Oakland Idyll, Dec. 23, 2013 (4 Photos).

FAIL
Out of order parking meter reads "FAIL." Looking forward to seeing one that says "pwned."
Out of order parking meter reads “FAIL.” Looking forward to seeing one that says “pwned” next time.

 

The Buena Vista Social Club Pays a Visit

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If you're going to park on the front lawn, always try to block the walkway.
If you’re going to park on the front lawn, always try to block the walkway.

 

A SCANNER DARKLY.

Philip K. Dick, longtime Oakland resident, would understand.
Philip K. Dick, longtime Oakland resident, would understand all too well.

Look closely below the right tail-light. You’re starting to see these new square bar codes everywhere. Their design makes them easier to capture with a portable scanner, such as a smart phone. It only makes sense that they would now show up on vehicles.

Think about how old-school it is for cops to have to pull up close enough to read off a license plate into the radio Adam-12 style: “Alpha Charlie Diamond, One, Four, Six. Tags are current. Copy?” when instead they could convey all the information with a quick scan of the bar code.

Expect to see these on vehicles everywhere, sooner than you think.

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