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Posted on: Oct 4 2012, 01:19 AM


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QUOTE (Weasel @ Sep 26 2012, 04:57 AM) *
have you tried Win98 Mode?

Could be worth trying if nothing else works, but I really doubt you have to go further back than XP. San Andreas was released in 2004 (my cover says copyrighted 2004) and I think XP was released in 2001.
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Posted on: Aug 26 2012, 09:38 AM


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Welcome to the board, Simon.


It's not so hard to push boats on land, but uphill is tricky because it wants to go to one side and slide down. I pushed a derailed locomotive through the whole city to make a "roadblock" on the railway but it didn't work. Only one locomotive can be present at one time, and the game do count derailed locomotives. I didn't think of putting it in a garage. tongue.gif


OT: Simon has a postcount of 0, isn't this forum counting posts?
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Posted on: Aug 26 2012, 09:28 AM


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QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Jul 8 2012, 08:16 PM) *
There's plenty of problems using Windows 7 (and Vista) since the game obviously came out well before the OS.

Using compatibility mode solves some/all of the problems?

This game sold in millions of copies on PC alone and Rockstar have hopefully released some fixes. I hope they did, or I may have to keep XP as dual boot on future computers. Or continue to play it on PS2.
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Posted on: Apr 8 2012, 08:10 AM


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I hear you, TreeTitty. happy.gif
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Posted on: Apr 7 2012, 06:27 PM


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GTA III already 10 years. Wow I just blinked.
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Posted on: Apr 7 2012, 06:19 PM


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Welcome!

QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Mar 28 2012, 06:46 PM) *
most of us don't stray away from iGTA5.com these days. smile.gif

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Posted on: Mar 5 2012, 03:44 PM


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QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Mar 4 2012, 06:13 PM) *
As ignorant as America can be sometimes, if the pintle was a bad design we probably wouldn't use it for everything (military is completely pintle). It may not be automatic but it isn't too much fuss and as a good driver you should be back there checking connections and such anyway. sleep.gif


The pintle looks like a much cheaper construction and I guess it's good enough for its purpose. I guess it's not meant to carry much weight as the trailers you use over there carry their own weight. Usually that is the case here too, but single-axle trailers are not very uncommon here, and if the trailer has only one axle the coupling must be designed to withstand a lot of down-force and up-force. These single-axle trailers have some advantages, they are shorter, lighter and cheaper, and much easier to maneuver. It makes sense to use a standardized coupling that works for all trailers, and we use the stronger type.

Our military use some simple couplings (probably a NATO standard) that looks like the pintle, but they are only allowed to drive at 40 km/h (25 mp/h)...
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Posted on: Mar 4 2012, 05:57 AM


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Some of those double and triple trailer configurations must be a nightmare to reverse. Are drivers actually required to do it? I got licenses for everything that moves on roads and in order to get the licenses I had to prove that I could reverse and turn in tight spots, including reverse the vehicle through a garage door just a little wider than the vehicle, without knocking down any walls.

We have the tractor semitrailers as displayed on your chart, and also this configuration that's not on your chart:

Both configurations (tractor semi + this pic above) are about equally common here.

I hate two-axle trucks, they cause so much trouble every winter. They don't get enough traction and fail to climb up hills. Actually they are so bad climbing up hills that they don't cause as much problems as they could have, because they don't even get to the really long hills, they give up long before that, and that is when they do use chains on the wheels. And a road blockage can not happen at any worse place than in a long hill. The problem is the truck is too light so they don't get traction. Three-axle truck can carry more load, and they can take pressure off the third axle so that the middle (driving) axle get enough traction in an emergency.

Norway is almost nothing but mountains so I guess we have more winter problems than other countries, but I do know that Rocky Mountains can be an obstacle for any vehicle.





About the coupling. Yes I understand it was movie magic that made it fail, but the design has "fail" written all over it. It doesn't look safe for normal road speed at all. The VBG coupling I showed you is a much safer design, and it is automatic. You back the truck into the drawbar and the heavy duty bolt goes down through the draweye. The only source for fail here is the driver, he must check that the bolt is locked into position. The driver checks this when he is connecting the air hoses and power cables to the trailer.
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Posted on: Mar 3 2012, 04:47 AM


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- Thanks for the clue TreeFitty, I've used it for searching and found interesting things.

History of the GMC Astro. A very brief article on the history of this model.
1983 GMC Aero Astro. A nice photo of the 1983 version.

I must say I like the design of those old cabovers. They look nice. smile.gif

I found a site called Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCDb), and they have a topic about this cigarette truck: 1980 GMC Astro 95.
You seem to be right Fitty, they say it's a 1980 Astro model (though one poster suggests late 70s). The poster Cycolac Fan says it had extra strong front bumper (as I suspected), and also mention a camera box behind the cab that I never noticed.


I have not seen other double trailers in America, only as "road trains" in Australia. Was double trailers legal only for a short period in the US? It's strange I've not seen more of them if they are legal.



Comments on scenes in the movie:
(See the truck chase video, also embedded in my first post.)

At 2:01, what is causing the bus to spin out of control? I don't see anything causing it, it's like if they added the scene because they wanted it, forgetting to put a reason in the script.

At 2:24, the white VW Beetle is driving into the trailer for no apparent reason. Driver in panic and holding both hands on the face and not on the steering wheel? No plausible cause for this. If they wanted the Beetle to get under the trailer, they could have made it more credible by making it happen when the truck made a left turn in an intersection.
This and the bus scene at 2:01 don't seem right to me, but all in all it's maybe the best chase I've seen in any film.

2:44: What sort of coupling is that?? Is it normal for heavy trucks in America? It let the trailer disconnect. I've not seen that sort of coupling on other than farm tractors. All heavy trucks in Europe must use this standard of coupling and it is very safe: VBG couplings (images), and drawbar eyes (images).

3:05: This scene after the truck has stopped reminds me so much about San Andreas cops. XD.png Actually the cops throughout the film reminds me about San Andreas on many occasions. And Alex Foley could be CJ's brother.
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Posted on: Feb 28 2012, 04:00 AM


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QUOTE (Massacre @ Feb 28 2012, 12:33 AM) *
QUOTE (Massacre @ Feb 25 2012, 07:59 PM) *
He compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia and bestiality.

Your illogical anti-gay marriage stance aside, at least acknowledge how stupid and offensive that is. Do me this courtesy.

If you compare homosexuality to pedophilia, you will see some differences. They are of course different, very very different. When someone is not heterosexual, they likely have one of the many other kind of sexualities. Some may turn pedo, some gay and even some are necrophiliac. Just to mention a few. It must be located in the brain somewhere, imagine some sort of "switch". If the "switch" is not in the optimal position (hetero), it is in one of the many other positions. Which one of the other positions is perhaps random. I don't think the distance from gay or hetero to pedo is far, though they are very very different conditions.

I don't know what Santorum said when he compared it, but I doubt he wants to outlaw homosexuality.... He just wants to outlaw same sex marriage. You can disagree on it, but it is a valid stance and it's not morally wrong to have this stance.



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Also, to clarify one of my bullet points, by "pro-religion," I didn't mean that I am against religion, I'm actually indifferent to it until an extremist does something stupid, I mean that Santorum is religious to a fault. He bases his political stances on his misguided views of his faith, and one man's religion has no place in the government of a country with many religions. I forget what hateful offshoot of Christianity he follows, but he thinks his faith is the only one that matters, and people with beliefs like that should not have any kind of power.

If he is Jehovas Witnesses, roast him. Amish is bad too, but he is clearly not Amish because he dress normal. Then there are Mormons, Catholics, Protestants, and that gang who calls themselves something like "Christ church of latter days ..." or something. All these groups are more or less normal, maybe a little fanatic but not extremely.


I'm extremely tired, I'll come back another time and see if I forgot to address something.
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Posted on: Feb 28 2012, 03:32 AM


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They probably do it as cheap as possible, but building in a hardened steel bar in the bumper would be affordable if needed. But the truck took some damage, so maybe it was not modified. Even modern trucks are very hard in the front and can totally wreck cars without taking much damage, but that would be too many crashes. The movie was released in 1984 and I don't think it was a new truck, so my guess is it was from the 70s.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2012, 01:09 PM


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QUOTE (Massacre @ Feb 26 2012, 01:59 AM) *
a third party candidate is never going to get elected, because Americans are stupid and can only make an A or B choice.

