“It doesn’t happen often,” said Denver International Airport spokesperson Stacey Stegman last Wednesday afternoon between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. as she was being interviewed in the baggage claim area.

But police have now confirmed that simultaneous to that interview an unidentified woman stole a bag that was sitting nearby, looted it, and then abandoned it at a different airport location. Sgt. Rick Stager of the Denver Police Department’s airport unit said, “I just wanted to confirm that there was indeed a theft of a bag belonging to Thomas Prehn just a carousel or two away from where you were filming. The bag was rifled through and then dumped in another location in the airport.

“We have video of the suspect stealing the bag off of the carousel and walking away with the bag,” Stager said. DIA officials concede the number of actual bag thefts might be higher as most passengers who lose a bag will simply report it to their airline, hoping for reimbursement.

She must’ve been a Lone Wolf….HOOOOOWL!

  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Video played so jerkily I could not watch it so I miss the relevance of what looks like a kiddie wearing a wolf’s hat? ((I do assume the problem is MY system. I don’t think Win 7 multitasks as well as Win XP did even with twice the cpu’s in action))

    Target fixation. So intent on stealing that she did not notice the area being video’d….. but aren’t most airport baggage areas under video tape surveillance?

    And that brings us to the”Broken Window” philosophy of crime control. Police too busy busting pot smokers to stop casual theft like this one. So twice the victim, we the public suffer.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Yep, by coincidence I just watched another Vimeo on another website and came back here. It now runs smoothly… so OBVIOUSLY.. my puter running an AMD Quadcore, 64 bit Win 7 Ultimate just does not multitask as it should.

      Pretty sure when transcoding video (which I do almost all the time) the cpu usage on all 4 cores goes up to about 95%. While set at “normal” I don’t think it throttles down to allow other programs to run with enough support. I don’t recall that problem with Win XP and it only had two cpu’s to work with.

      Fun to notice these things… if its at all correct. A while back I set my trancoding program to run on 3 cores rather than 4 to leave one core free to do other stuff. Didn’t help at all. Neither does setting program usage to “below normal” do anything.

      Bad programming? I think so… in some way, in some manner. Illiterates like me should be able to tweak performance to get what I want, but the controls don’t seem to do the job they are labeled to do.

      Or is it me?

      • Tim says:

        Ugg. Where to start?? I wouldn’t start with malware scanners yet {in fact, that’s the very first things I’d de-res. NO ACTIVE SCANNERS!!}

        2. Disable all indexing on all drives — WIN7 search is extremely broken, anyways. 3rd party search.

        3. Registry change DisableLastAccessedUpdate to 1 {same as xp}

        4. Disable all the User Expierence tracking stuff. There is a menu in administative tools somewhere that must be used for some things. In my case, it was every single piece of swollen derpware in that very long list; ESPECIALLY AERO!!!!!! (DWM).

        ^^ The thing about that is that they need their *services* to uninstall themselves. Typical spybox — some systems are just blatent bullshit… I just disabled the services and then came back to ‘oh yea’ later. I ended up just reinstalling that one as the services not replying screwed up all the permissions (somehow){first rodeo with 7}.

        5. Needless to say, most of those things in msconfig.sys\startup is absolute bullshit. The only thing I go ahead and let start is MSIAfterburner and the third-party wireless application.

        6. Right clicking the whitespace on a file system {mycomputer} window will bring up a system settings.

        a. visual settings need to be all unchecked {best performance} except ‘drop down shadows’ so that the icon names don’t have colored boxes around the text. {to feel even more responsive is a registry change for how long the cursor hovers over an icon before the submenus stick out but instant or too fast can cause annoyance with remoting like with Teamviewer (lag)…}

        b. HIGHEST RESPONSE BOOST FOR GAMING and TRANSCODING — Put the swap file as fixed size closest to the front {physical outer edge of platters} of a different partition on a separate physical drive. Don’t forget to disable swap on the first drive {probably C:, because you like government} and I just go ahead and set mine to 2048 MB which is not the exact majic number but that may be mythical, anyways. I run with 2 gig physical ram on XP and 7. Set the swapfile to be of type PERMENANT so that the swapfile is not changing dynamically causing it to get fragmented all over the disk. In fact, you are probably going to have to disable all swap, reboot, defrag, re-enable the fixed swapfile.

        This is so one set of heads can sit on the swapfile and not be disturbed to go off and grab your sexymiget demuxed folder which is convieniently bumped up all the way against the spindle at the other end of the platter where the data can be read faster than…nothing before it has to shuttle it back. It’s pretty slow at the Pole. Get it??

