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Racing general / Re: Billy Monger
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:00:15 PM »
He lost both legs, apparently.  It was a very nasty crash.  Poor chap.
Not sure why they make it a blame game, I reckon they wanted to get him out of the car in one piece...

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General Discussion / Re: Which VPN
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:10:30 PM »
PIA is generally considered good.  My problem with PIA was that torrents were absolutely rubbish.  And I mean absolutely. A thousand-fold decrease in speed.  This includes steam downloads - that seems to use the same tech.
After 5-6 email exchanges with support they kept going on with change this and try that and I got very tired of it.

I'll try vpnSecure, maybe nordVPN or VikingVPN.

Here's a comparison chart, btw


There are a few things to consider.  What's most important to you, what aspect of the browsing you want to hide and from whom.

We know that ISPs log the traffic now, so we want to hide that.  But also; if the VPN is in the US, us authorities will have access to your history - if it's logged.   
There's something they call the "5 eyes" countries, and the "14 eyes" countries, which allow collection and share certain user information, so if you want to be sure to get away from these, you need a VPN outside of these countries.   

Many things to consider.

Then of course there's the connectivity & speed aspect, the number of endpoints...luckily most providers allow a 1-month or even a trial subscription.   Test them. :)

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Thursday Nights fun racing / Re: S8 R1 - Mosport 2012 - 27-04-2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:10:07 PM »
Yeah, can we move that to 45, please?!
Not that I'm actually participating...  :-X

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Between my stupidness, tiredness, lack of praccy and the shoddy downshifts it was a shit of a night, hence I pulled out early.
Sorry for all the problems I've caused, especially to Freezer, I don't know how did I misjudge that corner so badly that we still had an overlap going in.

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Very sorry, Freezer, for the shunt early on!  Completely my fault.  I just can't judge the front of the cars properly it seems. 

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General Discussion / Re: hey guys,,,happy easter!!!
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:45:01 AM »
Happy Festival of Fertility. 8)
Fucking Bunnies?  :o

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General Discussion / Re: hey guys,,,happy easter!!!
« on: April 15, 2017, 07:22:37 PM »
Happy easter!

We've just had some relatives over, sipping a few Pirate Life IIPAs (I can highly recommend it if you like good craft beer), nothing major.

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Australian Assetto Corsa League, Tuesday nights / Re: Blue Flag Rules
« on: April 13, 2017, 10:55:51 AM »
Marty has said it pretty well, I don't think you're comparing apples to apples, unFk.
And it does create confusion and unpredictability if ppl start going off the racing line.  Been there, tried that (many years ago in other sims); not good.   

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Mod Tracks / Re: Mid Ohio
« on: April 13, 2017, 10:47:30 AM »
I love that track, not the chicane tho.

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Australian Assetto Corsa League, Tuesday nights / Re: Blue Flag Rules
« on: April 12, 2017, 08:35:04 AM »
The "move off the line" method can be more dangerous IMO.  It's nice and if it's understood by everyone then it's great - however it requires great caution. 
I have always preferred the "keep your line" method, where (like Marty wrote above) the lapper (leader, car behind) indicates that they'd like to pass by moving off the line.  At that point the slower car in front lifts the throttle and maybe takes a bit wider line into the next corner - safe pass done and everyone understands clearly what's to do.

Reason 1: the fast car will have a lot more car control.   If the slow car needs to change lines it's more likely to lead to an accident. (we're not all pros here)
Reason 2: car in front has less visibility to asses the situation
Reason 3: imagine a shorter straight is coming up.  Slower car does not move instantly off the line, lead car decides to overtake; at that point slower car realises he should be off the line...bang.

my 2c.



p.s.

On track days, what the method for overtaking is; (safe as it can be)
1) rear - faster - car indicates willingness to overtake by moving off the line
2) (or) front car points to the direction to overtake (we could replace this with TS)
3) front car lifts off the throttle for a safe overtake

Notice that the front car is never meant to leave the line.  He can't see too well behind, so it's safer if the rear car does all the maneuvering.

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hehe.  I had a shit of a quali, then a pretty darn good first half, racing in a pack, swapping positions.  Then I've started getting tired, put the front into a wall a bit.  The pit stop was long - they probably replaced my front.  Then the tyres have surprised me: suddenly I had no turn-in! Bloody cold tyres...

As the tyres warmed up, I was slowly picking myself up then put it into a wall again, this time pretty hard - but at least sideways, no biggie.  But I was too knackered I think.

Still it was enjoyable, and I'm very happy I did not hit anyone .

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I've done that so many times!

Any broken ribs?  (the guy apparently had 3!)

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I love this track but it's deadly. 
A lot of places are really bumpy, like the corners to the front straight - and if you run wide, you'll be sliding for a fair bit down the hill.  In a few places it's easy to hit a wall if you make a mistake, then spin back onto the track...

I remember from iRacing times that passing can be extremely treacherous.  Too many left-right-left kinda corners.  And tight ones, with nothing to spare. 

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Mod Tracks / Re: Tuesday night mod tracks
« on: April 09, 2017, 01:43:18 PM »
...and the replay cams aren't very god.

Blasphemy!

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1st race; grabbed 1st gear on the 1st corner (ha!) and turned slightly sideways.

First gear was my gear of choice through the first chicane as allowed a quicker exit.

I did not feel much difference, this engine has plenty of torque.  But it was much-much safer in 2nd.  So I've used second every time.  Except...

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