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  • Re: Stealth Mode
    Board » General Discussion
    After being away from SOL for several months and coming back to find many improvements to the client, (thanks AGage and whomever else is\was responsible for this) one of the best improvements IMO is the boat list. Shortly after the start of leg 2 I realized by selecting only my boat everyone disappears thereby clearing the clutter of 1000+ or so boats and tracks, making it much easier to mark range, bearings, and find the wind. However when you reload the client the list is not saved, I understand this is an upcoming feature, YEAH! Trying to stay on topic and get to the point here I wonder, if when one logs in, only your boat was sent to the client along with a "Fleet Standings" list with an option button to "see the fleet". However clicking this button makes a dot appear by ones name in everyones "Fleet Standings" list. During leg 2 and other races I found myself near some of the "Big Guns" it's actually unnerving and in past races when possible I've tried to get away but most times 99.99% they are aleady running the fastest route or on their way to it, so getting away isn't possible with the exception of falling behind as there's only one "best" route. If something like this could be implemented I would think more people would be inclined not to simply follow but race on their own merit and enjoy the benefits of sailing around alone. It would seem also to decrease serverload/bandwith as only your boats info would be sent from the server, IDK about such things. Certainly this or anything else isn't going to stop a follower, as anyone can get the AIS signal and track from there. Just my worthless 2 cents.
  • Re: tab boats, boat list, save it possible?
    Board » Technical Support
    At this time,I don't believe it is. However it's in the works I think. The multiple list itself, is a fairly new feature.
  • Re: General System Spec - to aid SOL development
    Board » Technical Discussion
    Nova Bench score: 492
    AMD Athlon II X4 635 @ 2.9 GHz
    3DNow! MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3
    4GB System RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    windows7 home premium 64bit

    3839 MB Sys. RAM (score: 105)
    -Ram speed: 3055MB/s

    CPU Tests (score: 345)
    -Floating point ops./sec: 102662420
    -Int. ops./sec: 320979444
    -MD5 Hashes Gen/sec: 600834

    Graphics Tests (score: 8)
    -3D Frames Per Sec: 31
    scrn res = 1920x1020 I think

    Hdwr. Tests(score: 34)
    Drv wrt spd. 83 MB/s

    spd test:
    ping 15ms
    D/L 24.11 Mbps
    U/L 3.2 Mbps

    This is a HP desktop I use maybe 20 - 30% of time for SOL which is about a yr old.

    Normally use a Laptop as follows;
    Windos XP home 32bit
    AMD Athlon 64 x 2 1.7ghz
    crappy integrated graphics
    1 gig mem
    scrn res 1280x800
    its a 5+yr. old clunker but near bullet proof use 70 - 80 % of the time when on SOL

    --- Last Edited by Albycore at 2011-11-22 05:44:04 ---
    Board » General Discussion
    Shamrock Pirate has a good idea I believe. There is much interest still today in the "Spray", as well as The Slocum Society. Which if approached, may be interested in some sort of sponsorship. This would surely bring a new group of sailors to SOL and help boost publicity if done right (if this is of interest to whomever it may be of interest to). There's enough info out there, contradictory as it may be, to make a decent polar to the Sprays performance. I'm not saying this has to be the next Ocean Race or that it should oust a race such as the VOR, but it would be an interesting one, and one that could be of interest to a very large audience of sort.
  • Re: Is it cheating, unfair or acceptable??
    Board » General Discussion
    Hi SOL'rs;
    My first introduction to this game was a 1 1/2 day late start in the Bimini Beach run. Worked my way past 40 to 60 boats for various reasons. Oh wow what have I found here. Oh my, SOL is the neatest thing I think I have ever found on the net (IMHO). There were boats going just about every direction, up on the beach, against the wind, backwards, odd tacks, what the? I was instantly a SOL ahololic. IRL I'm a commercial fisherman with some pretty fair navigating skills.
    The second race I think I entered was the Leg 4 round North Island? I specificly remember a boat doing a 180 loop, someone jumped aboard set it astraight. This is so cool, you can have friends that will fix you up if need be and/or so choose! Then peeking around in the forums I findout I'm competeing against teams with way better sailing skills and knowledge then I!!!
    I'll show them, oh this is gonna be so fun and educational. I keep hearing talk about teams, software, friends helping friends, SOTP's (still needing very clear & specific defination on this one), people from around the world with various skills ,knowledge , experience, tools, & commoradory (sp)? from all walks of life. Not only are we all competeing against all this, we're having a blast doing it and hopefully doing by personal choice.
    About half way through Leg 5 of SOL's Global Challenge, I findout how I can use the chart plotter I have owned for a few years! How cool is that? This will a add a new dimension to SOL for me and help me hone my navigating skills (which will hopefully allow me better placing). Mentioning this in chat brought up a conversion. Some feel no extra software should be used. I almost left SOL because I felt I had broken a rule and should be banned (noone mentioned this it was just a personal feeling).
    I really really like SOL (almost love;))) SOL! Should SOL'rs have to abide by maritime law which requires a helmsman "at all times" when underway? I believe this to be impractical. Though everyone would loose cause I'd be passing all these drifting boats! Leg 6 I didn't have the time and beached twice:( I choose to run solo, there's just not enough room on this little boat for 2 captains). In this upcoming run for the rum I love the thought of running against the routers, the teams, the non-routers
    the SOTP'rs, the friendship boats, the highly skilled, the highly experienced, and the total newbie who may come here knowing nothing, welcome to SOL it's gonna be fun! I do like Paul's idea, and with some of the knowledgeable people around here I wonder if a simple spreadsheet could be made where everyones finish and "class" after the race is then posted in the forum I.D.K. maybe not? In this way you can choose to declare (or choose not to declare) go ahead run in stealth mode class.
    I'm SOLO run pretty much SOTP I think?, pretty new to SOL, never sailed IRL though I want too REAL bad! I use the chart plotter some 10% maybe, though the SOL client has everything a navigator really needs so I really only get it fired up if I'm gonna be on a long time and feel like it. I also have the butterfly but then again the SOL client polar stares me in the face the whole time so it (the butterfly) doesn't get fired up much either.
    I own universal plotting sheets, dividers, compass, course protractor, a scientific calc., a book about sailing, and don't use any of that either.
    I'd do better if I did but wonder if using these tools and knowledge of their use could be cheating or unfair? Once again I believe this to impractical. I just don't use them by choice. I will recommend to anybody wanting to win though that education about the weather, navigation, and sailing is the key. I.D.K just my thoughts on this whole thing but I'd hate to think more rules are needed or tools of the trade and/or knowledge of their use become "illegal". I say run what you brung, declare if you wish, and become the best SOLr out there "I love the challenge" Thanks SOL!!! Wish you all fair winds,just save the rum for me.


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