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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

gearloos Re:Some BMWs (187 comments)

Yes, BMW is very easy (I'm one of the Bimmerfest devotees). For BMW just get a JB4 or any of the many piggyback, custom rom, or even replacement roms and your done. The thing nobody has really mentioned in this thread though is that all you need to do is look up CanBus, or which ever protocol your car brand uses, get yourself a compatible 2-way ODB2 cable, and hack away... Most all cars are hackable now. This is /. right? I mean if the OP wanted to just buy a chip he(or she) wouldn't have asked for "hackable". My Bimmer is set up now so when I press the fob for lock, it locks the doors, rolls up the windows, closes the sunroof, and foldsz in the mirrors. Unlock short click unlocks doors and unfolds mirrors. long click reverses everything with windows down too. That's just a sample of whats easily done with a small amount of homework. Lights, etc... are all there to play with.

2 days ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

gearloos Good to see Al Gore got a job (385 comments)

It's good to see Al has work, even if it is in Austria.

about 5 months ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

gearloos Nothing to see here.. move along (243 comments)

I thought we all learned from Sony and the Root Kits.. er... the PS3 Linux .. err the Root Kits "again" .. err.. the.. oh nm.. Little guy gets screwed over by media company.. any media company... nothing to see here.. move along...

about 8 months ago
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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

gearloos We're sorry Mr. Smith (264 comments)

We're sorry your son was killed while being taken to custody Mr. Smith. He was resisting. No, there won't be any repercussions as the officer said he was acting in his own self defense. Camera? Oh, no ma'am we have no footage, while it is department policy to turn it on before any confrontation, the officer forgot to turn it on. He will be given 2 weeks paid suspension. ... Yeaaawn

about 8 months ago
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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles Inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum

gearloos From the story... (97 comments)

" UPDATED 7:15 PM -- "This is a big one. For the last 22 years I've been involved in the repair and the rehabilitation of sinkholes." -- Rehabilitation? What does he train them to enable them to have more opportunity? So when they do have to face life on the outside they can maybe become a Pot Hole, or better yet, a swimming hole, and having a positive impact to society. If this program had better funding, I'm sure repeat offenders like this would not have to resort to the old ways.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

gearloos Make a real assesment (308 comments)

First thing to do is complete a real analysis of the code and report to management with an estimate to re-write complete sections of the code. Go into it realistically and tell them up front what it will take to correct things, and why. I have been in this situation several times in my career and that has always been the best approach. There is no need to "knock" the other guys code (be positive, never the mudslinger) and done correctly, would look more like you have some fresh ideas that may not have been designed into it originally. Eother way, management wants to know what to expect and having realistic expectations as soon as possible will save everyones face in the loing term. If they feel your out of line, well, then it's time to look at all those other jobs your contemplating.

about 10 months ago
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How Machine Learning Can Transform Online Dating

gearloos wolowitz's hand robot (183 comments)

Images of Wolowitz's hand Robot come to mind from Big Bang Theory... lol

about a year ago
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User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

gearloos Re:Retailer (286 comments)

It was both very funny and sarcastic. Your ignorance to Sony's Root kit and PS3 Linux removal is what makes it even more entertaining.

1 year,3 days
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Korea Tensions Lead To Delay Of Minuteman III Test Flight

gearloos all this really is (256 comments)

First, the US is delaying its test because it doesn't want it to be misunderstood and provoke an attack on S. Korea. Thats probably all. The whole threatening thing is for the most part a show to justify the continued militarization of N.K. and also to solidify the new regime's power over the people and gain their trust.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

gearloos In other non related news (212 comments)

4Chan post traffic drops 99%

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

gearloos and all they found (212 comments)

"Anonymous hacked into the government-run North Korean Flickr site" and all they found was a self shot phone pic of a very tiny penis and 37000 links to 4chan

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk?

gearloos Anodizing Plant (210 comments)

