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[#] Mon Sep 29 2014 00:45:47 EDT from Sig

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The same department handles car registration (yearly) and driver licensing (every 5 years). This is WA, as I mentioned.

[#] Mon Sep 29 2014 13:56:41 EDT from LoanShark

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Are you still living overseas?

[#] Tue Sep 30 2014 14:33:58 EDT from Shazam

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Our business is not eligible to renew registrations online. I went back yesterday to renew the same car's registration, with the new insurance card in my hand. They said no. This time it was because they can't renew my registration when my insurance card's start date hadn't come yet. It was dated 10-1-14. Last time they sent me away because my old insurance card ends 10-1-14.
I stayed this time to complain to the supervisior, who told me politely to fuck off. But I was proud of myself that I didn't cry. :-)

[#] Tue Sep 30 2014 21:39:45 EDT from LoanShark

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7th circle, for sure. Along with the telephone sanitizers.

[#] Wed Oct 01 2014 05:26:01 EDT from the_mgt

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Asterix - The Twelve Tasks of Asterix - #8: Find Permit A 38 in "The Place That Sends You Mad"

[#] Thu Oct 02 2014 02:51:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Very similar process for my license renewal last time. I still looked

like my picture from the previous license (a sign I am getting old, no

doubt; 5 years used to involve significant visual evidence of change),

so I paid a fee online and was mailed a new license.

Obviously they don't care a whole lot. Here in PRNY I've got a license with a photo taken many years ago as well. I kind of wish I could get it updated ... but not enough to actually go to a DMV.

[#] Fri Nov 07 2014 16:06:13 EST from dothebart

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anybody of you know the before-wirtschaftswunder car Messerschmidt?

Image #7 shows the originals from the 1950'ies

The original has a weight of 250 kg - the electricay assisted new one is 125 kg.

[#] Thu Nov 13 2014 00:54:34 EST from ax25

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Not heard of one.  Thought of buying an Isetta once, but decided to live instead :-)

[#] Thu Jan 29 2015 11:49:43 EST from dothebart

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so, to calm down road rage...

... the cars of the future will limit engine power and play calming music in the not to distant future.

[#] Thu Jan 29 2015 17:04:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The cars of the future will be the bus, citizen.

[#] Fri Jan 30 2015 06:49:09 EST from the_mgt

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The cars of the future are virtual, when everyone of us is hooked up to the matrix.

Anyway, detecting fatigue is hard as fuck on itself (even when you monitor heart rate), the next thing is convincing the asshole on the drivers seat that it is better for him and way better for everyone else not to continue driving.

Believe it or not, our bodies already have really rather good smart fibers to detect fatigue and intoxication due to alcohol and other drugs. Has that ever prevented your average asshole from driving in that state? What we'd need is a car that slows down in a safe and controlled way, pulls over and refuses to start again. Is it likely that we get that? Chances are low, I guess.

Even if we get a car like that, some smartass will include a "manual override" function so the assholes can continue driving. Imho, all the money wasted on such projects should be redirected into making a comfortable and working automatic traffic system, where the human factor is removed at all. But the again, the germans treat their cars and freedom to travel at the speed of sound on ze autobahn in the same way as you americans treat your rifles: "From my cold dead hands!" 

[#] Fri Jan 30 2015 09:24:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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May I remind you that our American rifles are the reason you Germans aren't still living under a Nazi regime.

Anyway, there *are* cars fitted with breathalyzers (sp?) which require that you blow into the tube and get a "not intoxicated" reading in order to start the engine. However, those systems are only given to people who have *already* gotten a DUI.

That just doesn't make sense. If someone already got a DUI they shouldn't be given any opportunity to drive again. None.

(However, as someone who has had a family member killed by a drunk driver, I may not be totally objective on this topic.)

[#] Fri Jan 30 2015 10:17:03 EST from dothebart

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as the privately owned number of cars drops - aka the owner is almost never the driver - this probably will become more and more reality.

Since, if you lend cars away by the RFID of a passport, you have to protect your property, right?

[#] Fri Jan 30 2015 18:55:01 EST from the_mgt

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Fri Jan 30 2015 09:24:36 ESTfrom IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
May I remind you that our American rifles are the reason you Germans aren't still living under a Nazi regime.
You only did that in order steal our german car engineering knowledge, you would still ride horse carriages without that. V-dub in the house!

[#] Fri Jan 30 2015 20:29:38 EST from vince-q <>

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IG - I am in complete agreement with you. There should be a national zero-tolerance DUI law. Drive drunk, get caught, you're done driving - period - take the bus.

[#] Mon Feb 02 2015 10:24:49 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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the_mgt: I wish we had actually done that. Our cars compare to yours about as well as our beer does.

[#] Sat Feb 07 2015 20:14:00 EST from triLcat

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5 years from now, we'll start seeing self-driving cars. Drunk? no prob. you're not driving anyway.


[#] Sat Feb 07 2015 20:21:46 EST from zooer

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I like to drive, I am not ready to give it up, however I can see the time when I will want a self driving car.
I aint getting younger. There is still a lot to be worked out, there is still a lot of human interaction.

[#] Sun Feb 08 2015 04:57:58 EST from triLcat

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zooer: would you give up driving if it meant that you could read/write/work/watch a video while getting from point a to point b with significantly lower risk of accidents, and probably at about the same speed?

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