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A savvy sneak slipped into a Microsoft campus, stole five iPads and left all the Microsoft products untouched, according to cops. More than $3,000 in Apple kit was nicked from the research and development complex in Mountain View, California, over Christmas. There was no sign of a forced entry at Building 5 on La Avenida …

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  1. Joefish
    Trollface

    "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

    Well there's your problem, right there. Should have called it an open specification...

    1. LarsG
      Meh

      Apparently

      Apparently according to the news broadcast they found a significant number of additional surface tablets that were unclaimed by staff but linked by serial number to a theft from a Microsoft Store two weeks ago. Police speculate they were left behind by the burglars.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Apparently

        Of course what hasn't yet been reported is that they were all thrown in the bin as the cleaner correctly identified them as being rubbish.

    2. Bob Vistakin
      Linux

      Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

      Look at these two ugly bastards:

      http://bgr.com/2013/01/07/nokia-ceo-elop-interview-android-284778/

      Between them is a pair of loser CEOs.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

        Oh and Eric Schmidt is a wonderful guy is he?

        He used to work for shit boring Novell. He's in North Korea, one of the axes of evil. He only gives a shit about grabbing your money and couldn't give a stuff about paying taxes.

        Elop is a good CEO, many Nokia users who have written to him with problems have received free gifts and help. Try emailing Schmidt, would probably be out playing golf or something. Steve Jobs would have said "hold it differently".

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          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

            Nokia Sold 134 million Symbian handsets per year; that was 34 million more than the year before. So they saw 34% growth which is great for a mature product. Elop burns the Symbian platform and up until recently, was still outselling WP. Now Nokia is looking at 12 million handsets a year for sales; not even 10% of where they were. Elop is a terrible CEO. If he really wanted to go to WP shouldn't he of waited until WP8 was out? ALl they did was burn their Symbian customer base and then again with WP7 not seeing WP8 and can't run WP8 apps. It also doesn't help that you can't get the latest SDK from MS unless you produced apps for WP7. Not a way to encourage developers to develop for your platform.

            If Symbian was a burning platform, what was and still is WP? WP is more successful than Kin, but look not by much. Look at where Kin is right now. Look at where WP and Windows RT are headed?

          2. Piro

            Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

            Oh, I don't know, he can hang out with Léo Apotheker - he's an idiot who slashed the value of HP and threw WebOS in the trash, when with a bit more love and some better hardware design could be a great platform.

          3. dajames Silver badge
            Paris Hilton

            Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

            Elop is the worst CEO of all time.

            Oh, no. He went over to Nokia to enslave it to the beast, and has done that very well. The man may be evil, but he's not incompetent. Not the worst CEO of all time, just the worst man Nokia could have appointed as CEO.

            There have been several other stunningly bad CEOs in recent time ... I could perhaps mention a former head of HP as an example (it's not libellous if it's true, right?) ...

            Paris, 'cos she'd do it better!

          4. kb
            Facepalm

            Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

            Oh lord can we end that lie already? Nokia was big in DUMBPHONES which anybody could see was like being the number 1 maker of 8-tracks in 1983, really not a good place to be. they had not one, not two, but THREE internal OSes, all were in various stages of broken and were in no shape to compete with iPhone (and don't even say MeeGo, their dev team admitted it would be a year and a half minimum before it was up to snuff and there are several guys that worked on it that said it had fatal memory and networking issues) so what EXACTLY did people expect him to do? Close the doors and give the money back to the shareholders?

            Nobody has made money on Android but Google and Samsung, even HTC is no seriously hurting because Android is in a free fall race to the bottom. heck you can go in any Walmart here in the states and get an Android smartphone with no contract for $70 USD. There is just no money left in Android for any company that doesn't outsource all their hardware to China, Nokia didn't have the money to get into a bidding war with HP over WebOS (which IMHO would have been the best bet) and Apple certainly isn't gonna license iOS, so that left them only THREE, count 'em three choices...either give up on the smartphone market for at least a year and a half (probably more like 2 and a half if the insiders are correct) with NOTHING to sell but bottom of the line dumbphones running Symbian until then, get completely slaughtered jumping into the sharktank that is Android, or go with WinPhone where MSFT would pay for all the adverts and engineering so all they had to do was make hardware, heck they even got the cost of every license back in advertising dollars.

