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500 EURO reward for finding car by finding laptop

michael posted about 10 years ago | from the real-submissions-unedited dept.

Wireless Networking 467

Komawi writes "Greetings, On the night of march 11th my car was stolen (Mercedes Benz, I'm realy fond of that car!), but also my laptop with in it a wireless networkcard with the following MAC address: 00:30:BD:9C:BD:B2 Also a mobile phone was stolen, with IMEI number 351083531088913. If anyone has a way to locate these goods and by this I get back my car, a reward of 500 euros will be given! The goods were taken from Alkmaar, The Netherlands somewhere between 2004-03-11 23:00 and 2004-03-12 07:30. May the force be with you!"

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Today is April 1st ! (-1, Redundant)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | about 10 years ago | (#8735600)

Now, mod me +5 insightful for stating the obvious, nerds !

Re:Today is April 1st ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735649)

FIRST REPLY!

The blood of the innocent shall flow freely from the steps of the new-found corporate justice.

PROPS TO GABE & MAUS.

PARENT IS A NO TALENT TROLL !!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735676)

His always trolls suck and are always modded overrated.

Re:PARENT IS A NO TALENT TROLL !!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735694)

as oppossed to those talented trolls?

I don't know, I bet it's a seed of truth. (3, Funny)

PollGuy (707987) | about 10 years ago | (#8735696)

Note the department: real-submissions-unedited

Becha someone really thought we would be ready/willing/able/inclined enough to help, and michael saved it, since truth is stranger than fiction.

Re:Today is April 1st ! (1, Insightful)

jaxdahl (227487) | about 10 years ago | (#8735720)

Let's look up the MAC and the IMEI numbers: MAC: 00:30:BD -- Belkin Components IMEI # [numberingplans.com] Handset was approved in Finland? This makes it more likely it is an April Fool's joke.

Re:Today is April 1st ! (1)

mirko (198274) | about 10 years ago | (#8735777)

Just check with mine : it was also approved in .FI only, even though I am in Switzerland and this belongs to my company, so I guess, this could really be.

Running distributed.net? (5, Interesting)

Nugget (7382) | about 10 years ago | (#8735607)

Were you running dnetc [distributed.net] on the laptop? We've recovered a few pieces of stolen computer equipment over the years when the theives plugged the boxes back in to the net and the installed client software sent back completed work.

Sorry to hear about the theft. I can only imagine how awful it feels.

Re:Running distributed.net? (3, Funny)

tdvaughan (582870) | about 10 years ago | (#8735683)

Sorry to hear about being taken in by an April Fool. I can only imagine how awful it feels ;).

Re:Running distributed.net? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735757)

Wow, you told us your cell's IMEI and your laptop's MAC. How about your car's numberplate?

First post (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735608)

...I got your car too

I Found it!! (5, Funny)

Otis2222222 (581406) | about 10 years ago | (#8735781)

It was in the conservatory, stolen by Professor Plum, using the lead pipe. Where do I collect my (insert fancy Euro symbol here)500 Reward?

Good luck to the guy. (1)

mercan01 (458876) | about 10 years ago | (#8735613)

Good luck to the guy, I'm from the US so I doubt I have a chance at finding his stuff.

But here are the more interesting questions: How often do people submit stories like that now? And since this one was posted, how often will stories like this be posted in the future?

Re:Good luck to the guy. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735628)

psst. ... . take note of the date.

What? (0, Insightful)

lga (172042) | about 10 years ago | (#8735616)

This makes the Slashdot front page? In what possible way is this news for nerds? "Man offers reward"

So what?

Re:What? (5, Insightful)

YetAnotherAnonymousC (594097) | about 10 years ago | (#8735650)

I'm usually the first to bemoan non-news postings, but the fact is that slashdot is also a community (see "Ask Slashdot"). While posting every single theft report doesn't make sense, you have to admit that it would be cool, in this case, if the slashdot community came up with a way to track this auto down using technology, yes?

Re:What? (2)

farrellj (563) | about 10 years ago | (#8735732)

HEAR HEAR!!!!

