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This is my second Defcon and there are plenty of high jinks but you'd be hard pressed to find any lawlessness. There was the year the ATMs were reprogrammed to display the Defcon logo. And there's always a lot of drinking and stupid network tricks. But nothing that's actually lawless. I mean, there's nothing actually illegal …


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  1. amanfromMars Silver badge

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  2. Joe Good

    Not illegal to tamper with emissions control software?

    Tell that to one of my students, who is doing 5 years hard time for emissions control fraud here in California.

  3. Dillon Pyron

    Very illegal

    Yes, Joe. Very illegal, everywhere. But you can buy plenty of mod chips, look at R&T or C&D for ads. Or you can buy software for your laptop and do dynamic adjustment of your engine mapping. Just like Formula 1 used to do, before two-way engine management was banned. Although I'd recommend having a second person in the car either driving the car or the laptop.

  4. Anthony Bathgate

    Emissions control tampering

    It's only illegal if the car is registered and street-driven. Track cars are, by nature of the government not knowing they even exist, exempt.

    And everyone who adjusts anything knows damn well they put it back come inspection time. I've seen cars with two exhaust systems switched by a valve. One straight pipe racing exhaust and one bone stock exhaust. Drive the car to the track, plug in the laptop, reset the ECU, crawl underneath, flip the valve, get in, turn the key and GO.

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