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248 comments

fr1st (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932560)

p0st

it's ultimate

big woop? (-1, Flamebait)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932564)

All this has been done before. If I run a dreamcast memory chip server from my car, will I be the center of attention on /. despit it already having been done?

Re:big woop? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932596)

FLAMEBAIT!

can you say... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932567)

LOSER!

Slashdotted... (-1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932568)


These pages shows the use of 'off the shelf' components to construct an integrated in-car multimedia and entertainment system. The back end of the system is powered by a Microsoft Xbox which is running a mod-chip and a version of Linux developed by the Xbox-Linux [sourceforge.net] developent team. This is a variant of Debian/GNU [debian.org] Linux but heavily stripped down by myself so that the system boots and loads the interface in a respectable time (<40 seconds from power on). With a 40gb replacement drive, I have multiple albums of music, several films, a few video game emulators (Arcade, NeoGeo [mame.net] and Super Nintendo) and music videos to play along with the music.

The interface used is the excellent Freevo [sourceforge.net] system. All control is via wireless Logitech Wingman game pad; this navigates menus, launches media and also plays the games. No bulky keyboard or mouse required! The Xbox is powered by a 300w 12v-240v invertor which is connected directly to the battery through a 30A fused switch, a remote wire has been attached to the Xbox power on button so that when Trinity dies in Matrix 2 it can be switched on and off from the passenger or driver position.

The car side of things [slashdot.org] is taken care of by a Pioneer AVH-P6400 Multimedia head unit (CD control, DAB, 4x50w, remote control, RDS/EON/PTY, Equaliser, SLA, Hivolt pre-outs etc etc...) running a pair of Infinity Reference component speakers up front through a 2x150wrms amplifier and directly driving a pair of Pioneer 8" 2-way speakers mounted behind the headrestsof the rear seats. CD changing is care of a Pioneer CDX-P630S, controlled by the on-screen menu of the head unit.

Enjoy!

Other links: Car details [slashdot.org] , Main site here [slashdot.org] , Full sized images here [slashdot.org] and compressed images here [slashdot.org] .

Re:Slashdotted... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932579)

Warning! goatse.cx links above!

If you're going to troll... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932601)

...and claim the site is slashdotted, at least make sure it is slashdotted.

A poor unimaginative troll.

Re:Slashdotted... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932826)

And another attempt to smuggle in a Matrix Reloaded spoiler.

car crashes? (5, Insightful)

YahoKa (577942) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932569)

And we thought cell phones were bad. Just wait 'till we all have full multimedia systems in our cars.

here's a mirror (4, Informative)

abhisarda (638576) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932603)

I put up a mirror [netfirms.com] .

Re:car crashes? (1)

swtaarrs (640506) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932608)

Full portable multimedia systems have been around for a long time. They're called laptops.

Re:car crashes? (4, Insightful)

ethx1 (532391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932638)

This is not supposed to be some groundbreaking achievement. It is just a story of a bored guy and his xbox. The /. review says so too.

Re:car crashes? (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932850)

"And we thought cell phones were bad. Just wait 'till we all have full multimedia systems in our cars. "

Actually, radios are directly responsible for FAR more car crashes than cell phones. Cell phones are a small sliver of the pie.

Why? (0, Interesting)

I'm a racist. (631537) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932571)

Other than to just do it, what's the point?

For most people, these entertainment systems in cars seem useless. I don't know about you, but I don't hang out in my car. There are much more comfortable places to be. So, if I'm driving, what good is an X-Box?

For parents, it might make sense, to keep the kids busy. Other than that, it's just more geekiness for geekiness' sake (not that that's really bad, it's just useless). Unless you're a showy bitch with a ridiculous stereo and shiny wheels, then it's a genetic defect.

If you weren't a stupid redneck... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932642)

you'd realise the potential... entertainment and flexible computing in a traffic jam, while waiting to pick someone up, for other passengers on a journey.

