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What makes her email any different from everyone elses'?
The clout to have it buried or lost.
All plates must be (1) securely fastened so as to prevent them from swinging, (2) displayed horizontally with the identifying numbers and letters facing outward from the vehicle, and (3) mounted in the upright position. The person driving the motor vehicle shall keep the plate legible and unobstructed and free from grease, dust, or other blurring material so that the lettering is plainly visible at all times. It is unlawful to cover any assigned letters and numbers or the name of the state of origin of a license plate with any material whatever, including any clear or colorless material that affects the plate's visibility or reflectivity.
So in my state any cover one were to put over their plate, including those license plate frames dealers put on, would be illegal. At the same time if one were to rig up a system where one was dumping out massive amounts of IR around the plate in an effort to flood the image that would be legal. Also for the record there are no laws covering the IR emission from vehicles in Minnesota as all light emissions regulations deal with specific colors (white, blue, amber, and red) light, or with flashing lights.
I have done some digging into seeing if flooding ALPRs with IR is possible and while some people seem to say it isn't it seems like their efforts have been fairly half assed. They only put out a few watts of power instead of going for a few hundred watts of power. I want to build a frame that covers no part of my plate but will draw 20 amps at 12V and dump it into a large array of these IR LEDs. From the pictures I have seen where people photograph a 100 equivalent watt bulb showing that even that doesn't flood the image they just didn't take it far enough so ~200W going into some IR LEDs would be about as bright as a 1000 watt bulb which now is starting to get up into the range of back lit by the sun range type of power which will mess with the picture.
* By suspicious I mean someone who might have ties to any protest organization, be a naturalized citizen, have visited any strange countries, be a minority, committed a crime other than a traffic/parking ticket, or any other group the government may want to target or would be ignored by the news media. Basically it would be similar to driving while black, or the opposite of being a young white girl who gets murdered or put on trial in a foreign country. I hate to say it but it is sadly true that the general population would't care about your plight if you could be painted as an undesireable.
Baking a baby in a truck
But I'm pretty sure there is plenty prior art for that.
True, at the moment they are still somewhat disapointing, but that is to be expected when you are scaling machines that just a few years cost tens of thousands of dollars down to something consumers can play with.
Usually the quality produced between a commercial/industrial device and consumer one is comparable with other devices with the biggest difference being the size and power requirements for other tools. Granted when you go down to the bottom of the barrel they will suck but for things like welders, plasma cutters, milling machines, and other machine tools this seems to hold, yet a commercial 3d printer produces vastly better quality than a consumer one. I recently decided to spend some money and get a good consumer plasma cutter since they have experienced a dramatic drop in price similar to other tools like what I mentioned. It works great and the results are very good, but if I had bought a current 3D printer for a similar amount I would be very disappointed with it.
That said I could probably find uses for a 3D printer now but it would be more of a toy than anything else. I welcome people tinkering and working with them now as it does drive the market both in quality and price but I will wait until I can get one that will print in metal with very tight tolerances.
The problem is I won't get those things but the constitution violating NSA Director Michael Rogers stands a reasonable chance of getting what he wants.
"his face is so generic it matches every other face in our database"