Take a Break and Check This Out: Berkeley Computer Thief

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Wow, even I got the sweats while listening to that. I can't imagine how that person felt when he heard all the the charges he could face.
 

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I think this is a year or two old. But yeah, that kid just got owned.
 

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The professor is obviously angry and has a right to be. But he is COMPLETELY overreacting.

The thief could easily disable the wireless, reformat the harddrive, and get the entire contents of the test easily. If he were scared, just sell the computer and make a few extra bucks.

That's just me... the prof is bluffin.
 

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How would you get past the WinXP login?

And one would think the prof. has backup copies of his precious trade secrets. :rolleyes:
 

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whoooaaa... i could almost hear the kid's heart pounding from the background!
 

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That's pretty funny. I think that prof is the one who will get in trouble for leaving all that "sensitive" data on an unsecured laptop. If if was so important and valuable he shouldn't have been carrying it around on a laptop that he could lose. Buy a separate laptop for lectures dummy!
 

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The best part of this video is that the prof totally made it up. He had no contract from anyone, no trade secrets. He was just trying to scare people and he failed miserably. You can tell he's full of it because he's so scared (his voice wavers, etc.) when he's talking about all the trouble the kid who stole his laptop will get in. Not to mention the varied and plentiful plot holes in his story - can you drive a truck through some of them? I bet. I would be willing to bet he just had a bunch of porn on there anyway.
Anyway, here's the rest of the story. It turns out the person who stole the computer wasn't scared, either.
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=22762
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000817041260/
 

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desiredusername said:
The best part of this video is that the prof totally made it up. He had no contract from anyone, no trade secrets. He was just trying to scare people and he failed miserably. You can tell he's full of it because he's so scared (his voice wavers, etc.) when he's talking about all the trouble the kid who stole his laptop will get in. Not to mention the varied and plentiful plot holes in his story - can you drive a truck through some of them? I bet. I would be willing to bet he just had a bunch of porn on there anyway.
Anyway, here's the rest of the story. It turns out the person who stole the computer wasn't scared, either.
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=22762
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000817041260/
HAHA, guess he'll need a new laptop.
 

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Have you seen the other videos on that site?

Check out this one: link

Man, some people are scarily stupid. :eek:
That is both hilarious and frightening. My emotions are so conflicted. Thanks for the link.
 
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hahahah... the scrolling ticker is hilarious... sheesh don't they teach geography in schools anymore?!
 

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hahahah... the scrolling ticker is hilarious... sheesh don't they teach geography in schools anymore?!
Poor Aussies. They won't know what hit em. :(
 

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i saw that last year. i wonder what ended up happening, does anyone know?
 

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The Prof's bluffing, & the theif knew it...

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=22762

A BIOLOGY professor who attempted to scare the student who nicked his laptop into giving himself up may have exaggerated his story a tad.
Last week we told how University of California, Berkeley, professor, Jasper Rine tried to put the fear of god into the student who nicked his laptop by claiming it had all sorts of top secret government data on it. He warned that almost every James Bond in the world was hunting that laptop. He also said he knew who the thief was.

Since we ran that story, it has been picked up by ABC News in the States and debated on bog sites across the world.

Most techies consider that anyone could see that the Rine was telling porkies. One of the ways that Rine claimed he identified the tea leaf was by installing the same version of Windows on another computer. If the professor had attempted to use the same key to activate a copy of Windows, the activation servers would have denied him access.

Some of the technobabble that the professor spouted to out the thief was impressive, but has not been found to work well yet.

He claimed that there were passive trackers embedded in the bezel of laptop screens beside the wireless transmitters. Technology like this does sort of exist, but is rare and not used by anyone outside the Department of Energy.

He also claimed that the wireless card in the laptop triggered some location data. This is possible, but pretty unlikely.

In fact a University spokesman told ABC that Rine had indeed made the whole thing up to scare the student into handing over the laptop. The story has for some reason now been pulled from the ABC site, but can be found here. There might be a bit of a clue as to the way Rine operates in an article here, in which he says: "Although I have unlimited respect for facts, and delight in their discovery and appreciation, I have come to the obvious yet almost blasphemous view that, with respect to teaching, the facts just aren't that important."

Despite all the exaggeration, and threats, the thief has ignored Rine and has kept his laptop. Still it was worth a crack. µ
 
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the prof may very well have an NIH grant, but $100 million is kinda steep... and he might have some work with biotech companies, but it sounds like he was actually trying to impress some people with what he was saying... which was kinda funny... :smuggrin: