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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Kagetsuki Re:Remote starters are worse than you might expect (194 comments)

Wow, that's pretty amazing!

So these remote starters you had were very analog devices. Today the engine initialization sequence requires a variety of digital magic and proper remote starting requires encrypted signals and identification. NOW your original comment makes perfect sense to me.

Thanks for the interesting sub-thread!

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Kagetsuki Re:Remote starters are worse than you might expect (194 comments)

Whoa whoa whoa, you forgot the context there! In the 60's absolutely none of what I said was valid or at least I'm sure it wasn't common place. My point was that *today* if you said you wanted a remote starter I'd ask you why and try to recommend a device that solves your specific problem in a secure and efficient manner.

Wait... you had remote starters in the 60's?

As for garage doors, we have a shutter at our office that constantly gets messed up and requires a complex, very analog reset process. On top of that we're right in front of a busy street. It's not uncommon I have to pull into a side street, open up the side door, manually lift the shutter, run back to the car, make three left turns and pull into the garage. So believe me when I tell you that my opinion on garage doors is that they are absolutely wonderful (when they work).

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Kagetsuki Re:Remote starters are worse than you might expect (194 comments)

No, but I also don't live in a place that gets extremely cold either. The thing is if you want to heat the engine then you should get a block heater. If you want to heat the cabin there are separate and add-on heater units and modular heaters specifically designed to do this without having to turn on the engine. Of course in general you should probably be winterizing your car so you don't need a block heater; EG: insulated heavy-duty battery and a bottle of fuel line condensation remover at least.

If I'm not mistaken most hybrids actually have an electric pump and heater on the coolant or water line that functions as sort of an active block heater.

Also if you have a manual it's common practice to leave the vehicle in gear, so besides the fact you usually need to de-clutch just to start if you did disable the cutch sensor you'd also have to worry about accidentally leaving the car in gear - and if you aren't leaving the car in gear you have to worry about fogetting the e-brake or an unreliable e-brake on an older vehicle.

So I maintain my position that remote starters are a bad idea.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Kagetsuki Re:Heat pollution (520 comments)

I'm assuming you mean my idea is stupid; which in all likelyhood it is but I never claimed to be an expert in the field of probes and space exploration. Was there something particularly stupid about my post that actually warranted a response?

3 days ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

Kagetsuki Re:I mean this respectfully (93 comments)

Reguardless of how "patentable" things like round buttons and beveled edges should be you obviously don't understand how patents work. If Apple tried to sue the people they derived from for patent infringement they would loose and also run the risk of having their patent nullifed. If the people they copied from wanted to nullify the Apple patent or come to Samsungs aide in the case Apple put against them they could have. None of these things happened.

And while we're on the subject, Samsung has a long history of non-trivial patent infringement. For instantance they blatantly stole Sharp LCD TV technology when it was the hot thing at the time and basically destroyed the market for Sharp after sharp had put immense effort and research into the technology. Even today Sharp has not recovered from this.
http://online.wsj.com/articles...

There are many many many other cases too. Samsung is unforgivable. They just copy everything and they think this is a valid business strategy. Seriously, why do more people not boycott them?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Kagetsuki Re:Remote starters are worse than you might expect (194 comments)

Total. Fucking. Bullshit.

Unless you're trying to use some remote starter kit from the caveman era there are plenty of ways to implement a competent remote starter system. If you already have a keyless starter you can actually do it with an ODB-II plug-in - no line splicing and no engine bay work.

Of course I'd really question why people want remote starters in the first place. And while we're on the subject cruse control and throttle control are two things I continue to think are awful ideas.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Kagetsuki Re:Nothing made after 2000 (194 comments)

First off there are aftermarket ECUs but to be perfectly honest all the current and last generation Toyota and Subaru I've dealt with have easily tunable and easy to flash ECUs. You do of course need hardware to do a flash on an original ECU but they aren't limited to dealers.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Kagetsuki Re:Which part? (194 comments)

First off I'm a GT86 [FR-S/BRZ] owner and let me say if you're ready to put down the money it is an absolutely fantastically hackable car. If you're only talking about electronics the entire dash is super easy to take apart and it's super clean and organized in back with very nice access to core system lines and power. There are plenty of aftermarket ECUs and ECU extension units and of course it's a new generation Toyota so if you wanted to you could hook up to one of the data lines and play with all sorts of things. ODB-II in the vehicle also seems to have some extensions and I've seen people getting oil temp/pressure from add-on sensors through it. As for performance the ammout of engine, drivetrain, footwork and body mods available for them is insane. Here in Japan they actually have huge monthly catalogues of new parts just for the 86/BRZ. Of course stock is pretty nice as-is if you have a model with the torsen diff (but if you get an R grade a helical would be a superior addition).

