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USB 'Dead Drops'

Soulskill posted about 4 years ago | from the peer-to-peer-sneakernet dept.

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Okian Warrior writes "Aram Bartholl is building a series of USB dead drops in New York City. Billed as 'an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space,' he has embedded USB sticks as file cache devices throughout the city. Bartholl says, 'I am "injecting" USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and data.' Current locations (more to come) include: 87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot), Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo), 235 Bowery, NY (New Museum), Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St), and West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)"

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Yeeeahhh (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075494)

Turn off AutoPlay first, kids. You'll thank me later.

Re:Yeeeahhh (5, Insightful)

HungryHobo (1314109) | about 4 years ago | (#34075846)

Ya I would have thought an open wifi network connected to a little ftp server (but for fun not the internet)would make a far better dead drop.
for one you wouldn't have to be so obvious about connecting to it.
Sitting in a coffee shop across the street would be far less conspicuous.

Re:Yeeeahhh (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 4 years ago | (#34075886)

Which still makes it marginally less useful than say, an online file repository which lets you upload and share links for free.

Unless of course people feel there is something 'cool' about having to be in a specified location to receive information in this day and age.

Time to look for my mysterious-looking jacket and dark sunglasses, must look the part.

Dead drops? (5, Insightful)

nebaz (453974) | about 4 years ago | (#34075496)

Is that kind of like a Glory Hole? Probably the same number of viruses.

Cool (1)

assemblerex (1275164) | about 4 years ago | (#34075504)

5 free usb drives, where's my bike?

Re:Cool (4, Funny)

MoonBuggy (611105) | about 4 years ago | (#34075522)

5 free usb drives, where's my bike?

No longer where you left it, since a passerby though 'hey, a free bike'.

Re:Cool (3, Funny)

entotre (1929174) | about 4 years ago | (#34075554)

But then a taxi came by and said 'hey, a free passerby'.
I invite continuation

Re:Cool (4, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | about 4 years ago | (#34075618)

Then a tow truck came by and said, "Hey, free taxi!"

Re:Cool (4, Funny)

Andy Smith (55346) | about 4 years ago | (#34075738)

Then a tow truck came by and said, "Hey, free taxi!"

Then Optimus Prime came by and said, "Longarm? Are you free?"

Re:Cool (3, Funny)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | about 4 years ago | (#34075928)

One of the signs today at the Rally to Restore Sanity asked "What would Optimus Prime do?"

Re:Cool (3, Funny)

contra_mundi (1362297) | about 4 years ago | (#34075748)

And then an analogy came by and said, "Hey, a free metaphor!"

Re:Cool (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 years ago | (#34075770)

Then a lawyer came along and said "Hey! Easy money!"

Re:Cool (5, Funny)

AndreR (814444) | about 4 years ago | (#34075874)

And then two dozen ./ users came by and said, "Hey, free karma!"

Re:Cool (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 4 years ago | (#34075906)

Free hugs?

Re:Cool (3, Funny)

Xaositecte (897197) | about 4 years ago | (#34075926)

Free Willy!

Re:Cool (4, Funny)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 4 years ago | (#34075952)

That could get you on the sex offender's list

Re:Cool (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075630)

But then a taxi came by and said 'hey, a free passerby'.

I invite continuation

But then Eric Raymond came along and said "Hey, it's confusing to call him free, that passerby is open source'. And something about his tribe and a bazaar too I expect.

Re:Dead drops? (2, Interesting)

rshxd (1875730) | about 4 years ago | (#34075564)

Lets see if a Mac can really get a virus ;-)

Re:Dead drops? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075634)

Spoilers: it can.

Re:Dead drops? (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | about 4 years ago | (#34075720)

While I know it's bad practice to go hooking your computer up to any untrustworthy data sources, is there that much a malicious USB stick could do to any patched up OS?

I genuinely don't know the answer, but experience would lead me to believe that I'd see some variation on "Really-trustworthy-program-that-isn't-a-virus,-honest is trying to modify your computer. Continue?" from OSX, Windows or Linux. Are zero-day exploits really common enough for it to be a significant worry otherwise?