Or you could research how the Native Americans were systematically (almost) exterminated by the 'new' Americans, how US gunboats opened up Japanese ports 150 years ago forcing the rush for industrialisation which caused Pearl Harbour, how the US administration paid a young 22 year old to assinate the Iraqi president almost 40 years ago (he failed that time, his name was Saddam Hussain), how France has supported many brutal regeimes in Africa to cover its continuing corruption,...

Re:If you weren't a stupid redneck... (1)

stevejsmith (614145) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932711)

HAHAHA! Very imaginative response. Somebody, please mod this one up. C'mon, I'm burning karma on this request...

Re:Why? (1)

c0dedude (587568) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932670)

Well, not only that, but the Xbox is ungodly large. I wouldn't want to have to find a spot to put it in my car.

Re:Why? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932735)

Yeah...especially when this guy needs to have a car fast enough to outrun those "Africans." Pft...who would have thought that they would get angry when you called them niggers? Crazy...

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

DickBreath (207180) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932821)

....what's the point? ..... entertainment systems in cars seem useless....

If you've ever been stuck in rush hour traffic moving at an average speed of 3.2 mph, then you can appreciate the usefulness of having a pr0n player handy right in your car.

I hope he has an airbag (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932572)

Because if he's playing while driving, he's going to need it.

Forget the Xbox mod... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932573)

How the hell did you mod the steering wheel to the passenger's side... details man details!!!

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (5, Funny)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932593)

He just mirrored the image.

Jason
ProfQuotes [profquotes.com]

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932651)

As stated below, in the UK they drive on the left, so have the steering wheel on the right. Continental Europe drive on the left though, but Japan drives on the right also.

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932665)

Japan drives on the left

and IN SOVIET RUSSIA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932700)

I think they drive on the right, along with the rest of Europe. Can't tell for certain, never been there myself.

Re:and IN SOVIET RUSSIA... (1)

nempo (325296) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932825)

Here in sweden we drive on the right side of the road, if I'm remembering correctly, the UK is the only country in Europe that does not use the right field to go forward.

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932656)

or maybe there just english and drive on the right (pun intended) side of the road

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (5, Funny)

Rellik66 (596729) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932772)

How do you know you weren't looking at a mirror site?

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (1)

leighklotz (192300) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932805)

What I want to know is how he got Freevo to work!
Some ISO images or a link to an installer would be nice.

Re:Forget the Xbox mod... (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932861)

"How the hell did you mod the steering wheel to the passenger's side... details man details!!!"

His wife probably had it installed.

Ideal use for an xbox (2, Insightful)

Dajur (168872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932574)

Those things are perfect $200 media servers. Even if it dies early from the hostile environment of a car, they are cheap to replace.

Re:Ideal use for an xbox (2, Informative)

rkz (667993) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932723)

for 50£ you can get a barebones system [ebuyer.com] , then you can add a VIA 800MHZ processor and some RAM/Hard Drive that you steal from work! for less than £100 a MEDIA server which is much better than the xbox.

Re:Ideal use for an xbox (1)

Dajur (168872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932835)

To get a comparible video card would put you over the top, not to mention a dvd drive, plus few people can steal HD's and ram from work. Plus the xbox has a cheaply available remote, that is supported in linux.

Re:Ideal use for an xbox (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932725)

They are $130 used through software etc/gamestop. so even cheaper than that. Plus if you change the bios you can swap to a larger-capacity laptop disk and mount it in some foam or something for shock absorption.

Soon the xbox will experience a price drop and then the used system will probably come down to $120 and then later $100 or so. (quite a bit later, though.) At that point there will be no point to buying parts any more except by the dozen, and then xbox mods will be as common as dirt.

OMG - his wheel is on the wrong side! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932582)

How the heck can he drive that thing?

Re:OMG - his wheel is on the wrong side! (2, Informative)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932618)

He lives in the UK. They drive on the other side of the road (from places like the US and Canada) and their steering wheels are on the other side of the car (from places again like the US and Canada).

just in case... (1, Redundant)

heXXXen (566121) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932583)

mirror [hexxxen.net]

Accident cause: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932584)

The subject says it all...

I don't think it is useful at all to be able to
watch a movie while you are driving ...

