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(Government Technology)   Schwarzenegger not too keen on the idea of digital license plates being driven before him   (govtech.com) divider line 101
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2010-07-01 11:12:21 AM
LOLLERZ
 
2010-07-01 11:26:21 AM
The digital plates would look and work like a computer screen that displays a reproduction of a license plate, with the ability to display ads when the vehicle is stopped for four seconds or longer, according to the bill. The state has already identified one company -- San Francisco-based Smart Plate -- that's in the early development stages of producing such plates. The digital plate would access ads from a computing cloud or another wireless network, as opposed to an in-vehicle or on-plate chip.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
 
2010-07-01 11:33:30 AM
I'll +1 that.
 
2010-07-01 11:37:24 AM
Relatively Obscure: What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Yeah, that doesn't sound at all like it's possible to hack and display fake license plates.
 
2010-07-01 11:44:26 AM
GAT_00: Relatively Obscure: What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Yeah, that doesn't sound at all like it's possible to hack and display fake license plates.


3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.
 
2010-07-01 12:14:25 PM
Relatively Obscure: 3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

I am now completely in favor of this idea.
 
2010-07-01 12:24:35 PM
Jesus, just legalize pot already and stop trying to come up with get-rich-quick schemes that only pinky and the brain would think were clever..
 
2010-07-01 12:25:15 PM
Relatively Obscure: The rest see some guy holding his wang

So basically what you're saying is that it will be chatroulette-enabled?
 
2010-07-01 12:31:20 PM
Yes, stop the car and nobody can see your license plate anymore.
 
2010-07-01 12:31:20 PM
Well I hope you left enough room for my advertisement, because I'm going to ram it into your eyeballs!
 
2010-07-01 12:31:24 PM
Relatively Obscure: 3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

This sounds AWESOME.
 
2010-07-01 12:31:35 PM
That plate is the dumbest idea I've heard of in a long while. What the hell is wrong with the plates we have now?
 
2010-07-01 12:32:29 PM
And hear the lamentations of the aldermen...

/got nothing else
 
2010-07-01 12:33:25 PM
Will displaying ads on my plate in any way save me money? I'm for that.
 
2010-07-01 12:35:58 PM
Just another anti labor right wing effort to put convicts out of work.
 
2010-07-01 12:36:15 PM
Jesus, California. Just break off and float away already.
 
2010-07-01 12:36:42 PM
Well played, subby.

/and the lamentations
 
2010-07-01 12:36:42 PM
California still has money?
 
2010-07-01 12:37:03 PM
simpsonfan: The only way I will replace the original black/yellow plates on my car with this crap is if they pay me for the ad space. Like bus companies charge for those ads on busses. Not as much, as it isn't as big, or always visible, but I still want a cut. I don't endorse anything for free.

Except PIXAR films, (Toy Story 3, Best film this year) I suppose.


Good point. You could be driving around showing an ad from a company that just laid you off, or killed your kid, or banged your wife or something.
 
2010-07-01 12:38:10 PM
Are they talking about making CA license plates the size of the back of the car? Because according to TFA, this technology allows the plates to display amber alerts and traffic condition reports.

Just try and read that on a standard license plate sized display and tell me how close you've got to get to see it; this is a money making scheme by legislators by turning your license plate into a moving billboard, with them getting to collect the ad money.
 
2010-07-01 12:38:52 PM
Dwedit: Yes, stop the car and nobody can see your license plate anymore.

Came to say this. Now if it could project off my back window instead, and I could hack it to tell the asshole behind me to get off my bumper because when the light changes he's not getting anywhere any faster by doing that, that would be fine.
 
2010-07-01 12:39:03 PM
The government (both federal and all state governments) come up with some truly retarded ideas, but this is the most farking retarded one I've heard, by far.

"HAY GUIZE Y DUN WE MAKE PLATES SHOW ADS WE GUNNA MAEK MONEY LOLZ!"

Seriously? You don't think there are enough inattentive drivers out there? You REALLY think you need to add yet another goddamn distraction to the road?fark you.
 
2010-07-01 12:39:18 PM
5 years from now:

Wow... State Senator Curren Price's car was seen driving through redlights and speeding on the highway speedcams over 4 million times in the past month. The proof is in the license plate number, which obviously can't be faked in any way or replaced with a knockoff version of our new digital plates.

This is an absolutely idiotic idea, for the state. I'm sure the cost of the plates will offset any advertising revenues to be generated, and there is no doubt at all that people will take advantage of them to use hacked or fake "digital" plates to cheat the system.
 
2010-07-01 12:39:20 PM
GanjSmokr: Jesus, California. Just break off and float away already.

According to your username, you might be interested in California's Proposition 19.

Of course if we "break off and float away" I'm afraid it won't be applicable anymore.
 
2010-07-01 12:40:05 PM
I want a plate that will display "BACK THE fark UP" when someone comes within six feet of my rear bumper.
 
2010-07-01 12:40:31 PM
California will be kicking itself when it realizes that the plates wont be reflective like current ones, will break in a slight fender bender, rendering them unreadable, and, worst of all, have displays that will wash out in bright lights, such as HEADLIGHTS!
 
2010-07-01 12:41:12 PM
pudding7: simpsonfan: The only way I will replace the original black/yellow plates on my car with this crap is if they pay me for the ad space. Like bus companies charge for those ads on busses. Not as much, as it isn't as big, or always visible, but I still want a cut. I don't endorse anything for free.