Never forget that we are a community, and that is what makes us strong!

ttyl
Farrell

Re:What? (1)

rmadmin (532701) | about 10 years ago | (#8735661)

hat? (Score:3, Insightful) by lga (172042) * on Thursday April 01,

I can't believe all the people that don't catch april fools. I mean, yeah, its early in the morning, but its not like its Monday or anything..

Re:What? (2, Insightful)

lga (172042) | about 10 years ago | (#8735682)

> I can't believe all the people that don't catch april fools.

OK, if it's an April fools joke, whats funny about it?

Don't mind me, I'm just pissed off that they didn't accept my story about using chickens in nuclear weapons [bbc.co.uk] .

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735772)

It's an excelent (and true! Really!) story, but I just want to know more about that landmine. That dinky picture they have there looks interesting..

*blinks* (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735619)

*blinks* i like cats.

*faps* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735671)

not as much as I like cats! *faps*

2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (2, Interesting)

Liselle (684663) | about 10 years ago | (#8735625)

Unless I am reading the date format wrong, and the submitter's car was stolen in the future (November), this was three weeks ago. Over here in the States I hear numbers like around 2/3 of stolen cars are eventually recovered, but I'm not privy to stats in The Netherlands. You would think that the longer you wait, the less chance you have of getting your car back, no?

On top of that, it would hardly take long to sell a laptop off. What a bummer. :(

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (2, Informative)

gowen (141411) | about 10 years ago | (#8735646)

Unless I am reading the date format wrong
You're reading the date format wrong: YYYY-MM-DD is quite standard (plus he does mention that this was March 11th)...

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (1)

tiled_rainbows (686195) | about 10 years ago | (#8735684)

No, he said:

Unless I am reading the date wrong ... this was stolen over three weeks ago

OT: (not that there was much of a T going on in the first place): While I find YYYY-MM-DD a bit strange (I prefer DD-MM-YYYY myself, being English), I have to accept that it is the most logical and easiest to use from the point of view of sorting by date etc.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (2, Informative)

ideatrack (702667) | about 10 years ago | (#8735656)

In Europe (and probably other places, I don't know) we switch the date and month in our numberic dates. Ie in the UK today's 01/04/2004 whereas in the US it's 04/01/2004.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (1)

Liselle (684663) | about 10 years ago | (#8735745)

There's a lot of *whoosh* going on in this thread. It was a very, very lame joke (car stolen in the future, ha-ha). I know how to read different date formats.

sigh @ text, expression never gets across how you intend it to. ;)

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735670)

ISO 8601 learn it. live it. love it.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (5, Insightful)

jdonnis (115371) | about 10 years ago | (#8735675)

No, civilized countries write dates either as DDMMYYYY or YYYYMMDD, you don't just juggle the digits around.

Nobody would write time like HH:SS:MM ? Of course not, it would be just as ridiculous as writing a date like YYYYDDMM it doesn't make any sense.

Or you could write dates like most airlines do 01APR04 or in this case 11MAR04..

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735714)

YYYYMMDD is a format suitable for filing. DDMMYYYY is some Euro thing that makes no sense. You don't speak dates like this: "Meet me 17 April 2004." It's not natural. You might say "Meet me on April 17th 2004." That would correspond to MMDDYYYY. Naturally speaking.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735742)

You don't speak dates like this: "Meet me 17 April 2004." It's not natural.

Speak for yourself, ignorant american.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (3, Informative)

jareth-0205 (525594) | about 10 years ago | (#8735748)

DDMMYYYY is some Euro thing that makes no sense. You don't speak dates like this: "Meet me 17 April 2004." It's not natural.

Well, actually you'll find that alot of people in the UK will say "Meet me on the 17th of April, 2004". There is a world outside the US, you know.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (3, Insightful)

mishac (75996) | about 10 years ago | (#8735773)

You realise that not everyone in europe speaks english? 17 April 2004 makes sense in many languages, including french.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (2, Interesting)

ca23e (720130) | about 10 years ago | (#8735685)

April Fools aside, the date format is most likely YYYY-MM-DD making the car's time of theft between March 11, 2004 11pm and March 12, 2004 7:30am.

