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Old 02-22-2008, 04:45 PM   #21
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:15 PM   #22
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Was he parked next to this guy?

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Old 02-22-2008, 08:37 PM   #23
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I don't know what the gadget is, but I recognize the location: Fry's Electronics, U.S. 59 at W. Bellfort, Stafford TX (southwest side of Houston)
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:52 PM   #24
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Looks like a sniffer to me, the apparent compressed gas tank may be a clue. That kind of instrument must be periodically reset with a baseline like 02 or CO2...but I'm doing a WAG.

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Old 02-22-2008, 09:39 PM   #25
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Don't know, but I'd think twice before I whipped that guy the bird.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:50 AM   #26
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I come down on the side of it being a "sniffer." Colorado, for instance, is trying to find a way to check cars for emission inspections without the cost (manpower mainly) of physical inspections. Could this be something (since it is a State vehicle) that "sniffs" around industrial plants for... hmmm... various reasons?

My intial thought had to do with map making -- like Google Earth or Mapquest.
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:17 AM   #27
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I don't know what the gadget is, but I recognize the location: Fry's Electronics, U.S. 59 at W. Bellfort, Stafford TX (southwest side of Houston)
Good. You go there, Harry, and when the guy shows up again, ask him what the *&%^ it is.
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:00 PM   #28
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Is this how Google gets all of those cool candid street shots?
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:43 PM   #29
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Is this how Google gets all of those cool candid street shots?
Actually, this is the camera:

The camera behind Google's Street View | Tech news blog - CNET News.com

and how they look on the vehicle:

Eye On You: Google Streetview Camera Car Fleet Set to Invade America
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:06 PM   #30
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it amplifies radar and shoots it back towards the source.
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:53 AM   #32
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No way that it is any air emission monitoring equipment...if government, I suspect DOT data acquisition...I saw our state DOT with a crazy vehicle with sensors all over the thing a few months back at the local gas station...
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Is that a nitrous tank? To give more HP to engine?
If it has a hose for the driver, I want one!
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