Nov 13 2008

Larceny Tip of the Day: Don’t Go for the Computer

Published by at 6:07 pm under Comedy,I'm not making this up,News

I can definitely relate to the protagonist of this article.

Arizona State University student Alex Botsios said he had no problem giving a nighttime intruder his wallet and guitars.

When the man asked for Botsios’ laptop, however, the first-year law student drew the line.

“I was like, ‘Dude, no — please, no!” Botsios said. “I have all my case notes…that’s four months of work!”

Police said Gabriel Saucedo entered Botsios’ apartment through an open window early Thursday morning. When Botsios woke up, Saucedo threatened him with a baseball bat, police said.

He was just like, ‘I’m going to smash your head in,'” Botsios said.

At that point, the law student wrestled the bat away and began punching Saucedo, Botsios said.

“I basically grabbed him and threw him this way, and he held onto the bat so it threw him to the ground,” he said.

Police said they took Saucedo to the hospital for stitches before they arrested him on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping. Other than a bruised knuckle and a few scratches, Botsios was unharmed.

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5 Responses to “Larceny Tip of the Day: Don’t Go for the Computer”

  1. Chris Osborneon 13 Nov 2008 at 11:18 pm

    School work’s serious stuff. What professor is going to give you slack when you say your work was stolen?

  2. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 14 Nov 2008 at 12:34 am

    I’d be like: “No, %^&$ off, you jerk! Take the PS2 but not the computer! I have all my assignments on it!” Then I’d grab my cricket bat and attack.

    For safety reasons, I only keep part of my book on the computer. I have other parts on two seperate USBs, in disguised files so no one can tell what they are without opening at least twenty documents. It’s labyrinthine. Only I understand what paths to take to get to it. Call me paranoid, but if someone found the first part and decided to steal my idea, they’d have to invent their own storyline for it because there are only three chapters on the computer. But no one knows except for four friends, so I think I’m safe. Still, better safe than sorry, right?

  3. B. Macon 14 Nov 2008 at 1:24 am

    I appreciate your concern, TRW, but I wouldn’t be too worried that someone will steal your work and try to sell it elsewhere. Even if someone stole your finished manuscript, unless he also stole a finished synopsis/query and knew where and how to sell the manuscript, he wouldn’t be able to do anything with it. And even if the thief took everything and somehow secured a contract for your work, you could take whatever notes, e-mails, etc. you have and prove to the publisher that it’s yours.

    The institutional cautiousness of publishers plays to your advantage here; the publisher gains essentially nothing from using a stolen manuscript but takes catastrophic losses if it knowingly deals in stolen manuscripts. For ethical and professional/economic reasons, the publisher would much rather have the author on board that’s actually good enough to write a winning manuscript than a thief without writing talent. (For one thing, a thief will be absolutely useless in the rewriting process and other authors would give the publisher the cold shoulder if word got out it was using stolen manuscripts).

    Anyway. I recommend keeping your work online to ensure that it will not be lost if your computer is stolen or falls apart.

  4. Wingson 09 Aug 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I vaguely recall making multiple copies of my novels about six months ago and storing them on my email account. Since I can’t find them myself…I don’t think the plan is working.

    – Wings

  5. Cassandraon 09 Aug 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I occasionally email my story to myself. I really need to get into the habit of saving my data on my jumpdrive once every few nights, as well as emailing it to myself. But I’m too forgetful for my own good.

    I take my laptop with me just about everywhere, just in case there’s some kind of freak fire when I’m gone. (Also, whenever the fire alarm goes off in my dorm, I always take my laptop and iPhone with me. No fire is so bad that I can’t take fifteen seconds to grab the essentials.)

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