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this story is on the register today

I don't usually post articles I read online to mailing lists, but 
this one is _so_ good I thought I'd make an exception.


A reader told us an amusing tale featuring a friend of his - a
Deutsche Bank employee, no less. 

This man was happily supping in his local pub when he inadvertently
took his eyes off his notebook for a second and - whoosh - off she

Not overly impressed, he went down the police station, filled in the
forms and went home dejected. 

The next day he gets a phone call from a bloke: "You left your laptop
on the Ipswich train last night, where are you so I can return it." 

This was most unlikely since he lives in the East End of London and
has never got a train to Ipswich in his life. However, it's good to see
that honesty isn't a dead virtue. 

And that's the lesson part. To get all Biblical: do unto others as you
would have them do unto you. Of course, the modern version is: do
unto others before they can do the same unto you. 

So, the question is: why did the laptop pub thief scum leave it
behind? Was it abject stupidity or is there a more sinister reason?
Well, the computer runs Debian and on start-up, the thief will have
been faced with "Welcome to Debian GNU/Linux Login:" and a
password prompt - a far cry from consumer and thief-friendly
Windows, and proof, if you needed it, that Linux is more secure than

And that's the Friday story. Take care everyone and remember: a
stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet. Then again, the
likelihood is that he'll be an asshole so don't go out your way. He
certainly won't. Bastard...
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