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2011-10-24 06:43:33 AM  

Klivian: For the merge blockers out there who says that late mergers slow things down, traffic studies show that things are actually faster when everyone uses both lanes until the very end, and then everyone merges one for one.

So no, THEY are not slowing things down, YOU are. You blocking that one guy to save yourself 10 seconds is going to cost someone a hundred cars back a couple minutes.


Technically no, if the merge-from lanes were blocked continuously there would be no stoppage for the merge-to lanes. It would be like the granny who stopped at the very end of the onramp to the fully flowing highway last week. Thanks old lady, you sure know how to drive.

The study also mentioned joining like a zipper and not a drunk jackass weaving in and out trying to get 2 car lengths farther ahead.
 
2011-10-24 06:45:08 AM  
Nevermind, you got the zipper part, but still, people will find ways to bog it down, like any gorram reason at all to eff it up.
 
2011-10-24 06:46:23 AM  

Norad:
I don't believe there's any 'maybe' about it. And you animate your dickwad driving story with childish memes to boot. Yeah, you pretty much scream 'asshole driver' with every word you type.


It hurts daddy when you say these things.
 
2011-10-24 06:52:01 AM  

grahambhg: Can I get one that says "BACK OFF! I'm already over the speedlimit!!"?


Only if I can get one for my windscreen that says (in reverse for your mirror) "I DON`T CARE WHAT SPEED YOU ARE DOING, PULL THE F*CK OVER AND LET ME PAST"
 
2011-10-24 06:52:24 AM  
Why are concept cars always balls ugly? Does no one have any artistic talent in automotive companies?
 
2011-10-24 06:54:16 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Norad:
I don't believe there's any 'maybe' about it. And you animate your dickwad driving story with childish memes to boot. Yeah, you pretty much scream 'asshole driver' with every word you type.

It hurts daddy when you say these things.


And then what, daddy takes it out on you in the bedroom? Poor guy. Get out of that abusive relationship, now!
 
2011-10-24 06:56:26 AM  
I think this is great. While driving on the expressway at 55 miles an hour in the left lane, I can display a reminder for the drivers behind me flipping me off that the speed limit is 55 mph.
 
2011-10-24 06:59:29 AM  

dready zim: Only if I can get one for my windscreen that says (in reverse for your mirror) "I DON`T CARE WHAT SPEED YOU ARE DOING, PULL THE F*CK OVER AND LET ME PAST"


Uh, why should I? You're the one who wants to break the law, why should I go out of my way to accommodate you in that? Why don't you just go the f*ck around, or just don't f*cking speed? How come I'm supposed to modify MY actions to fit YOUR preferences, but you have no intention of modifying YOUR actions to fit MY preferences? You know what, F*CK YOU.
 
2011-10-24 07:01:43 AM  

untaken_name: grahambhg: Can I get one that says "BACK OFF! I'm already over the speedlimit!!"?

I wouldn't mind one that says "I don't have any obligation to assist you in breaking the law." I would use it mostly for people that flash their lights at me over and over just because I want to drive the speed limit in the left lane. You want to speed? Cool. Go for it. But don't expect me to go out of my way to help you, any more than I'd help you carry bags of money to your car from the bank you just robbed.


Driving the speed limit and passing or just driving the speed limit? Most states have "left lane for passing" or some variation. Which means your keeping to the left, regardless of your speed, is a traffic violation. It's good that it is ok for you to break the law while keeping others on the straight and narrow.

/you are a douchebag
 
2011-10-24 07:02:03 AM  
Also, after driving in the UK and the continent, I am happy to pass on either side. Here in the UK if there is an empty slow lane and the overtaking lane is congested then, as long as you don`t change lanes to do so, you can undertake legally.

I always change lanes for safety as the congestion makes driving more dangerous (that`s what I would tell a cop if I was pulled over anyway so my reason was not to undertake thereby making it a legal move). Then I undertake the long line of wankers in their BMWs and pull in front of the guy who leaves a large distance between himself and the car in front (usually with a queue of people behind him going "OVERTAKE YOU farkER!!!")

Then I overtake the truck, tractor or whatever is causing the blockage, pull back into the driving lane and speed off down the relatively empty road.

Drive in the overtaking lane at the speed limit all you want, there are three lanes and your car only fills one of them. At some point either you break the law to keep up with me thereby making you a hypocrite or I legally pass you on the inside thereby showing you are breaking the law by failing to pull in after overtaking which makes you a hypocrite.
 
