[Noisebridge-discuss] hacking parking meters at Noisebridge

girlgeek girlgeek at wt.net
Tue Jun 10 14:58:32 UTC 2014


Jacob,
The first message in this stream said that the parking meter 
perpetrators were talking about being interested in the quarters inside 
the meter.
-Claudia
On 6/10/2014 4:19 PM, Jacob Appelbaum wrote:
>> FYI, a couple of non-members (looking at the fact they didn't have the
>> door code) brought in a parking meter into NB. They're pretty excited by
>> the fact it has quarters in it.
>>
> What kind of parking meter? Was it a local parking meter? How was it obtained?
>
> Possession of a parking meter per se isn't a crime. Stealing a locally
> active one probably isn't a good idea and is likely a crime. Poking at
> one on the street is a grey area, depending on the poking. The SF DPT
> were friendly when we broke the smart card system a few years ago.
>
> That research on the SF parking meters is still online:
>
>    http://www.grandideastudio.com/portfolio/smart-parking-meters/
>
> Hacking on parking meters to understand the machines that rule our
> streets is totally excellent and lots of fun. Stealing an active meter
> for quarters isn't, obviously.
>
> All the best,
> Jacob
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