored entirely by the game.
  13. Congestion is factored into travel times. The Maxis simulator didn't do this, but the NAM does, and will spread traffic out evenly as much as possible as not only Congestion, but traffic volume also, mounts. Even high use roads with low Congestion move slower than similar empty roads, because the NAM factors usage into the speed rating of a network. This was first used to enable the function of multi-line RHW networks (else traffic would always stay on only one tile), but also enables alternate routes to see significantly more traffic than they would otherwise. So not only will parallel major arteries see some traffic spread, but so too will side routes that you might not have thought useful, because usage of a network slows down the average speed across that network.
  14. Around 3.5 million jobs in transportation, the single largest employment sector in the US, and I suspect, most developed nations.
  15. This is probably the crux of the matter. The difference used to be economic policy, but now "social justice" gets thrown in the mix. It used to be OK to be economically liberal and still be socially conservative. The Democratic party still welcomed you. Then they changed the platform to identity politics above all else, supposing that simply because they had sound economic policy that it would subsume the previous voting demographic. The concern is that, at the end of the day, the left makes the same mistake that Marx made as regards the importance of ideology compared to economic factors. They assumed that if they could convince everyone they could provide, that they would win the vote. Voting in America doesn't work like that. I know enough minorities who are Republican to know that despite their general concern for most GOP economic policy (which isn't properly conservative to begin with), the social justice factors tip the scales, and not in the direction you would expect. When you poopoo someone's beliefs and call them insane, clingy, etc. no wonder you win votes: At some point we need to recognize that unless the liberals embark on a serious plan to not only help these people back to work (not expand their welfare benefits), but also reestablish a dialogue that acknowledges at least the validity of possessing a socially conservative opinion of the world (even if they don't follow it or pledge to carry out such an agenda), the cycle will continue. People don't want more government benefits. Maybe it's true that they're racists and honestly believe that white benefits programs won't be cut, but these people didn't win Trump the election, and in the grand scheme of things play a small role in influencing the national government, because they have predictably voted the same for the last 100 years (for the "racist" agenda and candidates, be they Southern Democrat or post-Roosevelt Republicans), and lack both the money and population to reliably effect significant influence on the national GOP platform. Woodruff County actually voted for Obama in 2012. I don't know enough about Arkansas to know what's there, but they voted for Trump 52.5 to 43.6 in November. The same goes for Oktibbeha County in Mississippi (Obama in 2012), except they also voted for Clinton this time around (narrowly, 49 to 47). I haven't met people in the South (though I knew a whole bunch that were from there, save for college). I suspect I'm on the borderline edge of what would be safe to travel through the South relatively unsupervised, as a half-Asian American with non-white features. Still, of course, the sample size of mine is heavily biased (all were educated enough to attend a good college and were mostly of the Christian persuasion, which I suspect colored their comments somewhat in terms of tone and overtness), and I would love to go through the south to meet these people and see what it is like. Of course, there are monetary constraints, but I try to qualify that with which I am unfamiliar to not be presumptive; I haven't lived there, and can only speak about it anecdotally. It's worth noting, as I have previously mentioned in this thread and others, that for religious reasons I don't vote, and don't believe in voting as a matter of principle concerning the nature of things. I don't actually have a stake here (well, I do, but I didn't lose anything yet), and was more than prepared to accept a victory from Clinton (honestly CNN and MSNBC that night were the most amusing news specials I have watched in a long time). She lost, and I have yet to see people understand why Trump won, and it has nothing to do with racists coming out of the woodwork after hiding under a rock for 8 years while a black man was president.