Law enforcement agencies around the country have been all too eager to adopt mass surveillance technologies, but sometimes they have put little effort into ensuring the systems are secure and the sensitive data they collect on everyday people is protected.
In dystopian science fiction, overbearing police states have cameras and sensors perched on everything imaginable— like buildings, lamp posts, human bodies, and....fake desert flora?
We've always wondered why Steve Jobs' Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG didn't have a license plate. Did he think he was above the law? Was he doing it to be different? Maybe! But how did he get away with it? Easy. His cars were leased.
Avrohom Eliezer Friedman got his car stolen the other day. Which is pretty damn terrible. But! Police found the carjacker on the road thanks to Gmail. Well, kinda. It's not exactly the Gmail we love and use.
Who knows if this little bit of database wizardry would actually cause the traffic camera's picture-parsing computer to drop a table? Even if it doesn't it's covered up his actual license plate. [See Also]
Business Insider thinks that this license plate they spotted in Cupertino stands for "What would Steve Jobs do," but I think I think the SJ is short for Scarlett Johansson. Either way, where do I order the bracelet? [Business Insider]
The guys at Tasty Booze may think whoever owns this guy is a gigantic douche, but we know better. This guy is a gigantic Gizmodo fan. You can't fit "Gigantic Gizmodo Fan" on a license plate, so he shortened it to "BIG GIZ". Here's to you, Giz fan—you Pontiac driver you. [TastyBooze - Thanks Blakeley!]
If you're the kind of driver that enjoys passing cars and subsequently giving them the bird, this Plate Flipper will save you time and energy by doing your flipping for you. It's essentially a version of the plate-flipping gadget that KITT had on Knight Rider, but instead of flipping open to reveal another plate, it…
Hmmm, what uses will people find for a license plate holder that displays scrollable messages? You can enter up to 120 characters into one message, and the plate holder stores up to 5 messages.