Thief steals iPads, nothing else, from Microsoft building

Well, this has to be embarrassing for Microsoft: A story has been making the rounds on the Internet the past two days that a thief stole five iPads from Microsoft's Mountain View campus and didn't take anything else; meaning no Microsoft products were stolen.

The news originates from a report published yesterday by the Daily Post (which can be seen in scanned form here), which claims the five iPads were stolen from the Mountain View campus sometime between Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. According to the report, the thieves took two iPad 2s and two iPad 3s, worth a total of more than $3,000. A fifth iPad was described as being an iPad 4, or the current version of the Apple tablet that dropped the numerical naming scheme.

The fact that Microsoft owns iPads isn't surprising, since the company makes software for the Apple tablet, but the fact that there were no Microsoft products stolen when there was surely plenty of expensive equipment made by the company around is.

Whether or not the story is true remains to be seen, but if it is fake, it's a well-made fake. The officer listed in the story, for instance, is Sgt. Sean Thompson, who is listed as the public information officer on the Mountain View Police Department's website. The report's author, Angela Ruggiero, is also listed on the newspaper's website.

Source: TheTechStorm

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FAKE. ..looks legit until you do just a bit of research. Paper is out of circulation for a number of years. Nice fact checking!

I'm no newspaper expert, but they seem like they're still in circulation, can browse their archives which seem pretty up to date.. of course it doesn't mean jack about what was properly secured and what was laying out and easy to steal.
http://www.padailypost.com/

oc_podcast said,
FAKE. ..looks legit until you do just a bit of research. Paper is out of circulation for a number of years. Nice fact checking!

You might want to take your own advice as you're wrong.

oc_podcast said,
FAKE. ..looks legit until you do just a bit of research. Paper is out of circulation for a number of years. Nice fact checking!

You're incorrect. Go to the link for the newspaper I gave in the article and search for something within the past year. You'll see there are news articles from just last month available. I did my due diligence.

I don't know which is better, Microsoft having egg on face yet again from this truly embarrassing theft or watching the usual microsoft fans putting their own spin on the story.

It could be a new way of communication for Microsoft : ten years ago, Apple made comparative advertising about Windows viruses weaks. Now, Microsoft Can make comparative ads about Apple products thiefs weaks.

How do we know that there were Microsoft products to be stolen? Other than some keyboards and mice, it is rather hard to steal bits off a HDD (their main products is software, if you didn't know). The computers could have been locked down with Kensington locks, and you don't need Surfaces to test software, since the desktop will do just fine, or the employees could find their development Surface devices useful, and actual took them home leaving behind the iPads.. But instead, we need to find a way to make it "embarrassing for Microsoft" rather than use logic.

Well, this has to be embarrassing for Microsoft

Explain how?

Because a 'thief' chose iPads over Microsoft products?
Is that going to be Apple's new commercial?

"Hi, I'm a law bidding citizen."
"Hi, I'm a thief."
Thief: "I only steal Apple stuff based on my vast knowledge of technology."

Really?

Not surprising. The only tablet I feel offers any real VFM is the Nexus 7, but the reality is that none of the Android and Microsoft tabs have the same cool factor plus Apple products always fetch higher resale prices.

Javik said,
Not surprising. The only tablet I feel offers any real VFM is the Nexus 7, but the reality is that none of the Android and Microsoft tabs have the same cool factor plus Apple products always fetch higher resale prices.

True about the resale of the iPad; however, the Nexus 7 VFM? Have you used one? Have you used one side by side a Surface or an iPad?

If you do, you will end up tossing it in the garbage, while waiting for just web pages to load, let alone do anything of computing value. Seriously notice that Surface RT runs the full version of Word faster than you can run light notepad Apps on a Nexus 7.

thenetavenger said,

True about the resale of the iPad; however, the Nexus 7 VFM? Have you used one? Have you used one side by side a Surface or an iPad?

If you do, you will end up tossing it in the garbage, while waiting for just web pages to load, let alone do anything of computing value. Seriously notice that Surface RT runs the full version of Word faster than you can run light notepad Apps on a Nexus 7.


http://www.isuppli.com/Teardow...7-BOM-Teardown-Reveals.aspx
http://www.isuppli.com/Teardow...rdown-Analysis-Reveals.aspx

Website loading does seems fine even when they are using the crap Chrome browser than is slower than like all browsers for Android... Bet they will be a lot better on Android stock browser
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcRyZuW_xv0

Nexus 7 is like the iPad Mini. Smaller and not as powerful. Nexus 10 is more like the new iPad or Surface.

deadonthefloor said,

No no no no no. Pirillo doesn't count as an authority on anything.

