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Comment: Re:Inaccurate headline. (Score 1) 397

by mrchaotica (#49517285) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Who the fuck cares?! I can make up ridiculous "what if" scenarios all day long that would seem to justify making every goddamn thing illegal until all that's left is to lock yourself in a padded room with a straight jacket on. But that's stupid, because you'd be acting completely disproportionately to the risk.

And that's what you're doing here too. So fucking what if the modded ECU might cause a fire? So might spilling some gasoline when you fill the car up! So might a short in the wiring! So might a stuck brake caliper! So might crashing into something! There's bunches of different things that could "possibly" go wrong, but they're all perfectly acceptable risks and ECU tuning is no different. Maybe the manufacturer might get blamed for something that was the vehicle owner's fault. Or maybe the owner will get blamed for a crash that was actually caused by a manufacturing defect. Sometimes life isn't fair. Boo fucking hoo; deal with it!

But that's all beside the point, because modding an ECU sure as HELL isn't dangerous enough to justify destroying the concept of ownership of property and replacing it with corporate serfdom, which is what this evil abortion of a policy would do!

Comment: Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 397

by mrchaotica (#49517233) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

You have no clue. On many cars -- especially the increasingly-common turbocharged ones -- ECU tuning is the first, best-bang-for-the-buck, easiest* mod you do.

(* "Easy" in the sense that you pay a tuner who's already broken the DRM and correctly modified the boost map, so all you have to do yourself is plug the ECU-flashing tool into the ODB II port.)

Comment: Re:Inaccurate headline. (Score 1) 397

by mrchaotica (#49517209) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

BULLSHIT. This is about using computers -- via copyright -- as the excuse to subjugate vehicle owner's actual property rights to manufacturers Imaginary Property rights, using "safety!" as the emotional red herring that they hope will distract people enough to let them get away with it.

The manufacturers want exactly one thing: post-purchase control, so that they can restrict vehicle owner choice and freeze out independent mechanics. They want to be able to say "oh, you want to pair your new phone with the infotainment system? Sure, that'll be "only" $1000, and no, you're not allowed to hack it yourself or get a cheaper third party to do it. It's all because of 'safety,' not profit -- we swear!"

Comment: Re:I hope this never happens (Score 1) 397

by mrchaotica (#49517165) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Then there are the special cute things that can go wrong, like an injector that sticks open instead of pulsing properly. That will turn it into a blowtorch that will burn right through the top of the piston.

Don't forget engine runaways caused by oil leaks in the turbo!

Of course, isn't that all just part of the fun of owning a TDI?

Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 397

by drinkypoo (#49517089) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Cars from the 60's-70's suck big time.

Sooo true. My first car was a 1976 Buick Century with 231 cc V6 engine, normally aspirated. The engine wasn't half-bad -- this was before emissions controls other than a PCV, EGR and catalytic converters so it *was* simple to work on -- but in every other respect it was dreadful by modern standards. 105 horsepower to move 3800+ pounds equals 0-60 in 17 seconds and 15 miles to the gallon, baby.

My first car was a 1960 Dodge Dart 2dr (Phoenix) with the 318ci V8 engine. It had 240 or 260 HP (opinions vary) and got over 20 MPG on the freeway... in spite of being 19.5' long, 6.5' wide, and about 4700 pounds wet. You can't compare the sixties and seventies at all.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 397

by mrchaotica (#49517083) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

not have copyright to modify the software

This is where all this copyright bullshit is getting out of hand.

There is one essential thing that copyright is supposed to require: making a damn copy!

Unless the owner is doing that -- and people modifying their own cars won't be -- then copyright has no fucking business kicking in to begin with.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 397

by drinkypoo (#49517065) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I know as an anti-theft "feature", some makes have coding on the radio making it impossible to replace with another OEM radio.

It doesn't do that. You just have to get the code with the radio. It decreases the value of used radios without the code, and increases the value of used radios with the code, but it doesn't devalue the radios completely.

Comment: Re:Online blackouts (Score 1) 97

by Firethorn (#49516729) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

'Live political news' can generally be had OTA(over the air) or via free internet sites(with some advertising if you must absolutely listen to the talking heads). You have a point about the live sports, but that's getting pricier and pricier for more people. Not just from rate increases, but from reduced usage outside of watching said live sports.

If you sit there and realize that you're spending $100/month for a cable plan you're not using except as a carrier for a $100 premium sports package, suddenly you're looking at said sports package costing you $200 month, which is more dear than a $100 sports package riding on the back of a $100 cable plan that justifies itself.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 4, Insightful) 397

by mrchaotica (#49516727) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Well, somebody needs to play Devil's Advocate here, so I will. What if onboard vehicle computers truthfully are (or soon will become) so complicated - and so integral to the functioning of the vehicle - that an untrained hobbyist screwing with it could cause injury or death?

Fuck, man, brakes have been like that for a hundred goddamn years!

Stop letting "buh-buh-buh-computers!" be an excuse for corporate sociopaths and nanny-state asswipes to destroy your rights. Seriously.

We have two choices: we can be free, or we can be safe. These are mutually exclusive. And in the United States of America, the only correct choice is to be free. Sniveling infantile cowards who think otherwise can fuck off and die.

Comment: Re:$30 per month (Score 2) 97

by Firethorn (#49516703) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

I don't think they're getting that much for the ads. After all, netflix manages to offer ad-free stuff for $8/month, same as Hulu+. It's probably closer to the difference between $8/month and $12.

I think the ultimate reason Netflix is creating it's own content is that the more content it controls, the more influence it has over the other media copyright holders. If Netflix can legitimately argue that if copyright holder X doesn't play ball, that it's average subscriber won't sign up to site Y for $Z revenue because the subscribers will simply watch something else, such as one of Netflix's exclusive shows, then they're leaving money on the table, and they don't like doing that.

Sort of like a backwards HBO. HBO does great shows, but are really exclusive about them. If you want to see Netflix's shows, you have to sign up, but it's not nearly as expensive as a cable package + HBO.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_

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