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The only thing he needs now is... (5, Funny)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932597)

... a way to use his car's steering wheel for racing games, and a way to make his windshield the TV/monitor screen. I hope when he does this, he will remember a cutoff switch, so he doesn't go barreling down the highway at 200 kph, as if he were being chased by the police, or something.

Re:The only thing he needs now is... (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932866)

".. a way to use his car's steering wheel for racing games, and a way to make his windshield the TV/monitor screen."

The nice thing about this configuration is that you have a surprisingly realistic rumble pack.

worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932599)

I thought haveing cell phones were bad, but now I have to drive next to a guy thats trying to get a frag in Halo.

I'm mirroring the entire site now for the torrent! (1)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932605)

before it get's /.'ed

How do I put it up as a bitTorrent now??

I can gzip into a single file but I don't know how to start it up for bitTorrent. I have BT and know how to download torrents..

Let's beat the rush and torrent sites in the future..

Re:I'm mirroring the entire site now for the torre (1)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932792)

Basically, what you have to do, is create the torrent and then "download it" over the files... Bittorrent will realize the files are complete, and it will seed without downloading obviously...

I haven't found any linux software to generate the torrents...
You can use MakeTorrent [dyndns.org] for windows...

Re:I'm mirroring the entire site now for the torre (1)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932803)

I forgot to mention that you don't need to zip a file, there can be 1 torrent for multiple files..

this man is not doing his civic duty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932610)

He is a wreck waiting to happen!

I tried an in-car media server for a while, (2, Interesting)

Freston Youseff (628628) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932617)

but then realised how cumbersome the setup is. Anything short of a custom LCD driver and navigation buttons is terribly unnecessary, in my humble opinion. Commercial solutions, even for MP3 stuff, are preferred by myself.

Re:I tried an in-car media server for a while, (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932779)

I truly think that a full-VGA or higher (800x600 being about ideal in my opinion) resolution panel of about 7-8" diagonal size with a touch screen overlay is ideal. I would certainly favor some USB 2.0 and IEEE1394 connections as well. Also, I think it would not be out of line to put perhaps a small LCD for controls someplace else, also with a touch overlay.

Brings a whole new meaning to... (1, Funny)

Glock27 (446276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932619)

system CRASH! ;-)

Uh..WHY? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932621)

It's not like the X-Box is small, for starters. I can put together a much smaller system from parts.

Heck, I could conceivably make a decent and very small sound system out of a Zaurus.

And best of all, Microsoft doesn't get one cent from me.

Clarification (1)

syr (647840) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932673)

If you buy an XBox and do not buy XBox games Microsoft is not getting one cent from you either. In fact they are losing money. The Xbox itself is still a loss for Microsoft and will likely be even more of a loss once they start shipping the "slim" XBoxes.

GameTab [gametab.com] - Game Reviews Compilation Site

Traffic safety (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932625)

Let me get this straight - you can play video games, watch movies and listen to CD's while driving but you may NOT use the phone?

Wreckless? (1)

AnimeEd (670271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932630)

why play Wreckless on Xbox when you can do it in real life?

Details? (2, Insightful)

billstr78 (535271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932636)

This site is pretty light on details. I have seen more in depth explantions on HOWTO bake a cake. If this guy did this himself, he must have been way to tired or un-motivated to document any of it.

A damn cool project though. I'll bet MS would be proud to see thier XBOX used in such a versitle way. They should get some bright ideas from this.

Re:Details? (1)

nacs (658138) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932714)

I'll bet MS would be proud to see thier XBOX used in such a versitle way.
Yeah, I'm sure they got really excited when they saw this photo [target-earth.net] .

Re:Details? (5, Insightful)

billstr78 (535271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932727)

They would. They know that the XBOX is positioned to enter into the home entertainment sector. The next iteration of the game console will be something closer to a PVR.

The would be happy to see that thier is an emerging market for the same use in automobiles. The problem is that there are not enough Gangsta Rappers to make this sector popular. Maybe the minivan crowd will provide enough motivation for them to make the push into developing mobile consoles.

Funny how kids and gansta rappers are the only ones interested in playing video games in thier cars.

Re:Details? (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932719)

Completely agree with you - I'm sure MS are proud to see Xbox with Mod-chip running GNU/Linux :-)

Re:Details? (1)

alib001 (654044) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932831)

It's really quite simple - the parts used are all standard and readily available. An inverter powers the X-box. X-box plugs into a standard (but expensive) head unit. It's been done using Playstations for years. Pity it's been installed in what looks like to be an old Rover 400... the equivalent of this being sellotaping money to a turd.

comparison (3, Insightful)

SamBC (600988) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932640)

Has anyone compared this to a broadly equivalent mini-itx [mini-itx.com] setup, in cost or spec? It just seems that an xbox probably has some unnecessary systems...

What I like about this is that it wasn't that hard (5, Interesting)

OwnerOfWhinyCat (654476) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932650)

Friends with whom I installed my first LCD and keypad-driven in-car MP3 player were really impressed at the time, but it was considerable work, and there was lots of software tweaking involved.

With Freevo's help, and some off the shelf components, this guy has a whole different level of cool going on without significantly more work.

When people point and look and ask questions, they're going ask what software it's running, and they're going to hear Linux. In the mindspace of youth, it's cool stuff like this that competes with all the fluff in WinXP (it really is pretty), and challenges the assumption as to which is cooler. Projects like this will win us more teenage users than Clippy could ever hope to.

Kudos John.

Re:What I like about this is that it wasn't that h (1)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932748)

I just put two pieces of PVC pipe in my car's cupholders, built a shelf onto that, bought a toshiba libretto, and run custom power/analog audio to that. Very easy. 0 custom hardware or software (xmms hotkeys work quite well, including intelligent fast searches with one hand while at a red light). Power was just a matter of buying the adaptor (~$50 IIRC, inverters work but cause too much audio interference), and dropping another cigarette adapter hidden up in the dashboard.

Libretto cost me $450. And the fact that it hibernates perfectly using nothing more than the bios makes it perfect for the car (you can leave it running, if a short stop, or just hibernate it and you come back up with the same song that you left with in the playlist.)

Windowmaker, a couple of custom hotkeys, and a few little custom scripts make it all work quite well. And with the wireless card, it also makes a swank kismet stumbler.

Re:What I like about this is that it wasn't that h (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932778)

i bet it looks gay as fuck too

Who will mirror or torrent this site?? (0, Offtopic)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932653)

I have the entire site gzipped into a single 5.1meg file.
Where can I upload it for someone to mirror or torrent??

I am not setup to run a torrent server..

Re:Who will mirror or torrent this site?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932705)

Dude, give it up with your fucking torrent. Maybe if you gzip it up your ass and fart it out across the internet?

Moved the wheel (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932655)

It's amazing how he moved the wheel to the other seat so that when you are in the drivers seat, you have your hands free to play games. very nice.

stick shift (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932659)

He drives with a stick shift [hexxxen.net] . Does he have a third arm or something?

extremely dangerous (1, Troll)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932661)

Car entertainment centers are bad news...

My cousin had a in car DVD player in his Audi A4, and he greatly regrets this purchase. While driving on the highway during a sunday afternoon he was momentarily distracted by a fight scene in the latest Vin Deisel flick and in that split second his car hit another.

After several surgeries he has regained his normal functions (his left arm was severely injured) but his car was completely destroyed. He has vowed to never install an entertainment system again and his new bmw 330i simply has a standard cd player.

If this is the kind of destruction a in-dash dvd player can cause I would hate to know what kind of horrible accidents will happen due to xbox gaming or linux core dumps distracting one's driving!

Re:extremely dangerous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932724)

It's a shame he didn't die.
Oh, and you sir, are a fuckhead by association!

Re:extremely dangerous (2, Insightful)

madcow_ucsb (222054) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932743)

this is exactly why (in california, anyway) it's illegal to have a tv/dvd player/etc viewable by the driver when the car's in motion. I believe most commercial systems require the car be in park for the systems to do anything but radio controls, navigation, and such.

Not to be an asshole, but seriously - you'd have to be a retard to try to watch a movie (or play a video game) and drive at the same time...

