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Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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  1. #1 |  PeeDub | 

    Dennis does sound fantastic. Too bad he’s got no shot.

  2. #2 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    From Wiki-
    “As a medical diagnosis, pedophilia (or paedophilia) is typically defined as a psychiatric disorder in adults or late adolescents (persons age 16 and older) characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children (generally age 13 years or younger, though onset of puberty may vary).”

    Yeah, those GQ pics sure made them look like 10 year olds…….

  3. #3 |  supercat | 

    //Electronically stored data is pretty damn resilient.//

    Information on magnetic drives is sometimes recoverable because the effective ‘range’ of the write pulse doesn’t always hit exactly the same places, and domains near the edges of the written area may have a blend of old and new data, and because every square micron of disk space has many magnetic domains. I don’t know how reliably data can be recovered, but there have been some impressive feats.

    Memory is another story. A particular byte of data which is overwritten on a typical flash chip will be pretty well gone. A byte of RAM which is overwritten might theoretically be recoverable for a millisecond or two, but unless one put probes in place before it was written, there will be no way to recover it before it’s gone completely.

    When data is recoverable from solid state devices, such recovery is possible only when/because the new data wasn’t written in the same place as the old data. Most flash devices are divided into rather large blocks (4Kbytes on older ones; 64Kbytes or even bigger on newer ones). Once a byte is written, it cannot be rewritten unless or until the entire block containing it has been erased, and erasure is quite slow. Most operating systems expect to individually write sector of 512 bytes. While it would be theoretically possible for a flash controller to handle a write to e.g. sector #24601 by reading all of the sectors in the same block as #24601, erasing the block, and writing all the sectors back, that would be slow and impractical. Instead, the controller allows each sector to be independently placed arbitrarily in flash. When a “write sector #24601” request is received, the controller will find an empty spot, put the new data there, indicate that sector #24601 is now at the new spot, and the spot that used to hold sector #24601 is available for reclamation. If no blank spots are available, a block will be located with lots of reclaimable sectors, and the still-valid sectors from that block will be relocated.

    A variety of factors affect when blocks get reclaimed. A controller which waits until there is almost no free space before reclaiming sectors will minimize energy usage and chip wear, but will often be rather slow. A controller which attempts to maximize speed may aggressively clean out ‘dead’ sectors when it is sitting idle. I’m unaware of any controllers that allow one to control the ‘cleaning’ policy. Would be interesting to know.

    Of course, if people get too good at recovering ‘erased’ information, police will simply have to erase the information more effectively (e.g. by confiscating the phone and incinerating it).

  4. #4 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #42 | Nancy Lebovitz — “I know more ambitious people who’ve trained their cats to wave a paw, or jump through their arms, or, more practically, get into a cat carrier on command.”

    Nancy, my snowshoe/siamese male mix has trained me to follow him around our neighborhood, up to 2 miles at a time. He doesn’t even put me on a leash!

  5. #5 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Thankfully someone is going to deal with this problem! My neighborhood is absolutely inundated by pedophile tigers. Oh! Did I mention the lions and bears also. Imbelciles every last one of them with brain power like this there is no hope for America

  6. #6 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    There’s a practical reason for grasping the idea that cats are trainable– the woman who trains her cats to get into their carriers on command isn’t physically able to chase them down. Having compliant cats means she can take care of her cats.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Tiger stories compell me to tell the “tail” of a man in Austin who kept a tiger in perfect peace and quiet. The healthy tiger was eventually killed by state agents who decided they needed to take it away. The owner warned them again and again not to tranquilize the tiger due to the extreme heat of the day in Austin. They state experts didn’t listen (I believe they handcuffed the owner), tranquilized the tiger, and the tiger died.

    I believe the chief of the expert state agent investigated and found no wrongdoing on the part of the expert state agent.

    IMHO 99% of people suck at pet ownership. But you should never forget that whatever the state regulates, they fuck up beyond recognition.

  8. #8 |  Roark | 

    ‘Libertarian’ Balko: No problem with Soros
    Let’s do some drugs!

  9. #9 |  the innominate one | 

    Is that your best effort at trolling, Roark? Pathetic.

  10. #10 |  Roark | 

    @ #59
    It’s called agitating.
    A ‘libertarian’ who defends Soros must be high.

  11. #11 |  Liberty Belle | 

    If they really wanted to double the world population of tigers, they could do it in a couple of years by encouraging private ownership. Then we could also be out in the open with voluntary helpful clubs and outreach agencies. Private ownership has only helped the populations of at-risk species.

  12. #12 |  fwb | 

    Feds have NO AUTHORITY granted in the Constitution to regulate “backyard things” or ANYTHING for that matter. What the feds have done has not been legal.

    If one wants to grasp how limited the feds authority is to legally “ban”stuff, try reading the 18th and 21st amendments. It required an amendment to ban booze. It requires an amendment to ban anything. Everything the courts have “interpreted” out of the Constitution come from gazing into their crystal “balls” that they keep hidden under their robes. The Commerce clause existed when the 18th was passed and no one tried to claim authority under the commerce clause at that time. But today, everyone is just dumb and dumber and the feds get away with abuse after abuse after abuse.

  13. #13 |  Alex | 

    Radley – what is it with you and animals? First it’s no dogfighting and now you don’t think people should be allowed to own big cats? For a libertarian, your views on animal property are, well, agitating.

  14. #14 |  Roark | 

    OK, now I get it!
    From LA Now:
    “George Soros, the multibillionaire investor who helped bankroll three initiatives to change drug laws in California, endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative Monday and plans to make a major financial contribution to the campaign.”