Thing with bitcoin is, it's perfectly traceable from wallet to wallet, but the wallet locations are the big unknown. You don't know who owns the wallet until you have access to the physical machine it resides on. So, you can easily *confirm* the transaction between two individuals happened once you know what their wallet IDs are, but if you don't know who the wallet belongs to, you're unable to determine the person from the Bitcoin operations alone.
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The bottom line is: Don't connect your alter ego to your real name, EVER!
The list of his failures to hide evidence was long. But none of them would have mattered if they didn't learn his name.
First, he posted as 'altoid' advertizing the Silk Road.
Then he posted as 'altoid' seeking help with 'bitcoin service' and soliciting contact with a gmail address which was based on his real name.
That's what got his name on the police's radar. That's why they began to monitor him. Since then it was just a matter of time to slip and reveal true identity. All he had set up would hide him 99.99% of time, making a casual observer or random search to notice his activity pretty much impossible. But a focused observation - being a suspect - could easily correlate things between his two identities. And from then on it was just about catching him red-handed.
Well, it's hard to tell without a scale. I went from a couple hours per month to zero. So comparing to previous decade decrease (maybe 50h/month) it's only "somewhat"; taking absolutes , it's also "somewhat", by a couple hours. Then taking relative - time spent at the beginning on the period to time spent at the end, it's infinity percent...
Spinning will provide easily obtainable centrifugal force (acting outwards - stretching the rim). Adding contracting straps ("artificial muscle") in the radial direction will allow to control the shape precisely. (creating outward force (push) would be difficult otherwise).
Deep Space 1 uses NSTAR thrusters with specific impulse of 1,700 to 3,300s and up to 92mN of thrust; they last for just several weeks of operation.
LISA uses FEEP thrusters that produce between 0.001 and 1 mN of thrust at 6,000–10,000s specific impulse, and they are really not intended for travel, but instead for stabilization. (while LISA Pathfinder is merely to test the technology, the planned LISA mission will require three probes positioned in a triangle 5mln km apart with picometre precision.)
Spin it fast enough and the rim will form a perfect circle on its own.
Fortunately, the Lisa Pathfinder project has already developed ion engines that would be helpful against that. While they generate very minuscule thrust, unsuitable for space travel purposes, they have enormous specific impulse, meaning they can go on for years stabilizing given object against solar wind, gravitational influences and the likes. Several such engines attached to the disk would easily keep it stabilized against solar wind, and another couple on the telescope part would keep it aligned.
Of course you'd need somewhat more powerful jets to turn it around aiming at a different part of the sky, and these would likely need periodic refuelling (note as the disk rotates towards another place in the sky, the telescope part needs to travel a couple thousand kilometers!) but we've got the stabilization covered.
Yes; it was the US screwing up the endgame and treating their allies instrumentally - discarding them once they were no longer needed, leaving them to their own devices in the wrecked country. Still, it's not a huge leap of faith to imagine the indifference, callousness, shortsightedness were all a cover-up for more sinister motives. They say 'don't ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity', but it doesn't take a very crackpot mind to do that here. We're talking about the most powerful military in the world - it's difficult to accept such a collosal levels of incompetence instead of believing the apparent incompetence was just to hide the real intentions.
Personally, I wonder how such a toy drone compares to a bird in aircraft path...
So whom did CIA fund and train in Afghanistan in 80s, to fight against Soviets?
It's unlikely to scale that much anytime soon. Battery size -> radio range; Battery size + motor size -> power -> ability to overcome wind. Mass -> stability -> ability to overcome wind. Add to that lifting power to carry any payload.
Yes, you'll be able to get very small indoor RC quadcopters with several meters of range. But if you want to fly it over GSM while streaming from internal camera, you're not getting it smaller than your palm anytime soon.
Nowadays they detonate these in bomb chambers using an "initiating charge" (a small bomb of their own).
There was that guy who just stood for a couple hours in front of White House, with his briefcase.
They checked the briefcase with xray. They found clothes, essential business travel stuff, nothing suspicious. They detonated it anyway.
Unless you want to get into the White House clothed as a fireman.
For the outside people she'll be attempted rape victim that looks fabulous. Only "mysogynous haters" know the full story (and whoever learns, automatically is classified as one of these "mysogynous haters")
"from day one, zoe quinn faced the nastiest of sexual and mysoginistic slurs and threats."
Could you substantiate this? I mean, specifically, the number (to prove it wasn't isolated incidents) and connection to GamerGate (as in specific instances was actively disproven).