        It’s tweakyable — If you have three then operating system and temp\tmp on one, responsive-critical programs\data on other, swap on third???

        The RPM of the disk is fixed. You want your virtual memory to be fast for transcoding. you do this by ensuring your swap file is closest to the outer edge as practical. — At fixed RPM, and constant linear density, the data is much faster off the edge than the center because much more distance is traveled each revolution. The other head on the other drive is sitting on your data not being bothered to forget what it was reading, run across, and feed it to swap and back. Even better, If you have three drives, then set ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES to have tmp and temp on that third partition of the third physical drive.

        7. All power management options to ‘always on’. {disable power management}

        8. SYSTEM RESTORE BLOWS. Disable System Restore.

        Read some WIN7 tweek guides for services to disable. Caution. It’s Borked. As an example, Power Management is required for the audio bus to work (It’s not documented in the sidebar. It’s not documented in the ‘dependancies’. I’m not kidding.}

        A note on taskscheduler. It is required to run for a few things like defragmenting, uninstalling DWM, so on. I use a 3-rd party SERVIWIN to toggle that one on and off as services.msc has the options greyed out.

        Keeping task manager dead will stop windows going off and doing whatever “whenever it wants to”. — you will have to re-enable taskscheduler from time to time if the *not genuine* nag bothers you.

        I shoot for a fresh install slimming down of services after getting everything else squared away to idle at around 21-23, or so.


        Consider using the hardware transcoding applications bundled with the video card.

        This old Core2Duo takes about 20 minutes to do a two hour clip letting the msi R5770 handle it. — You then author it with your NERO-like crap, as usual.

        Those transcoders are pretty good. Fast and clean; And really. How many more wasted years are people going to sit around and continue to think they finally know what they are doing with TMPGENC??


        Vista Sux

      • Tim says:

        Is it using all the cores fully? Set the affinity only with the software itself. Use Process Explore to set the priority of the transcoding task lower or idle even if the software allows to change it (it may lie and will lack granularity).


        a fresh install just idling and all cleaned up as below should have steady 1~4 cpu use on 7; mostly, the silly mediawhatever for the audio to work being %2 all it’s own. It’s zero on xp with 2~4% spikes with fast mouse wiggles. {Core2Duo on 7}

        • Tim says:


          Yes, the mouse is a little hungry — it’s running at usb speed 500 Hz instead of the stock 125.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Well thanks.

        And again…under Win XP I never felt the need to tweak it as it multi-tasked just fine. When I upgraded my cpu to a 4-Banger I also switched to Win 7. I was expecting the multi-tasking to be just as smooth but faster. In fact, its been neither and I have learned how to tweak most of the settings/functions mentioned just to get the multi-tasking back.

        RAM was cheap when I bought my parts so I installed 8GB and played with eliminating virtual memory, same with a dedicated second hard drive containing that function. Neither “worked” as far as I could tell. While my 4 cpu’s often operate at 97-98 % the system usually works “ok” but it will peg out at 100% on 1-2 processors and when that happens programs begin to stall. That never did happen on Win XP. While this is happening, RAM usage that is pretty stable at 38-40% often rises to 50%. I have noticed RAM working in spikes over 50% but only very rarely.

        “Usually” when cpu is 100% and system is choking, I find that FireFox is hogging resources. When I restart FF, my system often, but not always, runs better for awhile. When I’ve had enough, I do a reboot and everything is fine for a few more days.

        Pretty stable, just makes me not interested at all in moving to 6 or 8 cores as duo-core has outperformed quad-core ((on different OS’s)) as far as I can tell. Actually thinking a faster dual core really might be the way to go?? In the end though, I’ll “cheap out” and go with the best deal on AMD.

        • So What? says:

          WTF guys, do you think this is a tech blog or something?

        • Tim says:

          “”RAM was cheap when I bought my parts so I installed 8GB and played with eliminating virtual memory, same with a dedicated second hard drive containing that function

          Ahh. But the same problem of taking the heads away from where they should be still remains. This is because there must ALWAYS be a swap file. Yes, Windows will always make one to be compatible with some applications that still assume there must be one and to have a place to do bluescreen dumps so that people don’t think drwatson is a virus that made the bluescreen in the first place.

          Ever noticed one thin green line when defragging says ‘could not be moved?’ There ya’ go.

