Cythraul: And even if they had one of our drones. Then what? Are they going to start building them? Did the drone have all our military tactics information embedded in it?
toraque: PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: (facepalm)
vernonFL: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 264x191]
toraque: PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Yes, Great Ayatollah, our skilled technicians have broken the encryption on the data retrieved from the Great Satan's drone!AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: Most excellent.IRANIAN TECHNICIAN: Mister President, the data appears to be encoded as video. I believe we have the proper codecs installed to play this now, if you wish.PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: Proceed.(All eyes turn to the video projection screen)AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI: "Never gonna give you up? Never gonna let you down?" Is this some kind of code?PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD: (facepalm)
indarwinsshadow: kim jong-un: indarwinsshadow: What data? Everything is probably downlinked. The only thing they could gather from this souped up low cost hobby aircraft is some navigation software. It doesn't carry weapons. It probably doesn't store the data, and if it does it's probably non encrypted basic point and shoot video. A big "meh". I could be wrong but I doubt it.The FCS and nav software is what separates a high end military drone from a model aircraft.Weapons are simple. Delivery is the challenge.But there's nothing to either FCS or nab that can't be had "off the shelf". As someone has stated, it's not autonomous but guided by human pilot. So...there's nothing to be gathered that can't be had on an open market. Or a hobby group. Again. Meh.Iran, first in photoshop.
Prof. Ann Marion: Wade_Wilson: Forgive me if there's a ready answer to this, but why not have a self destruct device on these things?Doesn't need to be an actual "boom" or anything, ...No. I was expecting a "ka-boom", an Earth shattering "ka-boom".
BigNumber12: Tickle Mittens: It could just be a hilarious way for us to deliver a trojan to them.Wait a minute, why are all of the security doors opening?
Antimatter: doglover: kim jong-un: doglover: Wade_Wilson: Forgive me if there's a ready answer to this, but why not have a self destruct device on these things?Doesn't need to be an actual "boom" or anything, I can see why that might be difficult to arrange, but why not a magnet held away from the hard drive by a spring loaded mechanism, which will be released if the machine is powered down without some sort of "mission accomplished" signal from home base?Because that's a rube goldberg idea. C4 does a better job than a magnet, first off. Second, a spy drone isn't exactly a spy plane. It hasn't got much worth self destructing. You can build one yourself.Anything of value should zeroize once antitamper is triggered.Zeroize? How would that help. You can, with governmental budgets, build a machine to read a zeroized hard drive. You can't, howevever, read a melted one. Thermite or something like it. Assuming anything of value's on the drone at all. With $10,000 you can probably buy one. Not just a model, but that actual drone.you never want an explosive self destruct, too much a chance that it could go off accidentally and get your own people killed.
Gyrfalcon: archichris: The drone is a model used by several Gulf States......SO literally it may have been borrowed from a neighbor.Do they know they can order MRE's from ebay, then they can claim to have captured our top secret super food technology."It's made of food."
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