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Comment: Re:Hacking voids warranty? (Score 1) 72

by HornWumpus (#47425193) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Gas powered car: Someone puts a bunch of mothballs in your gas tank. Your power doubles (but your expected engine life falls to less then 100 miles).

Electric car: Someone reprograms your motor controller. Your power doubles (but your expected engine life is halved or worse).

In ether case you should know that your car suddenly smoking it's tires is not natural and have it checked.

Comment: Re:Oh I see... (Score 1) 72

by HornWumpus (#47425169) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Read about all the timing tricks etc you can do with a brush-less 3 phase motor. Check an RC truck forum, their motors are relatively cheap, hence they experiment a lot.

You can easily double a motors torque. Of course you will drastically shorten it's life. If you restore the firmware, I don't see how Tesla could prove you were hot rodding your car.

Comment: Re:"Emergency" laws. (Score 3, Insightful) 133

by HornWumpus (#47424751) Attached to: UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

How much cash do you get slipped to you?

How many implied promises of speaking fees exceeding your yearly gross?

Politicians have exceeded the capacity of money and trade in power. Money just falls off the power; it's a force of nature. e.g. Chelsea Clinton gets how much for speaking fees?

Comment: Re:Most humans couldn't pass that test (Score 1) 270

by HornWumpus (#47422579) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

I invented the soleless shoe. To fool the PHB and let me walk around the cube farm, almost barefoot.

My life's ambition (yet unfulfilled) is to invent a new crime. You'll hear about it and say: 'that has to be illegal'...Not as easy as it sounds. Damn 'Computer Fraud and Abuse Act' makes anything remotely related to a computer, that a federal judge doesn't like, a retroactive crime.

So the best I've got is giving dangerous advice on the 'net. BTW did you all know that you can make a miracle cleaning fluid by mixing bleach and ammonia? You're going to want a lot, so get the two largest bottles you can find.

You should run your car with brake bleeders open once a year. Preventive maintenance.

No money in that.

Comment: Re:Dirty power (Score 1) 167

by HornWumpus (#47421429) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Voltage drop. Get, make or borrow an IR scanner. (They are used to 'look through cloths', IIRC you can hack one out of a cheap camera.) The lose/dirty connection will show up as a warm-spot on a wall plate/fuse box. Make sure the light is on, install an incandescent for the troubleshoot. Do it when it's cool/cold and the heat is off.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau