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R4K is currently running a race using the Speedgate XSD. We've known for some time about its very particular behaviour when quickly lowering the gears while at high speed. I remember when CTG posted a video in the shoutbox about it and most pipsqueaks felt kind of disappointed, apparently. It seemed everybody expected Speedgate to be a well-behaved, realistic car and instead, it had this quirk. Maybe so much was this disappointment that the car wasn't included in the following year's car set for the tournament.

Since that day, I've been thinking about the car and its qualities and I've started to feel some strange love toward this feature/bug... Specifically, I've began to feel that it isn't any weirder than powergear, which we have gotten used to seeing as something normal in Stunts cars (albeit unrealistic, of course). I looked up Speedgate in the wiki and there's a reference about a "mild pseudo-anti-powergear". Does this line refer to the same feature I'm talking about?  Unfortunately, I am not very knowledged about cars internals in Stunts. If this statement is about something else, then how should we call this feature?  Do other cars have anything like it?  How do you guys feel about maybe loving this weirdness a little?

Anyway, this is just a bunch of questions about how we generally feel about this car, but mostly, for those of you who have more experience creating and editing cars and can shed some brighter light on the topic. Thank you!

General Chat - ZSC / Re: Licensing tracks and replays
« on: April 02, 2019, 12:36:03 AM »
I know Mark Nailwood made his software for the community so assuming we can use that software freely is very reasonable, but if we're strict, I'm not sure that Track Blaster says anywhere that it's freeware. I'll check that.

General Chat - ZSC / Licensing tracks and replays
« on: March 28, 2019, 09:40:07 PM »
Hi, guys. I kept thinking on this since GTAMan15 expressed his concern about uploading tracks and the copyright laws in the EU. I decided I'd write a topic on this to reach a clear conclusion on how we'll handle the software we handle here. In part, the programs we share, but mainly, the tracks and replays, which we continuously produce.

As I understand it, the following we know. Please do let me know if I'm mistaking on any of these points:
1 - Stunts itself is abandonware. Somebody from the original makers or distributors expressed at some point the will of allowing us to use it freely and nobody ever had complained, yet we don't have any official permission to distribute it as freeware. If one day, there is a problem (which is unlikely), we will be told and will have to stop distributing it. There isn't any chance of anybody being fined for the current use until we get a confirmation that we can or cannot distribute it this way.
2 - We can assume Track Blaster and other tools are freeware, because they were made for the community. Yet, for most of them, there has never been any confirmation either.
3 - Some tools are clearly free software or open source. I can confirm here that Bliss is one of them and because Stressed, for example, is posted in GitHub, if I remember correctly, it must be FOSS too. So zero problem to distribute these.
4 - The tracks and replays we have been posting here and in the tournament page are, by default, proprietary. Yet, the fact that the people who made them later posted them to these sites themselves, shows that they cannot expect the community to be punished in any way for downloading and using these files in the way they are normally used. However, should the producer of a track or replay wish to request this used to be stopped, they have the right to do so, although it would cost them money to enforce that. Who would do that?  Nobody. Anyway, it'd be better if there were a not somewhere saying that, by publishing your track or replay here, you release it to the public domain or something.
5 - In any case, posting something that you made yourself can never cause you any copyright problem, since it is your product. As far, of course, as you made it from scratch and not from other tracks and replays. But saving a replay from a track that's not yours shouldn't be a problem either since that is the normal, expected use of Stunts.

While the general rule is that nothing that we're doing is probably going to cause us any problem here, count on me for anything we can do to make it even more sure that things remain that way.

Competition 2019 / Re: Guest tracks 2019
« on: March 27, 2019, 11:58:47 PM »
GTAMan, I've heard about the law and I don't know it in full detail, but what I can tell you is that, whatever the small print is, it should not affect your right to upload your own tracks. The reason is that the track is made by yourself, so you're free to assign it whatever license you want. If you don't specify (as we have never been doing here), then it means "all rights reserved" in most countries. "Reserved" here means that people should not assume they have the right to use your software (the track) in anyway, but cannot be considered criminals for doing so without you having explicitly said you don't allow that use. If you want to be sure, just post your track saying that you grant all of us the right of using the track for racing purposes and to republish it, etc.

I take this opportunity to do something for the community: I hereby grant permission to everybody that's registered in this forum, or ZakStunts' site or Race For Kicks or more than one of them, to download, use, copy and modify the tracks that I post in this forum (as long as I've made them) and all my tracks that currently are part of ZakStunts' archive.

Stunts Meetings / Re: Argentinian Stunts Meeting - June 2011
« on: March 24, 2019, 07:39:32 AM »
Quote from: CTG
1999-08-11, our own solar eclipse - for me, it was a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience.