            In hindsight was it a bad call? yes but I would argue there wasn't any other call Elop could make, short of selling off the company piecemeal like a corporate raider. The dumbphone is dead, it made them good money in the past but even the third world is getting cheap droid phones now so its just a dead end street Symbian was a dumbphone OS that looked like Win 3.x and simply couldn't run a new UI and new apps without a total rewrite, the Java based one they had in house had fatal memory leaks, and MeeGoo had both memory and networking issues that would have required you having to reboot the phone when you wanted to surf...nobody is gonna put up with that today. So it really came down to MSFT or close the doors and I doubt the folks at Nokia would have been happy had he started closing the place down.

            1. Mark .

              Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

              Nokia were the number one smartphone company until 2011, when they were overtaken by Samsung (not Apple). Their flagship Symbian was number one platform until 2011, when overtaken by Android.

              In fact, it even outsold iphone for several months after that, despite the WP announcement, zero marketing, poor or little distribution in many countries, and few new models, and reduced OS development.

              Even now, almost 2 years after the WP announcement, it sells more than iphone did in the first quarters (and so does WP, come to that), despite the latter getting vast amounts of media hype, and Symbian getting none.

              Nokia still outsell Apple in the mobile market (though are overtaken by Samsung) - even their S40 platform isn't a dumbphone, and although it hasn't been marketed as "smart" (except for the new recent Asha Touch smartphone platform), it still basically is. Meanwhile, the first iphone was a dumb phone:

              "were in no shape to compete with iPhone"

              My Nokia 5800 did fine against the iphones of the time - the first of which couldn't even do apps or 3G, which my earlier 2005 feature phone could.

              Note, I'm not taking any position on the WP decision, but your comments about Nokia are just plain wrong.

        2. asdf Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

          >Oh and Eric Schmidt is a wonderful guy is he?

          Hmm so everybody who criticizes Microsoft or their ho hum me too products is now automatically an Android or Apple fanboi eh? Not everyone believes in corporate tribes (most outside of middle school in fact). Some of us just look at electronics as tools and select the one that best meets our needs for the right price.

        3. Cyclist
          Headmaster

          Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

          Point of order, but it's axis of evil, not axes. Axes of evil is a whole new ball game.

          Carry on.

      2. Herer
        Thumb Up

        Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

        that isn't ballmer's real hand

      3. Atonnis

        Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".

        I don't quite think you can really call those two 'loser CEOs' - both of their bank balances are probably more than you'll earn over your entire lifetime.

  2. Thomas 4

    And many thanks

    ...to Mr T. Cook for the news tip.

    1. Mark .

      Re: And many thanks

      Indeed, this is nothing more than a troll / press release masquerading as news - people may dislike MS, but seriously, you want to advertise for let's-destroy-the-most-successful-Open-Source-operating-system-with-software-patents Apple?

      If they only took five items, it seems clear it was a targeted theft. And as noted in the other recent story[*], this may be because they're expensive, and there will be a minority who will pay any price for them, plus unlike many makes, they only do expensive products, so it's an easier target.

      Given that thieves typically steal to sell, this tells us nothing about what is desired, but what people can sell at a high price. So Apple win on that - big deal. And whilst I'm sure the spin is "people don't want MS even for free", the flipside is that it says these people are only willing to take Apple if they give it for free (also see the ridiculous numbers of "win a free ipad" competitions).

      The other point is that these stories only get reported when it favours Apple.

      [*] What is it about all these recent "Thieves stealing Apple products" stories? Seems some kind of desperate marketing attempt to make the products look popular. Even the local news here was at it, reporting on burglaries, but then mentioning only Apple brand names by name - any other makes just get ignored, or don't get reported.

  3. mhoneywell

    BYOD

    Good to see Microsoft supporting the principles it touts.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: BYOD

      Should be TYoD

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    They Looked At The W8 Machines....

    And thought WTF is that GUI all about, no thanks.

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    2. Mark .

      Re: They Looked At The W8 Machines....

      Except if that was their view, they wouldn't have then taken a tablet-only ipads!

  5. Dana W
    Happy

    This is going to leave me amused all day.

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      Yep, me too. And it makes me wonder: were these thieves out for profit, or did they really want to salt into some people's wounds.

