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

Neil Golden neilgolden at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 09:15:24 PDT 2012


The first time I typed in my password on that terminal I entered "noisebridge keylogger ftw". I change it every week or so, I'm not worried. Life's a gamble.

Seriously though, bootable removable media aside, I wanted to do something cool with that machine, that others could also do & use & play with, USB stick or no. 

Regardless - it's all good, gcc is really the only tool I need (I realized).

Cheers all, and thank you!!

Neil

On Mar 26, 2012, at 6:13 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.    
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> 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.
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> 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
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> peace! and tyvm..
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> n
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> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM, miloh <froggytoad at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Neil Golden <neilgolden at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
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> 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). 
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> 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)
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> 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.
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> Neil,
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> 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.
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>  -rma
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