2011-10-24 07:02:38 AM  
Hang up and drive
 
2011-10-24 07:02:55 AM  

untaken_name: dready zim: Only if I can get one for my windscreen that says (in reverse for your mirror) "I DON`T CARE WHAT SPEED YOU ARE DOING, PULL THE F*CK OVER AND LET ME PAST"

Uh, why should I? You're the one who wants to break the law, why should I go out of my way to accommodate you in that? Why don't you just go the f*ck around, or just don't f*cking speed? How come I'm supposed to modify MY actions to fit YOUR preferences, but you have no intention of modifying YOUR actions to fit MY preferences? You know what, F*CK YOU.


because failing to pull over after overtaking IS breaking the law, hypocrite...
 
2011-10-24 07:03:30 AM  

Norad:
I don't believe there's any 'maybe' about it. And you animate your dickwad driving story with childish memes to boot. Yeah, you pretty much scream 'asshole driver' with every word you type.


I take it you yielded.
 
2011-10-24 07:03:58 AM  

Moonk: After two speeding tickets and being within 1 point of loosing my license, i now practice zen driving. I pass cars, cars pass me, it does not matter


That's not "zen driving" idiot - that's just normal driving.

Maybe you should consider taking the bus.
 
2011-10-24 07:06:52 AM  

doglover: I'd really just rather have a mirror on a string.

You wanna turn on your fog lights and tailgate me? Taste your own medicine!


Years ago, my reverse switch in the transmission broke. To pass inspection, i rigged a toggle switch to the lights so i could manually turn the lights on and off as the inspector walked around my car. I took great pleasure in using that toggle switch many times while driving on the interstate.
 
2011-10-24 07:07:55 AM  

untaken_name: dready zim: Only if I can get one for my windscreen that says (in reverse for your mirror) "I DON`T CARE WHAT SPEED YOU ARE DOING, PULL THE F*CK OVER AND LET ME PAST"

Uh, why should I? You're the one who wants to break the law, why should I go out of my way to accommodate you in that? Why don't you just go the f*ck around, or just don't f*cking speed? How come I'm supposed to modify MY actions to fit YOUR preferences, but you have no intention of modifying YOUR actions to fit MY preferences? You know what, F*CK YOU.


Its already been pointed out that you're a douche, but you are also breaking the law and will likely cause and accident someday by making people "go around". Just drive in the right lane grandma.

/I've been trolled, haven't I?
 
2011-10-24 07:09:48 AM  

DeathByGeekSquad: I'm also one of those people who will straddle the merging lane in bumper-to-bumper traffic to prevent idiots from trying to sneak past everyone else,


The lanes are there for a reason - for people to merge!

You're an idiot and an asshole. If a lane is open and clear it's not only acceptable for someone to use them, it's expected.
 
2011-10-24 07:14:40 AM  
SUBBY'S MOM IS HELPING ME SHIFT!
 
2011-10-24 07:20:14 AM  
Ha ha ha!
Everyone knows the AT89C51 micro controller is a piece of crap! What a Noob.
 
2011-10-24 07:21:15 AM  

allthesametome: Most states have "left lane for passing" or some variation. Which means your keeping to the left, regardless of your speed, is a traffic violation. It's good that it is ok for you to break the law while keeping others on the straight and narrow.


So you are certain that not only is my state one of those states, but I was specifically referring to one of those stretches of road? The only reason to make those assumptions is because you need specious arguments to even attempt to refute my position. People do this on two-lane residential roads where there is no "left lane is for passing only" restriction and where it is not, in fact, a violation of the law to travel the speed limit. But thank you for playing. We have some lovely parting gifts for you.
 
2011-10-24 07:23:02 AM  
1) Disconnect the center brake light (the one in the window

2) Re-wire it to a switch on the dash

3) No more tailgaters
 
2011-10-24 07:23:26 AM  

Archae hippy: Its already been pointed out that you're a douche, but you are also breaking the law and will likely cause and accident someday by making people "go around". Just drive in the right lane grandma.


Nowhere in my post (or the post I responded to) did anyone specify that this was occurring on a limited-access highway with left-lane restrictions, but go ahead and make all the assumptions you want.
 
2011-10-24 07:24:50 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: FTFA: you'll just have to make due with Singh's step-by-step DIY

Given that this is now the sixth time in as many days my delicate sensibilities have been tainted with this horrendous affront to both grammar and common sense, is this some genuinely entrenched Americanism or is engadget spreading some really vague meme?


Maybe it's just getting worse. Or maybe you're just noticing it more because it pisses you off so much. Anyway, it's just an error not an Americanism (how dare you?): Link (new window) and Link (new window)
 
2011-10-24 07:26:58 AM  

dready zim: because failing to pull over after overtaking IS breaking the law, hypocrite...


