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).
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...Read more
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...Read more
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....Read more
EVIL MIT HACKER steathily infiltrates the T with EVIL MIT HACKER SHOPPING CART (Source).
In focusing on the OMG EVIL MIT HACKERS angle (but also, to give them credit, the First Amendment/prior restraint angle), the media are completely overlooking the first part of the students' presentation, which discusses how easy it is...Read more
Wired reports the T wants to stop three MIT students from giving a talk at a hacker convention this weekend on their efforts to crack the CharlieCard system.
The transit authority, known as...Read more
JPBeat photographs an only-at-MIT happening:
In addition to great bike-paths, the MIT campus provides generous right-of way for freight trains. My son and I watched this CSX engine 6241 pull a load of shredded scrap metal and refrigeration cars through the campus last weekend. A few cars, including a police cruiser, ignored the flashing Railroad Crossing lights and bell. ...
One guess what the author of that review of John Silber's harangue about new buildings at MIT and Harvard thinks about former BU strongman Silber's own fleet of new buildings across the river.
... Is he angry that his 13 million square feet have risked nothing, aspired to nothing and achieved no...Read more
Leslie Turek reports she worked with one of the original card counters (she was his supervisor, in fact):
... We all knew about his sideline - in fact, he often used our conference room after hours for card counting training and practice sessions. ... My favorite story is the day I walked into my office and found a clean-shaven stranger sitting there waiting for...Read more