Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power
USB cables hacked to charge phones
Convicts at a hi-tech Scottish prison are swiping computer mice from IT classes.
It turns out the mice's USB cable can be used to charge up lags' covert mobile phones. Rip the cord out of the mouse, plug it into a PlayStation and, with a bit of re-wiring, you have a power source for your handset.
PlayStations? It seems the jailbirds spending time at Her Majesty's pleasure in Addiewell, West Lothian have games consoles and HD TVs to play with, and, according to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, are able to order their meals by computer.
While searching for the missing mice, warders at the prison found a large number of unconnected cables dangling from the PS3s, the paper reports.
The game was up, and now no one is allowed to leave computer, maths or English classes until every mouse has been accounted for.
Inmates are not allowed mobile phones. So naughty relatives will now have to smuggle in the cables too - presumably the same way the phones arrived. ®
they are prisoners !!! if ever they were given a game console surely it should be something cheaper for prisoners, a sub standard system, something they deserve !!
an xbox360 !!!!
let the flaaaaame begin !!
In prisons, "red ring of death" has unpleasant overtones.
What, no technical solution?
If prisoners are forbidden mobile phones, why not just have mobile phone blockers covering all areas of the prison?
"At HMP Addiewell we recognise that some of the men in our care can sometimes feel low, upset or isolated...."
Poor use of police funding
"Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power"
Only a mouse can cannibalise a mouse. Ergo, these prisoners are mice. Surely a few cats would be a cheaper way to sort out mouse crime than giving every wayward mouse a comfy cell and a PS3? YCMIU, PCGM, IYLISMWDYGLT, etc.