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(Engadget)   Ever wanted to turn your whole rear window into an illuminated, animated display of your passive-aggressiveness while driving? Now you can   (engadget.com ) divider line
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2011-10-23 11:55:11 PM  
I bet a baseball bat through that window would be the most satisfying thing ever.
 
2011-10-24 12:29:25 AM  

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


Yeah, I never liked the "passive" part of "passive-aggressive".
 
2011-10-24 01:30:59 AM  
I am so getting arrested
 
2011-10-24 01:40:47 AM  
I'm thinking more on how to turn my whole rear window into an illuminated, animated display of my homicidal mania while driving.
 
2011-10-24 01:56:57 AM  
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.
 
2011-10-24 02:45:12 AM  
I'd love one just to display "Turn of your brights, dickhole."
 
2011-10-24 05:16:41 AM  
A long time ago I had this grand idea of mounting one of those scrolling LED signs in my back window and programming it with things like "turn off your brights" or "get off my ass" but after talking to a local cop realized I would get ticketed for it so gave up on the idea. Still seems worth it though. Now I have to settle for randomly brake checking the person behind me.
 
2011-10-24 05:17:34 AM  

criscodisco: I'd love one just to display "Turn of your brights, dickhole."


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!
 
2011-10-24 05:19:41 AM  
Go around
Your high beams are on
Please pass
Sorry

I could see this kind of messaging working.

"Stopped" would be another useful message under some circumstances.
 
2011-10-24 05:23:26 AM  
Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.
 
2011-10-24 05:24:44 AM  

padraig: Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.


What's the "don't tailgate me" sign? Isn't that the middle finger?
 
2011-10-24 05:26:40 AM  
"hang the fark up before you slide right into me"
"If you try to pass me and slide off the road because you're going to fast on the ice, I'm not going to stop and help".

Hmm...I'm having trouble making concise douchebaggery.

Maybe just "Ha-ha!"
 
2011-10-24 05:26:58 AM  
People are crazy. Why not put up a target and "shoot here" to make it easy for them.
 
2011-10-24 05:27:28 AM  
I don't need a fancy LED sign, I own a gun.
 
2011-10-24 05:28:41 AM  
No. I am not a 17-year old Asian boy whose 15-year old sister is surpassing me in every way possible.
 
2011-10-24 05:28:45 AM  

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?
 
2011-10-24 05:31:50 AM  
Can i make it say FARK? you know what i mean.
 
2011-10-24 05:33:57 AM  
LED sign? Meh. Better mount a couple of old camera flashes in it, like a dozen, pointed out the back, triggered by a button. Then, if some asshole is tailgating you, ZAP! Instant blindness, for a few seconds at least.

Of course, this works best at night. Just make sure you close your eyes for a moment while you push the button.
 
2011-10-24 05:34:58 AM  
Right turning What? You just blew my mind.
Left Ditto
Drive Slow Where? and who the fark is Slow? Farking adverbs, how do they work?
Keep Distance Where? From doing what?
Turning Right Good for you. Might I suggest turning on your signal?
Turning Left Make up your farking mind.
Drive Slow Have we not discussed this already?
 
2011-10-24 05:36:37 AM  
I use a white board and a passenger. If I don't have someone in the car with me, I revert to hand signals.
 
2011-10-24 05:37:23 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Your high beams are on


I just tap my rear fog light a few times - that's usually enough.

But if I could choose a message for my rear window, it would be a goatse. Or maybe a translucents screen looping '1 guy 1 jar'.
My only fear is butthurt - maybe the psycho somatic kind.
 
2011-10-24 05:38:08 AM  
I just want one that makes a giant animated ASCII hand, giving the finger. And doesn't ever turn off.
 
2011-10-24 05:39:28 AM  
I have never heard of 1 guy 1 jar. I'll go to my grave with the gnawing feeling that I may have missed out on something spectacular. And yet, I'll be quite content in my ignorance.
 
2011-10-24 05:44:56 AM  
There is no way that would be legal in the USA.
 
2011-10-24 05:54:39 AM  

padraig: Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch tractor trailor, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.


QFT, FTFMy version.

/Don't be stupid, kids.
 
2011-10-24 05:55:50 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I have never heard of 1 guy 1 jar. I'll go to my grave with the gnawing feeling that I may have missed out on something spectacular. And yet, I'll be quite content in my ignorance.


CHERISH YOUR IGNORANCE.
 
2011-10-24 05:57:13 AM  

This Looks Fun: padraig: Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch tractor trailor, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.

QFT, FTFMy version.

/Don't be stupid, kids.


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.
 
2011-10-24 05:59:01 AM  

criscodisco: I'd love one just to display "Turn of your brights, dickhole."