As for the EVO vs WRX I'd argue for the WRX Impreza just from the ammount of fantacism that continues around them continuing to drive aftermarket parts production. Case in point: find a bolt on turbo for an Impreza GC or GD - you can get one brand new / an older EVO? good luck. For a used WRX I'd actually recommend looking for something between a later GC and a GG because they were built in an era when constant adjustments and part swaps for different rally types was the thing and also because a lot of the fantics tend to center on those "glory days" models. Of course owning an 86 it's not like I'm baised toward Subaru or anything *cough* *cough*. I'm super curious about the new WRX STI but I've only seen one once and never handled one.

One addition: the Mazda Roadster [Miata]. It's pretty much the "hackable" car of the century for anyone who cares about road handling over numbers (sorry Civic). They're super easy to mod, there are plenty of parts, and there is enough cross-modle compatibility in parts you can pick up scrap spares fairly easily. Just the fact it's a well built, small sized, convertable FR makes me want one for the weekends. Only demerit is apparently in the US they are considered "hairdresser cars"; but a nice beefy rollbar, a spoiler and some badass footwork should get rid of that image.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Kagetsuki Re:Heat pollution (520 comments)

This is exactly what I thought.

Then I realized there are situations where that could be beneficial. Maybe expelling some heat from a lander on Mars could reveal something? Maybe focusing heat output could work as a thermal drill on icy environments?

I'm certainly no pro, but I am of the opinion space exploration is fucking awesome.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Kagetsuki Re:Job Offer (520 comments)

*Tinfoil Hat: ON
Astronauts are as bad as catholic preists - there's just a huge media coverup so the public won't know about it.

about two weeks ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Kagetsuki Re:That's the problem, you can't get U238 anymore. (520 comments)

Solid plans, reasonable milestones and action items that are recoreded anywhere but in the back of your mind are totally unneccesary. All you need is a flashy kickstarter project and enough internet media dipshits to give you the PR to drive it.

about two weeks ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Kagetsuki Re:Apple's Nitro JS (133 comments)

^ Who voted this down? This AC is dead right.

about two weeks ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Kagetsuki Re:Apple's Nitro JS (133 comments)

While I somewhat agree with your statement let me just add the fact that "The Enterprise" is a joke. The word "Enterprise" in the software world automatically means "expensive and poorly built, unmaintanable garbage with vendor lockin". Maybe "Java" too but the "enterprise" tag already stinks like shit so adding more shit to it doesn't make it any shittier really.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Kagetsuki Re:Insert free advert for GMO crops .. (377 comments)

I think you mis-read that.

Intensive agriculture means you can grow more crops with higher yield in a more confined and limited environment. This could be as simple as yield per acre but in this case it's going beyond that and actually giving greater yields with fewer resources.

GMO seeds get weaker by the generation because the produced seeds are produced in very specific controlled conditions wheras wild seeds will get cross contaminated with native crops or will degrade amongst themselves due to relative environmental conditions.

As for the pesticide point I absolutely 100% agree with you and I think GMO is a short term solution to the problem with long lasting negative effects.

about two weeks ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

Kagetsuki Re:The name Gnome has been besmirched since 3.0 (114 comments)

Yes, but at least there is movement. I think there is also a huge lack of people and a continued lack of financial support.

Still, broken-ness and all I'm comfortably using it now and quite like it. I do sort of miss the classic layout and all the cool stuff you could do with compiz - but the shell view is so convenient I couldn't imagine going back.

about two weeks ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

Kagetsuki Re:The name Gnome has been besmirched since 3.0 (114 comments)

Try it again. Intial Gnome 3 releases weren't that... uh.. stable or feature filled. Since 3.10~ish it's gotten better and 3.12 on is pretty solld. 3.14 we're starting to see some nice polish too. Try it again, use it for a week or so, and check out extensions.gnome.org .

about two weeks ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

Kagetsuki Re:Yes, after all... (114 comments)

I was going to point this out to the parent poster but you did it much more gracefully than I would have.

