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Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years

Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete.
Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete• Live Q&A: Should we ban cars? From midday on Friday
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What an idea.
 
Why Japanese fans were cleaning up after the game // In case you haven't been on the internet the last 24 hours, you haven't seen this viral photo of Japanese fans cleaning up after the World Cup game of their team yesterday. 

If you wonder why they did that, Yuko Shimizu writes: "In schools in Japan, there are no designated adults who are paid to clean schools. From the day you enter the first grade in elementary school, students clean their classrooms and hallways themselves, every day, after lunch.

Parents are told to supply kids with cleaning cloths (which you make out of old towels and clothes) on the first day of school.The first time I didn't have to clean school was when I entered college. 

I think this explains why Japanese are known as some of the tidiest in the world. And, when kids clean their own classroom, there is naturally less vandalization of schools, and kids grow up to take good care of things they use. 

There are a lot of things I don't love about Japan, but this is something school systems in other countries should adopt."

Now think about how you (including myself) treated our schools as children... :) 
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How 'living roofs' help build better cities

With more people moving into cities, architects need tools to make good decisions about green roofs. An architectural researcher said with weather extremes becoming unpredictable, vegetated roofs build resilience into a changing world.
With more people moving into cities, architects need tools to make good decisions about green roofs. An architectural researcher said with weather extremes becoming unpredictable, vegetated roofs build resilience into a changing world.
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Something to watch.
 
A personal note to intelligence agencies: Pissing off Google probably isn't a great idea.
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I recently discovered the +Carista app which, in addition to the standard diagnostics functions that work on any OBD-II car, allows for vehicle-specific customizations  on a variety of Toyota/Lexus/Scion and VW/Audi vehicles manufactured after 2004 - including my Subaru BRZ which utilizes Toyota electronics.

Depending on your particular vehicle, you can alter settings like:
• Blink/beep when locking/unlocking with remote
• Single/double/long press to open trunk lid with remote
• Unlock all doors or just the driver's door on first press with the remote
• Enable/disable Daytime Running Lights
• Adjust auto headlight activation threshold
• Adjust/disable "coming home" lights duration
• Automatically lock doors when moving
• And many, many more (depending on the car, of course)

Carista is also able to perform some vehicle-specific diagnostics on systems that the OBD-II protocol doesn't directly control, like navigation, ABS, airbag, etc (again, depending on the car).

The app and OBD diagnostics are free; the vehicle-specific diagnostics and customizations require a $10 in-app purchase - which is actually a steal compared to the dedicated diagnostic tool you'd normally need for these functions (easily $900+) or even a trip to the dealership.  Fortunately, the app will let you see what customizations are available for your vehicle before you hit the pay-wall.  

You can check if your vehicle is supported at www.caristaapp.com/supported-vehicles/, and download the app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prizmos.carista.  

You may also want to join the Carista beta-testing group to make sure you have access to the most/latest features: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/carista-testing.  And, naturally, you'll need a Bluetooth OBD adapter to connect to your vehicle; you can find one on Amazon for as low as $10 which should work fine for diagnostics (http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=bluetooth%20OBD&linkCode=ur2&tag=daslab-20), but if you want to use Torque or another app for real-time display and logging features you'll probably want  the faster OBDLink LX (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H9S71LW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00H9S71LW&linkCode=as2&tag=daslab-20 ).
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You didn't you have plans for your spare time this week did you?

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/
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I know right?!? I'm holding off until my flight next week. Df is my favorite travel game
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Hot damn.
 
In one fell swoop, suddenly the electric vehicle industry becomes open-source.

This removes a large chunk of the potential argument that the traditional auto industry had against more heavily pursuing electric-powered vehicles.

I imagine Big Oil is probably having a bit of a conniption fit right now. Which I'm perfectly good with.

#teslamotors   #opensource   #technology   #electriccars   #electricvehicle   #automotiveindustry  
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Swimming pool's are great but backyard biodomes are even better.
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Agreed.
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Every automobile manufacturer and taxi company just shit their pants with the Google announcement. Google self driving tech + Uber brand/dispatch + Google cars = complete stack.

Good game, everyone. Take your ball and go home.
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#Android folks, the time has come!  We now have a beta version of the app to test, visit the link here to opt into this beta test and you can start listening!
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