A friend had his thesis stolen when luggage was stolen from his car. This was in the days when word processors existed but not scanning and easy storage. OTOH, one wonders why they didn’t work on a network.
Not the best negotiator either. He should have stipulated that they only get the password by returning the data. Also, don’t admit upfront that the price is negotiable. $1,000 is certainly a lot more than the laptop is worth to the thief–he can buy a new, better laptop for that–so there’s absolutely no reason to let him believe he can extort more than that.
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