Posts Tagged ‘Scanners’

PAPER DRIVERS: If You Actually Pay Bridge Tolls Every Day in the Bay Area, You’re a Big Sucker – Presenting FasTrak UBER / Lyft-Style

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Gentle Reader, is these UBERs and Lyft cars new?

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No, they is not.

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And that means that they should have real license plates by now, right?

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I think I saw all these cars on the Streets of San Francisco over the course of a few hours. There were more I came across, I’m sure.

But with great plates come great responsibility, meaning that with real metal plates you’ll get busted for not paying bridge tolls, due to license plate scanners.

Now I understand that paper driver is already a phrase, meaning something else, but to me, a paper driver is one who drives across as many local bridges per day as possible over the next year or two afore there’s a chance of actual enforcement starting.

We might get some penalty starting in 2019, but IDK how effective it will be.

Oh well.

Enjoy paying your bridge tolls, suckers, while the UBERs and Lyfts ahead and behind you cross over the bay for free…

This $300,000 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Prolly Should Have License Plates, But the Ferraristi of Frisco Generally Don’t Like Displaying Plates

Friday, December 29th, 2017

This is a 2017 model, so like I say, it prolly should have plates on by now. As seen on gritty Fulton:

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But there are many benefits of running around without plates of course. I can name five* or six.

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Of course people who have Hondas and Kias all seem to be able to display their license plates.

Go figure.

*Avoiding those pesky license plate scanners so that your future ex-wife’s attorney can’t track your wheareabouts years later.
Free bridge passage.
Your nabes might think you have the new and “improved” 2018 model (which mostly looks the same except it doesn’t have all wheel drive and it doesn’t have this model’s V-12 (prolly for all-important emissions and MPG reasons), so is that really better? IDK).
A clean look for your ride.
Showing the world that you’re just like Steve Jobs, who also went plateless as a lifestyle.
(Don’t say use tax avoision, don’t say use tax avoision.)

A Y-Combinator Startup Named FLOCK is Mounting License Plate Scanners in the Street Trees of Frisco – Here’s 20th and Guerrero

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Check it out, Gentle Reader. Via Mike Murphy, we see this:

Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood – The cameras already have captured evidence of two crimes

That leads us to this:


And that is the intersection of 20th and Guerrero, call it 3699 20th Street if you want:


Just look at this poor Indian Laurel Fig (Ficus retusa) – it’s literally in “poor condition” already and then Y Combinator / Flock nails on a license plate camera to monetize the sidewalk trees of Frisco by spying on you and yours?

Sure looks that way.

And this is just a block or so away from Mark Zuckerberg’s San Francisco residence?

Sure looks that way.

So this is/was a “demonstration?” How long did it last, one wonders? And SFGov signed off on this?


There are PLENTY o’ SFPD Available to Enforce Traffic Laws Outside of Super Bowl City, It Appears

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Just My Observation, but there are lots of cops around to pull people over this week in the 94117. As here on Oak:

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I assumed that this ride had been pulled over for an expired registration, and I was correct, ’cause like you can’t really speed on this stretch of Oak.

I’m thinking the SFPD really likes to use license plate scanners in this area since lots of drivers get shunted into the Fell Oak corridor and it’s like fish in a barrel.

Generally speaking, having one-month expired registration tags (tabs?) is not that big of a deal, but whoo boy, once you get past six months, well Katie Bar The Door – the CVC takes a very dim view of waiting half a year to get your annual registration completed, just saying.

Anyway, it’s rare to see a business vehicle with expired registration, but these days, with license plate scanners all about, you just might get pulled over, with a quickness…

Airport Backscatter X-Ray Smackdown: UCSF Faculty vs. The White House – National Opt Out Day Coming November 24th

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Get up to speed here on the whole airport security backscatter X-ray issue right here.

Since that time, Blogger Bob over at the TSA Blog took the time to say no biggee and point out this response from Health and Human Services.

Well, the UCSF crew remains unpersuaded:

Per John Sedat, a UCSF professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, “There are many misconceptions, and we will write a careful answer pointing out their errors. Because four people are working on this, it will not be done in one day.”

O.K. then.

And National Opt Out Day is coming up November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving. Are millions of travelers going to jam up the nation’s airports?

We’ll see…