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Stunts Chat / Re: A very interesting Stunts v1.1 bug
« on: May 19, 2019, 02:28:38 PM »
I remember this bug (flying up high in a near straight up line, coming back down and crashing) from playing as a kid. I think the launches mostly involved bumping into things, but it's honestly too long ago to be sure.

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Motor sports, Racing / Re: Formula One in 2019
« on: May 17, 2019, 06:14:58 PM »
When Zandvoort returns to the F1 calender next year it will have a banked corner. Plans for a loop/corkscrew combination on the outgoing leg assumedly stranded in the budgeting fase.  ;)

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General Chat - ZSC / Re: Licensing tracks and replays
« on: May 15, 2019, 02:22:52 PM »
Wasn't Happy Birthday actually freed from copyright in a semi-recent court case due to a mix of age, questionable evidence and a questionable link between the authors and the current supposed rightsholder? Zorro became public domain in a similar process a few years back. I also don't think a lot of people are getting rich by disputing false claims against them. Years of lost time and a weak apology is a more likely result.

Most copyright laws have some version of a clause for reasonable private use in them. Listening to your friend's CD is typically covered under those. In some cases these laws go quite far. In the Netherlands the legal status of downloading is still quite fuzzy because if I make a copy of something for private use that's allowed, and apparently it's quite hard to make an exception on that exception for copying stuff I don't actually own.

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It might be a difference modern speakers can't render anymore because they automatically run the higher option. Is the sound for PC speakers and a sound card even different anymore?

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General Chat - ZSC / Re: Licensing tracks and replays
« on: May 14, 2019, 05:50:15 PM »
I think, making a Mickey mouse shaped track doesn't count as copyright infringement

At the very least it won't be detectable by a filter. ;)

(Making a Mickey Mouse shaped track would go under parody, which is usually legal except maybe if you use Disney's own footage of the character, or maybe a character design too close to the real thing to be told apart, neither applies in this case. I just felt it was a nice lighter line to end on.)

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General Chat - ZSC / Re: Licensing tracks and replays
« on: May 14, 2019, 01:20:41 PM »
I disagree. I respect your viewpoint as a content creator sick of the current system, but I don't see this change doing any good for you or in general.

It is true that the latest version of the directive includes an exception for article 13/17, the upload filter. You are except if you meet all three of the following criteria:
Your service has an annual turnover of less than 10 million dollars, it has fewer than 5 million unique monthly visitors, and it exists for less than 3 years.
That's not any of those criteria, that's all of them. There are a few more explicit exceptions, like non-profit encyclopedia's and educational sites, but under a strict reading of the exact letter of the law, the interpretation most likely to hold up in court, a place like the Stunts Portal is not exempt and should show be able to show their best effort at a content filter for the attachment option. Plus places like Youtube already filter pretty much everything any corporate lawyer requests them to, with a technically functional but cheap and slow appeals system in place. That's not their fault, that's them bending to international copyright law in such a way that it will allow them to keep existing. Add more pressure to that and your life as a content creator is going to get worse, not better. More people will for instance get filtered because something they made themselves and uploaded was later stolen and broadcasted by a television show, making the clip end up in the filter and taking down the original video.

Also interesting to note: politicians have suggested that ones the upload filter is in place we might be able to piggyback on it to also filter child porn and/or extremist material. The interesting thing about this suggestion is that it's clearly an afterthought. We see the technical possibility for far reaching censorship rising on the horizon, and the first thing we do with it, our test case, the least morally questionable example of something we can risk dabbling in censorship and restricting freedom of expression for is copyright? Why don't we start with a child porn filter and see how that pans out? I mean, I know why, obviously, it's because a few large copyright holders have more money and lawyers than child porn victims. But it's not like they'll actually be paying for the filter is it? They're just paying for lobbyists and court cases, and they'll keep doing that anyway, so they're no more money to be made or less to be lost by using copyright as our testcase. So why do it?

But the article I have the biggest beef with personally is article 11/15, the link tax. This one also got an exception in the latest version. Small non-profit and personal use of links will still be allowed. Which means the Stunts Portal will not have to pay money for any links I place here, for instance to a news site. But news sites will still have to pay to link to each other. They can still copy the content of the news for free, they just can't show their sources. An article designed to let more revenue stream towards content creators is instead going to decrease both the revenue and the exposure of said creators. Writing good news articles first is going to become even less rewarding. And then there are scientific articles. A good article often uses several dozen other articles as sources for one thing or another. This makes information traceable, you can track any dubious claims back to their source and the proof for it. Having to pay to reference other material undermines this system.

