This cartoon puts it the best. After reading the story on Boing Boing yesterday I sat staring at my screen wondering exactly how this gentleman was allowed to teach the youth of tomorrow.
I have a huge respect for college professors. I look to them to be wise and all knowing (hey it's my dream and I can believe what I want.) However, what logic was the professor applying when he thought - hmm let's put all this research I do, and some IPO information, and well anything that is super secret all on this laptop and leave it sitting on my desk after class.
Yes, I know I am a bit biased because I work at security company. I know that I commonly apply to all my laptops, things like, BIOS password, system password, PGP disk. I also don't leave my laptop laying in public places - I fundamentally don't trust people.
Maybe I should call him and see if he wants a security assessment? Or he could just go on the web and find something easy to follow like this: Laptop Security Guidelines. I really like the one about a cable lock the best ;-)
It will be interesting to see how this story plays out.