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(Network World)   30 years later, this famous MIT prank might get the pranksters 30 years   (networkworld.com) divider line 60
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2012-11-16 10:47:48 AM
Well, we already know what happens in Boston if unidentified items turn up in public places. 1-31 nevar forget.
 
2012-11-16 11:20:28 AM
Just releasing freon into the atmosphere (if you could even get any) would get you in some serious do do.
 
2012-11-16 11:44:53 AM
The terrorists have won, haven't they?
 
2012-11-16 11:45:06 AM
t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-11-16 11:45:23 AM
But will they get to vote?
 
2012-11-16 11:45:32 AM
www.wired.com
 
2012-11-16 11:45:48 AM
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2012-11-16 11:46:02 AM
And if a certain radio drama was performed today, we'd never see this:

www.thestate.ae

because he would have received a one-way trip to Gitmo.
 
2012-11-16 11:46:21 AM
MIT keeps an online gallery of hacks on campus. Some of them are pretty hilarious.

I get a kick out of the TARDIS that traveled around the country.
 
2012-11-16 11:46:44 AM
Pre-9/11 America is most fun America.
 
2012-11-16 11:49:46 AM
The entire article is just speculation about what if? The author seems paranoid.
 
2012-11-16 11:49:48 AM

that was my nickname in highschool: The terrorists have won, haven't they?


They not only won they are skating around with the Stanley Cup over their head and passing it between colleagues.
 
2012-11-16 11:51:20 AM

styckx: They not only won they are skating around with the Stanley Cup over their head and passing it between colleagues.


Yeah. "Cause no one else will be again this season, dammit!

/F Bettman
 
2012-11-16 11:51:26 AM

moops: MIT keeps an online gallery of hacks on campus. Some of them are pretty hilarious.

I get a kick out of the TARDIS that traveled around the country.


They gotta blow off steam in some way.
 
2012-11-16 11:51:51 AM
That's article's just a bit over dramatic.
 
2012-11-16 11:51:54 AM
Is the sad tag taking a nap?
 
2012-11-16 11:53:13 AM

davidphogan: The entire article is just speculation about what if? The author seems paranoid.


I think the author makes a decent point. America has become hysterical.
 
2012-11-16 11:53:33 AM
wiki.mitadmissions.org

my favorite MIT prank
 
2012-11-16 11:54:37 AM
The pants-pissers have won.
 
2012-11-16 11:57:19 AM

Generation_D: Well, we already know what happens in Boston if unidentified items turn up in public places. 1-31 nevar forget.



Or this, MIT student arrested for wearing LEDs
 
2012-11-16 11:58:44 AM
That was not a hair question...
 
2012-11-16 12:00:36 PM
If you see something, say something. If this were done today, people would be trampling each other to get out of there. Jeez, just look at the scene in Dark Knight Rises. That's what people would think was happening.
 
2012-11-16 12:06:23 PM
Man am I old. I remember this story like it was yesterday. It made every network's nightly news.
It was hilarious back then and everyone (except Harvard and Yale) praised the pranks ingenuity.
 
2012-11-16 12:11:46 PM
I met a professor who said that he was approached by security at the game and was told "We found this MIT student with a number of D-cell batteries in his jacket" (presumably to power the remote activator) and the prof said he pulled a similar battery out of his pocket and said "All MIT guys carry batteries, think nothing of it!"
 
2012-11-16 12:13:00 PM

KarmicDisaster: Generation_D: Well, we already know what happens in Boston if unidentified items turn up in public places. 1-31 nevar forget.

Or this, MIT student arrested for wearing LEDs


From that article: "The device is said to have been some kind of computer circuit board with Play-Doh and wires attached, strapped over her black hoodie."

Idiot. Might as well point a fake gun a cop.
boingboing.net
 
2012-11-16 12:21:35 PM

Odd Bird: KarmicDisaster: Generation_D: Well, we already know what happens in Boston if unidentified items turn up in public places. 1-31 nevar forget.

Or this, MIT student arrested for wearing LEDs

From that article: "The device is said to have been some kind of computer circuit board with Play-Doh and wires attached, strapped over her black hoodie."

Idiot. Might as well point a fake gun a cop.
[boingboing.net image 315x275]


If you read further, it was actually paint, and not Play-Doh.

Why would you take a cop's word for anything? They over-reacted and the girl wasn't even trying to board a plane, she was picking a friend up.
 
2012-11-16 12:33:29 PM
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line, the man come and take you away


I think we were warned. We've been afraid of our own shadows for a decade now.
 
2012-11-16 12:44:33 PM

Hale-Bopp: Pre-9/11 America is most fun America.


One major terrorist attack, something countries in the middle east face almost daily, and we've turned into a bunch of frightened castrato/eunuchs (count me out of this population).

Welcome to the U.S.A., land of the soft, home of the uneducated. By land or sea we will cower to boxes, bags, and whatever inert object may have a probability greater than 0.00001% that it might be a bomb. Just like those asinine "doomsday preppers".

In addition, the "non-religious/secular" population that is supposedly the U.S., is now shaiting their collective pants because of the Mayan calendar.

I'm going to start leaving empty boxes in various places. I'll probably get arrested for "inducing panic". Inducing panic via empty boxes. F(cking scared and stupid americans.
 
2012-11-16 12:46:35 PM
If they still want to have some fun, they could lie about the value and risk assessment of derivatives, selling them off for trillions in profit to unsuspecting (or complicit) financial institutions, rushing through the ownership transfers involved or never signing them off to save time, and then watch as the market implodes causing a worldwide depression and institutions scrambling to find the ownership trail, often resorting to illegally creating their own paperwork in order to place the burden on the last sucker in line - the average homeowning American.

/probably wouldn't even be charged with a crime
 
2012-11-16 01:06:57 PM
I think it is interesting they used the term "hack" for the prank.
 
2012-11-16 01:08:27 PM

uberaverage: I think it is interesting they used the term "hack" for the prank.


That's where the term "hack" originated.
 
2012-11-16 01:08:42 PM

KarmicDisaster: Generation_D: Well, we already know what happens in Boston if unidentified items turn up in public places. 1-31 nevar forget.


Or this, MIT student arrested for wearing LEDs


THAT moron deserved to be arrested.
 
2012-11-16 01:09:51 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: KarmicDisaster: Generation_D: Well, we already know what happens in Boston if unidentified items turn up in public places. 1-31 nevar forget.


Or this, MIT student arrested for wearing LEDs

THAT moron deserved to be arrested.


She wore a hoodie with lights in it that she designed herself. What part of that is moronic?
 
2012-11-16 01:16:18 PM

Girion47: She wore a hoodie with lights in it that she designed herself. What part of that is moronic?


People with deficient intellectual capabilities tend to demonize those who are more gifted. It's the same reason you see the words "elitist" and "ivory tower" used so often in a derogatory fashion during political rants.
 
2012-11-16 01:29:23 PM
If I had to guess, the authorities already have known pranksters under surveillance.

For our protection, of course.
 
TWX
2012-11-16 01:57:17 PM

Barnstormer: I met a professor who said that he was approached by security at the game and was told "We found this MIT student with a number of D-cell batteries in his jacket" (presumably to power the remote activator) and the prof said he pulled a similar battery out of his pocket and said "All MIT guys carry batteries, think nothing of it!"


He should have said the student must've been going to Buzzy's for some fabulous roast beef...

/wife's alma mater
//she will neither confirm nor deny any hack participation
 
2012-11-16 02:02:40 PM
They would be fined $30,000 for releasing freon.

/dekes don't want no freaks
 
2012-11-16 02:15:26 PM

Another Government Employee: If I had to guess, the authorities already have known pranksters under surveillance.

For our protection, of course.


Pranksters probably have known authorities under surveillance too. Circle of life and all that.
 
2012-11-16 02:16:17 PM
TFA could have been a lot shorter. Get to the point. America is dead, put a fork in it.
 
2012-11-16 02:17:20 PM
Should've changed his name to Martin Bryce.
 
2012-11-16 02:21:32 PM
dumb teenaged kicks now gets kids branded FOR LIFE

what went wrong America?
 