Re:Dead drops? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#34075752)

Thinking back years ago, wasn't there an exploit which could work against any USB host, assuming complete control over the firmware in the USB device?

Re:Dead drops? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 years ago | (#34075902)

I can tell you from first hand experience - yes. Providing the patched-up OS is Windows. It's handling of USB devices is very insecure - if it sees a file called autorun.inf in the root, it will execute a program specified within. It only runs with user permissions, but that's quite enough to install a virus that can spread to further sticks. I know this is true, because a few months back this happened at my workplace (I'm an IT tech). We initially surpressed the outbreak by hastily writing a script to clean it from workstations, until we could devise a registry patch we could deply that disabled autorun.

Sounds great! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075498)

What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Sounds great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075530)

What could possibly go wrong?

Sarcasm aside, this is more a case of "what could possibly go right?"

Re:Sounds great! (0)

imamac (1083405) | about 4 years ago | (#34075548)

I think of far more options for what can go wrong.

Re:Sounds great! (1)

bennomatic (691188) | about 4 years ago | (#34075624)

I think that's the point. Not much could "go right" with this plan.

Great (1)

Gription (1006467) | about 4 years ago | (#34075718)

So you stop by and upload/download but don't notice that the Dept Homeland Security has the place staked out until they serve the search warrant on your house...

Re:Sounds great! (1)

Bastardchyld (889185) | about 4 years ago | (#34075588)

Seriously, when I first read this I thought, hey that is a pretty good idea. But then it occurred to me, what possible usefulness could come out of this? I guess I just pictured something a little more grandiose (some sort of actual storage instead of the 4-8GB that could be in that thumb drive max). And don't even get me started on the fact that some laptops would require a cord to connect up to those (ones with recessed usb, I even have one which has usb in the back vertically).

Re:Sounds great! (3, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#34075636)

A better way would be to build a simple open wifi AP. No internet connection, just storage.

Cue the old man thread... (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 4 years ago | (#34075708)

some sort of actual storage instead of the 4-8GB that could be in that thumb drive max

Do you know how many computers I've had and/or used that had at least an order of magnitude less than 4-8GB mass storage?

Why, back in my day, we had 160KB floppy disks! And we were glad to have 'em too!!! Rassum fassum darned kids today with their fancy "USB Drives"...

Re:Cue the old man thread... (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | about 4 years ago | (#34075832)

Hell, my netbook still only has 16GB storage, and a good amount of that is taken by the OS. If the GP was thinking of these drops for trading movies (and the P2P allusions mean that's not an unreasonable assumption) then yeah, it's a trivial amount, but if you want to transfer information you can pack a whole crapload into a few MB.

Re:Sounds great! (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 years ago | (#34075908)

You can get 64-gig flash sticks. My main concern would be vandalism. Someone will eventually see the connector sticking out and smash it off with a brick, just because they can. I imagine this is why there is no cord, but even just the connector would still be broken eventually.

Re:Sounds great! (2, Insightful)

entotre (1929174) | about 4 years ago | (#34075590)

kudos to the person who will find them all and format to ext4 file system.

Re:Sounds great! (-1, Troll)

Jorl17 (1716772) | about 4 years ago | (#34075714)

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Seriously, who doesn't use ext4 or some other superior FS nowadays? Oh, wait, NTFS is superior in the sense that it smells worse than all others. wuahwuahwuah!

Re:Sounds great! (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 years ago | (#34075940)

Actually they are *all* unsuitable for removeable media. Both of them will have problems with permission inconsistancy, and NTFS really doesn't handle unclean disconnection well. This is why FAT32 has remained in use for so long.
The replacement is probably going to be exfat. It's not free, not even remotely - it's patented to hell by Microsoft - but it's still likely to take over for the simple reason that Windows supports it (Since Vista, I think), and no removeable media is going to be practical of 90+% of PCs can't read it.

Re:Sounds great! (5, Funny)

djdavetrouble (442175) | about 4 years ago | (#34075774)

kudos to the person who will find them all and format to ext4 file system.

awesome post, but since it is almost halloween, why not a killer file system like reiserfs?

