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General Rotors / Sonic Mania!
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:38:36 PM »
We've talked about it in the discord (, but the game releases tonight. It is my sworn duty to post about it by this rickety old water cooler.

Look at this intro:

Reviews are good:

Taxman and Stealth and the rest of gang pulled it off. First try, too!

General Rotors / Sonic Mania final(?) trailer
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:50:43 PM »
Look at this magnificent piece of fine art:

... and made a plugin card that can feed it games.

General Rotors / Welp, sorry for the technical difficulties.
« on: February 11, 2016, 09:29:34 PM »
Which are not entirely resolved, as you can see by the totally sweet partially destroyed theme. B^)

But I fixed it!

Here is a story:
SMF: Hello, I am SMF 1.x. I am old. I only run on old releases of PHP!
Dreamhost: Hello friends, my name is Dreamhost, I do hosting. I don't like that version of PHP anymore, have a free upgrade!
SMF: x.x
SER resident (this is you): Hey guys, what's...

Anyway, after some failed efforts, SMF has been upgraded and stuff seems to work again. Hooray!

General Rotors / Sonic x Monster Hunter
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:32:48 AM »
I have no idea what this is, except that it's horrifying:


Relevant if you, like me, have backups of your teenage forays into Sonic fangame development but (previously) had no way to look at them.

Now you laugh at your past self! And maybe cry a little.

General Rotors / It's news to me, damnit
« on: November 15, 2013, 10:50:13 PM »
It is a music link. See if you can recognize the song!

General Rotors / Space Oddity music video ... from space
« on: May 12, 2013, 10:36:08 PM »
In case you slowpokes haven't seen it yet!

General Rotors / Horse Racing!
« on: August 17, 2011, 11:45:38 PM »
With a twist

General Rotors / I guess this is old, but
« on: June 18, 2011, 01:02:48 AM »

His face. Jesus christ.

General Rotors / A computer emulated in Javascript
« on: May 19, 2011, 09:16:06 PM »

Specifically, commandline Linux 2.6.20. The dude who wrote QEMU apparently had some time on his hands, and the result is amazing (and completely impractical. But still amazing)

Sorta makes me wonder about a javascript game emulator...

...start watching your credit card transactions very closely, or simply consider reporting your credit card stolen.

That's the gist, anyway:
   Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer:
    We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:

        Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
        Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
        Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

    We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

    Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.

    For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

    To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

    U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

    We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.

    Experian: 888-397-3742;; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
    Equifax: 800-525-6285;; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
    TransUnion: 800-680-7289;; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

    You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or

    We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any additional questions.

    Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment

I assume when they say "working around the clock", that means they are working on a time machine. (because that's the only way this is getting fixed)

what is it?: On March 1st 2010, apparently all fat PS3's encounter a bug in their time programming that leads them to believe that it's Feb 29. The system then realizes that there is no 2-29-10, and shit hits the fan so to speak. Timer is reset to default time, won't reset (probably it does reset, but then the bug triggers again), PSN stops working, 'Y2K bug' kicks in for any software (including some games) that rely on system time to always move forwards.

why is it?: somebody done screwed up

what should I do?: PANIC! Or wait for Sony to fix it.

what should i do if i work at gamestop?: call in sick tomorrow.

edit: what if i have a slim?: you're good, go play valkyria chronicles.

General Rotors / So, Happy New Year
« on: January 01, 2010, 01:33:24 AM »
:bendy: :no: :bendy:

or something... look I don't know, I'm tired!

Anyway, 2010, very exciting, excuse to party, etc

General Rotors / So, back to two forums?
« on: September 12, 2009, 12:37:42 AM »
Yea or nay?

It belatedly occurs to me that I can whip something up to make it look like one for those who want it. :awesome:

General Rotors / Press "Z" or "R" twice!
« on: August 03, 2009, 10:28:16 PM »

General Rotors / Talk to me about Wii Sports Resort
« on: August 01, 2009, 11:15:03 PM »

Some sort of island survivor game, maybe?

A few weeks ago in the US and at some time in the past or future elsewhere, Nintendo released the sequel to Wii Sports. It launches with the Motion Plus piece of plastic, enabling a new and exciting gameplay experience or somesuch.

I haven't had the chance to play it yet, but supposedly it's every bit as good as the original Wii Sports. Also it has that airplane game shown back before the Wii was launched which looked completely awesome.

But what say you, SERs and madam(s)? Anybody played it? Liked it? Hated it? Think it's a harbinger of the end of gaming? I'm also curious if any of the minigames that make up the game are playable without the Motion Plus.