My roommate's got a hacked system so it CAN play DVDs, but christ, he's not stupid enough to do it while DRIVING!

oh please (5, Insightful)

malakai (136531) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932752)

in car entertainment centers don't kill people. Morons who try and watch movies while driving kill people.

The same moron will die when he tries use WAP to buy a book from Amazon while cruising the Autobahn at 120

Honestly though, if your "cousin" had died while doing this, i'd recm'd you submit his story [darwinawards.com] here. I'd sure vote for him.

-malakai

Re:extremely dangerous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932754)

What an idiot.

In my jurisdiction, it is illegal to have a TV screen in a car where it can be seen by the driver.

A good idea, IMHO.

WHAT?! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932784)

You mean those minivan commercials with Bugs Bunny showing the benefits of the "new" model of minivan--with the built-in LCD DVD player (you know, for the kids) LIED to us?

SHOCK!

Re:extremely dangerous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932795)

So since your cousin is irresponsible you assume that everyone is? He was probably watching Wall Street while on the cell phone trying to sell his Enron and Global Crossing stocks.

... for people with no common sense (1)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932823)

I feel for your cousin - hope he gets better.

Car entertainment systems are common place in places like Japan - most people however have the common sense to only turn it on when its stop and go traffic where frankly you could do both.

Its just like anything - I'm an amateur radio operator and personally I'm not into manually matching hf antennas while traveling at freeway speeds - so I don't - if I have to make a major change I'll pull off to the side of the road. I don't think they should ban antenna matching networks in cars though or force people to buy expensive automatic tuners.

Re:... for people with no common sense (1)

Klaruz (734) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932859)

I wouldn't want to watch a movie in stop and go trafic since it's just that. If you glance away from trafic for a split second and the car in front of you stops you're going to rear end the guy in front of you. It may only be at 10 mph, but it's going to make your wallet hurt.

Re:extremely dangerous (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932855)

they are _NOT_ meant to be watched by the driver while driving, obviously.

much like it's not meant that he would be reading a fine book while driving, or read a newspaper, or do his makeup(a guy who does sunday driving while watching a dvd might just as well be doing makeup).

_anything_ that distracts the driver is illeagal in 99% of countries... because if you get distracted you obviously can't commit yourself to driving the vehicle, and if you cant do that then you should not be driving. it's a f***** bad excuse to say that "oh, i didn't see him, i was distracted! it's not _my_ fault.".

the real world use for car entertainment would be shutting the kids off, and to have the entertainment system with you.. so you can relax _after_ the days drive.

dorks behind wheels are bad news.

Re:extremely dangerous (1)

NotAnotherReboot (262125) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932860)

Thank you for listing the expensive cars he purchases, it makes me feel much more sorry for him when I know a nice Audi was completely destroyed.

Hmm (2, Funny)

Eudial (590661) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932663)

Now you can both play F1-sims AND drive IRL at the same time!

ho hum (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932675)

been done many many times over...

http://www.mp3car.com/ (car listings)
http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/index.p hp (board)

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?s =& threadid=13818 (my car)

Picture of Mr. Goat's Car! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932685)

Here's a picture of Mr Goat's car. [beaterz.com]

Please contact Mr Goat if you'd like your exhaust pipe stretched to this diameter. He will also install an X-Box/Linux media system.

Thank you Slashdot... (1)

locknloll (638243) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932692)

...for articles like this one. 'Cause whenever one of my friends accuses me of being a computer/video game/music/whatever geek, I send him or her the link to such an article. Works every time! :) Even though they say that it's pretty geeky just to know about stuff like this...

Go-go Gadgetto-XBox! :)

Uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932707)

When you rear end me, I WILL sue you, you inconsiderate moron.

Mirrors for predicted /.ing (2, Informative)

nacs (658138) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932728)

Here are two mirrors as I'm sure this photo-heavy site will start suffering soon:

Mirror One [netfirms.com]
Mirror Two [hexxxen.net]

What a fucking numpty (-1, Flamebait)

Moderation abuser (184013) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932730)

"Enterprising"? He's a loser, as are the rest of the losers who voluntarily sit in cages in traffic for hours every day.

