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Old 04-27-2016, 08:46 PM   #111
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:50 PM   #112
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yeah I knew one guy who did die in one of the accidents, but all I can say is, in all of the incidents they did learn from and implement corrections, the biggest problem they had was mostly pilot errors, they solved the mechanical problems early on, the software took more time due to the pilots inputing wrong commands to the system as I'm told, but thankfully I don't work on anything that complicated, mine are small 2 seater and 4 seater mechanical helicopters, no dam putters to foul it up
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:51 PM   #113
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well the Sh*thooks did have the rep that you knew it was out of hyd fluid when you didn't see any more on the ramp
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:53 PM   #114
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:23 PM   #115
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"DEV RANDOM" is its name and it will be a mobile DEV lab as well as a sandbox / toybox itself.
I dig it! I just have to ask: will you stylize it as "/dev/random"? or maybe "/dev/urandom" because of all your unlimited randomness?
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:44 PM   #116
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I dig it! I just have to ask: will you stylize it as "/dev/random"? or maybe "/dev/urandom" because of all your unlimited randomness?
I'll keep it 'DEV RANDOM' as its 10 characters just like 'SCHOOL BUS' only 3+1+6 instead of 6+1+3.. and I can use the same font lettering as SCHOOL BUS uses across the top...

I might do something cool with lettering on the sides.. not sure..

one of my friends thought it would be neat if I got one of those electromic school-bus-number placards they make.. (some busses had an electroic version, others had the numbers painted on).. then each time I start the bus I coud have a computer program generate me a random bus number.. or when stopped at a light it could be scrolling the segments generating numbers.. then stop and be a number when I started to move.. all kinds of endless ideas and projects for it...

the A/C system and server rack are already designed.. and well o nthe way to designing the "desk / bed" (conveniently located in front of the old wheelchair door so I can pop that open and its almost like im sitting outside on a patio while I work.. I'll outfit it with a retractable bug screen..

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Old 04-27-2016, 11:00 PM   #117
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one of my friends thought it would be neat if I got one of those electromic school-bus-number placards they make.. (some busses had an electroic version, others had the numbers painted on).. then each time I start the bus I coud have a computer program generate me a random bus number.. or when stopped at a light it could be scrolling the segments generating numbers.. then stop and be a number when I started to move.. all kinds of endless ideas and projects for it...
I don't mean to be a bad influence or anything (well, maybe I do).... but in case you do decide to pick up a Luminator flip-dot destination sign, I've already reverse-engineered the protocol and put custom messages on mine and will be happy to share the code. teaser from my build thread
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:15 PM   #118
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I don't mean to be a bad influence or anything (well, maybe I do).... but in case you do decide to pick up a Luminator flip-dot destination sign, I've already reverse-engineered the protocol and put custom messages on mine and will be happy to share the code. teaser from my build thread
this is too cool for school!!. Protocol hacking has always been one of my specialties.. so cool to see someone else doing it!! i love this stuff!.. hardly anyone understands protocol hacking or has any interest in doing it..

albeit much of my protocol hacking has been in HVAC and home automation gear that I wanted to write my own software for.. this is kickin!..

how are those normally programmed? via IR remote? if so, did they use a standard pulse-distance encoded method to send essages to the sign? I find thats a common theme among MANY devices.. esp those manufactured in china...

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Old 04-28-2016, 10:32 AM   #119
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Luminator uses a multi-drop RS-485 bus to connect an "Operator Display Keypad" with multiple signs. A library of messages (route names/numbers, icons, etc) are downloaded into the ODK by maintenance personnel. The operator can then recall any of them by entering the corresponding code, usually a 2- or 3-digit number. When a new message is selected at the ODK, it is sent from ODK to each sign on the RS-485 as basically a set of uncompressed monochrome bitmaps. That's where I hacked it: I worked out the meaning of some of the initialization commands and the format of the bitmaps so that I can compose my own and leave the ODK out of the picture.
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Always nice to have an A&P mechanic with us. Whenever they did maintenance on my helo i always took one of them up with me for a test ride. That guaranteed they really fixed it or they would die with me....lol.
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