This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication - Western Union memo, 1876
CRIMINALS HAVE A NEW ENEMY TO FEAR, software in computers that backs up the idiotic photos that they take of themselves.
We've seen it before. There was the woman with the unusually large sunroof and the cross-eyed duck lady, now we have the casual Iranian lady and her smoking companion.
The victim, Dom del Torto, a graphic designer from London, lost his Macbook during a burglary earlier this year.
He heard no more of it for a month, until its tracking kicked in sometime in March and revealed that it was in Tehran in Iran. Then del Torto started receiving photos.
Del Torto turned to his local police for help when the evidence and images started to pile up, but, he did not find much in the way of satisfaction.
"I shared this information with the UK police dealing with the matter and they said that they were regretfully unable to help," he said on his Tumblr.
So, he shared the images with his friends, and they shared them with their friends and so on and so on and so on.
Del Torto's Tumblr with the images went viral on Thursday.
My Laptop is in Iran laptopiniran.tumblr.com— domdeltorto (@domdeltorto) April 11, 2013
In a last minute twist in the story Del Torto says that he has been contacted by the people in the photographs, and told that they are very upset about their images being reproduced on the internet.
Del Torto, who said that he already had concerns about exposing innocent people, has removed all of the photographs and posted an apology to to the people in them.
"The innocent new owners of my laptop have been in touch and are mortified about the story and are keen to return the laptop," he says in a recent post.
"Given the huge error of judgement on my part in sharing the story and failing to respect their privacy I have asked them to keep it by means of an apology." µ
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