Re:Sounds great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075920)

kudos to the person who will find them all and format to ext4 file system.

awesome post, but since it is almost halloween, why not a killer file system like reiserfs?

because it's not funny or original or remotely interesting?

Excellent (4, Funny)

427_ci_505 (1009677) | about 4 years ago | (#34075536)

I can think of no security issues that could be introduced by this development.

Re:Excellent (1)

KibibyteBrain (1455987) | about 4 years ago | (#34075818)

This is possibly the one thing you could do both so computationally irresponsible and absurdly dorky that even your obscure *nix machine is going to be royally pwned if you use these frequently.

Re:Excellent (1)

drooling-dog (189103) | about 4 years ago | (#34075932)

I can think of no security issues that could be introduced by this development.

Nor can I... at least for any reasonable OS that doesn't do anything so colossally stupid as to run any executable it finds there.

But I suppose that point's already been made here.

a new trend (5, Funny)

tverbeek (457094) | about 4 years ago | (#34075538)

For an encore, he'll be setting up "Drop Dead" sites around the city. These will be little knobs mounted to walls, for anonymous people to "share" biological materials by walking up to them and licking them.

Re:a new trend (1)

Mick R (932337) | about 4 years ago | (#34075608)

mmmmmmmm ... knobiliscious!

Chris Hansen's new To Catch A Predator series... (1)

rshxd (1875730) | about 4 years ago | (#34075544)

Will this unsuspecting guy access the child porn cache.. Hello my name is Chris Hansen and I am from NBC's "To Catch A Predator" please sit down

Re:Chris Hansen's new To Catch A Predator series.. (1)

hedwards (940851) | about 4 years ago | (#34075760)

For the finale they really ought to bust him for possession of child porn. That would almost make the show worth watching.

Good way to get your laptop attacked (5, Informative)

techmuse (160085) | about 4 years ago | (#34075552)

So basically, you are being invited to connect a USB device from an unknown source, with unknown code on it, to your machine. There have been many instances of people leaving USB sticks with exploit binaries around for people to find. You find the stick, stick it in your machine, and are promptly exploited. Regardless of whether the creator of the dead drops hasn't done this intentionally themselves (hopefully, they haven't), you have no idea what might have been placed on the sticks by others.

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (4, Informative)

techmuse (160085) | about 4 years ago | (#34075560)

And here is an article on this exploit technique:

http://www.dailytech.com/USB+Drive+Malware+Exploit+Windows+7+Flaw+in+Apparent+Espionage+Effort/article19065.htm

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#34075652)

I wouldn't be walking around with a system running windows, even if I intended to use one of these devices.

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (4, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 4 years ago | (#34075754)

What kind of crappy machine is vulnerable to files on an external medium?

It's not the nineties anymore.

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 years ago | (#34075950)

Windows XP, Vista, Seven. Also Windows 98 and ME, but those two only if the external medium is a CD.

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (2, Funny)

drooling-dog (189103) | about 4 years ago | (#34075956)

What kind of crappy machine is vulnerable to files on an external medium?

The kind of machine that would run an attached executable when you open an e-mail might be expected to do such a thing.

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (1)

hedwards (940851) | about 4 years ago | (#34075808)

Just wrap it in a condom, you'll be fine you big baby.

Re:Good way to get your laptop attacked (1)

couchslug (175151) | about 4 years ago | (#34075958)

I'd do what I do when inspecting any questionable media or computer:

Boot one of the many convenient live Linux or PE-ish live CD/DVDs or live USB installs and have at it.

Hmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075558)

Sounds like a glory hole to me.

Lawsuit waiting to happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075566)

It truly amazes me how stupid people are. If this bozo did this to my property and announced it like he has, then I'd get a contractor and remove it and haul this clown in to small claims court for the costs.

There are ways of doing this sort of thing while minimizing your liability. He's opened himself to finding out about the costs the hard way.