      1. Thorne
        Gimp

        Actually it's like the animal liberationists who break into labs to free lab animals. Fanbois broke in and liberated the iPads to stop evil Microsoft scientist performing unholy experiments on them.

        Unfortuantely like in the horror movies these iPads are already infected and will wreak havok on the fanboi population.

        Muhahahahahaha

  6. JimmyPage Silver badge
    Happy

    Priceless

    Many years ago, a company I worked for had offices in a really out-of-town (nearest store 1mile) technology park.

    One day we had a frantic phone call from the office manager. Thieves had broken into our offices, and then used our computers to break the windows into the office across the hall, and steal their computers.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What were Microsoft stealing from the iPads?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "What were Microsoft stealing from the iPads?"

      Nothing, they just thought it was cool to be seen with one !

      1. Naughtyhorse

        Nothing, they just thought it was cool to be seen with one !

        So the gear belonged to the team that brought us windoze ME then

      2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: Nothing, they just thought it was cool to be seen with one !

        If you read the article;

        "....Microsoft reported the crime to the police on 2 January but believes the electronics were stolen between 19 and 26 December....."

        Looks like the iPads weren't that cool seeing as no-one noticed they had gone for up to fourteen days.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nothing, they just thought it was cool to be seen with one !

          Microsoft has some evidence as to when the crime occurred and someone sat on it at the request of the PR department. They needed to come up with a story to which they couldn't think of one. I think the thieves should have left a Zune behind.

          I heard Ballmer felt so bad, that he offered a new Surface to replace the four iPads that got stolen.

        2. Alex King
          FAIL

          Re: Nothing, they just thought it was cool to be seen with one !

          OR, the office where they were might have been unattended during that period. Now let me see, what could possibly have caused that around that time of year??

        3. hplasm Silver badge
          Devil

          Re: Nothing, they just thought it was cool to be seen with one !

          They noticed they had gone, but thought they might come back after a reboot.

    2. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
      Trollface

      What were Microsoft stealing from the iPads?

      Nothing, The were checking to see what crApple had stolen from them.

      ref: "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas" — Steve Jobs, Triumph of the Nerds, 1996 (youtube link)

  8. Scarborough Dave
    Coffee/keyboard

    Nice article to read before I went home

    Thanks! needed a chuckle after the Monday blues!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's what you get

    if you don't watch MS Windows8 adds carefully. You end up with the wrong kit.

  10. Andy Fletcher

    If he got some untested MS apps for Mac devices...

    He's probably already suffered enough punishment.

  11. Big_Ted
    Trollface

    If I had broken in

    I would have taken the Apple kit as well, easy to sale on ebay for a good price.

    After all 5 ipads among hundreds won't stand out but a couple of surface tablets on ebay would be a red flag to anyone, after all they only sold half a dozen or so,

    1. Grave

      Re: If I had broken in

      probably easier because crapple users aren't the brightest bulbs in a box so they pretty much buy even clay-brick with crapple logo on it

      //code cipher:

      downvote = agreed

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: If I had broken in

        You mean like this?

    2. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge

      Re: If I had broken in

      It's all about price. Apple kit sells at several thousand times the manufacturing price, hence a lot of room for stolen half-price kit on the black market: cheap enough to be a good buy despite the risk. Ignoring the surface for this argument, you can buy or build a windows computer for, well, the price of its part on the Chinese market. 400 bucks will get you a very decent windows office machine. factoring in the labour cost of physically removing the machines from MS headquarters, you can't possibly beat that. A basic Windows PC is cheaper to buy than to steal. Then there is value-to-volume and weight: ratios: the thieves could have stolen one full-size rack of spanking new servers, used heavy machinery to move it to a rather large van. Instead they choose to steal the same resale-value kit that fits in a briefcase.

      Also, reselling beasty servers is harder and more suspicious than reselling "Oh I got it for Xmas but I don't like it that much" iPads...

      1. Dana W
        FAIL

        Re: If I had broken in

        "Apple kit sells at several thousand times the manufacturing price,"

        No.

        1. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge

          Re: If I had broken in

          > "Apple kit sells at several thousand times the manufacturing price,"

          > No.

          You're right. It's only twice the retail price (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/11/ipad_breakdown/)

          heh.

