well, again, to be fair, i wasnt getting a renewel. i was getting my intial state license and registrations (still fair new to the place).
what ticked me off the worst was i took the day off frm work, cause i was told how bad it was...it was about 30 minutes before they were gonna close. they were just
If plates become electronic and networked, then the question needs to be asked, why do we even need a license plate to display a number at all.
Actually you have that question exactly backwards. The question is, why have electronic networked plates in the first place? License plates were created to increase accountability - if you ran over a pedestrian and didn't stop, chances are someone would see your plate.
That was a reasonable compromise, the plate wasn't really needed until after the driver behaved badly on the road. But making plates networked and such flips around - now we are all being observed in case some driver does something bad. We've moved the observation to cover everybody before the fact, rather than just the guilty parties after the fact.
What we really need are machine unreadable plates - plates that can only be read by humans, not computer systems. Chances are that will never happy, the police would fight it to the last man.
So, what do ISPs do? They oversubscribe
Caps do not fix the problems of over-subscription. The majority of customers will all have the same usage patterns - basically heavy usage during prime-time and a trickle the rest of the day. Restricting the total gigabytes downloaded by the month can only minimally improve congestion during prime-time
Furthermore, the modern ISP has huge, huge margins on bandwidth. Like 90+ % gross margins - the vast majority of an ISP's cost are in the infrastructure (cables, equipment, staff) not in bandwidth itself. Wholesale bandwidth pricing itself has been dropping like a stone, reducing by at least 30% a year for many years now and has recently accelerated to about 50% a year.
Download caps are just a wholly inappropriate tool for fixing problems with over-subscription. They are, however, fantastic for hurting competing businesses like NetFlix and Hulu.
the cynical/sarcastic part of me says "Oh wow, look how useful the NSA is being..."
or "Number of Americans spied on to capture this intelligence: 350,000,000."
But in all seriousness, this IS the sort of thing the NSA is supposed to discover.
they just dont need to spy on 100% of Americans 100% of the time to do it.
So good on them, job well done.
Now stop violating the rights of your own citizens.
Lead with your left.
His gaurd is weak on that side.
And he's got a glass jaw, so one good pop there, and down he'll go.
(actually you know, i think this would have been funnier with the other trope, "The Fix Is In"
that what i said. use the RFID tags we use for automatic toll roads. if we got those out here in bumphuc no where i know they got them out in Cali.
no, im actually being unfair.
they know it exists.
it just doesnt matter because they privatized the DMV.
so first you got the Dept of Public Safetyand sit in line for 8 hours....if they see you at all. they literally cut off the line ~9am (an hour after they open) and tell anyone past that point to go home, they got all theyll handle today. anyway, IF they see you, they ask you buncha questions, check your eyesight...take your picture...fingerprint...address...proff residence...and then give you nothing, but a small stamped piece of paper with a number on it.
THEN you got the private tag agency. and wait in line again. for a few more hours. they're the ones still using TRS-80s (cause you know, they still work and upgrading is expensive...they didnt get to be lowest bidder for nothing you know!). and when THEY finally get around to seeing you...first you have to pay them (ya, you dont pay the state, you pay the contractor). and then they take your piece of paper, pull up the number, and print an ID card...which takes about another hour using their first gen (possibly even THE protoype) id card printer.
no, actually i was thinking remove the plates entirely.
if you have an RFID its not really needed. as for reading it for accident purposes, the VIN is already on the vehicle, write that down. OR, sinec the toll stickers we get here are about a 2x2" plasticized white paper square (with the chip about a 1/2" square in the center), just print a serial number on there and you get the equivalent of a plate number for accident purposes. or cars can have readers incorporated into "black boxes", that report "1205Z: Impact with VIN: 12f923289819sas2141". for cops checking for expired "tags", the RFID is your tag, and the cop could check in seconds to see if youre legal or not.
and using an RFID avoids any issues of power sources, hacking the electronic plate (hacking the dmv being a seperate issue, that already exists as a threat vector), accidents destroying the electronic plate, etc.
basiaclly i question the need to design an electronic plate at all when you can just summarily replace plates entirely with existing tech already common on the roads, if htey want to go this route. though i personally would just as well keep the existing plates.
Generally speaking, if you call the host and say "I need a line without caps, can you quote me a price," they will.
Oftentimes you'll have to call it a business line though.
Verizon FIOS caps are so far in the sky that you're unlikely ever to hit them.
I dont think my state government has even discovered the internet yet.
the DMV office is still using TRS-80 computers in the registration section.
and they're the newest equipment in the place.
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