So you take the tubes out of the monitors, and put in 5 gal fish tanks. Take the power supplies and poof! You now have your own anodizing plant. Just do small parts :))

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?

gearloos only 1 hour ? (224 comments)

I'd really be more concerned with only being able to devote one hour a day. I found myself going many hours once I began concentrating. One hour may be fine for starters, but you'll soon see it takes much longer to lay out your entire thought process for the part you are working on on a given day.

about 2 years ago
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Shuttle Endeavour Embarking to Los Angeles Museum

gearloos and the forest wept (56 comments)

Just curious, does anyone outside of the Los Angeles area know that they are cutting down several hundred full grown trees to make room for the shuttle to be transported via normal city streets? The citizens that live in that area are livid, but apparently it makes no difference. This is a very urban area and the chance of officials actually replanting is null.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Unity Ported To Fedora Using OpenSUSE

gearloos In other related news (128 comments)

I finally figured out how to swap a '68 bug engine in my new 911 S4.

more than 2 years ago
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'Inventor of Email' Gets Support of Noam Chomsky

gearloos Dream Team (288 comments)

He and Al Gore are the Technology "Dream Team".. My personal heros.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

gearloos XFCE has no bloat and is compatible (818 comments)

Gnome 3 - argh.. KDE 4, well I think it is turning into the exact Windows style bloatware I originally went to Linux to get away from. XFCE, which I used to look at and just think it was a nice alternative for those with a system 3 generations old, has now turned into my standard desktop. It is lightweight, fast, and seems to be compatible with everything (At least that I do). I don't care if they fixed the bugs in KDE, it is still grossly bloated now and I won't need to be going back.

more than 2 years ago

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Beta released as premium-what to do?

gearloos gearloos writes  |  about 6 years ago

gearloos (816828) writes "I recently bought the much anticipated upgrade to Parallels.. Version 4. It has crashed every virtual machine I have, from xp, vista, ubuntu, solaris, Suse, etc... I have read some horror stories here http://howgoodisthat.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/parallels-version-4-not-what-weve-been-waiting-for/#comment-1809 but really, what can we do when a well respected company decides to outsource and the result of something you have used for years suddenly becomes fodder?"
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Tomorrows big Macbook event rumors finalized

gearloos gearloos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gearloos (816828) writes "Mac Rumors has posted what is believed to be the final edition of tomorrows rumor mill for the big Macbook Event. Among possibilities are an $800.00 notebook and a two-tone setup. It is believed that all the new Mac portables will be sporting Nvidia chipsets this time around. heres a link to the story. http://www.macrumors.com/2008/10/13/apple-notebook-event-rumor-roundup/"
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Blatant diablo I II ripoff yet nobod seems to care

gearloos gearloos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gearloos (816828) writes "In any other venue people scream at the slightest hint of a copyright violation yet in the gamer world it all seems to be "overlooked" because Diablo was the standard and set the measure that the genre was to be measured against. Well, I recently tried the demo version of Fate http://games.wildtangent.com/fate/ and WOW, what a blatant ripoff! You have to pick up items and then "identify" them, and use a "town portol". So I pose the question, what is the community feeling about intellectual property as it is posed as an idea? I know they probably made their own code base but what about the idea of a "town portol" etc... is that nothing to be worried about? Should the Diablo devs be concerned about this?"
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Circuit of the Future Keeps Blackouts Brief

gearloos gearloos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gearloos (816828) writes "The blackouts that attract attention are the ones that hit entire cities. But most of the time, only a handful of homes and businesses are left in the dark because of a failure of a distribution circuit. Now Southern California Edison is trying a "circuit of the future," using technologies that the utility says will limit the size of the area affected and shorten the length of a power failure. Link to the NY Times Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/16/business/16electric.html?_r=1&ex=1350273600&en=aa60bc76202b05d3&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin"
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gearloos gearloos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gearloos (816828) writes "just a reminder, Santa is now being tracked by Norad. This is not limited to north america. Grab the kids, before bedtime, and track where Santa is in real time."

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