John Deere: of course you "own" your tractor, but only if you agree to let us rip you off

John Deere freaked out over a a petition to the Copyright Office to let tractor owners break the DRM on their vehicles in order to diagnose and fix them. Read the rest

Solving San Francisco's housing crisis with narrow, human-scale streets

The Narrow Streets SF site tries to imagine what San Francisco would be like with streets redesigned for humans instead of cars, allowing the space clawed back from the roads to be used for more housing. Read the rest

In the 21st century, only corporations get to own property and we're their tenants

In the wake of John Deere's claims that the software in its engines means that its farm equipment is "licensed," not "sold," I talked to the Globe and Mail about what digital locks mean for the idea of property in the 21st century. Read the rest

$17 radio amp lets thieves steal Priuses

If your car has a proximity-based ignition fob that lets you start the engine without inserting a key, thieves on the street in front of your house can use an amp to detect its signal from your house and relay it to the car, getting away clean. Read the rest

Finnish millionaire gets EUR54K speeding ticket

Finland has progressive fines for driving offenses, so the more you earn, the more you pay. Read the rest

Having the brakes removed from your car is a personal decision

Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking -- did you know that in the old days, cars didn't have brakes? Read the rest

I PARKED IN A BIKE LANE stickers

3" neon-green stickers: $5 for 20. Read the rest

Potemkin rumble: your car's muscular engine noise is an MP3

Car manufacturers admit that they fake the throaty rumble of their products' engines, using tricks like hidden amplifiers or even playing digital soundfiles when you depress the gas pedal. Read the rest

Electric “supercar” coupe prototype from Renovo Motors unveiled at CES

Looks pretty dope. If you're at CES, you can drool all over it in person at the NVIDIA booth.

NY DA gives unlicensed driver who killed senior in crosswalk a $400 fine

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance brokered the $400 penalty for Kristin Rodriguez, an unlicensed driver who struck and killed 66 year old Keiko Ohnishi as she was crossing the street. Read the rest

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah Bat-VAN!

[ Drifting Over the Ether ] Read the rest

Nerdy steering-wheel covers

Oklahoma City's Beau Fleurs sells a remarkable variety of steering-wheel covers, each adorned with a hellokittyish hair-bow (pictured here: the Marvel comics edition, $25).

(via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

BC Pastafarian fights for right to wear colander in Driver's License photo

Obi Canuel is an ordained Pastafarian minister from British Columbia who's fighting for the right to wear his religious headgear -- a pasta colander -- in his driver's license photo. Read the rest

Forklift driver flips coin into bottle

After first picking it up from the asphalt with a deft flick of the forklift blade. Nice shootin', Tex! (Thanks, Versetty!) Read the rest

Class war meets the War on General Purpose Computers

The subprime auto-lending business -- writing car-loans to people who can't afford them -- is fuelled by GPS-enabled immobilizers that let lenders track and shut down cars whose drivers violate terms of service, from missing payments to fleeing the tri-county area in order to move into a shelter for abused women. Read the rest

Build your own working tabletop V8 engine

The Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine ($65.62) sounds fantastic -- the lengthy selection of positive reviews confirm the manufacturer's claim that a "talented 10 year old" could assemble it, and it can be disassembled and reassembled, which makes it great for classrooms, camps and studios. (via Red Ferret) Read the rest

Death stalks the joyriders

Illustration from the pentecostal youth magazine Christ’s Ambassadors, October, 1926 Read the rest

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