I'm also surprised that if Groupon is so into "open source" they wouldn't have noticed this before submitting the trademark application. Oh, that and the fact they don't capitolize GNOME in their blog post. Maybe they should have said "we're vaguely aware open source exists and we kinda open sourced some tools so that gives us street cred right?".

about two weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Kagetsuki Re:Fuck you Wired (594 comments)

Go fuck yourself. This article honestly pissed me off and it should piss you off too. If scientific/engineering endeavors like this and the enthusiastic philanthropists who support them are ridiculed it casts a negative light on eactly the kinds of things and people we should be encouraging. It's dipshits like the guy who wrote this article who are the cause of NASA being under-funded and new engineering endeavous seeing so much criticism about random unrelated shit they never get the go-sign or end up having huge hurdles imposed by governments and comittees. If some random billionaire just up and wants to fund something which will benefit the future of humanity and you try to make trouble for them because they aren't doing it the way you personally want them to do it there is something seriously wrong with you and any effect you have is going to have a negative effect on all of our futures.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Kagetsuki Re:Fuck you Wired (594 comments)

The adoption of Rail travel and Airline travel by the rich is exactly what pushed down the price. The more demand there was the more that was developed for it, and the more that was developed the cheaper it beame to produce and run; and the early "rich" adopters paid the bills.

The situation you're describing is certainly true for a variety of products, but none of them happen to include the transportation industry.

about a month ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Kagetsuki Fuck you Wired (594 comments)

Way to totally fucking miss the point and way to totally fucking mis-interpret Virgins intentions. Seriously, 5 minutes of Google searches could have saved you from looking like such awful fucking idiots.

Also fuck you for basically dis-respecting and dis-reguarding everyone involved in Virgin Galactic. These are people puting a fuck of a lot into making space travel a reality and just because the rich will be the first to enojoy the fruits of that labour doesn't give you the right to bitch. It's exactly the same situation in every industry, including passenger ships, trains, and aircraft. You give Branson shit for this when he's one of the few rich guys out there actually pouring money into this kind of thing. Bill Gates can shove his malaria garbage up his ass for all I care - that's not bringing us into a new era.

Seriously, I hope you fucking die in a fire Adam Rogers. Fuck your "opinion" and fuck you.

about a month ago

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 5 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Standardized education teaches a limited curriculum without accounting for anything students achieve outside of that curriculum. GAKU Engine is an open source school management system that sets out to change that. It lets schools manage their standard curriculum, yet augments it by tracking extracurricular accomplishments and integrating with external educational services."
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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 6 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Remember that bad grade you got in that class that one time? If your school had been using GAKU Engine you could have picked up some badges from Code School, or learned to solder at a Maker fair, or gotten a red belt in Karate to put on your grade report and balance it out.

Nearly every school in the world uses a School Management System. Often these are inflexible and proprietary closed source solutions which can cost over $100k a year. GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable FOSS School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to replace closed source solutions, it aims to let schools break free of sticking to a standardized education and give students credit for all the skills and knowledge they acquire outside of school. Schools can also enhance their educational offerings with external content and services. They can augment student records with badges, achievements, and licenses. Plus there’s an extension system and an API so new functionality can be added and other systems can be integrated."

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 6 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Many schools pay over $100k a year on proprietary, inflexible, closed source School Management Systems. Some systems come bundled with full curriculum packages or integrated learning systems which cost schools millions in tablet computers and student licenses. Schools need a full featured, standards compliant system that is flexible, extendable, free of vendor lock-in, can be integrated with any curriculum or integrating learning system, and is free to use without a license.

GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable Free Open Source School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to to run a standardized education; it aims to let schools break free of the standard by enhancing their educational offerings with external content and services, and augment student records with badges and achievements. With your help the base system could be completed and running in schools within the year."

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 6 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "It’s ironic you’ll often find a poster of Einstein in schools as, after being flunked out and declared an idiot by his instructors, he had a disdain for formal education. Standardized education has become the result of countless committees deciding what they believe it is important for students to know and generalizing when and how they should learn it. This complete disregard for neurodiversity and ignorance of students who excel outside of the standard curriculum has failed Einstein and many other alternative and revolutionary thinkers. Now, programs like the US Common Core are going to very quickly make this situation worse.

GAKU Engine [“Learning Engine” in Japanese] is an FOSS School Management System that wants to change that. It’s built to support all the needs of a school providing a standardized education, but also comes equipped with tools to augment it. The core system comes with badge system integration, tools to record awards / achievements / licenses, and a system to integrate information from external educational services and other schools. It’s open source so anyone can modify it and has an extension system and an API so anyone can extend or integrate with it."

