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Thieves have nabbed a consignment of Compaq Armada notebooks – the second time this has happened in the last three months. This most recent incident saw 141 Armadas slip their moorings in Glasgow - a haul valued at around £250,000. This could make the Armada the most popular notebook in the UK. How has The Register come to this conclusion? The theory runs like this: burglars (at least good ones) are the purest manifestation of capitalism - who understands supply and demand better? Surely they only steal that which is greatest in demand. Following the armed theft of 1,450 Compaq laptops in August, and this latest heist, the Armada is now top of the tea-leaf hit list. Of course, as with all indexes, there is a caveat. It may just be the case that Armadas are so poorly put together (BIOS revisions? Faulty power leads?) that it's not worth guarding them. We leave it to you to make your mind up. For our Glasgow readers, Detective Constable John McLaughlin advises you to be on the look out. If anyone approaches you with a brand new untraceable laptop and asks a vastly reduced price for it - don't buy it, but contact the police. Nice one, John. ®

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