Article 11/15 is a bad idea from the ground up, there's no amount of exceptions that will make this a good article, the basic idea is not going to work, in my opinion.

If anyone here is still making up their mind on what to vote in the upcoming European elections, the results of the copyright vote are publicly available, so you can check your own representatives. There are representatives in favor of the proposal across all of the political spectrum, but the Christian Democrats of the EPP group were in favor in particularly large numbers. In my native Netherlands they were the only people voting in favor of the directive, with the conservative socialists abstaining and the rest being against the directive. Funny, the two parties that didn´t vote against the directive are two parties always campaign with the idea that the EU needs to dictate less rules to us and that we need to put a brake on the cooperation. Well if you want less European rules CDA and SP, let´s start with not purposefully adding any bad ones okay?

But yeah, nothing changes either way for creating and uploading tracks for the Stunts competition, that can just continue. Maybe stay away from Mickey Mouse shaped tracks to be on the safe side. ;)

[/rant, back to driving]

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It works for 1.0 only, i want to edit 1.1

All of this, using opponent blaster and adding the file as a .res instead of a .pre, works only for 1.0?

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PRE might be a compressed format. If you save the edited files as RES and delete the PRE you might get just as far in 1.1 as in 1.0. (The compression algorithms used are lost to time, but Stunts reads uncompressed files just fine, if the car files are anything to go by.) But apparently you're destroying performance data in the process.

Mark Nailwood made a tool called Opponent Blaster right? Along with his car and track tools? I've never really looked into it, but since Car Blaster allows text editing I'd expect Opponent Blaster to have the same capabilities.

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I think (the most recent version of) Stressed can open some of the opponent files and display text. I don't remember which files it were and I haven't tried if the files still work after editing. But I assume that was the idea of adding the function.

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Racing Games & Other Competitions / Re: Speed Masters ASD
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:09:00 PM »
Hi there Asdronin,

Quick note first: if there are mods reading this I suggest moving this to Racing Games & Other Competitions. The Stunts Related Programs section is mostly for modding tools and such.

Then: This looks pretty fun. Nice work for a one person game! Car behavior looks a bit slippy and slidy from the video, but it's hard to judge from seeing alone. If you're looking for playtesters who know this sort of games to maybe help finetune the racing itself I'm sure you'll be able to find a few volunteers around here.

I'm afraid I don't have a lot of tips on selling the game. I would almost suggest exporting it to Android. The reason I say this is that it doesn't really look like a game a lot of people would spend a lot of money on, and a game that could really benefit from a large player base, at least in the months after launch. It looks like something I'd play more as a fun time waster than as a serious competition game. A bit like the Riptide GP series or Ground Effect, both games I;m a pretty big fan of. So it might be worth selling cheap and growing the crowd through word of mouth. I have never in my life sold a game though...

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Chat - Misc / Re: Darts
« on: April 06, 2019, 01:48:57 PM »
Good mod, finally a good reason to aim for double 18.

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General Chat - ZSC / Re: Licensing tracks and replays
« on: April 02, 2019, 10:28:11 PM »
4. Adapting JTK's phrasing: I hereby declare all tracks, cars and mods ever designed by me free for download, copying, usage (especially racing), copying, modification and distribution, unless explicitly specified otherwise *.

Okay, I'll just explicitly say this one goes for me as well, although in my case the fine print is:

*: Per the terms of the readme file in the DTM pack, you can race, share and modify these vehicles if you include that readme file, or another note stating that Overdrijf is awesome. No other Stunts related creations of mine to date have any such conditions attached, and I'll include a specific note with any future ones that do.

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Competition 2019 / Re: Guest tracks 2019
« on: March 29, 2019, 02:31:58 PM »
That's the article with the link tax. It's meant to secure income for people who's work gets shared a lot, but instead it'll just prevent their work from getting shared. It's going to be a headache for scientific papers, newspaper sites, social platforms and even forums, but I have to agree with Cas that I don't see how it would stop us from uploading any type of track or mod, especially as the game we're making it for was confirmed to now be effectively freeware.

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Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:46:32 PM »
I didn't count lap times for SD4000 on Sunrise, but I'll wait for the full analysis to see if it still adds something.

It was a good race!

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Live Races / Re: Sunrise / Sundown (2019-03-17)
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:01:10 PM »
Dreadnaut Sundown:
1 1:23.10
2 2:36.85
3 3:50.70
4 5:05.00
5 6:17.90
6 7:33.45

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