Not universally, dickbag. I don't even USE limited-access highways; you know, the ones where those laws apply. And yet I get assholes like you flashing at me because they want to go more than 40 in a 35 on a two-lane-each-direction street in a residential area. And I repeat, F*CK YOU.
 
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2011-10-24 07:28:06 AM  

RevBigfoot: ... after talking to a local cop realized I would get ticketed for it so gave up on the idea.


Why?
 
2011-10-24 07:39:25 AM  

DeathByGeekSquad: I'm also one of those people who will straddle the merging lane in bumper-to-bumper traffic to prevent idiots from trying to sneak past everyone else, then slowing down the entire flow of traffic because they try to squeeze in at the last possible second. If you try to squeeze, I ride the bumper of the person in front of me so you can't get in.


Soracloud: There needs to be more of this on the road. I hate seeing someone blatantly sneaking around cones and on the shoulder and the guy in front of you just waves him on in.


The zipper merge. Use it. Learn to love it. It's the most efficient way of managing traffic flow in heavy traffic.

Zipper merge (new window)

MNDOT puts up signs telling people to merge like a zipper. (new window)

News report on why we should merge like a zipper. (new window)

So stop being a dick and start driving the most efficient way.
 
2011-10-24 07:41:06 AM  

toetag: Years ago, my reverse switch in the transmission broke.



I always wanted toggle switches.
 
2011-10-24 07:49:23 AM  
SurfaceTension: DeathByGeekSquad: I'm also one of those people who will straddle the merging lane in bumper-to-bumper traffic to prevent idiots from trying to sneak past everyone else, then slowing down the entire flow of traffic because they try to squeeze in at the last possible second. If you try to squeeze, I ride the bumper of the person in front of me so you can't get in.

Soracloud: There needs to be more of this on the road. I hate seeing someone blatantly sneaking around cones and on the shoulder and the guy in front of you just waves him on in.


The zipper merge. Use it. Learn to love it. It's the most efficient way of managing traffic flow in heavy traffic.

Zipper merge (new window)

MNDOT puts up signs telling people to merge like a zipper. (new window)

News report on why we should merge like a zipper. (new window)

So stop being a dick and start driving the most efficient way.


The problem with your idea is that you're assuming everyone will adopt your adorably-named merge technique and cooperate--which will never happen, because we're humans. There's always a "merger" who will floor it and move as far up the disappearing lane and squeeze in at high speed, forcing everyone to slam on their brakes: and there's always the person who won't go with the every-other-car idea and insist they are more important than the next person (like the a-hole flying to the front).

There's nothing wrong with taking advantage of the situation to keep traffic moving--but when people do it at high speed and with an obvious desire to get in front of as MANY people as possible (regardless of the lack of practicality involved), that's when people slam on their brakes and wrecks happen.
 
2011-10-24 07:49:41 AM  
I had no idea putting LEDs on your window was considered hacking.

/the more you know
 
2011-10-24 07:50:29 AM  
It's almost universally the case that if someone is tailgating you, it's because YOU are in the WRONG GODDAMN LANE.

Had a friend who was pulled over by a Calif highway patrolman for no reason other than she was cruising along in the left lane. "What the hell are you doing in the passing lane when you're not passing anyone?" he demanded. To avoid having to make a court appearance, she had to write a letter to the judge explaining that yes, she now understood the difference between the right and left lanes on a highway.
 
2011-10-24 07:55:39 AM  

untaken_name: Uh, why should I? You're the one who wants to break the law, why should I go out of my way to accommodate you in that?


Because getting emotionally involved in how someone else is driving is aggressive driving?
 
2011-10-24 07:55:58 AM  

untaken_name: dready zim: because failing to pull over after overtaking IS breaking the law, hypocrite...

Not universally, dickbag. I don't even USE limited-access highways; you know, the ones where those laws apply. And yet I get assholes like you flashing at me because they want to go more than 40 in a 35 on a two-lane-each-direction street in a residential area. And I repeat, F*CK YOU.


Ah, you are an american douche, slightly different from the English wanker in name only (except for the smaller penis). Here in the UK it`s just illegal. The LAW says "pull the f*ck over". You don`t get assholes like me flashing you, you get assholes like me just ignoring you and continuing on my way hehe. If the road is so busy I can`t do that then I accept a longer journey.

Hey at least I have enough dick to fill a bag, dickless.
 
2011-10-24 07:56:50 AM  
I'd rather have fore and aft plasma cannons.
 
