Joel Brown previews "Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze," a one-woman show in Central Square this September by a woman who majored in math there.
Jessica Fargen at the Herald interviews a member of
the League of Extraordinary Busybodies the MIT Crime Club, who, you may recall, hired a private eye to get arrested investigate the Harvard murder house and who say they were only trying to help out their cousins over at the Crimson end of town:
"It's about us giving them the ability to promote security without having to take the heat for it. We take the heat," said 1987 MIT graduate James Herms, who described the MIT group as campus crimestoppers.
MIT Police report on an incident Monday night involving six banditos in bandanas buzzed into a dormitory by a student expecting visitors:
An MIT officer followed the fleeing white Mitsubishi as it drove along Memorial Drive and several other streets before hitting a parked car, at which time all suspects exited the vehicle and fled the scene. Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police assisted in searching the area to no avail.
One of the suspects failed to pull up his bandana, was described as Asian, heavyset, with short cropped hair.
Well, maybe "atop" is too strong a word, since it's not actually at the very top, but, still, it's not every day you see a Red Line car that far off the ground.
The Tech reports a dorm's attempt to drum up publicity for a party by leaving a large concrete "bomb" on a lawn outside resulted in a visit from the actual Cambridge bomb squad:
On Friday morning, students watched as bomb squad members sent a robot to inspect the concrete block, which was painted black with "DTYD" written in orange letters. A man in a protective suit inspected the block up close. A small explosive charge was detonated near the block.
The Tech reports that two MIT police officers were put on leave without pay for throwing roughly 300 copies of the paper in a recycling bin, apparently out of anger that the paper had reported on the arrest of an MIT cop on drug charges in East Boston.
Wait, MIT students still get their news on paper?
City, state and federal agents today arrested an MIT police officer after watching him get out of his cruiser and take delivery of a package stuffed with OxyContin and Roxycodone tablets, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Joseph D'Amelio, 38, was arrested, while still in uniform, around 6 p.m. at Advanced Automotive on London Street, the DA's office says, adding officials were alerted by FedEx workers who had opened what they thought was a suspicious package. The package contained 340 80-mg Oxycontin tablets and a number of 30-mg Roxycodone tablets, officials say.
Also arrested: Anthony Cristallo, 39, of Derry, NH. In addition to the drugs, officials seized $12,000 in cash.
Both men will be arraigned Monday in East Boston District Court on chages of trafficking in more than 100 grams of OxyContin, which could get them 20 years in prison.
The Tech reports on what was no doubt an epic battle of wits at MIT the other night:
... Leighton arranged two 9" by 10" triangular pastries into a 90 square inch rectangle, shifted them diagonally, and sliced off the protruding two trangular corners to form two new baby hamentashen.
If hamentashen can keep growing and reproducing, he said, their exponential growth could solve world hunger! Of course, you can't do the same with round latkes. "Latkes don't have sex," he said. "They are shredded potatoes!" ...
The Tech reports two people were mugged on the MIT campus on Sunday. The perps are described as four black males, between 20 and 25, wearing puffy black jackets:
... In the second robbery, outside the Media Lab, the student walked through the group of four perpetrators, one of whom grabbed the victim. Once grabbed, the victim was held "in a choke hold" and then punched, the police said. ...
MIT Police report one student used her Dunkin' Donuts card to unlock the door to the admissions office earlier this month. Unfortunately, for her, that also set off an alarm that brought campus police to investigate:
... The Dunkin Donuts card was retrieved from her backpack and she identified it as the tool she used to slip the lock on the door. ...
She was arrested and charged with breaking and entering in the daytime and possession of a burglarious tool.
Maureen Rogers implores MIT to stay true to its nerdy ways:
... My MIT buds were just unfailingly smart and interesting, though. And really good at their jobs.
Frankly, I don't see the attempts to normalize MIT will get all that far. After all, even the sex advice column in the newspaper is called "Talk Nerdy to Me." ...
Here's a good reason to secure your wireless internet. Hari Balakrishnan and Samuel Madden have been helping themselves to your WiFi to collect traffic data, a lucrative commercial field. They've been doing it for more than a year, rather than pay for internet connectivity like everyone else.
The Globe reports that Frank Wilczek, a Nobel-winning physicist at MIT, has been getting death threats because he's publicly said he doesn't think the world will actually end tomorrow when Europeans turn on the world's largest particle collider.
Wilczek is discussing his new book, on the latest advances in physics, tonight, at the Harvard Bookstore.
So they won't be needing a sign like this one (on a state office building in Montpelier, Vt).
Steve Nadis reports on his smashing meeting with an MIT bicyclist at Mass. Ave. and Memorial Drive.
Associated Press reports they can now talk about their own documents, the ones the MBTA put into the public record, on insecurity at T stations and with the CharlieCard and CharlieTicket system.
Via Dave Wieneke.
Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Court found that the MBTA was not likely to prevail on the merits of its claim under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Dan Kennedy: [N]ot much of a victory for the First Amendment:
... It makes a mockery of the principle that prior restraint is to be reserved only serious issues of national security, obscenity and incitement to violence.
This Globe story is a decent enough, if largely repetitive, background piece on those three MIT students and the MBTA. Reporter Michael Levenson actually talked to one of them - even if mainly to reveal the guy's been playing with computers since fourth grade and likes doing uber-geeky stuff.
But the headline is: T hacking exposes a deeper clash
What clash has been laid bare here? I think it might be the reference, way, way down in the story, past the recap of the whole incident, to the three types of hackers: "White hat" hackers, "Black hat" hackers and "gray hat" hackers, who are sort of the Snapes of hackerdom.
Only thing is, that's not new and there's no clash of ideas over the point in the story, unless you count a mild comment from an "old" hacker (dude was hacking way back in the 1990s) about how he can see how the T might not like being hacked.
Here is the T's latest filing in its effort to shut up those three MIT students. And here is part of the T's arguments to force the students to tell all:
It is unlikely that Professor Rivest would award an "A" for the work represented in the Report and the Presentation, indicating that additional sensitive materials exist in the possession of the Individual Defendants. The MBTA notes that the Individual Defendants have been unwilling, to date, to produce the "A" paper they prepared for Professor Rivest.
But keep reading the brief, down to the part where the T argues the students have forfeited their First Amendment rights, in part because their talk was "commercial speech" and in part because they were planning on giving their talk to a convention of hackers (and also computer security experts, most of whom probably aren't working for the MBTA), and that alone shows how they would have incited illegal activity. The T also cites as proof a photo the students took of an MBTA networking switch - without noting that the students were able to take the photo because the T failed to lock the room at Park Street where the switch was located.
The T got its temporary restraining order extended to at least Tuesday.