Truckers trying to deliver an oversize boiler to MIT have instead been forced to cool their heels in Arlington because Somerville officials are refusing to allow the wide load on their streets.
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 scripting language.
And it also contains alleged observations of physical breaking and entering at an MIT basement wiring closet:
On January 4, 2011, Aaron Swartz was observed entering the restricted basement network wiring closet to replace an external hard drive to his computer.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz returned to the wiring closet to remove his computer equipment. This time he attempted to evade identification at the entrance to the restricted area. As Swartz entered the wiring closet, he held his bicycle helmet like a mask to shield his face, looking through ventilation holes in the helmet. Swartz then removed his computer equipment from the closet, put it in his backpack and left, again masking his face with the bicylcle helmet before peering through a crack in the double doors and cautiously stepping out.
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.
Swartz is a co-founder of Reddit, a geeky social network with an active Boston community.
Via PC World, which notes:
Mario is currently working with other students and professors to program PR2 so it can wipe down the table and put the baking sheet in the oven.
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 jamitons:
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 held down the suspect until the Campus Police arrived.
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.
It's MIT's second suit this month against Still River Systems. Last week, MIT sued Still River to force it to add an MIT researcher to a patent used for the company's single-room synchrocyclotron, which can be used to target an intense beam of radiation at certain types of tumors.
So the city better be snappy with those permissions, Cambridge Day reports:
“We want to create this space as quickly as possible,” Owu said.
MIT is demanding a Littleton company add a professor to a patent for a particle-beam generator used for treating certain cancers.
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 designations developed and used by Akamai in the marketplace for years, such as “Dynamic Site Acceleration” ('DSA'), in an attempt to sell services that embody Akamai's inventions.
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 RA, admitted she'd been drinking Four Loko as well.
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.