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Comment: Re:Inaccurate headline. (Score 1) 449

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) 449

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) 449

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) 449

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:You no longer own a car (Score 2) 449

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 5, Insightful) 449

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:SSDs (Score 1) 122

by mrchaotica (#49516677) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

I have to wonder if we are getting to the point the drive speed just isn't a factor, that the other components like CPU, GPU, and RAM will be bottlenecking before the drive, because no matter how faster you get the data off the drive you still gotta process it.

Fundamentally, that doesn't make sense because if it were true, we'd just use SSDs instead of RAM.

Comment: Re:As someone on dial-up in Seattle... (Score 2, Insightful) 74

by mrchaotica (#49502779) Attached to: DOJ Could Nix Comcast-Time Warner Merger

At that location they are so far above us in speed. It's sad when the middle of nowhere in a useless state has access about eight times faster than us for about a tenth of the cost. I wish Seattle would catch-up so the shithole of South Carolina.

Gee, it sure sounds to me like it's Seattle that's the shithole!

Comment: Re:At this point? Really? (Score 1) 74

by mrchaotica (#49502773) Attached to: DOJ Could Nix Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Based on this list [], it looks like merger activity between US banks dramatically slowed since Obama took office, after going through the roof during the Bush years.

I counted 48 mergers during the Clinton years versus 39 during Bush.

Well, shit, when an industry is consolidating of course there are going to be a bunch of mergers (of small companies into medium companies) at the beginning, then a moderate amount of mergers (of medium companies into big companies), then just a few mergers (of big companies into gigantic, dangerous ones).

So yeah, we should fully expect Clinton mergers > Bush (II) mergers > Obama mergers, just because by the time Obama got in office there were hardly any companies left to merge!

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 2) 314

by mrchaotica (#49499689) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

i have no problem with opposing monsanto, the corporation with dubious goals that should be opposed

I want labels on GMO crops because I'm opposed to use of the "terminator gene" and Monsanto's contractual prohibition of seed-saving. I want to be able to buy corn and know it's wasn't grown by a farmer in cahoots with Monsanto, and GMO labeling is a very good proxy to inform me about that.

Comment: Re:I can kiss my Newton Messagepad goodbye? (Score 1) 120

by mrchaotica (#49499305) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Perhaps because all the modern devices are meant to work with your fingers and not with a stylus?

You've got the cause and effect backwards: devices are designed not to use a stylus because their makers had no desire to support handwriting recognition, not the other way around.

"If anything can go wrong, it will." -- Edsel Murphy