          1. Dana W
            Happy

            Re: If I had broken in

            I never denied THAT. Just that "several thousand times" is just dumb. Note the thumbs down from the Fandroids and the Winsheep.

            1. dajames Silver badge
              FAIL

              Re: If I had broken in

              I never denied THAT. Just that "several thousand times" is just dumb. Note the thumbs down from the Fandroids and the Winsheep.

              Nah, you're getting voted down because you're coming across as someone who is so literal-minded that he can't appreciate the use of ironic exaggeration to emphasize a point.

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: If I had broken in

                Look I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.

            2. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge
              Unhappy

              Re: If I had broken in @ Dana W

              > the Fandroids and the Winsheep.

              just for the record, I mildly hate MSWindows (my work involves tech support for MSWinLusers... so I'm paid for MS' flaws, in a way; hence the "mildly"). I never ever owned an iOS device but I still have to fix these for friends; and I never ever owned an Android device, or had to fix one. My real machines mostly run Debian or OpenBSD, and my toys (handhelds, etc) run either obscure Linux distros (for the most powerful ones) or fully machine-programmed OSes (for the more ressource-limited ones). Excluding my work machines, I do not use any internal hard drive larger than 20 GB. I am a sad geek indeed.

    3. Mark .

      Re: If I had broken in

      And Apple ipads, the most overhyped product in existence even before its release, took years to get anywhere (it was 6 months before I saw a single one). And the original iphone only sold half a dozen (see? I can make stuff up too - or more accurately, they sold way less than Symbian, Blackberry, and even WM).

      Seriously - I get that people here don't like tablets and MS, yet then you find they support *Apple*?

      You're right on the first paragraph, which is why this pro-Apple-spin is a non-story.

  12. Silverburn
    Happy

    Santa

    Microsoft reported the crime to the police on 2 January but believes the electronics were stolen between 19 and 26 December

    Hmmmm. Looks like nobody is immune to Apples supply management - not even Santa. No sign of forced entry, but did the room have a chimney by any chance...?

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    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: Microsoft Research burgled - only iPads taken!

      ".....Another Microsoft EPIC FAIL." Are you saying a sneak thief is going to try walking out of a building with one server under his arm (yeah, fanboi, go look it up, you run business applications on them and they tend to be a bit too bulky to just stuff under a jacket) or pinch some thin tablets he knows he can sell to some fanbois? If anyone is demonstrating fail then it is yourself.

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        1. lglethal Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: Microsoft Research burgled - only iPads taken!

          @ Eadon - If you had read the story correctly you would have seen that this was the campus where they create the MS products for Apple kit (ie MS Office and so on). So no its not likely they would have had anything but Apple kit laying around.

          Fail on you... RTFA...

        2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: Microsoft Research burgled - only iPads taken!

          "@Matt Bryant - Servers?......" Read the article FFS! It says:

          "The iPads may have been the obvious thing to steal in Building 5: that's the place where Microsoft, whose headquarters are in Redmond, develops software for Apple hardware. It's possible the thief has got hold of some unreleased Microsoft apps with his or her Apple devices. The office also houses Microsoft Exchange hosting servers, a less tempting target for a light-fingered thief."

          Sounds like there was little in the building other than iPads and hosting servers. Now, concentrate real hard - if you are a sneak thief looking to make a quick and easy score, would you swipe the tablets that can be hidden easily in a backpack or even under your cost, or spend time unpacking, decabling and then try sneaking out of the building with an 18in rack server that would be too big to be hidden? If it's hosting kit it could probably be blade servers too, which would probably stymie a sneak thief as he'd probably know as little about them as a fanboi like you.

          ".....Presumably the place is crawling with MS Surfaces, tablets and laptops...." READ the article! it was a lab for developing apps for iOS, why would there be any Surface tablets there?

          ".....If not, then no one at MS Research wants a Surface and the like and prefer iPads. Either way, it's damning." The only thing that is damning is your desperate attempts to justify a failure to read and comprehend the article. Back under your iBridge, troll.

        3. Mark .

          Re: Microsoft Research burgled - only iPads taken!

          Yes, it's damning that there exists one person in the world who prefers ipads, when offered them for free. Clearly that complete actual evidence like the hundreds of millions who use Android instead of ios on mobile, or Windows on desktop/laptops.

