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I was driving from San Francisco to San Jose this morning for NVIDIA’s GPU Technology conference. A BMW M3 passed me on my right as I apparently wasn’t driving fast enough. It’s pretty common for people to get passed by M3s, but this isn’t just any M3, it’s a thin client M3. I asked my wife to snap a photo of the ‘No PC’ signs on the doors.

I have no idea who this guy is, but he hasn’t gotten the ‘hands free and passing at 90 mph on the right is dangerous memo…’ He might want to work on that while flying the Wyse colors.
This isn’t the first time I’ve run across another geek on the highway. Maybe I’ll throw a GBM logo on my car and start racing these guys…or maybe I’ll concentrate on not driving like an a**hole.



  1. Clavain

    09/21/2010 at 11:33 am

    90 MPH?

    Pretty humble speed that. Come and live in Germany for a while and find yourself cruising along at 120MPH with someone behind you flashing like mad because you are too slow :-) (can’t pass here on the right)


    • GTX

      09/22/2010 at 8:16 am

      … and 90 MPH is still at least 25 miles over the speed limit and commands a $295+ dollar ticket in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties.

  2. Xavier Lanier

    09/21/2010 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, us Americans have to drive our nice German cars very slowly, and we’re not supposed to pass on the right either. We’re also not supposed to hold our mobile phones.

    • aftermath

      09/21/2010 at 1:32 pm

      You absolutely made my day with this!

      “Thin client M3” is probably the funniest thing that I’ve read on the Internet in months, and I’m eager to use it in conversation. It is my new nickname for this kind of guy, who before today were known in my circle as “ME” guys, (interpreting the “3” as if it was an uppercase “E”, although can “thin client ME” be too far away?).

      You have to love a guy who has his own personal phone but doesn’t understand its appropriate use (he’s driving) and his own personal car but doesn’t understand its appropriate use (he’s driving too fast and passing on the right) who advocates against you having your own personal computer. I’m sure that there’s multiple levels of irony available here, but unfortunately, I’m not so good at awareness.

  3. GTaylor

    09/22/2010 at 10:32 am

    “Pick Your Jerk” The new multiple choice photo ID game. Just compare the guarded photo(phone and hand between glass and face) snapped by Xavier’s wife, with the rogues gallery found here:

    We all win if anyone at (the sales and service site with more words than Wikipedia) fesses up and apologizes to the motoring public for antisocial me-first behavior!

  4. GTaylor

    09/22/2010 at 10:38 am

    One handed driving at 90mph in a posted speed zone while distracted by the conversation; this guy is not German.

    • Xavier Lanier

      09/22/2010 at 11:49 am

      Funny about your ‘not German’ comment. I just had a conversation with some German tech bloggers about the differences between what it takes to get a license here in the U.S. vs. Germany.
      When I was 16 I spent a summer in Germany and the German students seemed amazed by how easy it was for us to get our licenses and that the process was relatively cheap/painless. Us Americans viewed it as completely normal that the state hands out licenses with only a few hours of on the road training. Germans, on the other hand, wait until they’re 18, go through serious training and generally take pride in motoring.

      • GTaylor

        09/22/2010 at 1:01 pm

        I tell anybody who will listen that because of the risk to other people’s lives, driving is not a right, it is power, and a poorly regulated at that. Regulation is not an exclusively governmental responsibility.

  5. T Pain

    09/23/2010 at 8:41 am

    Get a life guys. Sad that I took the time to read through all of these replys. Please get a life…

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