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735691)

Unless I am reading the date format wrong, and the submitter's car was stolen in the future

Let me introduce you to both European (and most of the non-USA world) date formatting, and more importantly, ISO 8601 standard format for representing dates and times. F.Y.I. [w3.org]

Re:2004-03-11? He's going to need lots of luck. (3, Informative)

kraut (2788) | about 10 years ago | (#8735779)

YYYY-MM-DD. He's in Europe, so he's using sensible date formats ;)

Try slashdot.ru (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735627)

Did you try slashdot.ru [slashdot.ru] ? I think sooner or later your laptop and your Mercedes-Benz will be seen somewhere around the Red Square.

Found. (5, Funny)

blitzoid (618964) | about 10 years ago | (#8735629)

Found it.

Oh, right, you wanted that stuff back. Sorry, I made way more than 500 euros just by parting it out.

Humm (0, Redundant)

saden1 (581102) | about 10 years ago | (#8735642)

Benze is a nice care, surly anyone that can afford it can replace a mere laptop and cell easily! If you followed the golden rule of backing up you data you'd be all set. Also, doesn't your insurance cover anything that was in your car if it is stolen?

Oh crap! (5, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | about 10 years ago | (#8735643)

For sale:

Second hand Mercedes, second hand laptop and second hand mobile phone.

Total price: 501

auction house joke (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735704)

announcer at an auction house: "ladies and gentlemen, a wealthy gentleman in the audience just lost his wallet in this auction house just now. contents are mostly cash and he's offering $500 reward for its recovery."


silence for a while...


someone in the audience: "i offer $600!"

Re:Oh crap! (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 10 years ago | (#8735725)

Reminds me of the old joke:
Man in restaurant: "I lost my wallet with all my money, ID and credit cards in it. If anyone finds it, I'll give then $100."
Voice from rear of room: "I'll give $150."
I mean, if you know the car's stolen, you can just go up to it and steal it again yourself. It's not like you'll need anything more than a screwdriver, and the "** current owner **" isn't going to report it stolen.

PHP Info (2, Interesting)

codefungus (463647) | about 10 years ago | (#8735648)

You know, today is the day you get the funny picture with a phpinfo(); call.

Re:PHP Info (1, Offtopic)

djh101010 (656795) | about 10 years ago | (#8735672)

Are there any other time-sensitive easter eggs we can trigger today? For that matter, does someone have a list of hidden gems like this phpinfo(); call that codefungus mentions?

Re:PHP Info (1)

Aneurysm9 (723000) | about 10 years ago | (#8735785)

Poor little Wanda the Fish, the GNOME fortune teller seems to be floating upside down in a rather putrid looking tank and tells me "The water needs changing! (look at today's date)"

Re:PHP Info (-1, Troll)

AftanGustur (7715) | about 10 years ago | (#8735718)


You know, today is the day you get the funny picture with a phpinfo(); call

Interesting, I didn't know about that.

For those that haven't seen it I put it up HERE [biodef.org]

Re:PHP Info (1)

grub (11606) | about 10 years ago | (#8735767)


Holy moly! That's funny, thanks :)

(I won't give it away, let others look)

Treasure Hunt (1)

WebTurtle (109015) | about 10 years ago | (#8735654)

At first, I wondered what the hell this post was doing on /.
Then I realized it: a true geek treasure hunt.

However, I'm not sure 500 Euros is worth the effort. It's already been a few weeks. It's unlikely the car is still in one piece. Maybe someone can get lucky and locate the laptop (or at least the ethernet card). I'd be shocked if the car and laptop were both found together.

My Beounty (4, Funny)

Devil Ducky (48672) | about 10 years ago | (#8735658)

Strangely enough my car was stolen too, yeah that's the ticket. So, I'm offering $500US to anyone who retrieves my Mercedes Benz with a wireless capable laptop and a cell phone in it... just send me the car, the laptop, and the phone and I will send you your $500. Thank you for your support during this trying time.