          And clearly he wanted all five for himself, he couldn't have possibly been taking them to sell, which would mean simply taking a product that was more easily recognisable with a "expensive product" logo, and easy to sell due to the higher profit margin (thus more room for black-market-selling, presumably). I mean, if someone offered me an ipad for free (legitimately bought!), sure I'd take it, so I could sell it. That's hardly a ringing endorsement.

          I'd take an iphone 5 for free over a Nexus 4 or S3, even though I way prefer Android, and would much prefer the latter as a phone - because I could sell the former for more money.

          There were also likely plenty of Android phones and other devices around too (since there were ipads, it's not true that there's only MS equipment there). Is it also damning of Android?

  14. O RLY

    Why are there quotations marks around iPad 4

    and not iPad 3 as well? Neither the third or fourth iPads were designated "iPad 3" or "iPad 4", so why single one out?

  15. Arachnoid

    "It's possible the thief has got hold of some unreleased Microsoft apps with his or her Apple devices."

    Surely a pun unless MS is now developing Office for the iPad??

    1. zentechinc

      my thoughts too

      developer guts for office for ipad maybe?

  16. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Happy

    See, there is such a thing as Kama

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes and this it hitting you for not paying attention at school.

      Karma, not kama!

      1. Martin
        Happy

        "Yes and this it hitting you..."

        First law of corrections - when you smugly point out an error, you will make a mistake in your correction....

        Yes, and this is it hitting you...

    2. frank ly Silver badge

      @Will Godfrey re 'Kama'

      The Wikipedia entries for 'Kama' are wide ranging. My favourite is :

      "Kama is translated from Sanskrit as pleasure, sensual gratification, sexual fulfillment or the aesthetic enjoyment of life."

  17. Lars Silver badge
    Joke

    I suspect

    it was Ballmer. Better look for them outside the window.

  18. keithpeter
    Holmes

    Elementary

    "There was no sign of a forced entry at Building 5 on La Avenida Street, whose staff use electronic cards to enter the offices, said Sgt Sean Thompson."

    and

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20020541-71.html

    Elementary Dr Watson: it was an inside job.

    Melinda is putting her foot down.

    1. Silverburn
      Joke

      Re: Elementary

      That's strange...whenever my Dr Watson runs, I just get error messages. How do you enable the sentience feature...?

  19. Paul 135
    Terminator

    This is exactly why Microsoft have lost their way as of recent.

    ... too much crApple hipster influence that has caused all common sense to be thrown out the window.

  20. The Alpha Klutz
    Thumb Up

    I love it when they steal rich tat

    from rich twats.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I love it when they steal rich tat

      Jealous? Get a job m8.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah right

    This was obviously just the cleaner who has thrown all the useless rubbish away.

    1. Dana W

      Re: Yeah right

      NO! Not at all Steve Ballmer is still there!

  22. Timpatco
    Happy

    Receivers of stolen goods prefer Apple....

    This story only goes to prove that thieves and criminal fences prefer to steal for the Orchard...

  23. Pet Peeve
    Gimp

    Sad sack

    This is a funny story, but it kind of makes you feel bad for Microsoft, who can't seem to do a single thing right these days.

    Over the holiday, I was at two shopping centers that had both a microsoft store and an apple store, and I felt so sorry for the guys working the microsoft store (the staff WAY outnumbered the customers, while at the apple store, you could hardly get in the door it was so packed) that I almost bought a surface out of pity. ALMOST.

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    2. Anonymous Coward
      Gimp

      Re: Sad sack

      Before Christmas the Apple store in Southampton was so horrific that I ended up getting my iPad in Tesco instead. Same price + double clubcard points!

      Mind you, half the problem with the Apple store is the crowd of students outside leeching the free wi-fi. One was just walking around in the main thoroughfare with giant headphones on, oblivious to everyone, and talking to someone using the video conference app.

      1. It wasnt me
        Happy

        Re: Sad sack

        I used to shop at that store in Southampton. Until one of the Apple employees suggested I go buy the kit a couple of shops down in John Lewis where they are happy to give you a two year warranty, and will not not need threatening with the law should you need to use it. A jolly helpful apple drone - I was surprised.

