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  1. With the release of X-Plane 11.30 now firmly in the hands of simmers across the world (along with the recently released 11.31 version), attention will start to turn on what the future holds for Laminar Research and X-Plane. Announced on Facebook, Laminar Research will take to YouTube to host their next Developer Livestream to discuss the roadmap and what the community can expect. Austin, Ben and more will be taking to YouTube on Saturday February 9th 2019 at 11am ET to talk everything X-Plane and probably answer a bunch of X-Plane related questions also. You can keep up to date via the Facebook event page, or subscribe to their YouTube page to stay notified when they go live. What are you hoping is announced during the stream? SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://www.youtube.com/user/XPlaneOfficial/videos NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/news/x-plane-developer-livestream-happening-09-feb-2019/
  2. A user on Reddit (Link 1) just posted something worrying about the FSL A320 installer which apparently contains a password dumping tool related to the users Chrome activities. How true or false this claim is something to be confirmed by FSL themselves which I am sure will be revealed in a public announcement soon. The above was then confirmed on Belynz (Matt Davies) Twitch stream & Discord where users confirmed the existence of such a file which could be used to the users disadvantage. Matt then contacted Lefteris Kalamaras (FSL) via Skype and was promptly responded to in private (phone call) explaining the situation. However, Matt denied to comment on the matter and only hinted at a possible misunderstanding of the real use of such a file. FSL will soon provide a public announcement regarding the matter and with all things considered, this could just be an anti-piracy tool from FSL to detract piracy of their product upon detection of any modification to their installer. Someone had started a thread a few days back (Link 2) requesting help for exactly this issue but it was resolved with a simple answer saying, "You should disable your anti-virus completely when installing if it’s causing issues." There is now a thread on FSL forums regarding this matter but no official response at the time of writing this post. (Link 3) In my honest opinion, while FSL may find a technicality to justify the existence of this malicious software in their installer, it still seems like a severe breach of trust, especially after seeing the response by the beta tester to a user who found this file a few days back, and no amount of justification should allow such practices to be continued. While this will definitely split the community into two, those that are okay with its nefarious purpose in the name of DRM and those that find it extremely unethical, I wholeheartedly am against such protocols being injected into products without prior consent or the user being made aware at the point of purchase. What do you think? Should such protocols be allowed at all? Is this is a viable method to stop piracy? It may be even considered illegal in some countries. UPDATE: FSL has now released a public announcement (Developer Post Link 1) regarding the matter and it is indeed correct that this file is being dumped to the user system (whether a genuine customer or not) without explicit consent of the user. Confirmed by a developer of ProjectFLY: "The malware is placed on your SYSTEM at the point of execution of the installer. Whether it does anything or not is irrelevant. Malware is being placed on the computer without explicit consent of the end user." As a customer of the FSL A320, I am disappointed in their methodology and lack of transparency regarding the matter.@OMGEDSON , I'd like to request you and others in your weekly 'On Approach' show to discuss this matter at length and provide some feedback on what your thoughts are regarding such practices (guilty until proven innocent). I'd still like to see FSL make an honest and genuine apology. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Developer of ProjectFly has posted a comprehensive statement regarding his findings and why consumers should not accept this in any shape or form. (LINK 4) NEW INFORMATION AS OF FEBRUARY 21st BELOW ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 2: One of the now 'ex' beta team members of FSL team has come out with a statement of his own: https://www.reddit.com/r/flightsim/comments/7z4sha/iama_exfsl_beta_team_member_who_needs_to_clear_my/ Famous YouTube News Channel 'The Know': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp_yk7m5Vco&feature=youtu.be YouTube 'SidAlpha': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s03nyiMbaPI Popular Mechanics: https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/apps/amp18336179/flight-simulator-fslabs-addon-passwords-piracy/ PUBLIC MEDIA LINKS: LinusTechTips: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/898030-fslabs-intentionally-installing-drm-that-can-steal-your-passwords/?page=2 RockPaperShotgun: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/02/19/flight-sim-group-put-malware-in-a-jet-and-called-it-drm/ TorrentFreak News: https://torrentfreak.com/flight-sim-company-embeds-malware-to-steal-pirates-passwords-180219/ VICE: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/pamzqk/fs-labs-flight-simulator-password-malware-drm Arstechnica: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/flight-sim-devs-say-hidden-password-dump-tool-was-used-to-fight-pirates/ PC GAMER: https://www.pcgamer.com/flight-simulator-expansion-installed-password-stealing-malware-as-drm/ Fidus Information Security: https://www.fidusinfosec.com/fslabs-flight-simulation-labs-dropping-malware-to-combat-piracy/ Guru3D: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/flightsimlabs-injected-viral-like-drm-into-its-distribution.html FutureGameReleases: https://www.futuregamereleases.com/fslabs-a320-installer-includes-malware-chrome-password-extraction-tool/ Heise News (German): https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/FSX-Add-On-Entwickler-FSLabs-liest-heimlich-Passwoerter-von-Raubkopierern-aus-3973485.html The Christian Post: https://www.christianpost.com/news/flight-sim-expansion-developer-discovered-to-inject-malware-into-product-as-drm-218680/ Nextinpact (French): https://www.nextinpact.com/brief/un-add-on-pour-flight-sim-x-embarquait-un-voleur-de-mots-de-passe-chrome-2741.htm SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK 1 : https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/announcement/10-a320-x-drm-clarification/ DEVELOPER POST LINK 2 : https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/announcement/11-a320-x-drm-what-happened/ NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : Link 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/flightsim/comments/7yh4zu/fslabs_a320_installer_seems_to_include_a_chrome/?st=jdtc9sf4&sh=3f79c91f Link 2: https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/topic/16136-resolved-testexe/ Link 3: https://forums.flightsimlabs.com/index.php?/topic/16210-malware-in-installer/ Link 4: https://medium.com/@lukegorman97/flightsimlabs-alleged-malware-analysis-1427c4d23368
  3. Update from DCS about v2.5 bug fixes and a helicopter sale... = DCS World 2.5 Update Since last week's newsletter, the team continues to address items discovered during the Open Beta test period. Items such as fog discoloration, night lighting, multiplayer performance, load times, and others are all being addressed for the release version. It is very important that any changes made for the DCS World 2.5 release version maintain or improve game performance of the 2.5 Open Beta. Since the DCS World 2.5 Open Beta release, we have released three Hot Fixes. You can read their change logs on the DCS forum. Once we feel that all the significant issues of the 2.5 Open Beta have been resolved, we will then release the DCS World 2.5 installer and update to DCS World 2.5. DCS World Helicopter 30% Off Sale Continues Our DCS World helicopter sale will end on 19 February 2018 at 0900. One of the biggest benefits of DCS World 2.5 is that it's a much better environment to fly helicopters. The higher-resolution terrain elevation mesh, higher resolution terrain and object textures, much improved trees, huge forests, and trees that now have collision / block line of sight for weapons, all create a much more engaging and beautiful environment to fly in. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  4. Scenery for X-Plane 11 Special 20% Off Introductory Pricing Ends Wednesday! If you previously purchased Nantucket for FSX/P3D on this website, there’s no need to purchase again. The XP file has been added to your list of downloads in the “My Account” section. Please note that there will be no refunds for double purchases! https://iblueyonder.com/portfolio/nantucket-xp/
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