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ross.w writes "Lots of cars now are coming out with multi function displays that tell you things like your instantaneous fuel consumption, travel time, range to empty, whether your passengers are wearing their seatbelts, and even sometimes traditional gauge functions like coolant temperature. Examples of such cars I've seen include Honda Jazz/Fit (not US models), Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Mondeo, some Holdens.
How hard would it be to access the software in one of these to add extra functions? Much neater than adding extra gauges. Examples of this include coolant temperature, fuel injection duty cycle, Lambda sensor output, Turbo boost.
I know engine management systems are very proprietary and harder to access than a game console, yet some can be programmed via the OBDII interface to behave differently to standard (eg some GM ones). Has anyone tried to do the same to one of these displays?" top
Killer Asteroid probability corrected by schoolboy
ross.w writes "A German schoolboy corrected NASA's calculation of the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth. He took into account the possibility of the asteroid colliding with an Earth satellite first, which increased the probability from 1 in 45,000 to about 1 in 50. NASA thinks he's right." Link to Original Source top
ross.w writes "Customers of ISPs using the services of Broadband wholesaler, Veridas have been without service of any kind since Wednesday afternoon. ISPs were not given any information from veridas, and were left to deal with thousands of angry customers. The story is emerging at Whirlpool that the protracted outage is due to a dispute over who controls the company among the directors.
Angry customers are churning elsewhere by the thousand, and competing Broadband providers are gleefully picking over the carcass."
Some people don't seem to realise that for those of us behind so-called "profanity" filters, one ill-considered word can make an entire article and its posts off limits, as well as making my usage logs look like I've been trying to access pron or something.
How about at least obfuscating words like "fsck" and "c__t" to get through such filters without altering your meaning?
Our IT people have weighed up the option of a Windows NT based proxy server for A$3,000 plus OS & hardware, or an old P133 running Redhat Linux and Squid. It looks like they're going to save the $3000 and go with the free software. Could this be the thin end of the wedge?