Best data erasure method ever: longbow


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/21/fletcher-erasure.html


Remote "uncontacted" island tribe killed an interloping missionary with arrows
#2

FYI @doctorow, methinks you’ve got Last Week Tonight on the brain…


#3

50# is pretty light for a longbow.


#4

Also useful for elimininating harmful proselytizing pests: No, wait, that’s the other article…


#5

Yes, shooting is fun. Shooting objects is really fun, though often not allowed at ranges.


#6

Looks impressive, but a couple of big holes isn’t going to stop someone really determined.

It’s worth watching at least a little of this.


#7

Light for a warbow, and less than many hunters shoot today but 50# or a bit more was pretty standard for English longbows in the heyday of Victorian target archery.


#8

Especially not at metal objects at close distances. Ricochets do occasionally happen in archery.


#9

yes, but did he do it while spouting anecdotes and walking through aiming technique in the guise of a Zen Canadian Santa Claus?


#10

Can confirm.


#11

I’ve got a bucket (literally) of old harddrives from my family computers. Suddenly my hammer, awl, and safety glasses look somehow silly…


#12

Ughh! At least salvage the magnets first! Those are some premium rare earths with pre-attached mounting hardware!


#13

It’s effective, all around privacy insurance.


#14

I used to just put the platters in an old microwave for a minute.


#15

Heh yup… data recovery specialists can do magical things with the charred/mangled remains of HDDs.


#16

Best? Colorful maybe but scarcely best…


#17

Just stopped in to see if there were any posts of the variety:

Hey this is America! Use your gol darn AR-15, you pussy!


#18

Does that HDD know that it’s supposed to be a block device? Because that looks like some pretty inadequate blocking.


#19

So, not “saltwater croc bite”?


#20

I did this once with a .308 and an old HD. Took it in to a place that I knew and asked if they could do data recovery on it. Poor tech was sitting there wondering if I was serious, and what sort of trouble there had been until the owner (who knew me) came out and ruined the joke.