While that might be true for some airplanes, I doubt there are many operators of an expensive, modern airliner like a 777 that would be interested in some parts that "fell off the back of a truck".
But in that case, where are the people? If the plane landed relatively intact, people would evacuate/escape the plane before it sinks, and you would have people and rafts or clinging to their seat cushions which would be spotted (and rescued). Same thing with the plane landing at some rural airstrip - eventually some of the passengers/crew would find a way to contact civilization.
Actually, Apple was crazy. The original iMac didn't come with a CD burner, USB thumbdrives didn't exist and even if you found one the OS didn't support it, and as far as networking was concerned most people were still on dial-up. So to get data off the machine you either had to have a second computer with an ethernet interface which most people didn't have, upload it at dial-up speeds, or buy a USB floppy drive. So pretty much everyone who bought an iMac ended up buying a floppy drive anyway. To add to the hilarity, most cheap USB floppy drives would only read DOS-formatted disks so your old Apple floppies were still unreadable.
Seems that 5.25" drives would win there too. Sure, a 5.25" drive will use more power than a 2.5", but with today's data densities a 5.25" drive would be massive compared to a 2.5" drive and you would need a lot less of them.
The local school district here in Minnesota has a small garage where they store their wheelchair-accessible buses, but the rest get to sit outside. That seems to be pretty much the norm. Each parking spot does have power though, to run the block heater that each bus is equipped with.
Or the fact that the database is offered to law enforcement for free. What if your car ware erroneously spotted near the scene of a crime?
You do realize that there are practical reasons to wear a lab coat and it's not just a fashion statement?
Though you may still want to avoid the high fructose bee spit (aka honey).
It may be because the manufacturers strong-armed into it too. Used to be that the dealers would actually drill holes in the sheet metal to mount their logo, and oftentimes this was the first place the car would start rusting. The manufacturers got tired of warranty claims due to rust-through around the dealer logo and told the dealers to knock it off.
I'm not sure what that would buy you. With a traditional bank, it makes some sense to do it that way, as your checking account number isn't exactly a secret (it's printed on every check), but you can keep your savings account number secret. However, with Bitcoin anyone could go through the ledger and by "following the money" so to speak figure out your "mattress" and even know exactly how many bitcoins it has in it. Furthermore, at some point when transaction fees become the norm it'll even cost you money (granted, likely only a small amount) every time you move bitcoins between your "wallet" and "mattress".
Let me know where I can invest my money relatively safely and get a 4% return per year, and maybe I'll take your advice. In the meantime I'll keep making payments on my mortgage, with an interest rate that's quite favorable when compared to real inflation numbers.
Actually, the "recycling" process (if you want to call it that) is pretty complete. Circuit boards are stripped of their components, which are then soaked in acid to recover the metals. What's left of the circuit boards are burned along with the plastics. Wire is burned to get rid of the insulation, and the left over copper recycled. Metal parts are recycled. Glass is smelted down to recover the lead. There actually isn't much left once it's been "processed".
Actually, I noticed that picture too. The three in middle lack an ATX connector plate, have the IEC female connector for the monitor power, and have eight slots for expansion slots. Those are old PCs, probably 286's or 386's. Maybe a 486. That does kind of suggest the US, because back then (late 80's, early 90's) most of the IBM-compatibles were sold in the US, though they were certainly available overseas. Probably kind of unusual to run across something like that in what must be a sea of discarded P4's and Athlon's. Maybe that's why they appear to have been saved? Some of that stuff actually can fetch a decent dollar on eBay in working condition thanks to the whole retro gaming thing.
Even then it may not stop the car. Some of them just set off the alarm but don't kill the engine.
Most any modern car with an automatic transmission that still uses a physical key has an interlock where the key cannot be turned all the way to off or locked if the transmission is not in park. This also means that the key cannot be removed unless the transmission is in park. Granted, on a car with a computer-controlled transmission, you might be able to put the gearshift in park while moving at speed (since the car is moving the computer won't engage the parking cowl) and remove the key which will engage the steering lock while the car is still moving.
Manual transmission cars handle things differently. Some have a button next to the key that acts similar to the transmission interlock in the sense that you must push the button to allow the key to to be moved to off/lock and be removed. On a car like this, you could engage the steering lock (and remove the key) while the car is in motion by pushing the button, and since the whole push-the-button-to-turn-the-car-off motion becomes part of your muscle memory after a while, it's possible in a panic situation that you might engage the steering lock unintentionally (though in a manual I would hope that most people would simply push the clutch or put the car in neutral first). Some cars, such as some Saab models had a better system where the transmission must be in reverse to lock the steering and remove the key.