After more than two years working as a teller at the Key Bank branch in Lower Queen Anne, Nicholson clearly understood the bank's strict policy of quickly complying with robbers' demands and avoiding confrontation.

Instead, Nicholson threw the bag to the floor, lunged toward the robber and demanded to see a weapon. Surprised, the would-be bank robber backed up and then bolted for the door, with Nicholson on his heels.

Nicholson, 30, chased the man for several blocks before knocking him to the ground with the help of a passer-by. Nicholson then held him until police arrived.

That was Tuesday.

On Thursday, Nicholson was fired.


General Rotors / Apollo 11 source code released
« on: July 28, 2009, 08:48:16 PM »
From when they did the computer generated images of the moon landing. You thought that was a soundstage in Nevada? Eff no, that was some serious real-time 1080p crap they sent over the wire.

In all seriousness,

Virtual AGC homepage
Open source project
Code snippets:
Lunar module's firmware for its Abort Guidance System
Lunar landing equation code used by the lunar module's guidance computer
Some guidance code for the lunar command module

Pretty cool stuff. B^D

General Rotors / 40 years ago
« on: July 20, 2009, 10:43:42 PM »

Makes you a bit disappointed that all we can muster these days are ancient orbiters that should've been retired 20 years ago.

General Rotors / Metro train crash in Washington DC
« on: June 22, 2009, 08:26:16 PM »
Two rush-hour subway trains have collided in Washington DC, killing at least four people and injuring up to 70 others, according to officials.

One train hit the second from behind while it was stationary, the Associated Press news agency reported.

The female driver of one of the trains is said to be among the dead.

The crash happened above ground between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations on the Metro system's red line at 1700 local time (2200 BST).

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said: "What we do know is that there are scores of people who have been injured. There are already four confirmed fatalities.

"It is my present understanding that this would then be the deadliest accident in the history of our Metro train transit system."

Washington fire spokesman Alan Etter told the Associated Press news agency the crash was developing into a "mass casualty event".

He said crews had been cutting apart the trains to get people out.


Original/Creative Works / Original/Creative Works forum
« on: June 20, 2009, 05:44:06 PM »
What: Single forum for creative works!
Why: A seperate forum for each of artstuffs, writing, and dev (minimal it is) has always felt a far too clunky.


I propose that each topic be labelled as per the type of post it is -- ART for artistic works, WW or WRI or WORDS for written stuff, and DEV for programming/whatever based business. Bonus: if you don't know what it is, leave it blank! Though I may assume it's art and critique your story based on its aestetic appeal if that should happen.

example usage:
"ART: An art post!"
"(ART) A picture"
"ART - hey guys here's my face in a scanner"
"An ARTful post"
"Hey, who fARTed"

If we can get some tags setup, there might be a pretty little or something in front of the thread and not a big clunky (words).


General Rotors / It's time for FUSION! Wait, what?
« on: June 20, 2009, 10:24:57 AM »
It's time to do what?!

But what does this mean?

-It means that, temporarily, we're going to attempt a FUSION of GD and Rotor. GD has been stumbling around for some time now, a shell of its former self with only laggy news posts and tepid videogame threads. Most original discussion seems to crop up in Rotor these days, and manually moving a topic every time it "seems interesting" is not really a solution -- especially with such a dispairity. This is not a recycling bin we're trying to maintain -- where a topic actually is when it's being used is more important than where it ends up when it dies down and assumes a pieceful slumber.

-It means that there will now be a more subtle dichotomy of serious/silly in the main forum -- General Rotors. (pluralized! promoted!) There will still be serious topics here on occasion, as well as dedicated discussion of videogame/whatever news. There will also inevitably be silly posts, since it is Rotor after all. Many of him in fact. Treat the spirit of each topic (and OP) with the respect you think it deserves -- if you step too far out of line the merry management will call you out on it.

-As an aside, it means that NSFW stuff probably needs to obey a "2 click" rule. ie, don't post crap inline. Tag it as NSFW in the topic title, then spoiler it or link it (if it's really worth posting at all) whereever. I believe this is the best way to handle NSFW stuff in general, and having one main forum adds a little more coherence to the rule. Original works in the Art forum will be an exception, I reckon -- though they should still be marked in the title.

This is not necessarily permanent, but I think it's an experiment that merits a shot. My instinct says we try it for around 2 weeks, then reevaluate in early July. If the board catches fire in the meantime, the plan will change.

General Rotors / Whenever I wake up
« on: June 20, 2009, 01:56:13 AM »
I'll do the FUSION

Sweet dreams.

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