You must be kidding (1)

Professeur Shadoko (230027) | about 10 years ago | (#8735695)

You offer $500, and he offers EURO 500 !

Please offer at least more than he does.

Re:You must be kidding (1)

zdislaw (664912) | about 10 years ago | (#8735790)

Yeah, but the EURO 500 is for a specific car/laptop/phone and the USD 500 is for any Mercedes with a laptop and phone. A much easier request!

I wonder if he'd take a BMW. It's all I could find with a laptop and phone in it on short notice. I guess people are taking the bus today since it's April Fools Day. A dangerous day to drive.

slash-bay? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735750)

You're bidding the wrong way: $500 is only 404 Euro.
I'll bid 550 Euro for the car, the laptop and the phone.

Re:My Beounty (4, Funny)

glpierce (731733) | about 10 years ago | (#8735786)

"just send me the car"

Hmm... I know I had a car-sized cardboard box around here somewhere...

Hmm... (4, Interesting)

Sirch (82595) | about 10 years ago | (#8735659)

The thought that it's April Fool's Day immediately leads one to question the validity of any story on Slashdot or any other news outlet. Although I doubt this is an April Fool's Day joke, how do we know that it's real? How do we know that this person isn't actually looking for someone else by searching for their MAC address? OR something more sinister?

The other thing about April Fool's Day is that noone ever believes me when I say it's my birthday. Which is kind of depressing.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735731)

Happy Birthday.

Re:Hmm... (0)

jaxdahl (227487) | about 10 years ago | (#8735744)

Let's look up the MAC and the IMEI numbers: MAC: 00:30:BD -- Belkin Components -- they probably make wireless stuff
IMEI # [numberingplans.com] Handset was approved in Finland? And this guy is from the Netherlands? This makes it more likely it is an April Fool's joke.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735754)

Happy birthday!

Laptop theft in Holland (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735660)

That's nothing. I once read an ad in the Via Via that went something like: "Laptop for sale. 500 euros. I don't know anything about it, I'm a cab driver and somebody left it in my car. 06-12345678 etc..."

being prepared.. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 years ago | (#8735674)

ok, it might be a bit paranoid but there's programs for symbian phones that detect if the sim card changes and can send sms with the current gsm cell id(and number of the new sim) to pre-set gsm phone.

as to the mac address, isn't that changeable? though, you could still strike lucky.

however I'm pretty sure your car is on it's way to eastern europe, sorry.

You poor poor man (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 10 years ago | (#8735678)

I so sorry about your loss.

I cannot help with your laptop theft, but oh Holy Day! I have been the pleasure of telling you that there is most definitely good news for you today sir!

I am Abdul Shakalakabangbang, from New Timur. Our Prime Minister, may his soul flatulate freely in heaven, was tragically killed in a mushroom stuffing contest. Since I his trusted most aide, he leave me lots of money. Due to political unrest, and a bad case of hemorroids, I am needing to remove this money from the country. This is where you can help me, my new friend.

If you feel most strongly you can help this poor man, please contact me and let us know.

thanks,

Dr Shakalakadangdang

Foolerisms (4, Insightful)

meta-monkey (321000) | about 10 years ago | (#8735681)

I think this is a bit of a twist on the April Foolery. Notice the department for this article: "real-submissions-unedited dept." I'm sure people submit inane "stories" like this all the time, and they're usually promptly deleted. I think somebody actually did submit this story in all sincerity, and the joke is that /. actually published it...

Hmm that gives me an Idea. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 10 years ago | (#8735686)

Well it will be tricky to find a laptop with just the Mac address unless they connect to my computer. But when I get a little extra time I am going to write a script on my laptop that checks the IP address of my laptop and if it is different then it will email me the new address and Ill probably hide it in the crontab where most crooks cant find it.

So if my laptop gets stolen I can just SSH to my laptop and check out the new data and see if I can find the new physical address. Or at least go thew the ISP and get it back.
Plus the script will be handy when my DHCP address is changed.

License plate? (5, Funny)

martingunnarsson (590268) | about 10 years ago | (#8735688)

You'd think the license plate number would be a better clue than the MAC address and IMEI code of the electronics, but what the hell, this is slashdot!

Saucy Seeking Same (1)

essiescreet (553257) | about 10 years ago | (#8735689)

I'm a 25 year old professional male, secure and single.

I like long walks on the beach, romantic dinners, and dumb april fools jokes. Call me.

Mercedes 419? (1)

MrIrwin (761231) | about 10 years ago | (#8735702)

OK, you locate the goods.....but to claim your reward there are some "unforseen expenses"........

The order of the dotted slash! (1)

theparanoidcynic (705438) | about 10 years ago | (#8735708)

* Imagines an international orginization of crime-fighting nerds recovering stolen Linux boxen and cars with clever 802.11g hacks . . . . . . *

Where's the damn Evil Bit story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8735709)

Seeing as it's April 1st and all I was expecting to read a story about the evil bit again. oh well.

Got mod points? (1)

ronmon (95471) | about 10 years ago | (#8735715)

I do.

Know the old adage, 'better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are a fool than open it and prove them right'? I think I'll play it safe and choose to lose 'em today.

Phone Home Software (1)

Like2Byte (542992) | about 10 years ago | (#8735722)

I realize this is an April Fools Joke (Hopefully) but is there any software (OSS, Preferably) that phones home (via email or some such mechanism) if it determines if it has been given a different IP address from some DHCP server? It could mail it's current IP address and maybe the real owner could give this info to the authorities (who have the real power) to go get it and track down the perps.

Of course, this may fire off someone's AV software, too; which would alert the unsavey theif (or fooled buyer) to the activity.

It could also be configured to accept a few known IP addresses to ignore so it's not firing off emails when you switch between home, work or the local coffee shop.

Anyone?

Now that I've planted the idea if it doesn't exist...

Info on the mobile phone. (5, Informative)

shakey_deal (602291) | about 10 years ago | (#8735726)

IMEI number analysis results

Manufacturer Siemens
Model type S55 S30880-S5720
Reference S30880-S5720
Production date N/A
Phone version N/A
Phone GSM phase GSM Phase 2 or higher

IMEI number break-down

Type Approval / Allocation Code (TAC) 351083
Final Assembly Code (FAC) 53
Serial Number (SNR) 108891
Check Digit (CD) 3
Full IMEI presentation 351083-53-108891-3

April fools or not... (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | about 10 years ago | (#8735735)

How about a small service that comes on after power up to run a traceroute back to a website and then report that route... granted, a *smart* thief would pull off any docs (without net connection), and then wipe the harddrive (or just wipe the drive) before using it.

What? (0, Troll)

manavendra (688020) | about 10 years ago | (#8735737)

You lying bastard!

All the card had was a moldy pizza, butts of cigarette, and what suspiciously looks like a... oh! you're sick man!

Don't even get me started on that laptop..it had a version of Windoze funnily similar to the one we use in America, but i thought hey, MS products may be a bit better in other languages! No such luck - reboot every hour

To think I came all the way back in time to post an update on this!

I Have it! (0, Redundant)

0tim0 (181143) | about 10 years ago | (#8735741)

But I can sell it to a chop shop for much more that 500 Euros.

Oh, and BTW, bravo on the porn collection. I'm going to make a backup before I sell your laptop on eBay.

--t

Come on (3, Funny)

krray (605395) | about 10 years ago | (#8735752)

I thought this was Slashdot. Oh well--

If anyone can help me find my car keys (mis-placed them, probably not stolen as the car *is* in the driveway) ... and you live nearby I'll be happy to give you a ride down to the local coffee shop.

Now, where did I put those keys?

may be joke but.. (4, Interesting)

westcourt_monk (516239) | about 10 years ago | (#8735758)

How about a site that publishes MAC addresses of stolen laptops? Hmmm? Include 802.11 MAC as well and those centrino chips become useful ;) Migh tbe a nice feature on /.

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