Engineering aspects: (3, Insightful)

gblackwo (1087063) | about 4 years ago | (#34075568)

Ok, so they chose to leave the male end sticking out of the wall- and instead of using some sort of extension cord plug the laptop directly in. It will not take much wobbling of the laptop to create a large amount of shear stress on the usb stick leading to failure.

Also I'm sure many will complain about the possible dangers of viruses but imagine worse. How much damage could you do with a usb stick? It wouldn't be impossible to rig a car battery to the contacts from the other side of the wall.

Re:Engineering aspects: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075702)

Burning an USB port is much easier than you'd think. I accidentally plugged a device that was working as USB host but didn't properly implement USB On-The-Go, and essentially tried to provide 5 V to my laptop. And the port on the laptop doesn't work very well any more (it can't power some device for some reason). I'm not electric engineer, and I don't understand what happened (and I'm not sure whether is should happen in the first place), but the port was dead from something that didn't require me to make anything myself.

Just shorting the port or connecting the 5 V to data A or data B can create a big deal of damage. I did that once by accidentally breaking the clips holding the wires in the connector that went to the motherboard.

If you plug the USB connector to the mains (preferably with a fuse that automatically reconnects after 5 mins or something), you might succeed blowing up the entire laptop. But a car battery is just 12 V, nothing big would happen unfortunately.

Re:Engineering aspects: (1)

blackest_k (761565) | about 4 years ago | (#34075756)

12 volts on usb fried every usb device i had connected and killed the mainboard maybe more on a desktop I had.
(was a usb case for a laptop dvd drive. Design flaw was that it had a power connector commonly used for 12 volts.

good luck trying 12volts on your USB ports.

Re:Engineering aspects: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075768)

I usally pefer to connect the usb to the mains with 120v to 12v transformer wired backwards. Maybe two for good measure. parrell or in series if your feeling extra diabolical. When I need power on the go I wire an automotive coil with an automotive flasher to small 12v battery.

Re:Engineering aspects: (4, Informative)

MoonBuggy (611105) | about 4 years ago | (#34075850)

Basically, this [fiftythree.org] . A very reasonable point, and one that I hadn't considered myself.

Re:Engineering aspects: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075922)

If you're into that sort of thing, you might as well pour superglue on a park bench, or cover an open manhole with a road-colored sheet of paper. You can do pranks with pretty much everything, I don't see the relevance.

Re:Engineering aspects: (1)

izomiac (815208) | about 4 years ago | (#34075954)

My first thought was about the impractically of leaving the male end sticking out as well. Not all laptops orient their USB ports the same way nor put them in the same place. Just imagine someone trying to use this with a vertically oriented port on the front of the laptop... Plus the fact it sticks out makes it highly vulnerable to physical damage, and it'll probably rust eventually. How hard would it have been to just use a coupler [dealextreme.com] on the drive first?

Error 503: Too late, bittorrent already invented. (0, Troll)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | about 4 years ago | (#34075572)

I know this guy thinks it's "cute" and that it's all "artsy" or something. But It's not. It's just fucking stupid. Why would I want to go to a dark alley on new work to plug my laptop into a usb port sticking out of a wall?

Re:Error 503: Too late, bittorrent already invente (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075610)

I would say it has to do with the current e-climate, that anyone with any sort of power wants to censor/control the internet/electronic world.

This is an interesting means of dealing with the issue of control, and most likely the first of many steps.

Re:Error 503: Too late, bittorrent already invente (0, Offtopic)

Jorl17 (1716772) | about 4 years ago | (#34075734)

I actually agree with this. We need to make those fuckers who know nearly nothing of the internet itself learn. Share, share and share some more is what I say. No matter what, given non-invasive measures. Some day, in a perfect utopia,*we* will rule the world -- that means that everyone will know what is right and do accordingly, thus, our ruling of the world will be the absence of the need to do so -- it would be a Perfect Anarchy.

Baby steps, dear Anarchy....