That's a bit funny. The problem in many European countries is too many parties making governments weak and unstable. But only two choices is only one more than dictatorship....



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As for Santorum, he's pro-religion, anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriage, to the point that it's just illogical and offensive. He compared same-sex marriage to pedophilia and bestiality, for fuck's sake. He's also strictly anti-Libertarian and anti-right-to-privacy. He shouldn't even be a Senator, let alone President, and if he were President, I'd be living in the UK. He is the absolute worst candidate I have ever seen. He is the scum of the earth.

That "scum of the earth" isn't so bad. The only bad things there are anti-abortion and anti-right-to-privacy. He maybe supported PIPA and SOPA? That's bad, very bad indeed. But I do like the other stances you mentioned.
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Posted on: Feb 27 2012, 12:57 PM


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Fitty, you drive firetrucks and know something about trucks. Do you think the cigarette truck had a reinforced front end bumper or was American trucks from the 70s or 80s that sturdy? I think European trucks could not take all that beating without being reinforced in the front. They are tough but also constructed to deform and take up energy in a crash, they are not a tank.



Here is the 10 minute version of the movie.

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Posted on: Feb 27 2012, 12:25 PM


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QUOTE (Massacre @ Feb 26 2012, 02:01 AM) *
QUOTE (demon @ Feb 24 2012, 07:54 PM) *
Here I can stay on top of things, it takes just a minute each day.

That's because it's just you talking to yourself.

Almost. XD.png
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Posted on: Feb 25 2012, 04:04 AM


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QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Feb 25 2012, 03:34 AM) *
Back before Eddie's career became constant yelling.

Constant yelling? What roles to you have in mind?

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Posted on: Feb 25 2012, 03:59 AM


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It varies.

Don't spam my thread!! moderators.gif I'm probably on my third minute here today. But I guess it levels out in a few days... XD.png
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Posted on: Feb 25 2012, 01:43 AM


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Just watched Beverly Hills Cop and realized this is the film that has that funny pursuit of a truck I remember watching some time in the 80s.


Beverly Hills Cop 1984 Trailer:


Eddie Murphy is fun as hell and there are some cool car chases. About 10 minutes before the end, a large number of police cars arrive at the mansion where the final duel took place, and the manner in which all the cars arrive to the same spot from two different directions in front of the mansion reminds me so much of GTA San Andreas. Crazy as fuck. XD.png
One of the best soundtracks for a film too, by Harold Faltermeyer.

Here is the truck chase I mentioned:


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QUOTE (GTA_SA @ Feb 20 2012, 03:18 PM) *
Mr Paul hasn't made front runner yet...people don't seem to moving over to his support. There is still time, but it will have to happen soon enough.

Mr Paul isn't mentioned in the news any more so I guess he's done.


QUOTE (Massacre @ Feb 21 2012, 01:54 AM) *
People are leaning towards Newt Gingrich. Shit, even Santorum's starting to gain support, which is sickening. Ron Paul isn't going to be president, America is fucked.

They are all in the same party, it can't be that bad?
Why is Santorum sickening? I don't know anything. I know a little about Paul and Romney, and that Gingrich is into adultery. That last part doesn't sound good, especially in America.
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QUOTE (trathen93 @ Feb 15 2012, 10:48 PM) *
Hey demon, you do realise that we all pretty much moved over to igta5.com a good while a go, come and join us if you want to.

Thanks, but I've been active at igta5. They just talk bullshit there (which is not in any way bad), and I can't be there enough to keep track of the BS. Here I can stay on top of things, it takes just a minute each day.



QUOTE (TreeFitty @ Feb 15 2012, 11:20 PM) *
*points to first link in demon's sig*

We abused him over there so he came back here.