    3. adnim Silver badge
      Meh

      Re: Sad sack

      ...but it kind of makes you feel bad for Microsoft

      No it doesn't.

      I might feel a little embarrassed for the Microsoft staff in the scenario you describe above.

      However, I have over 20 years experience of working in IT and as such, I will never, ever feel anything for Microsoft.

  24. nuked
    Coat

    I heard they broke back in the day after and returned all the copies of Windows 8 they took.

    1. Mike Flugennock

      Reminds me of an item in the news about 20 years or so ago...

      ...when a New Orleans Saints fan, fed up with the team's consistently poor performance, deliberately left his season tickets on the dashboard of his car with the door unlocked, in the hopes they'd be stolen. When he returned some hours later, he found that someone had entered his car and left a second set of Saints season tickets on the dashboard next to his own.

      No, seriously, New Orleans really was playing that badly back then.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They left the MS products because they are too hard to fence. If the police stopped every one with a Surface, the thieves wold be caught in no time at all; probably would only need to stop about 10 people or so before the stolen goods were found.

    I bet the footage shows it was Ballmer. He is probably out in some field going Office Space on them.

  26. Mike Flugennock
    Coffee/keyboard

    B'WAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHHH

    HA HA ha ha ha hah hah, heh heh...

    That is all.

  27. Herby Silver badge

    Second prize?

    As the saying goes, Second prize is a week in (name your ugly town), and first prize, you ask? That is TWO weeks in (name your ugly town).

    So, second prize in this case is a Surface tablet, and first prize is many Surface tablets. Not an iPad to be seen!

    Maybe thieves do have smarts, but I doubt it!

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why the burglars avoided the Microsoft products

    Lack of demand = no resale value.

  29. philbo
    Black Helicopters

    It was probably a cover

    ..as John McAfee's agents stole in and installed invisible keyloggers on all the Surface tabs, and his camouflaged trojans wouldn't run on Apple kit.

  30. Richard 120

    Context

    It's a shame it's not as funny when you read the context -

    "the place where Microsoft, whose headquarters are in Redmond, develops software for Apple hardware. It's possible the thief has got hold of some unreleased Microsoft apps with his or her Apple devices. The office also houses Microsoft Exchange hosting servers, a less tempting target for a light-fingered thief."

    So they got into a place which left them a choice of tablets, probably all of them were Apple, or the alternative was some probably rack mounted servers. It's an easy choice for a thief.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Context

      also, who would steal an Exchange Server apart from a serious masochist (who might enjoy trying to smuggle it out on his person), even if it's one of the 18" rack mounts Mr Bryant mentioned ..

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Stop being cruel to CEOs

    They are the true wealth creators. Without them, nothing would happen. Ever. They deserve our total adoration and we must continue giving them even larger amounts of money and other gifts. Otherwise, these Gods will frown on us and deliver thunderbolts from the skies, pestilence on our farms and plagues on our houses.

    1. Martin
      Happy

      Re: Stop being cruel to CEOs

      "...they are the true wealth creators."

      Absolutely true, particularly with regard to their own wealth.

  32. Wil Palen
    Flame

    Amazing

    Almost a year after Elop's burning platform speech, and people are still venting their frustration about Nokia's switch to WP. And I understand completely. You can pry my N9 from my cold dead hands!

  33. GuyC

    Thieves aren't that bright though

    Whilst working for a reseller, someone broke into the warehouse overnight and stacked up boxed, brand new laptops to reach some low end end PC's which were up on the shelving

  34. zb
    Joke

    I bet the perps are El Reg readers.

  35. Pat 4

    What's with all the comments about Elop not being a good CEO...

    Elop was NEVER a CEO... he was always and remains a Microsoft Executive.

    The fact that he's an employee of Microsoft who happens to be running another company for them doesn't change what his actual job is...

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thief took what he knew wouldn't stand out in a crowd and would sell quickly and cheaply to someone who didn't really care what they were getting and wouldn't ask too many questions...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "someone who didn't really care what they were getting and wouldn't ask too many questions..."

      A fanboi, in other words.

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  38. Parax

    Theft or....?

    Did a senior manager pop over for a visit, and chucked away a few things he didn't think ought to be there....

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hmm, who else in Mountain View has been accused of stealing software in the past and might be interested in progress of Microsoft Office on iPads?

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