Works until it gets polluted (1)

VORNAN-20 (318139) | about 4 years ago | (#34075578)

As soon as the RIAA et al thugs can find the locations they will fill the devices up with garbage, pr0n, incorrectly named and incredibly distorted music/video files. Nice idea but too easy to corrupt

Re:Works until it gets polluted (1)

Bastardchyld (889185) | about 4 years ago | (#34075620)

Seriously I think it'd be great if the RIAA started messing with this guys "Dead Drops" I mean it is seriously labor intensive, not only that but the base idea is useless to begin with so what real functionality are they robbing from us?

Re:Works until it gets polluted (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 4 years ago | (#34075970)

Not their style. They might contract a more technologically capable company to do it, but they'd be more likely to just apply for a court order for the destruction of the sticks.

So this is what passes for clever these days (1, Insightful)

Night Goat (18437) | about 4 years ago | (#34075598)

What the heck is the point of this? Sometimes I hate artists. Here's an idea, just give someone a USB drive when you want to share files with them. Or mail it. Or I guess call it art and attach USB drives to walls. Move over Van Gogh, there's a new master in town!

The RIAA will just say (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075604)

Drop dead or will sue
The idea is more like a sure fire recipe for a DOA usb file sharing system.

In Iran... (2, Funny)

FridayBob (619244) | about 4 years ago | (#34075654)

... this concept would not go down well with the government, especially around their nuclear facilities.

Although (2, Insightful)

ani23 (899493) | about 4 years ago | (#34075666)

It's kinda pointless and possibly dangerous there's something cool about a USB port in a brick wall. It's like plugging into the unknown

Just brilliant! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075668)

"Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your viruses and data."

Fixed that

Easy... (1)

Zadaz (950521) | about 4 years ago | (#34075674)

Vector for malware in 3... 2...

Geocache much? (4, Interesting)

dismorphic (730041) | about 4 years ago | (#34075678)

Sounds an awful lot like a high(er?) tech version of a geocache to me. Somebody should post these to geocaching.com and suggest a new style of cache... a data cache.

How stupid can you get? (2, Insightful)

gweihir (88907) | about 4 years ago | (#34075686)

Apparently, this person is willing to expose himself as a complete moron, just to get a bit of publicity. This is not even original, security experts have been using something very similar as network penetration technique for years.

Re:How stupid can you get? (1)

SoVeryTired (967875) | about 4 years ago | (#34075888)

If you read the link in the article, you'll see that Eyebeam is more like an art project than a security research project.

Re:How stupid can you get? (3, Informative)

bsDaemon (87307) | about 4 years ago | (#34075994)

They really don't have any standards for art anymore, do they?

Continuing the tradition... (2, Funny)

pedantic bore (740196) | about 4 years ago | (#34075692)

There's a long tradition of young folks picking up nasty viruses from anonymous strangers in NYC; now their computers can too.

Could make for a who can piss high enough contest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075698)

Will you notice the salty tang?

Attention thieves! (1)

ThreeGigs (239452) | about 4 years ago | (#34075724)

Guys with expensive laptops will be at the following five locations:

sheesh

What dould possibly go wrong? (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | about 4 years ago | (#34075732)

Could be worse. In 1969, the Museum of Modern Art in New York deployed Pulsa [moma.org] , an exhibit which included many strobe lights arranged to flash in sequence. There was a long line of strobes not only on the museum, but extending to adjacent buildings.

Pilots reported runway lighting in midtown Manhattan. The "moving ball of light" strobe system for runways was chosen because, even in cluttered urban areas with many parallel lines of light, there's nothing which looks like that. The FAA made them retime the strobes so that it didn't look like a runway.

Sounds cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075746)

I'm not scared. Boot a live distro and get/leave some cool files. I think it's cool.

Suggestion (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 4 years ago | (#34075750)

He should put in a rootkit in every one of them, which at a specified time and date will display "Congratulations, you are the xth idiot out of y idiots who have risked security and data just to try something stupid"

Silly suggestions aside, he should really take this opportunity to teach people the dangers of malware which can be picked up by doing stupid things.

cfdisk /dev/sdb; mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075766)

Autorun virii are not fun. Save yourself the hassle and save the idiots the pain.

