Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

I had that spy in the back of my cab: he left his laptop

All those MI5 folk leaving notebooks in London cabs on the way home from that sushi bar (where the sake must be really good); they're not alone. I love these figures from a survey designed to make you go buy some encryption software - or possibly take the tube...

In the last six months, taxi passengers in London had reported losing 54,874 mobile phones (that's more than 2 per taxi), 4,718 PDAs, 3,179 laptops and 923 USB sticks. And I thought it was bad at Heathrow, where people leave 5 laptops and 10 mobiles a day behind at the security machines. Losing stuff in a taxi is a better bet; 96% of phones lost in taxis are returned but only 60% of what's lost at Heathrow, with the rest auctioned off locally (and do they wipe the hard drives? yeah, right).

I also like the list of other things that UK taxi drivers "admitted to finding" (was there much they were too embarrassed to admit?): a telescope, a drunken woman left as a tip by her boyfriend, a machine gun and 100,000 pounds worth of diamonds.

But was that all in the same cab?
Tags: fun, mobility, numbers, security, taxi, technology

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