Somewhere around 1% of the readers of this will know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm happy for the other 99% of sheep to sit where they are and keep out of my way as I thoroughly enjoy my commute.

Re:What a fucking numpty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932756)

It would rock if lane-splitting was legal in more states.

Re:What a fucking numpty (1)

billstr78 (535271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932768)

Dude, the traffic situation in London seriously sucks for everyone. Just becuase somebody can't afford to move closer to work does not make him a "numpty" (whatever that is). There are lots of reasons people don't have a choice but to suffer through the situation they are in, this guy is just making the situation a little more enjoyable.

Unless you know this guy personally and can definitivley say that he has another option available to him, you can't go slingning mud in his direction.

He could buy a motorcycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932776)

He could have easily afforded one for the amount he spent on this POS "entertainment system"

Re:He could buy a motorcycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932877)

Possibly, if his entertainment system is made of solid gold.

Why is this on slashdot? (0, Troll)

Ryan Amos (16972) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932737)

I mean, it sounds geeky, until you realize the only thing special about this is the fact that he's running Linux on the xbox. The in-dash screen is DESIGNED to be hooked up to an Xbox (or PS2, or Gamecube, or whatever else you have.) In other words, it's not even a clever hack, the guy just bought some rather expensive car stereo equipment and linked it together in the way the manufacturer recommends. And I can run Linux in my car on a Zaurus anyway. Not too special.

Mirror (2, Informative)

AndrewSchaefer (89406) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932750)

As it's going to get pounded, here's a mirror [schaefer.nu]

wow! (1)

jesse.k (102314) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932770)

this certainly much easier and cheaper than buying a mp3 deck for your car!

but wait, that wouldn't involve linux, casemodding or car boxen, you know, nerdman's kryptonite.

another mod needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932787)

Now maybe they can mod up a remote control so you can operate your now hidden HVAC controls....or is there a linux chipset for that?

Hmmm (1)

nate nice (672391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932790)

"he has access to music, video, and games during drive time."

I hope he doesn't plan on watching many videos or playing many games while driving.

Mad Max / Road Warrior (4, Funny)

tnak (163802) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932794)

Does anyone besides me think that it's appropriate that the movie [target-earth.net] he's watching is one in which the main objective is to crash as many cars as possible?

Re:Mad Max / Road Warrior (1)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932816)

I was expecting to see GTA3 on one of the screens.
*That* would worry me...

illegal (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5932809)

at first i just thought it was another lin geek taking it too far, but it actually looks pretty sweet.
however isn't it illegal to have a screen in the front capable of playing video? i thought that stuff was only allowed in the back due to driver distractions

How 'bout a HUD? (1, Interesting)

RealBeanDip (26604) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932810)

I mean having a monitor is OK, but HUD, that would ROCK!

And just think about once you get past having the necassary stuff on the HUD, and get into the simulated effects.

Yep, X-Box is OK, but I want a HUD, with Falcon 4.0 installed.

Under features to be inmplemented... (1)

Ranma (3995) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932839)

I find it interesting that Slashdot is listed before CNN ;).

Check your local vehicle code (5, Informative)

Pettifogger (651170) | more than 11 years ago | (#5932870)

Before anyone tries doing this, check your local vehicle code. This is usually a subset of the statutes handed down from your state legislature. Typically, you can buy the book at a DMV, the AAA, or similar.

In many jurisdictions, it is a violation to have a video display device like this capable of being viewed by the driver. If you get pulled over, the officer IS going to take a look around inside and probably give you a "fix it" ticket to get the multimedia system out of there.

However, I have noticed that the laws haven't exactly stopped a lot of people. Seems like almost every day I'll see someone with a monitor in their sun visor or someplace else. And speaking as one who knows, don't get in an accident while the multimedia system is on. Depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances, that could be seen as some SERIOUS negligence, or possibly even as criminal negligence. And if the plaintiff's attorneys find out... well, your insurance policy probably won't cover what they'll be looking for. Just leave multimedia in your home.

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