Re: A venerable workhorse
The BUFF can even get by without a tail, on occasion...
32 posts • joined 13 Apr 2012
The warheads (at least the American ones) have a set of conditions that need to be met before they'll arm themselves. The warhead itself must experience launch acceleration, then a drop in ambient pressure, then a period of coasting in near vacuum, then the heat and deceleration of reentry, etc.
If those things don't happen in order and in the correct amounts, it won't go off. At most you'd get asymmetric detonation of the high explosive when it falls back and impacts the earth.
Here's an attempt at answering the question:
"As the comet nears perihelion and becomes increasingly active, it is likely to start throwing off boulder-sized chunks. It might even split in two, although that is regarded as unlikely. One thing we know about comets, though, is that they tend to do the unexpected.
"Philae, about the size of a small refrigerator, could find itself blown out with some of these outgassed and entrained materials. To be lost from the comet nucleus, this would require ejection at several meters per second. But that would be at the large end of sizes, and unless the comet catastrophically disrupts, Philae is likely to stay put.
"Being denser than the cometary materials, Philae's fate might instead be to become increasingly buried beneath all of this mobilized debris, kind of like a snowmobile abandoned in a snowstorm."
Grain of salt, etc.
"Google in particular, has become the new darling of security nightmares. The only thing preventing Apple from being in quite the same boat is the fact that they are uber-control freaks, with has the useful side-effect of limiting their attack surface."
You must be joking.
Well, no, it couldn't. NSA consists of more than a single cube at Fort Meade. You may take out a lot of analysts, management, processing equipment, and communications links, but: most collection is done off-site; analysts and processing equipment are stationed all over the world; contingency procedures exist; other intelligence agencies - domestic and allied, military and civilian - could provide collection and analysis coverage in time of crisis.
A bunch. That shouldn't be an issue if you restrict your usage to hidden services, as there is no exit node involved. However...
The payload sets a tracking cookie and appears to phone home with information about your system (IP address, for instance) that it shouldn't have. The code will only run if it thinks it's on a Windows machine running Firefox 17... Word is that the Tor Browser Bundle presents itself as FF 17 on Windows, regardless of the machine it is actually running on.
Sit back and watch the fun.
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