[clug] October CLUG - Thursday Oct 22 - Lightning talks - short focused fun for all

Bob Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Fri Oct 9 04:08:35 UTC 2015

On 08/10/15 12:33, Steven Hanley wrote:
> All
> So no one keen on this idea?
> No proposals/talks reeceived so far.
> Also I have just realised I will be in Adelaide that day so can not attend
> the meeting.
> 	See You
> 	    Steve

Another idea for a topic to discuss on the 22nd: Engine Management
Systems. Volkswagen are presently claiming that just a handful of
software developers were responsible for the debacle VW are now in.

How do you spell FOSS?

How is it that this code has gone undetected for up to 8 years, even
by our trusty government regulators? What other hidden secrets are
there in our modern computerised devices (we already know a lot about
the "extras" on our Apple and Google devices)? How do we get these
"additional" functionalities detected and assessed? (How do we know
that the PMs car isn't carrying a manufacturer-installed bugging device,
for example?).

Is FOSS the answer? Are we ready for some of these safety-critical
systems to be tinkered with by hobbyists (aka hackers)? Is there a line
that we can draw between what is safe to tinker with and what isn't?

Is the first step to get better FOSS tools to allow us to monitor what
our cars (and other "things") are doing, before we go for actually
changing anything?

I, for one, have been motivated to finally go and get that OBD-II
interface, which works on one of my vehicles but not the other. I
need to find out more about Ford's earlier "PWM" proprietry OBD
protocol and how to interface to it.

Surely lots of other folk are already discussing these issues in the
light of Volkswagen's reluctant admissions, but I haven't stumbled
across any of them yet.


Bob Edwards.

> On Thu, Oct 01, 2015 at 05:29:18PM +1000, Steven Hanley wrote:
>> All
>> After BCG's excellent talk on linux audio software we are going to try
>> something a bit different this month.
>> So lightening talks have been presented at most linux.conf.au events in
>> recent years, there is an example page describing them and the 2007 lca
>> (Sydney) plan here
>> https://www.linux.org.au/conf/2007/LightningTalks.html
>> Format, we set up a timer visible to all at the front of the room counting
>> down from 5 minutes to 0. You have that time in which to present
>> something (hopefully) interesting to everyone at CLUG.
>> It can be on any fun, hacking, linux, hardware, open source, geeky thing you
>> want to talk about.
>> I will line up with Bob to have a computer we can display slides (pdf, or
>> open office presenter format) if you need them. (possibly the computer built
>> into the lectern)
>> Please email me (or the list) with a talk or multiple talks if you want to
>> get involved, good practice to sharpen presentation skills and staying on
>> topic in limited time.  Also useful to get the word out to convince people
>> to get involved or hacking on something interesting if you think it is of
>> interest to others.  Or to show of cool geeky ideas or talk about events or
>> whatever people may want to get invovled in.
>> 	See You
>> 	    Steve
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