I've always wanted one for the wind shield. Top messages would be:
- It's car, not a farking phone booth
- get a room
- you passed the library two blocks back
- not a karioke booth
- not a make up booth
- FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU......
- make that right turn, already
 
2011-10-24 06:00:22 AM  
That's a fine way to distract everyone behind you so they end up in your back seat @ 45mph.
 
2011-10-24 06:03:30 AM  

Moonk: This Looks Fun: padraig: Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch tractor trailor, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.

QFT, FTFMy version.

/Don't be stupid, kids.

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.


I practice 'get the fark away from everyone else' driving. I don't trust a single person on the road.

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.

Those merge signs are spaced to give you plenty of time to get over, not to wait until you're literally forced into the other lane, jackasses.

CSB

Jackass in an M3 was swerving in and out of traffic while on his phone. He cuts me off, then gets stuck in gridlock. I get stuck right next to him.

Apparently jackasses in an M3 who are chatting on the phone, will hide their face when you blast Death Metal. Literally, he hid his face from my view with his hand, like a child.
 
2011-10-24 06:08:31 AM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Apparently jackasses in an M3 who are chatting on the phone, will hide their face when you blast Death Metal. Literally, he hid his face from my view with his hand, like a child.


Are you sure he wasn't just doing this?

www.thehcagroup.net
 
2011-10-24 06:10:34 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.



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.
 
2011-10-24 06:11:52 AM  
For drivers who can't figure out what turn signals and brake lights indicate, but have the time, visual acuity and ability to read scrolling text in English?
 
2011-10-24 06:14:02 AM  

untaken_name: I just want one that makes a giant animated ASCII hand, giving the finger. And doesn't ever turn off.


I would have this thing just flashing constantly:

profile.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2011-10-24 06:19:10 AM  

Hoopy Frood: For drivers who can't figure out what turn signals and brake lights indicate, but have the time, visual acuity and ability to read scrolling text in English?


Yeah, it should be in Chinese or Korean.
 
2011-10-24 06:19:10 AM  

criscodisco: I'd love one just to display "Turn of your brights, dickhole."


How about "Your fancy blue headlights don't impress anyone and you're giving me a headache. Don't be surprised when you come out in the morning to find them shattered all over the ground."
 
2011-10-24 06:24:28 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Go around
Your high beams are on
Please pass
Sorry

I could see this kind of messaging working.

"Stopped" would be another useful message under some circumstances.



There are legal ways of dealing with these problems.

Go around, Please pass, Don't tailgate == bicycle rack
Your high beams are on == monochromatic mirrors

Also this whole LED thing has been done much more elegantly on taillights on an Eclipse
Linky
 
2011-10-24 06:24:32 AM  
www.iwantthatsign.com
 
2011-10-24 06:24:58 AM  
Someone had an idea for a discreet emoticon rear display to indicate sorry, anger, thanks, ect in cars.

Not a horrible idea, except that I am annoyed by social trolls enough online. Maybe it is good that people can't communicate with anything besides turn signals and fingers.
 
2011-10-24 06:27:41 AM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Moonk: This Looks Fun: padraig: Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch tractor trailor, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.

QFT, FTFMy version.

/Don't be stupid, kids.

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.

I practice 'get the fark away from everyone else' driving. I don't trust a single person on the road.

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.

Those merge signs are spaced to give you plenty of time to get over, not to wait until you're literally forced into the other lane, jackasses.

CSB

Jackass in an M3 was swerving in and out of traffic while on his phone. He cuts me off, then gets stuck in gridlock. I get stuck right next to him.

Apparently jackasses in an M3 who are chatting on the phone, will hide their face when you blast Death Metal. Literally, he hid his face from my view with his hand, like a child.


I like cutting people like you off.

You try to ride the bumper of the guy in front of you out of some pathetic need to control the world around you.

..... and then here comes my car, still merging, still merging.

For a moment you think
weknowmemes.com
"I'm standing my ground, this guy isn't getting in here"

Then I look at you in the eyes with that look that says
weknowmemes.com
"here I come, hope you like a farked up bumper"

And you look back. Half with fear, half with diminished determination. I can see how bad you don't want me to yield, but I also see the part that says "I like this car and I dont want this guy to fark it up"

OMG HERE I COME
weknowmemes.com
YOU SEE IT! I"M NOT STOPPING

you spend your whole life yielding, that's why stopping me from merging is so important to you. In your little world, you think "finally! I'm not yielding! THIS IS MY STAND!"

and you yield....
weknowmemes.com
You always yield,

And down the road I go.
weknowmemes.com
And I wasn't even in a hurry to begin with.

I've never had someone like you make me hit them before they tap the breaks and let one more car in the infinite shiatstream of interstate traffic in front of them.

