The indictment against Aaron Swartz on charges he used MIT networks to download 4.7 million documents from an online database of academic papers has some details of interest to net geeks, such as his use of pseudonyms like "Gary Host" and "Grace Host" (because he was using a "ghost" laptop, which he might have bought at Micro Center) and his preference for the Python... Read more
The Times reports Aaron Swartz, 24, was indicted today on charged he broke into an MIT wiring closet - physically breaking in, with his own hands - then using a network connection there to grab copies of documents from JSTOR, which sells online access to academic publications.
This morning, Jeannie Vincent reported a traffic jam on Storrow Drive that suddenly ended around Fenway with no evidence of an accident.
If she'd been across the river on Mem. Drive, she could have stopped into the MIT mathematics department, where some researchers spent a fair amount of time studying these phantom traffic jams - and the way they're caused by waves they've dubbed... Read more
The Tech reports a hapless laptop thief got only bruises for his efforts yesterday afternoon:
Wesley D. Graybill said that he saw the suspect making a dash for the exit, jumped in front of him, and slammed him into the wall. The suspect slipped by, but Graybill chased him down and was able to pull him to the ground. The researcher caught up and... Read more
MIT charges a Littleton startup failed to pay licensing fees for three of its patents, so now it wants a judge to order the company to stop using them - and pay the fees.
So the city better be snappy with those permissions, Cambridge Day reports:
â€śWe want to create this space as quickly as possible,â€ť Owu said.
MIT is demanding a Littleton company add a professor to a patent for a particle-beam generator used for treating certain cancers.
In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston yesterday, MIT says Still River Systems could not have completed its single-room synchrocyclotron without the contributions of Timothy Antaya, a researcher at the school's Plasma Science and Fusion Center. But Still River's ... Read more
The Tech reports on MIT plans for the area around its campus, starting with construction of a new $100-million, five-story R&D facility at 298 Mass. Ave. next year and continuing with a decade-long effort to add up to 1 million square feet of office sapce and 100,000 square feet of retail to Kendall Square. A key part of the school's Kendall plans is... Read more
The two Cambridge institutions charge Cotendo, of Sunnyvale, CA, is violating patents they hold for speeding up delivery of content over the Internet.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Akamai and MIT focus on one patent owned by MIT and licensed to Akamai and two patents owned by Akamai, which also claims that
Cotendo has utilized product descriptions and... Read more
The Huntington News reports on a case of vomiting in a can:
The student said she had been drinking vodka and Four Loko at a party at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by ambulance ...
About 90 minutes later, another student was spotted stumbling into a dorm and, when quetioned by EMTs summoned by an... Read more
Ken Reeves tucks it to MIT, specifically, the guy in charge of development of MIT property in Kendall Square, in an op-ed piece in the MIT student paper.
The Tech reports on the annual Ig Nobel awards in Cambridge. Winners got $10 trillion - in Zimbabwean currency.
The Tech reports on the quiet end to the suit by two volunteers cleaning up the Charles who received some nasty burns when they dragged up a block of sodium that then exploded in 2007 (three other volunteers were also burned). Dropping sodium blocks in the Charles had been a big fave among MIT student who like watching things explode.... Read more