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New Animated PNG creation tools intend to bring APNG into mainstream use

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "While grainy GIF images can have entertaining uses they aren't the ideal animated image format due to lack of full color support and an alpha channel [for varied transparency]. Animated PNG doesn't have these faults and has been available and incorporated in quite a few browsers since roughly 2004. Lack of tools and recogniting has hurt adoption, so to remedy this there is a campaign on kickstarter to create an Open Source, high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". Even the primary goal includes libraries/modules for C/C++ and Ruby along with a cross platform GUI authoring tool. Aside from supporting the project simply using APNG willl help raise interest and support in the standard and bring us one step closer to a world with cleaner animated images."
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kickstarter campaign to bring Animated PNG into the mainstream with new tools

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create an OSS high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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apngasm kickstarter to create high quality Animated PNG conversion libraries

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create a high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm" here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/apngasm-foss-animated-png-tools-and-apng-standardi . If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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Free Open Source Emoji Project on KickStarter

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "There's a project on KickStarter for a Free and Open set of emoji [the grapical emoticon glyph set which has a block reserved in Unicode]. Currently there are no full sets of Emoji that are completely free (as in beer and and freedom), so if this project gets funded it will be the first and only set of emoji that can, say, be distributed with FLOSS Linux/BSD/GNU systems. Not to mention anyone will be able to incorporate them into any project without any restrictive conditions. Check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/phantom-open-emoji ."
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Chinese Anti-Japan Protests Escalate

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Chinese have been protesting against Japan for the last few weeks over Japan nationalizing the [previously privately owned] Senkaku islands. These islands are internationally recognized as Japanese territory, but when it was discovered there is a large oil field under them China began claiming the territory as their own. More details on this situation can be found here: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/senkaku.htm . Since the protests began the Japanese embassador to China has died under suspicious circumstances: https://rt.com/news/japan-china-island-dispute-protest-244/ and Chinese citizens have taken to looting and destroying every Japanese owned establishment and product they can find: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2012/09/16/chinese-hate-for-japan-burns-at-fever-pitch/."
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Dealing with the Business Software Alliance?

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kagetsuki writes "We've just gotten a letter from an attorney representing the Business Software Alliance stating someone (we're certain it's a disgruntled former employee) submitted information we are using illegally copied software. The thing is we're not using illegally copied software, all commercial software we are using we have licenses for. Still, according to articles on the BSA that's irrelevant and they'll end up suing us anyway. So we now need a lawyer to deal with their claims and we don't have the money — this will surely be the end of the company I've sunk all my savings and 3 years of my life into. My question is has anybody dealt with the Business Software Alliance before? What action should I take? Is there any sort of recourse we can take to try and recover financially, or at least cover our legal fees?

As a side note Adobe is a member of the BSA. As Flash and AIR are some of our primary release platforms all the software we own happens to be from Adobe. We've also been a very pro-Adobe shop and have gone out of our way to defend our choices in using Adobe platforms (AS3 is great, check out the free Flex compiler!). Please, if any Adobe employees read this: do something, anything to get the BSA off of us!"
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Sharp NetWalker Sub-Netbook to be released 9/25

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kagetsuki writes "The Sharp NetWalker (http://www.sharp.co.jp/netwalker/), a tiny netbook with an ARM Cortex core, OpenGL ES2.0, running a custom version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be released in Japan on September 25th. Yes, an ARM netbook with standard OpenGL ES 2.0 that runs a fully vendor supported Linux distrobution — and it fits in your pocket! It features a unique optical pointing device that is sort of like a track pad for your thumb (which works great and takes little getting used to), and of course includes a stylus and touchscreen as well. Sharp claims battery life of about 10 hours and the unit includes UBS 2.0 and WLAN. In store demo units can be found all across Japan, and I've personally confirmed it can play full screen ogg theora/vorbis files without dropping frames, ran some GL demos very nicely, and generally found no lag in application response time at all. Perhaps most impressive is application start up time, FireFox started within seconds and gnome-terminal almost instantaneously. I found the keyboard a bit difficult to use due to size, but the keys have a solid click to them which I liked. Prices range from 39,000 Yen to 45,000 Yen (about $400US to $460US) depending on what store you purchase from. I've got mine reserved already."
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