$5 says someone gets arrested when a cop thinks someone randomly jacking their laptop into the side of a building looks suspicious.
I would counter that someone randomly jacking their laptop into the side of a building does look suspicious.
I love the idea and presentation as an art project (which it is). From a practical standpoint, the durability and connectivity of USB leaves much to be desired. I'd love to see a follow-up using WiFi or Bluetooth.. unfortunately, there's no cool presentation to take a picture of in that case.
An acquaintance once hotknifed an Ethernet jack into the side of an Etch-a-Sketch as a joke. It led to a bunch of us thinking "You know, it COULD be done..." and wandering away in search of some stepper motors and an embedded controller.
But ... isn't the point that this takes power from the public side of things? Having a computer in your house that's fully under your control and communicates with the outside world using power you paid for is something we already have, I'm pretty sure!
And, yes, of course we'll have solar-powered flying/swimming/burrowing/magnetically-attaching-to-random-cars wireless robots providing anonymous and government-independent internet access to everyone by autonomously establishing meshing networks. Next year.
Yeah, if you were daft enough to try to connect your laptop directly to one of these, it'd be a great way to ruin your USB ports. Plenty of leverage.
Which is exactly what the other photos show. Honestly, they call themselves geeks, but don't carry a USB extension cable on them?
I wonder if they all have an autorun.inf and a payload of Windows viruses on yet.
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That was interesting.
The Japanese are actually getting closer to a sex robot maid that would actually be worth purchasing.
MIRV reentry avataricon for the win.
Have you seen the one that dances?
And very well, too.
I assume they have the whole fascination-with-AI thing going on, but screw that, if they can get the walking problem solved it would be perfect for telepresence.
Having just wandered through a hospital again, fully-autoclavable nurses could be an advantage in some situations.
Is this telepresence bot better or worse? Please choose before proceeding.
Been there done that.
That needs to be a female USB plug..
I shudder to think what a Glory hole is...
You shudder while you're using one, if you're doing it right.
It's apparently a place with good fishing: