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License Plates

  1. Steve Jobs Avoided Getting a License Plate By Leasing a New Identical Car Every Six Months

    High profile businessmen and rich people tend to have their reported quirks. Money allows this sort of thing, but Steve Jobs wasn't known for any kind of eccentricities that money allows, like having a diamond-plated iPad or something. He did, however, manage to avoid having a license plate on his Mercedes SL55 AMG. This wasn't made possible because he cut some kind of deal with state government, but because of a loophole in the California vehicle laws that stated a new car has a maximum of six months to be without a license plate. Yes, this is going where you think it is: Steve Jobs cut a deal with a leasing company that allowed him to lease a new Mercedes SL55 AMG every six months so as to avoid having to slap a license plate on the back.

    It wasn't revealed why he didn't want license plate numbers on his car -- one can only assume he didn't want to be tracked -- but, you know, he had an iPhone. I'll be here all night.

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  2. Honk if You Think California’s Electronic License Plate Ad Proposal Is a Really Bad Idea

    Oh California Legislature, have you not heard of hackers? A bill is making its way through the California congress that would pave the way for electronic license plates that play ads when their vehicles are stopped. When the vehicle is in motion, it would display a standard license plate, but when the car stops, say, at a red light, the license plate would erupt into a brilliant, distracting fury of paid-for colors telling you to invest in something.

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