2011-10-24 07:58:19 AM  

LeglessDog: The problem with your idea is that you're assuming everyone will adopt your adorably-named merge technique and cooperate--which will never happen, because we're humans.


The problem with your assumption is that you're assuming he's assuming. He's not. There were studies done on the zipper merge, so it was empirically measured to work. That's not an assumption. And it has been put in place by the MNDOT - and it works. It works really well too. Work on I-35 used to back up for miles, now there is hardly any line.

But hey, you think it won't work, even though it does.
 
2011-10-24 08:02:35 AM  

untaken_name: grahambhg: Can I get one that says "BACK OFF! I'm already over the speedlimit!!"?

I wouldn't mind one that says "I don't have any obligation to assist you in breaking the law." I would use it mostly for people that flash their lights at me over and over just because I want to drive the speed limit in the left lane. You want to speed? Cool. Go for it. But don't expect me to go out of my way to help you, any more than I'd help you carry bags of money to your car from the bank you just robbed.


Here in NC your dickery has been recognized. You are obligated to HELP other drivers pass if they indicte they would like to. That means get your slow ass in the right lane as soon as you can safely do it. Now if we could only get that shiat enforced.

You are not law enforcement. You are a jerkoff. It is not your job to make sure others do not speed. People like you make the roads more dangerous for everyone on them. Comparing speeding to bank robbery is just stoopid.

Please, the next time you think of doing this ask yourself "Am I making the road safer by slowing everyone behind me down?" The answer will always be NO. Then ask yourself "Am I just being a jerk because I have a small penis?" The answer will always be YES.

In 25 years of driving I have never had anyone flash their lights behind me. Why you ask? Well I pay attention to what is behind me as well as what is in front of me. When I see someone coming up behind me at a high rate of speed I simply move to the right if possible and let them go their merry way. Its not that hard. In that 25 years I have only been flipped off one single time. Same reason, I am respectful to others on the road. I bet you get flipped off every couple of days. That makes you a terrible driver dude. Accept it!
 
2011-10-24 08:02:44 AM  
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2011-10-24 08:05:00 AM  

impaler: LeglessDog: The problem with your idea is that you're assuming everyone will adopt your adorably-named merge technique and cooperate--which will never happen, because we're humans.

The problem with your assumption is that you're assuming he's assuming. He's not. There were studies done on the zipper merge, so it was empirically measured to work. That's not an assumption. And it has been put in place by the MNDOT - and it works. It works really well too. Work on I-35 used to back up for miles, now there is hardly any line.

But hey, you think it won't work, even though it does.


That's the part I have trouble believing - how the hell did they make people actually use common sense?
 
2011-10-24 08:05:13 AM  

sammyk: Then ask yourself "Am I just being a jerk because I have a small penis?" The answer will always be YES.


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2011-10-24 08:06:11 AM  

LeglessDog:

The problem with your idea is that you're assuming everyone will adopt your adorably-named merge technique and cooperate--which will never happen, because we're humans. There's always a "merger" who will floor it and move as far up the disappearing lane and squeeze in at high speed, forcing everyone to slam on their brakes: and there's always the person who won't go with the every-other-car idea and insist they are more important than the next person (like the a-hole flying to the front).

There's nothing wrong with taking advantage of the situation to keep traffic moving--but when people do it at high speed and with an obvious desire to get in front of as MANY people as possible (regardless of the lack of practicality involved), that's when people slam on their brakes and wrecks happen.


So your point is: people are dicks so I must be a bigger dick?
 
2011-10-24 08:06:42 AM  

sammyk: Here in NC your dickery has been recognized. You are obligated to HELP other drivers pass if they indicte they would like to. That means get your slow ass in the right lane as soon as you can safely do it. Now if we could only get that shiat enforced.


OK, I drive through NC pretty regularly, and what I've seen it seems like the car doing the passing slows down while going past the vehicle he's passing. So the car in the left might be doing 66mph while the car in the right lane is doing 63. Is it just my imagination or does that happen a lot in that state? (I notice it less on I-95 than on I-40, presumably because I-95 carries a lot more inter-state traffic than I-40 does.)
 
2011-10-24 08:07:06 AM  

dready zim: untaken_name: dready zim: because failing to pull over after overtaking IS breaking the law, hypocrite...

Not universally, dickbag. I don't even USE limited-access highways; you know, the ones where those laws apply. And yet I get assholes like you flashing at me because they want to go more than 40 in a 35 on a two-lane-each-direction street in a residential area. And I repeat, F*CK YOU.

