Best data erasure method ever: longbow


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

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


50# is pretty light for a longbow.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


Can confirm.


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


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


It’s effective, all around privacy insurance.


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


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


Best? Colorful maybe but scarcely best…


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!


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


So, not “saltwater croc bite”?


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.