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Oct 30, 2010

There's a USB Stick In The Brick Wall

Across New York, there are USB drives embedded in walls, buildings and curbs. The idea is to create an anonymous, offline file-sharing network in public space. The drives are completely public and anyone can plug in to drop and download files.
It's part of an art project called "Dead Drops" by Aram Bartholl and I have to say, it's pretty awesomely creative. I mean, if I saw a USB stick stick out of a random wall, I'd be dying to know what's in there. I'd have to plug in. It'd also be interesting to see what people would anonymously share on the public drive, well, until some jackass decides to upload a virus to screw up everybody's computer.


78 comments:

1GN15 said...

That's pretty cool!

skweeker123 said...

hahha thats so cool. i would totally plug in

Mikey said...

Anon will be most pleased

k. hawks said...

i would be the guy to upload a virus to it. im an asshole like that.

jinx said...

that's awesome haha

kazzy_joe said...

"until some jackass decides to upload a virus to screw up everybody's computer"

I bet someone already did that...

thenitefalls said...

LOL someone is going to put a virus in that usb stick

That Stoner Kid said...

seems to easy to get a virus this way

Charles Mockingbird said...

if no one ruined this with viruses it would be flawlessly awesome

DaniniPanini said...

Woah crazy.

rembrandtx said...

Love this post mate. Art is a fantastic topic especially when it's something as creative as sticking USB Pens into walls haha

David Davidson said...

I was thinking the exact same thing with the viruses.

Or until someone decides to upload really disgusting porn.

SirHugsAlot said...

It seems to me that this like a real life image board in a way. Only instead of just images, you can put any sort of program on there. Including viruses.

iRetiv said...

yeah i'd try this but with an anti virus ready

Tresni said...

Wow that's awesome

Drackar said...

Pretty cool, though there are other ways to wreck the system than with viruses...

Ishu said...

It is a cool idea, but yeah, there will be people who would take advantage of this for the Lulz...and YOU KNOW WHO I MEAN xD

The Greater Spartan said...

Awesome idea Supporting XD

LoneIslander said...

I need to find one of these.

Donkote said...

hahaha pretty cool idea...definitely potential for abuse though

David R said...

Thats pretty cool and to the people saying "OMG A VIRUS" its ok, my firewall is on.lol

Pro said...

that is a great Idea , I love it, of course until some jackass messes it up.

The concept though is amazing.

The Angry Vegetarian said...

hahaha, that's awesome!

honkhonkpt said...

That's pretty cool. I'd be be kind of worried about getting a virus of some sort, though. I'd still plug in haha.

-Mike said...

i'd be a little sketched out about it, but i think my curiosity wouldn't be able to resist a thumb drive sticking out of a wall

NarwhalMinded said...

Good thing I don't have a laptop anymore!

SWOOP! said...

wow, neat idea but I see a lot of assholes messing with people, haha

TS Hendrik said...

I would so participate in that. Really a cool idea. I wonder what kinds of things people have loaded.

ITS SHAUN'DRE said...

oh wow, brilliant idea :D

Alejo said...

I wonder how many gigabytes that thing has.

runewake2 said...

This is a joke right? Who would use them?

LM said...

veeery funny)))

Ningen said...

viruses on at least 90% of the sticks:3

Alixander said...

This sounds awesome. I will have to keep my eyes open for these.

Insurance Maestro said...

That's odd...

MoneyNaoPlz said...

your last sentance is exactly what I was thinking, how long will it be untill some has their system 32 deleted upon plug in...

Tree of life said...

I give it a few days before someone puts a trojan on it, if it hasnt been done already

pixel said...

yes, my first thought was virus - or like a text document with your ex's phone number

gMusic said...

Very creative indeed.

Ken said...

"well, until some jackass decides to upload a virus to screw up everybody's computer."

That was exactly my first thought! That and people uploading illigal material :P It's gonna happen..!

Original though xD

astro pix said...

I wonder if you can get USB AIDS that way lol

astro pix said...

I wonder if you can get USB AIDS that way lol

daniel09 said...

hilarious, but yeah someone will be trash like that on it

DavidMade said...

Lol, that is pretty cool! Wish i had one sticking out my wall. :D

Skutt Panda PO said...

hight speep
that usb have a firewall:) from windows:)

Joebloggs said...

This is so cool!!!

Paul said...

awesome idea till someone is stupid enough to drop a Trojan and someone even more stupid installs it. I would still plug in

NeedlessToSay said...

I ... I really like this idea. The virus thing can be countered by simply being mildly computer savvy.

la com├ędie said...

great post

lulz for me said...

put in work.

DDX said...

Always practice safe USB

BunnySMG said...

That's bizarre, but also awesome. I'd give it a go if I had a lappy.

Mezzo Catorce said...

How long until somebody fills it with CP?

jakebud said...

Yeah I would so need to plug in, I'm a curious mofo

Cyber Police said...

/b/ tards incoming

textileengineer said...

wow brilliant.but who would use them ?

Oxygen for Everyone! said...

That's really neat, but i'd probably only drop porn tbh. I'd also feel weird holding my laptop to the wall. And if I hold it wrong, i might break it, which isn't fun :\

Kikino said...

pluging your laptop to that is like walking straight to a bear trap.

good concept tho.

Derpy Dude said...

thats pretty cool though im sure they are full of viruses already. lol

Joel C Anatoli said...

Haha.. thats awsome.. do i smell a trojan?

NekoArc said...

Use a nix-based laptop or device, connect, enjoy a worry-free content download an upload.

VanStino said...

Amazing idea! :O

Emilie said...

wauw that's a very original invention :D Wonder what people will put on it...

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Stephanie said...

lol niiice, i would totally plug my phone in...battery is always dying :(

The BIMC said...

I think curiosity would set in for everyone to want to know whats on that USB drive. Great post BTW.

xaltruismx said...

It would freak me out if I saw one and I would not rest til I knew what was in it!

DJ Name Brands said...

haha this is actually a cool idea

ShockAri said...

One keylogger coming right up..

Jackie said...

Be fucked up when it rained tho.

Shutterbugz said...

this is so badass

One said...

This is an incredible idea! I'm too much of a realist to think it'll last long without someone messing it up.

i_love_weed said...

ill give it 3 days till theyre all completly full of porn and viruses

Yllsa said...

I can't imagine how annoying it would be to try and hold the laptop so it doesn't snap the usb off and give/get files at the same time.

Evan said...

wow that's a cool idea. hopefully it will spread out since i'm nowhere near New York

Tyler said...

Neat. But yeah, I imagine people loading viruses would be an issue.

Big L said...

finally, gloryholes for my laptop, but it is a cool concept

Anon said...

Thats awesome!

MUFCfollowers said...

craziness really, just craziness. What drives these people?