Bruce Schneier: Spy cameras won’t make us safer

I have long had a beef with the conventional wisdom that recording everyone all the time makes us safer:

There are exceptions, of course, and proponents of cameras can always cherry-pick examples to bolster their argument. These success stories are what convince us; our brains are wired to respond more strongly to anecdotes than to data. But the data are clear: CCTV cameras have minimal value in the fight against crime.


As another one of Extra Future’s 6-hour projects, I present the following: Fullness, a web page which displays today’s date (22 February 2010). Each second that passes from the moment the page was made live will “age” it, blurring the text. As the viewer’s memory of the page ages and deteriorates so will the page itself, until eventually the text is entirely obscured and unreadable.

In about 5 years, the text will be one big smear. It will be be impossible to visually tell that it was ever text at all.

Buy Food For Artists Directly On Todays #SWEATSHOP

Eliza Gauger:

I’ll have a SWEATSHOP account set up on, a website that acts as a portal to every delivery restaurant with an online menu. You, the Sweaty Victims Unit, will be able to order food directly to the studio in order to sustain the artists during our long haul. Bay Area locals are welcome to drop sustenance off in person, and come in for a studio visit.

Do not forget to file the proper forms.

Apple Now Blocking ‘Overtly Sexual’ Apps from App Store

First they came for the creepy almost-porn apps, and I said nothing because I wasn’t into creepy almost-porn apps. I’m sure this makes sense to businessmen, but I am really fucking uncomfortable with Apple being in charge of what is considered “overtly sexual.”

This is purely “I know it when I see it” fascism. There is no defense for it that doesn’t start and end with “they can do what they want so shut up.”

AdBrite, Longtime Advertiser on Goatse-Laden Sites Like Boing Boing, Uncomfortable With The Word “Shizz”

Adbrite, the company most known for providing spam pages with endless supplies of 7 Minute Diet and GET RICH NOW banner ads, has apparently decided that those big, bad, grownup words like “shizz” are bad for business. To be honest, it has gotten to be a hassle to deny the 100s of “Weight-loss Secrets of Horny Moms” and “Meet Sexy Singles in the Area We Guess You Live in Based on Our Shoddy IP Geolocation” ads that are the site’s bailiwick, anyway.

Here is the exact message I got from Adbrite, vis-a-vis my ad submission for

The landing page contains slang terms for profanity, which we can’t allow in AdBrite. Please remove the word Shizz and resubmit the ad.

Needless to say, I won’t be doing that.