2012-11-16 02:51:47 PM

DaCaptain19: Hale-Bopp: Pre-9/11 America is most fun America.

One major terrorist attack, something countries in the middle east face almost daily, and we've turned into a bunch of frightened castrato/eunuchs (count me out of this population).

Welcome to the U.S.A., land of the soft, home of the uneducated. By land or sea we will cower to boxes, bags, and whatever inert object may have a probability greater than 0.00001% that it might be a bomb. Just like those asinine "doomsday preppers".

In addition, the "non-religious/secular" population that is supposedly the U.S., is now shaiting their collective pants because of the Mayan calendar.

I'm going to start leaving empty boxes in various places. I'll probably get arrested for "inducing panic". Inducing panic via empty boxes. F(cking scared and stupid americans.


No we're not. Everyone I know thinks its a silly joke or a non event. Understands thoroughly it means nothing.

I think you're paying attention to idiots. Perhaps that is the issue.
 
2012-11-16 02:54:06 PM
A worse hack was the failed one where they buried (EXPLOSIVE!) primacord under the turf at Yale spelling out MIT. They ran the buried wires from the detonator off field to end behind a dumpster.

The setup was discovered.

At game time all of the MIT students were searched for batteries. The trigger man was found and with the batteries and detained by security. He claimed that all MIT students carried batteries.

He'd for sure go to gMITmo today.
 
2012-11-16 03:10:15 PM

Omahawg: dumb teenaged kicks now gets kids branded FOR LIFE

what went wrong America?


The Baby-boomers.
 
2012-11-16 03:16:31 PM
They would probably lock down and quarantine the entire stadium and everyone in it for several days while they figured out what the powder was...
 
2012-11-16 03:36:42 PM
You could carry firearms onto airplanes 40 odd years ago as well. The world has changed, deal with it.

/s
 
2012-11-16 03:55:49 PM

super_grass: The world has changed, deal with it


People are just stupider
 
2012-11-16 04:12:54 PM
All of you people who think that the article is being paranoid, do you remember the Post-it Note Scandal/Debacle?

I mean, those kids had permission and were still suspended and the janitor was fired over a "prank" that resembled something my Kindergarten teacher used to do to her room on purpose to brighten up the windows...
 
2012-11-16 04:44:46 PM

Generation_D: DaCaptain19: Hale-Bopp: Pre-9/11 America is most fun America.

One major terrorist attack, something countries in the middle east face almost daily, and we've turned into a bunch of frightened castrato/eunuchs (count me out of this population).

Welcome to the U.S.A., land of the soft, home of the uneducated. By land or sea we will cower to boxes, bags, and whatever inert object may have a probability greater than 0.00001% that it might be a bomb. Just like those asinine "doomsday preppers".

In addition, the "non-religious/secular" population that is supposedly the U.S., is now shaiting their collective pants because of the Mayan calendar.

I'm going to start leaving empty boxes in various places. I'll probably get arrested for "inducing panic". Inducing panic via empty boxes. F(cking scared and stupid americans.

No we're not. Everyone I know thinks its a silly joke or a non event. Understands thoroughly it means nothing.

I think you're paying attention to idiots. Perhaps that is the issue.


Everyone I mingle with as well - but maybe both of us are not paying attention to the GENERAL population, which are idiots. I work with people who are extremely intelligent and perhaps you do as well. It insulates one from what the average man thinks and perceives. You know, fear of razorblades in Halloween candy, the embracing of the "terrorism color system" and believing the TSA makes them safer. 8-/
 
2012-11-16 04:46:28 PM

TWX: Barnstormer: I met a professor who said that he was approached by security at the game and was told "We found this MIT student with a number of D-cell batteries in his jacket" (presumably to power the remote activator) and the prof said he pulled a similar battery out of his pocket and said "All MIT guys carry batteries, think nothing of it!"

He should have said the student must've been going to Buzzy's for some fabulous roast beef...

/wife's alma mater
//she will neither confirm nor deny any hack participation


Fuzzy Wuzzy Buzzy's Beef... (xor-encryption mask for registered username in MathCAD 5. Finding that was my only real hack I ever did)

Buzzy's... Filthy place, fond memories.
 
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