Except PIXAR films, (Toy Story 3, Best film this year) I suppose.

Good point. You could be driving around showing an ad from a company that just laid you off, or killed your kid, or banged your wife or something.


Or, better yet, Political candidates get advertising slots paid for on them... Glenn Beck runs for some piddling lil office in Cali, just so he can get his mug plastered on the license plates of all those Dems that hate him...
 
2010-07-01 12:41:36 PM
The new digital license plates will be a smaller version of this:

www.untoldentertainment.com

/license number will be in the middle
//with flashy display design options and rap music
 
2010-07-01 12:42:26 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

I would have fun hacking this to say more interesting things.

In fact, given that it appears to be remotely programmed, I could see hacking everyone ELSE'S plates by remote control.

Everyone needs to receive this important PSA about zombies.
 
2010-07-01 12:42:44 PM
Relatively Obscure: 3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

Oh man, that would be GREAT.
 
2010-07-01 12:43:05 PM
Excellent headline subby.
 
2010-07-01 12:43:49 PM
DrewFL: I want a plate that will display "BACK THE fark UP" when someone comes within six feet of my rear bumper.

I'm not sure if 'Fark' is listed in the preset phrases, but it's programmable.
 
2010-07-01 12:44:01 PM
Relatively Obscure: The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

Or "tubse" or "goatgirl"
 
2010-07-01 12:45:09 PM
budget deficit
replace a $2 piece of metal with a $300 computer system and screen

i96.photobucket.com
 
2010-07-01 12:45:33 PM
cedarpark: California will be kicking itself when it realizes that the plates wont be reflective like current ones, will break in a slight fender bender, rendering them unreadable, and, worst of all, have displays that will wash out in bright lights, such as HEADLIGHTS!

That's not a defect, it's a feature. If it breaks you have to buy a new one. From the government. And you can get ticketed for not having a liscence plate if a cop catches you on your way to get a replacement.

See how that works?
 
2010-07-01 12:45:47 PM
Do NOT change plates to read: "Zombie Attack Ahead."
 
2010-07-01 12:46:51 PM
I would hack the shiat out of those things...
 
2010-07-01 12:46:52 PM
Cagey B: Relatively Obscure: 3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

I am now completely in favor of this idea.
 
2010-07-01 12:47:37 PM
Holy Crap: cedarpark: California will be kicking itself when it realizes that the plates wont be reflective like current ones, will break in a slight fender bender, rendering them unreadable, and, worst of all, have displays that will wash out in bright lights, such as HEADLIGHTS!

That's not a defect, it's a feature. If it breaks you have to buy a new one. From the government. And you can get ticketed for not having a liscence plate if a cop catches you on your way to get a replacement.

See how that works?


But what of red light/speed cameras?
 
2010-07-01 12:48:02 PM
netweavr: GanjSmokr: Jesus, California. Just break off and float away already.

According to your username, you might be interested in California's Proposition 19.

Of course if we "break off and float away" I'm afraid it won't be applicable anymore.


I know about it. We'll have it soon enough here in CO even if CA drifts away.
 
2010-07-01 12:50:31 PM
Relatively Obscure: 3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

This, or perhaps bringing back Burma Shave campaigns, are all that's keeping this from being the worst idea in the history of mankind, and I include Major League: Back to the Minors in this assessment.
 
2010-07-01 12:51:56 PM
img453.imageshack.us
 
2010-07-01 12:52:41 PM
Since CA is so hip and crap, why don't they use IPADs as license plates?
 
2010-07-01 12:56:43 PM
The HERO tag really seals the deal, subby.
 
2010-07-01 12:57:19 PM
Cagey B: Relatively Obscure: 3 million drivers get RickRoll'd during rush hour. The rest see some guy holding his wang or Trollface.

I am now completely in favor of this idea.


Remember you said that when you're stuck behind 7 Boxxys.
 
2010-07-01 12:57:55 PM
If you're not going to be making my car payments or paying my insurance....you won't be advertising on my car...

When I bought my last car they tried to put one of those things around the license plate that had the dealership name and website I told them that unless they plan on paying me for advertising they should probably remove it...
 
2010-07-01 12:58:26 PM
This would be funny if I didnt live right up the street from the CA state government offices and if the SOB's hadnt been spending money like drunken sailors throughout the recession on the most ridiculous pork projects.
 
2010-07-01 12:59:41 PM
He's absolutely right...

For one, spend more state funds to research it? Aren't you already in a budget deficit?

Second, the driver doesn't get any kickbacks, or at least I assume they won't. You can advertise on my car when you pay me advertising fees.

Third, people are already too distracted while driving, they don't need another excuse when they plow into someone.
 
2010-07-01 01:05:08 PM
farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2010-07-01 01:05:49 PM
1) Digital License plates are an idiotic idea.

2) $19 Billion is not that much considering the size of California's economy (1.85 Trillion). 19/1850 = .01 or 1% of your GSP. Thats fark all.

So why is California freaking out? When the economy picks up that 19 billion deficit will get wiped out. Hell, all it would take is someone with a clever idea to spark a new industry. Maybe design a plant that filters seawater that you can sell to your gulf states.
 
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