Re:cfdisk /dev/sdb; mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1 (3, Informative)

KibibyteBrain (1455987) | about 4 years ago | (#34075860)

Hate to break it to you, but the first thing a Windows boxen will do when it is then plugged into the drive then will be prompt the user to format it, NTFS, sort of making this hardly any real fix, and really just more annoying to the projects spirit as whatever pdf of the Anarchist's Cookbook or whatever "contraband" files these kiddies will be spreading at these dead-drops will be deleted twice.

Curiosity killed the ... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075784)

I definitely won't stick someone's hoo-hoo dilly in my laptop's cha-cha.

What was the name of that 70's thing... (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | about 4 years ago | (#34075790)

Some sort of plastic egg or something, that you were supposed to put a message in, then give it to someone "hey, this is for Joe Bloggs, in Topeka, pass it on". The idea was that eventually, Joe would get it, no matter where you were when you started it. I think others were encouraged to add to it too.

It predates the 6-degrees of Kevin Bacon, but it is the same idea.

Was it an oobie or some such? This sounds like that. Probably sold a lot of plastic crap and packaging.

Hippies.

Re:What was the name of that 70's thing... (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | about 4 years ago | (#34075944)

Although clearly not from the 70s, the idea sounds somewhat similar to travel bugs [geocaching.com] , which one sometimes finds in geocaches. All this has happened before, and so forth...

I agree with the other posters (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about 4 years ago | (#34075792)

I have to agree with the other posters. This is a stupid idea. The are easy to break. Easy to find for those that don't like the idea of them existing. They don't hold a particularly large amount of data. The fixed location makes them useless as a dead drop.

The way a non-stupid person would do this is to set up a wireless router. This way two anonymous people could exchange data and no one would be able to tell where or who they were beyond being in the general vicinity. It would also actually be able to hide. As long as they could get power to it, it could be just about anywhere, so it would take a fair amount of effort to make sure you had the skill and equipment to actually find the thing. If you want storage, just use a router that has NAS capabilities.

I kind of like the idea of an anonymous way for citizens to share data, but gluing USB sticks on walls is not the way to do it.

Re:I agree with the other posters (1)

KibibyteBrain (1455987) | about 4 years ago | (#34075838)

This smells more of "art project" than an actually practical RFC of how to effectively exchange information in secret offline.

Re:I agree with the other posters (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 4 years ago | (#34075900)

Putting USB-drives into walls is considered art now?

I have lost touch with this world.

hack the planet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075800)

is there also one in that place where I put that thing that time?

Less resilient than a US tracker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075802)

The RIAA doesn't even need to bribe politicians to get rid of these. All they have to do is visit the publicly disclosed addresses, locate the sticks, and take a hammer to them.

See, the key to running a cold war-style dead drop is that you DON'T tell everyone where it is.

Dead drops are for hiding secrets. Filesharing is more or less the polar opposite, it exists to give everyone equal access to information.

speed dating for slashdotters... (1)

SinShiva (1429617) | about 4 years ago | (#34075824)

get it? :D

Whack! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075828)

I took one look at this and thought of my 3-pound drilling hammer.

Doesn't it rain in New York City?

One of these is near me (1)

vmxeo (173325) | about 4 years ago | (#34075844)

Empire Fulton Ferry Park is right down the street from where I live. There's only so many places it could be hid.

I think I need to fire up my spare laptop with a LiveCD and find it.

For science

Re:One of these is near me (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 4 years ago | (#34075984)

Please put in an autorun.ini file which triggers an executable to display "Oi mate, you know you can get viruses from these things? Love /."

Wrong gender plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075948)

I know adding a gender changer will add a few bucks, but will limit the bump/kick risk.

Ideally, expose a usb B femaie plug, as everyone has usb B male to usb A male plugs laying around.

Filesharing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#34075964)

I can imagine RIAA/MPAA lobbying for a law to ban them.

I think it's pretty brilliant (1)

rastoboy29 (807168) | about 4 years ago | (#34075966)

It's proving to take a very long time to make the proles (and indeed even many geeks) that copying data is not actually *doing* something.

This will make a lot of people think, I think.
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