I hadn't played in a while, owing mostly to my having just upgraded my computer to a new OS and needing to reinstall things, and.....WOW the new spacefaring-tech-delivery missions! Even on Easy, it's almost impossible to deliver spacefaring to more than 2 races without being caught by someone's probes, thanks to the new scanner patterns. I only barely scraped through delivering to two! I guess this goes along with the much greater payout for success.
Is there any chance of dialing back the negative influence hit for discovery? -200 influence seems a bit harsh.
How successful have others been at dodging through the probes?