Sure, you'll tell everyone on the internet how awesomely you control traffic and make others abide by your take on the rules of the road

but you and me?
We both know the truth,

You'll yield. ;-)

/I really need one of these things for my back window. I always regretted not getting one more jab in on the guy I just cut off
//yeah maybe I'm an asshole, but that's half the fun of driving!
 
2011-10-24 06:30:24 AM  

Enemabag Jones: Someone had an idea for a discreet emoticon rear display to indicate sorry, anger, thanks, ect in cars.

Not a horrible idea, except that I am annoyed by social trolls enough online. Maybe it is good that people can't communicate with anything besides turn signals and fingers.


Link (new window)

Here's a not-very-discreet version. Only a concept car, though.
 
2011-10-24 06:31:20 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Sure, you'll tell everyone on the internet how awesomely you control traffic and make others abide by your take on the rules of the road


I do this. My rule is: I got that way faster than you or pull over to the right.

Some days I'm in a hurry. I can drive 3 hours in 1 and a half if need be and no cops or traffic. Other days, I have a sammich and I'm hongray. farkin' go man, I gotta eat this chicken burger and these curly fries.
 
2011-10-24 06:33:12 AM  
A few more:

"You are in the wrong lane, move to the right"
"You are driving dangerously slow, speed up or exit"
"Please check your mirrors before changing lanes like that again"
 
2011-10-24 06:33:20 AM  
Can I get one that says "BACK OFF! I'm already over the speedlimit!!"?
 
2011-10-24 06:37:03 AM  

MurphyMurphy: You'll yield. ;-)


Dude, you're lucky I don't care about merge lanes, because my car's an old POS and I could really use someone intentionally ramming me when they're legally obligated to yield so I can get a new POS.
 
2011-10-24 06:37:33 AM  
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.
 
2011-10-24 06:40:31 AM  
Back in the mid 80s, in NJ, I saw a typical guido-mobile (I think it was a Trans AM) with
all sorts of ground effect lights and one of those early LED signs that would scroll
stuff. It had been rigged to say "STOPPING" when he put on the brakes, and scroll
other stuff when the car was in motion.

Ugliest stuff I ever saw on a car, even by NJ standards, and as I recall such displays
were soon outlawed there, so I'd be surprised if this was street legal anywhere.
 
2011-10-24 06:41:17 AM  
Moonk: AverageAmericanGuy: I have never heard of 1 guy 1 jar. I'll go to my grave with the gnawing feeling that I may have missed out on something spectacular. And yet, I'll be quite content in my ignorance.

CHERISH YOUR IGNORANCE.


One guy, one jar is the FUNNIEST THING EVER!!!
 
2011-10-24 06:41:35 AM  

MurphyMurphy: DeathByGeekSquad: Moonk: This Looks Fun: padraig: Considering one of the the last time I made the "don't tailgate me" sign to a guy resulted in the culprit flying into a fit of rage, overtake me and them slamming his brake, almost sending me into a ditch tractor trailor, I'd rather not do that kind of thing.
Sometimes, you are better off not escalating incidents.

QFT, FTFMy version.

/Don't be stupid, kids.

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.

I practice 'get the fark away from everyone else' driving. I don't trust a single person on the road.

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.

Those merge signs are spaced to give you plenty of time to get over, not to wait until you're literally forced into the other lane, jackasses.

CSB

Jackass in an M3 was swerving in and out of traffic while on his phone. He cuts me off, then gets stuck in gridlock. I get stuck right next to him.

Apparently jackasses in an M3 who are chatting on the phone, will hide their face when you blast Death Metal. Literally, he hid his face from my view with his hand, like a child.

I like cutting people like you off.

You try to ride the bumper of the guy in front of you out of some pathetic need to control the world around you.

..... and then here comes my car, still merging, still merging.

For a moment you think

"I'm standing my ground, this guy isn't getting in here"

Then I look at you in the eyes with that look that says

"here I come, hope you like a farked up bumper"

And you look back. Half with fear, half with diminished determination. I can see how bad you don't want me to yield, but I also see the part that says "I like this car and I dont want this guy to fark it up"

OMG HERE I COME

YOU SEE IT! I"M NOT STOPPING

you spend your whole life yielding, that's why stopping me from merging is so important to you. In your little world, you think "finally! I'm not yielding! THIS IS MY STAND!"

and you yield....

You always yield,

And down the road I go.

And I wasn't even in a hurry to begin with.

I've never had someone like you make me hit them before they tap the breaks and let one more car in the infinite shiatstream of interstate traffic in front of them.

Sure, you'll tell everyone on the internet how awesomely you control traffic and make others abide by your take on the rules of the road

but you and me?
We both know the truth,

You'll yield. ;-)

/I really need one of these things for my back window. I always regretted not getting one more jab in on the guy I just cut off
//yeah maybe I'm an asshole, but that's half the fun of driving!


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.
 
2011-10-24 06:42:06 AM  

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.
 
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