Abuse? I don't remember it but it sounds fun. biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Feb 11 2012, 07:18 AM


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Nuclear power plant incident in Sweden:

The management at the Ringhals nuclear power plant decided to run a pressure test before the maintenance was completed. By doing so they wanted to get the reactor up and running 40 hours earlier. The pressure test was performed without removing tools and equipment, and a left-behind vacuum cleaner caught on fire. The huge reactor hall was covered with a deposit of soot. The fire happened May 2011 and they are STILL not done cleaning up. The reactor hasn't been running since May and they have lost $ 300 millions worth of electricity. That's some expensive 40 hours.

The story was just revealed on a scrutinizing TV program, much of the incident had been covered up by the Ringhals management. A professor who was the leader of the authority appointed nuclear security committee talked too openly with media and was removed last year. He was interviewed and showed statistics proving Sweden was one of the worst in the world on operating nuclear power plants. In 2007 another Swedish power plant nearly had a melt-down. Nice being their neighbor!!! We always worry about Russian nuclear power plants, they are a risk but they are also farther away.

I just watched the documentary on TV this morning, it's not something I can link to. But there are probably something somewhere on the Internet about the fire at Ringhals.
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Posted on: Feb 2 2012, 02:46 PM


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Hello aussie!

I have scared away all the chickens, you might find some of your old mates at the new forum, the address is igta5.com.

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Posted on: Jan 19 2012, 08:29 PM


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Cromer, Norfolk, England: Cromer Town F.C. risk eviction because it is now 21 years since Norway's King Olav V died.

How weird doesn't it sound? Believe it or not but it is actually true. Read the strange story.

QUOTE (telegraph.co.uk)
A town football club faces eviction from its ground under an eccentric clause which stated the lease would expire 21 years after death of King Edward VII's last grandchild.

Cromer Town FC, in Norfolk, has played at Cabbell Park for 90 years after the land was given in recognition of the sacrifices made by the population in the First World War.

However, the wealthy local woman who bequeathed the ground to the club in 1922 included a condition which said the land should pass back to the town 21 years after the death of King Edward's last grandchild, who became King Olav V of Norway.

The deadline, which passed yesterday, has proven controversial and the debate over the club’s future is far from settled.

A majority of the council want the club, which can trace its history back to 1898, to relocate to a new site on the outskirts of town, where youth team facilities could be incorporated.

Under that plan, Cabbell Park could then be redeveloped to extend a school, relocate a doctors’ surgery and build new housing.

Full story: telegraph.co.uk on 18 Jan 2012: Football club faces eviction due to death of King Edward VII's last grandchild

The Telegraph write it was about the death of King Edward's last grandchild, Norfolk Eastern Daily Press wrote it was about the death of Queen Victoria's last grand grandchild, but that too was Olav of course.
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Posted on: Jan 16 2012, 11:28 PM


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Manchester 'mole gang' escapes with just £6,000 after 100ft tunnel heist

Gang may have been left out of pocket by having to hire expensive drilling equipment, say police

It required six months hard graft, meticulous attention to detail and the scraping away of tonnes of earth and concrete to carve the tunnel found burrowed into a Manchester shopping centre.


Read the story at The Guardian.
Poor robbers, I feel sorry for them.
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Posted on: Jan 13 2012, 08:50 PM


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QUOTE (demon @ Jan 11 2012, 11:06 PM) *
I have a question for whoever can answer it. I don't know how the republicans determine the winner at the end of the road. Romney won Iowa with just a handful votes (8?), would his victory have counted more if he had won a huge victory? Do they count how many states a candidate won, or number of total votes or what?

I found out how they pick the winner, a newspaper explained it. The system is a mess, different rules in different states. Crazy. I'm sure many Americans - even republicans - don't understand the system completely.
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He is anti-abortion??????? This just gets stranger and stranger. If he is liberal enough to accept same sex marriage then how in the world can he be too conservative for abortion, or anything else for that matter.

I have a question for whoever can answer it. I don't know how the republicans determine the winner at the end of the road. Romney won Iowa with just a handful votes (8?), would his victory have counted more if he had won a huge victory? Do they count how many states a candidate won, or number of total votes or what?
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