« on: August 12, 2013, 10:06:44 pm »
TIFL you can't just start a thread for no reason
Nothing gets wasted around here
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Nearly every car being manufactured right now comes with a little added bonus by way of a tiny recording device nestled under the center console. And if you’re looking to keep your driving habits under wraps, you might want to start worrying.
As many as 96 percent of the cars mass-produced in 2013 include event data recorders, or EDRs, yet the existence of these small “black box” surveillance devices are rarely known among the automobile drivers whose data is being collected with every quick turn of the steering wheel.
Despite widespread ignorance of the EDRs, though, they could soon become mandatory. The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking that the installation of EDRs in light passenger vehicles be mandatory starting September 2014, and opponents are already attempting to raise awareness in order to make auto drivers aware that their sudden speed bursts and even seatbelt data is being collected and could be easily shared.
Depending on the type of EDR, these black boxes can record the speed of a vehicle, the crash force at the moment of impact and an array of other information about the automobile’s inner workings.
“It really just takes a snapshot of the event,” John Giamalvo of Edmunds.com told CBS News.
Other information that can be collected and then shared includes whether or not the car’s brake was activated before the crash, the state of the engine and whether the vehicle seat belt was buckled before an incident.
We know that look.
That "If I have to check for traps one more time, I'm going to sneak a spoonful of drain cleaner into the GM's yoo-hoo and start screaming "GUESS YOU FAILED YOUR SEARCH CHECK ON THAT ONE MR. TEN BY TEN STONE CORRIDOR."
You need help.
You need HOL.
Science Fiction Roleplaying for gamers who've had a really bad day. Get it before you hurt someone.
Everybody involved, go out, take a dozen (or more/less) photographs. Grab an image that speaks, something with some emotion behind it, that might do the same for others.
Shove them all in a common photobucket (or whatever) account.
Go in. Grab an image. Yours, his, mine, whatever. Doesn't matter if someone else has used it, in fact, better to get multiple stories per image. Grab one that tells you a story. Tell us the story (with link).
Rinse and repeat.