He doesn't. Listen to all the reviews from tons of websites he said in the beginning. If a product is very good, it wouldn't get all these ****ty reviews results.

So all 5 iPads happened to be sitting right next to each other... RIGHT......... I guess it could be true but hard to believe!

Frank2029 said,
So all 5 iPads happened to be sitting right next to each other... RIGHT......... I guess it could be true but hard to believe!

http://www.apple.com/education/labs/

They might have a cart with a chunk of them. Yea, that thing on the page is for edu, but I bet that companies with labs or something that will request one from Apple will get one. Or built their own ones...

GS:mac

Frank2029 said,
So all 5 iPads happened to be sitting right next to each other... RIGHT......... I guess it could be true but hard to believe!
Given the Mountain View campus is a research campus, and Microsoft makes software for Apple products (and thus is likely to use those products in some research work), it would actually not be that uncommon to think something like that would be possible.

cluberti said,
Given the Mountain View campus is a research campus, and Microsoft makes software for Apple products (and thus is likely to use those products in some research work), it would actually not be that uncommon to think something like that would be possible.

Ouch. The mental gymnastics to comprehend your comment gave me a headache.

Or, the thief recognized the valuable stuff and left the "debris."
More interesting...why is MS even allowing employees to use a competitor's product?

TsarNikky said,
Or, the thief recognized the valuable stuff and left the "debris."
More interesting...why is MS even allowing employees to use a competitor's product?

Did you even read the article?

The fact that Microsoft owns iPads isn't surprising, since the company makes software for the Apple tablet

The fact that Microsoft owns iPads isn't surprising, since the company makes software for the Apple tablet, but the fact that there were no Microsoft products stolen when there was surely plenty of expensive equipment made by the company around is.

TsarNikky said,
Or, the thief recognized the valuable stuff and left the "debris."
More interesting...why is MS even allowing employees to use a competitor's product?

Or the thief is an ignorant criminal who saw Apple products and knew he could get money for them. That doesn't say anything negative about any of the Microsoft products that were equally accessible for him to take. But leave it up to those who have this blind hatred for anything Microsoft to allow the actions of a criminal to be the justification for anything.

You mean the thief found the overly-expensive stuff and left the 'debris'. Just because their products are retardedly overpriced doesn't mean they're valuable. It is Apple after all, the company that still sells 6 GB of RAM for $200.

devHead said,
You mean the thief found the overly-expensive stuff and left the 'debris'. Just because their products are retardedly overpriced doesn't mean they're valuable. It is Apple after all, the company that still sells 6 GB of RAM for $200.
Value is based on what people are willing to pay for it, that's why iPads are selling for $500+ while Playbooks are barely selling at $100

TsarNikky said,
Or, the thief recognized the valuable stuff and left the "debris."
More interesting...why is MS even allowing employees to use a competitor's product?

Ever heard of BYOD? You know, the next big thing hitting big corporations. I expect to be able to use whatever device I wish at any employer, and if an employer tries to control that I'll simply find new work at a more modern employer.

"Well, this has to be embarrassing for Microsoft"
Not really. If you were going to rob something, you'd rob something that's worth a lot and very easy to sell, undercut 2nd hand sellers by $20 and you're still making quite a lot of money and people will flock to you.

That wasn't what I said, apple items have an 'apple tax' on them being incredibly overpriced and tablets are small, if you were going steal ultrabooks for example, they're much bigger and weigh more and worth about the same.

Probably the Microsoft employees had taken all the Microsoft products home to play with, and only left the Apple stuff, which the thief took!

That and it was probably an inside job, since the ipads are most likely developmental tools rather than MS equipment it's unlikely the ipads would be traced in anyway. That and the resale market for stolen iPads is rather good.

Edited by John S., Jan 6 2013, 1:14pm :

Auzeras said,
That and it was probably an inside job, since the ipads are most likely developmental tools rather than MS equipment it's unlikely the ipads would be traced in anyway. That and the resale market for stolen iPads is rather good.

More like who ever did it was doing the owners a favour, they didn't care about the money, this was for honour and dignity.

Edited by John S., Jan 6 2013, 1:47pm :