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Where’s a cop when you need one?…

Canadian IT consultant and author Sean Power had his laptop stolen in New York just before he had to leave for Ottawa.  But as Sean uses Prey (a freeware tracker) he was able to locate it remotely.  Sean called the cops… who responded that unless he (physically) filed a report, NYC’s Finest were unwilling to take any action…  He put out the word on Twitter…

… and a flash-crew of civilian crime-fighters recovered the stolen property.  Watch the story unfold in Brandon Ballenger’s recap.

As we appreciate the now-deeper resonance of “neighborhood watch,” we might recall that it was on this date in 1866 that Charles Elmer Hires formulated his eponymous “root beer” Hires was inspired by root tea, but thought that “beer” would be a more attractive name to “the working class”– for whom Hires, a supporter of temperance, saw it as an alternative to alcohol.


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