Ah, you are an american douche, slightly different from the English wanker in name only (except for the smaller penis). Here in the UK it`s just illegal. The LAW says "pull the f*ck over". You don`t get assholes like me flashing you, you get assholes like me just ignoring you and continuing on my way hehe. If the road is so busy I can`t do that then I accept a longer journey.

Hey at least I have enough dick to fill a bag, dickless.


Not in residential neighborhoods, Banger Boy!
 
2011-10-24 08:08:44 AM  

LeglessDog: The problem with your idea is that you're assuming everyone will adopt your adorably-named merge technique and cooperate--which will never happen, because we're humans. There's always a "merger" who will floor it and move as far up the disappearing lane and squeeze in at high speed, forcing everyone to slam on their brakes: and there's always the person who won't go with the every-other-car idea and insist they are more important than the next person (like the a-hole flying to the front).


Which is why I'm trying to pass the message along about this style of merging. It isn't going to take hold if nobody ever says anything about it.
 
2011-10-24 08:09:15 AM  

SurfaceTension: sammyk: Here in NC your dickery has been recognized. You are obligated to HELP other drivers pass if they indicte they would like to. That means get your slow ass in the right lane as soon as you can safely do it. Now if we could only get that shiat enforced.

OK, I drive through NC pretty regularly, and what I've seen it seems like the car doing the passing slows down while going past the vehicle he's passing. So the car in the left might be doing 66mph while the car in the right lane is doing 63. Is it just my imagination or does that happen a lot in that state? (I notice it less on I-95 than on I-40, presumably because I-95 carries a lot more inter-state traffic than I-40 does.)


This happens in the UK as well. I think people think that the more time they spend alongside another vehicle the safer it is, which is contradicted by reality.
 
2011-10-24 08:11:30 AM  

ThatGuyGreg: I bet a baseball bat through that window would be the most satisfying thing ever.


Does that mean you are a bumper rider?

Maybe can't drive drive without venting?

If I'm wrong, what is your issue?
 
2011-10-24 08:12:09 AM  
This is the first time I've ever seen road rage play out on the internet.
 
2011-10-24 08:12:41 AM  

Turbo Cojones: dready zim: untaken_name: dready zim: because failing to pull over after overtaking IS breaking the law, hypocrite...

Not universally, dickbag. I don't even USE limited-access highways; you know, the ones where those laws apply. And yet I get assholes like you flashing at me because they want to go more than 40 in a 35 on a two-lane-each-direction street in a residential area. And I repeat, F*CK YOU.

Ah, you are an american douche, slightly different from the English wanker in name only (except for the smaller penis). Here in the UK it`s just illegal. The LAW says "pull the f*ck over". You don`t get assholes like me flashing you, you get assholes like me just ignoring you and continuing on my way hehe. If the road is so busy I can`t do that then I accept a longer journey.

Hey at least I have enough dick to fill a bag, dickless.

Not in residential neighborhoods, Banger Boy!


Even in residential neighborhoods I still have enough dick to fill a bag but I drive with awareness of pedestrians and other dangers. This means I don`t tailgate, generally don`t overtake, and don`t speed. Kids don`t know how fast a car is going until they get to a certain age.
 
2011-10-24 08:13:39 AM  

Flakeloaf: This is the first time I've ever seen road rage play out on the internet.


Welcome to FARK
 
2011-10-24 08:15:42 AM  

fusillade762: I don't understand how this would work. Say you see someone doing something stupid, that means they're in front of you, most likely. So you'd have to speed up and cut them off for them to see your rear-window display of douchebaggery.


Driving insanity is prejudice to neither the front or the back of the vehicle.
 
2011-10-24 08:16:08 AM  

Klivian: For the merge blockers out there who says that late mergers slow things down, traffic studies show that things are actually faster when everyone uses both lanes until the very end, and then everyone merges one for one.

So no, THEY are not slowing things down, YOU are. You blocking that one guy to save yourself 10 seconds is going to cost someone a hundred cars back a couple minutes.


This, very sadly, is true.
 
2011-10-24 08:19:44 AM  

Klivian: For the merge blockers out there who says that late mergers slow things down, traffic studies show that things are actually faster when everyone uses both lanes until the very end, and then everyone merges one for one.

So no, THEY are not slowing things down, YOU are. You blocking that one guy to save yourself 10 seconds is going to cost someone a hundred cars back a couple minutes.


Do you have some facts that illuminate your retardedness? I sincerely doubt you can find "studies" that show being an a$$hole saves traffic time.

If you are trolling? 1/10, if you are serious? I hope someone punches you in the face.
 
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