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I frequent a news site for Nerds, called Slashdot. Today, there was a news post titled "Hacking Your Car." It simply said "You can alter the ECU to give more HP," and I thought "Wow... that's not new or special at all. I went on to read the comments... they're soooo hillarious. Some of the comments make it so obvious that these people are nerds over anything else.

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by tarquin_fim_bim (649994) on Friday February 13, @08:55PM (#8276477)
What possible use could you have for a 340-350hp car? Apart from:

1. Annoying other law abiding moorists
2. Breaking the law
3. Killing pedestrians
4. Impressing young boys

Have I missed something?

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by SiliconJesus101 (622291) on Friday February 13, @10:34PM (#8277028)
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It's kinda' like packing a 10 inch cock. You may not really use it any more than the average guy does...but damn..it sure does feel good to know it's right there under the hood.

DISCLAIMER!!! The above statement is unfortunately not based on the posters personal experience.

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Considering some of the banter that runs around in other forums, its nice to read something half-intelligible

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I'm a nerd too... why else would I frequent /. =P

This is the nerdiest thing I read:

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This is a CLASSIC case where we'd have *killed* to have an OpenSource solution so we could fix the problem ourselves...either by simply reprogramming our 2003 cars with 2002 software (kindly donated by a 2002 owner)...or by doing a 'diff' and figuring out what was actually wrong.

Even without the source code, it would have been possible to do a binary dump from one car to another - but for the fact that these ECU's are protected by a barrage of 'challenge/response' tests (the details of which are a closely guarded secret). If your laptop fails to provide the correct response to the challenge, the car literally shuts down all software functions for THREE HOURS!! This effectively foils any effort to do a trial-and-error test to reverse-engineer the challenge/response system.


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