[Noisebridge-discuss] Laptop battery stolen / root login for public terminal?

Ronald Cotoni setient at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 18:13:40 PDT 2012


Honestly, just create a bootable usb thumb drive and use that at places.  I
would not trust the public terminals to be a place where you login to
anything or copy files to any sort of device that i will use elsewhere.

On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM, Neil Golden <neilgolden at gmail.com> wrote:

> absoutely. but when I replace the battery on my netbook later this week
> that would be moot, since I have everything I need on my ubuntu install on
> that machine already. I was just kind of seeing what was possible with this
> public terminal, and trying to figure out how hackable this machine is.
>
> no worries - and I appreciate the responses, thank you.. I've started
> writing it in C instead of LISP and this will do just fine, my C skills are
> 15 years old and I need to put some blood back in this muscle anyway if u
> feel me
>
> peace! and tyvm..
>
> n
>
>
> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM, miloh <froggytoad at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Neil Golden <neilgolden at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> My name is Neil, I am a somewhat frequent visitor in Noisebridge. After
>>> discussing it with a few people, it was suggested that I post to the
>>> mailing list. Last Wednesday I left my netbook unattended in the kitchen
>>> (it was playing classical music while I cooked some rice). I stepped
>>> downstairs to smoke a cigarette, and when I came back to the kitchen the
>>> laptop (netbook) was powered down and I discovered that the battery was
>>> gone; someone removed it while I was outside - and I was outside for fewer
>>> than ten minutes (closer to six or seven).
>>>
>>> I'm not writing to pursue the matter, simply to publicly state that it
>>> occurred to make the space aware of the theft. (they're cheap to replace,
>>> I'm replacing it later this week. That's life :P)
>>>
>>> In the meantime, I was hoping to do some coding on the public linux
>>> terminal I'm on now (the one tucked away at one end of the member's
>>> shelves). In order to do the programming I'd like, I need to install a few
>>> packages; I was wondering if anyone knows the root password to this
>>> machine? As I understand it, this machine is "hackable" inasmuch as no one
>>> really cares what's done with it (as long as it still functions as a
>>> terminal). So, if anyone can provide me with the name of someone who knows
>>> the root login, I can ask them in person or whatever - I just need to
>>> install some libraries and an interpreter.
>>>
>>>
>>
>> Neil,
>>
>> You're talking about the Hackshelves, not the Noisebridge member shelves.
>>  Please don't confuse the two.
>> Can you run a linux distro off a thumbdrive or external drive?  Then you
>> could install any packages you like onto it.
>>
>>  -rma
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Ronald Cotoni
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