Yes, I've loved astronomy since I can remember and I've never seen a total solar eclipse live. I'm sure I'd have that same feeling. If it happens to be cloudy (which is unlikely because of the season), I'll travel wherever necessary to watch one, but I really hope I can see it well here :)

Stunts Meetings / Re: Argentinian Stunts Meeting - June 2011
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:10:49 PM »
I never saw the Northern sky. I was in the Northern hemisphere only once, when I was in Venezuela (yes, that's right, but it was over ten years ago and things weren't yet so terrible there), but I was in the city and at night, lights were so bright that you couldn't see any stars. Anyway, I've heard many people say that the Southern sky is much more interesting, only that I've always seen it. Yes, we have the Southern Cross and the Magellan Clouds.

Again, I want to re-state what I said a few posts above: this eclipse will happen in the afternoon, when the Sun is somewhat near the horizon to the West. Mendoza is near the Andes, which will also be to the West. Because it will be winter, the Sun will be even lower at that time than it is in other parts of the year. What I mean is, there's a chance the eclipse will occur with the Sun behind the Andes if you watch it from Mendoza. Make sure that's not the case!

I've heard about the other eclipse in 2020. It's a little less accessible to me. I have to go to the South and it'll be briefer. But maybe I can go and see it too.

Competition 2019 / Re: ZCT211 analysis
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:03:05 PM »
Great analysis! :D

Stunts Reverse Engineering / Re: On corner signs
« on: March 21, 2019, 04:01:02 AM »
I forgot to post here that I had created the article in the wiki.

And yes, when I created "Internals", it took me some time to think of a name for it. I knew what I wanted it to mean, but couldn't find a simple name. Then, I made up my mind for "internals", although I wasn't supper happy about that name. Later, I saw there was "modding", but it's kind of not the same, so I wasn't sure whether to move everything there or not.

I think "reverse-engineering" is more appropiate, yes. What should I do then?  Or if you want, feel free to do the moving and renaming :)

Oh, and yes, moving this to the other forum... that's a good idea too!

Ah!  I just so you had posted. Sometimes I don't realise there's a new message.
That's very good!  Finally, the beginning of what will be The Registry!  Uhm... if I have to think fast and say what's next, I'd say this: there should be a file one knows to look for that contains the list of the replay hashes and/or file names. Otherwise, I have to know in advance the ID for a specific replay.

And about the contents, it's good. You are able to obtain the track details from the race number, which is contained in this file. Yeah, you could add some track info there, such as the track name, but it's still already accessible indirectly as I said.

In reality, to have the replays and tracks (at least the ones raced in ZakStunts) all in the registry, the only thing you're left to add is lists like what I said. After that, the rest of the matter is an interface, perhaps, so one can navigate the data online comfortably. Now, to be able to incorporate tracks and replays that are not part of ZakStunts, or to add information about tracks that have been raced somewhere else too, yes, something else could be done.

When we talked about the registry in the past, I imagined things like, you'd get to a page that'd be the track's page (not the race page) and see the map and metadata, like track's title, author, creation date, etc. Then below, you'd have the list of events that this track formed part of (whether the information is taken from the track's registry file or from the tournament's or whatever) and you can click on, say, the author, and it shows you what else he has done or on the tournament and you get to the tournament's registry and so on.

I had also considered what it'd be like if one could "submit" a track or replay to the registry independently, that is, not by participating in a race, which would make that automatic. If that were possible, some things have to be taken into account, such as... is this a new track or a version of an existing track?  Does this user have the privileges to submit or change the track?  What happens if I submit a track, then realise there's something I did wrong, so I fix it and want to replace it?  Etc.

Anyway, brainstorming as usual :)

Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 18, 2019, 02:59:00 AM »
Incredible. I did pretty well in the first race, where I felt I played terribly bad and I was last in the second one, where my feeling was that I was doing very good, ha, ha.

Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:59:38 PM »
sd4000's laps for Sundown:

0. 0:09.35 (first entry)
1. 1:28.96
2. 2:52.40
3. 4:11.95
4. 5:36.70
5. 6:57.10
5 1/2. 8:00.00 open corner before the tunnel

Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:46:39 PM »

Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:30:11 PM »
Marco's laps for Sunrise

0. 0:07.45 (first lap entry)
1. 1:34.55
2. 2:58.00
3. 4:27.80
4. 5:46.80
5. 7:01.05
5 1/2. At 8:00.00, jumping toward the intersection

Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:15:52 PM »

Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 09:01:52 PM »
Here are the two slightly modified tracks

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