[Noisebridge-discuss] Advisory about recent thefts at Noisebridge.

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Mon Jul 11 19:56:52 UTC 2011

I've read a lot of opinions about surveillance cameras in this discussion,
but I wanted to remind people about my idea of AWESOME cameras.

Lots of awesome happens at noisebridge.  Lots of stuff that could be,
optionally, documented with video.  By "AWESOME cameras" I mean some way to
capture creation or discussion in an intuitive way by increasing the
fidelity of the surveillance cameras and redirecting what is captured to a
world accessible file.  Think of a big record button in the sky.  Oh the
noisebridge sketch theater potential!

The converse could be a squelch feature.  For specific features, events,
etc, there could be a surveillance override.  The same mechanism that would
enable AWESOME videos could disable video all together.

In such events, people better grab their gear and sit on it, and watch the

Obviously, an alert for either feature would be required.

I guess, in essence, I am trying to encourage the use of these tools for
those who do not fear them, allow for their avoidance for people who do, and
leverage the capacity of these tools for added value.

As far as fear of these tools getting disabled, a simple monitor would do.

On Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM, Corey McGuire <coreyfro at coreyfro.com> wrote:

> Is there a problem with just putting up cameras other than the obvious
> "oooOOOOOOoooo, lets hack that!" or the "waaaaaaah! I'm a 1337 hax0r, I
> don't WANNNA be on camera!"
> Under California law, unless there is an expectation of privacy (and with
> what I've seen happen on the couches at noisebridge, there isn't) it's OK to
> post cameras.
> I would be 100% fine with cameras...especially if we rig them to detect
> awesome as it happens...like make beacons that alert the camera system that
> it's time to increase the frame rate and resolution of the camera because
> we're about to do something that needs to be documented for Make Benefit
> Glorious Nation of Noisebridge
> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Al Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello everyone. Recently there have been a rash of thefts at the
>> Noisebridge space, including cash, a phone, a camera, and a laptop.
>> Please do not leave your valuables unattended at the space, even when
>> you are just leaving to grab a burrito or just going to the space's
>> bathroom.
>> Also, if you are at the space until very late (or rather, early in the
>> morning), please be aware of your surroundings and try to leave in
>> groups since it's a sketchy neighborhood.
>> If you see sketchy people hanging out at the space or have had things
>> stolen, please email me or call/text me at 512-699-7597.
>> -Al
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