          This is why, imho, it is better to go ahead and set one fixed-size (no windows manage), on single, separate partition (call it swap??) and just forget about what windows is going to do with its system partition (so it can do those dumps) altogether– DO set the system partition as no swap, though, because it’s good to feel ignored.

          !Important! and do not enable to ‘clear it on shutdown’ so that when it’s finally on the physical part of the drive you want it doesn’t get ‘wrecked’ (scrambled and moved) everytime rebooting.

          And a word on needing to reboot after some period of time vs time to reboot.

          There is this insideous piece of inbred SIRI-spawn lurking inside your shiny, new WIN7.

          It is called superfetch. I recommend you quash it.

          Ohh, but wait

          “”This is like having a 200hp engine in your car, with only 140hp being used. What impact did disabling SuperFetch have on our system? Boot performance went down immensely. Usually, this process took about one and a half minutes on our test bed; with SuperFetch disabled, boot time went up to exactly two and a half minutes.

          Well, duh. Boot order does need to be optimized but what’s left just disabling the formerly ‘working’ superfetch is ghosts of poorly-interpreted notes on what that was supposed to be.

          But this machine learning\profiling ‘application’ is a quick learner so fucking retarded that it takes five or six reboot cycles for it to ‘learn’ that users reboot in the first place.

          And it is just pilosophically wrong. It optimizes by predicting what will be called next. Hmm. Sounds hard. It’s probably really proud of itself for working so hard all day. I wonder if it likes changes in scenery?

          You do need to optimize the boot somehow. That is why my initial suggestion was to reboot several times after clearing superfetch parameters. This uses the superfetch to optimize the boot. Then KILL STUPERFELCH!!

          There are better (3-rd party) solutions. I *think* it was through bootprep or bootvis… it was a standalone optimizer that would ask you to reboot five or six times — It would then arrange the boot data defragmented and in sequence at the front of the partition.

          It takes me 21 seconds from power on to just-kill-me-now win& ugly-color jingle-stars.

          • Tim says:


            “there *must* always be a swapfile..” is not correct.

            change to

            “there *will* always be a swapfile..” ; “Stop, Dave. Will you stop?”

          • Tim says:

            Spot on, pedro. That is why it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to recommend to make sure to not let windows manage the swapfile but to set it to a fixed size and persistant.


            Perhaps I might be enlightened some about the SSDs? Can I make the assumption that putting the swapfile there removes the concerns about fragmentation or physical location of it– fragmented or not, it does not matter??

            That would be nice — ssd, single partition, swap is on that one *somewhere*.

          • Tim says:

            It’s just that the only thing bothering me about the SSDs, pedro, is that thing about them ‘getting tired’ or a limited number of read\write operations which counterindicate their use as virtual memory. {??} Too oldschool?? All fixed now??

          • Tim says:

            “”I decided to leave the 2 partitions intact as for not to upset the windows registry too much

            Ohh, pedro. Your registry has been waiting for you to finger it since it’s install day.

            one-click install-disk-reachable registry backup–


          • Tim says:

            pedro says “”the system partition was the smaller one and it was getting small (sometime filling all up) because of the swap file

            If only there were some kind of switch to set the swap file to be of a fixed size and not windows managed and changing, fragmenting, flailing, failing.

  2. SeanB says:

    Not common, only one or two bags per day per airport, or very common if it is a laptop bag or a camera bag. Funny thing is security almost always never sees this happen, even though they supposedly screen all workers and search all coming in and out. Same security that is supposed to prevent drugs being taken on as luggage as well.

  3. So What? says:

    Dumb hat but nice tits.

  4. deowll says:

    If you are going to video locations to help catch criminals why not use decent high resolution cameras that would allow you to ID criminals rather than crap that shows a blur?

  5. Dallas says:

    My bag isn’t the common ‘sheeple black’ but rather has rainbow colors and unlikely to be taken.

  6. Uncle Dave says:

    Dog-skin Hoodie. Isn’t that the name of a rock band?

  7. Captain Obvious says:

    Didn’t get past the 30 second ad.

  8. ECA says:

    2.. Camera systems need HIGHER RES…bet they arnt even 5k cameras..
    3.. CAMERAS have a view range…STAY IN THAT RANGE..anything past 16 feet is going to be FUZZY, unless it auto focus..
    4.. I have an idea..BEEPER IN THE BAG…to help locate your bag…

  9. Wan Khairil says:

    Minute 1:09, Left in Bag: Gitzo Carbon Tripod $900. Thank god.

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