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    • By Cyclone Boom
      So the aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tricks continue...
      http://www.pcworld.com/article/3073457/windows/how-microsofts-nasty-new-windows-10-pop-up-tricks-you-into-upgrading.html
      (There's also a BBC report).

      Be careful guys. Microsoft has now made it so closing the upgrade popup (using the X) now gives consent to the upgrade. Seriously, what kind of legit program accepts an action when you attempt to close it?! It's just like malware.
      Let's not forget this is the entire operating system, not just a standalone app being upgraded. Even for the average home user, it requires at least some basic thought and preparation (i.e. backups). They're trying to make the upgrade too simple, and Win 10 sound essential.
      Don't be afraid to proceed -- Windows 10 may well have some benefits. But people have reasons for choosing to postpone it or not upgrade altogether. Whether due to compatibility (such as legacy software like SC4) or just being familiar with their current setup. You keep hearing in the news of users with broken systems after upgrading. Just type in Google "computer broken a", and see what pops up. Such issues can be resolved, although not everyone is prepared or has the time to resolve them.
      Tricking people like this is not acceptable. It's causing inconvenience, hassle, and at worst rendering their machine unusable.
      For a couple of years now, personally I check each update individually, making sure such junk isn't installed in the first place. There's limited official info about each Windows update, but you can usually find out by waiting a week or so after release, then searching the KB number. However, for users with automatic update settings (the recommended), it's opening the door for this kind of thing to happen.
      Has anyone here been affected by this?

      Update:
      It would seem Microsoft has responded to the outcry from users:
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36376962
      This is an improvement, but really it's still far from ideal.
    • By rsc204
      Since this is the third such thing I've noticed in a small space of time, I figured I would make sure everyone was aware of the issue.
      I've just received the 2nd PM in a couple of days, basically just asking for my E-mail address. One so an old friend could contact me, another with the enticing prospect of talking with a woman (probably a guy in Ghana or some such place).
      In addition, I noticed a number of users seemed to get unsolicited profile comments which also screamed "SCAM" at a glance recently.
      So yeah, be on your guard people.
    • By Serpents Enigma
        This pack contains 3(4) unique sirens for the player to use within their cities. A Whelen 2750, a Whelen 3016
      and a Federal Signal 2001 siren. There is also a Whelen 3016 positioned on a 45 degree angle. This package
      also provides a prop file for each siren type.

        There is a total of 8 1x1 lots to choose from. Two for each type of siren, one on grass and the other on
      urban/high density concrete. They can all be found in the Park Menu. They moderately boost both residential
      and commercial desirability within their effect range **(Approx. 1/4 4x4 Large City Plop), as well as the mayors
      approval rating.
       
      No dependencies.
       
       
      **Their effective range is set at 512 cells (city wide) for now. Low to moderate effect.
       
       
       
        With some of the free time I have recently obtained I've decided to get back into SimCity 4 and build a
      new region. I had lost my old up-to-date main one (along with some other things) due to a hard drive failure a while back.
      Yes, I make back ups but it fell on really bad timing/old hd formats prior. Over the years, I've been kind of surprised by
      the lack of emergency sirens for customization and eye candy within our cities. So after redesigning the core layout for
      my new city I've decided to start refreshing my BAT abilities and create some of my own to use within my city, along with
      recreating the few things I had made before that I also lost due to the hd failure. I never really experimented with BAT or
      got too hardcore with creating my own custom content for SC4 in my early Sim years. I really only started making a
      couple BAT creations shortly before I shelved my SC4 activities for quite some time.
       
      I had originally planned to create a Federal Signal Thunderbolt siren to go with this pack while making the models
      the other night but I've decided to wrap this up for now so I can move on. I want to finish working on my city's Service
      Department AKA Public Works HQ and main yard, a recreation of my first SC4 BAT model/building. Look for its appearance
      on Simtropolis soon.
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