File-swapping gamers turning to torrents to get their illicit game on may have found themselves scratching their heads earlier this year after downloading a copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Back in May, a leaked copy of the game hit the ‘Net, and while it was listed as a Beta version it was anything but. Instead, it was an experiment carried out by the Vigilant Defender anti-piracy group. While it began with fun – offering up the actual game’s first few levels – it ended in… a questionnaire?
More often than not you would find that people who have just had their laptop stolen appear more concerned about the precious data that went with it than the machine itself.
If you have ever consoled someone mourning the loss of their laptop and the data it housed, or have yourself been consoled by someone, you would know that the sympathetic monologue at some point veers into a sermon on the advantages of backing up data and deploying anti-theft measures.
"I am very happy. This story makes me feel hope for humanity,” the unnamed professor told a Swedish newspaper. "It is my life. I have documented everything in it that has happened in the last 10 years and beyond."
The district avowedly captured 56,000 images as part of its anti-theft efforts. While it has every reason to heave a sigh of relief, it is still not time for full-scale festivities as a case filed by a student's family in February is still pending before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
It's been a little over a year when we first heard about Intel's Anti-Theft Technology (ATT, of no relation to the telcom), which purports to give LoJack for Laptops a run for its money. Fast forward to today and it looks like Asus will be the first to implement the security scheme, who just announced plans to equip some of its notebooks with Intel's ATT.
"With the incorporation of Intel Anti-Theft PC Protection technology in Asus P30 and P80 notebooks, professionals can now conduct their businesses with greater assurance and without the fear of dire ramifications in the event of theft or loss," said Mr. Henry Yeh, GM of Asus Notebook Business Unit. "This added security capability in our P Series commercial notebooks makes it the definitive mobile companion for the professionals of today's fast-paced market."
According to Asus, users who have their compatible P Series notebook stolen can send a "poison pill" remotely. By doing so, the notebook is rendered inoperable and shuts down. The embedded security chip also allows for tracking the notebook, and if the stolen laptop is ever recovered, a local passphrase or recovery token brings the PC back to life.
Compatible notebooks are available now, Asus says.