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3rd May '17 7:22:09 PM PaulA
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* In 1992, WilliamGibson contributed to an art project entitled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippa_(a_book_of_the_dead) Agrippa (a book of the dead)]]'', which consisted of a poem encoded on a floppy disk that would erase itself after one reading, and engravings that would fade when exposed to light.

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* In 1992, WilliamGibson Creator/WilliamGibson contributed to an art project entitled ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippa_(a_book_of_the_dead) Agrippa (a book of the dead)]]'', which consisted of a poem encoded on a floppy disk that would erase itself after one reading, and engravings that would fade when exposed to light.
3rd Apr '17 12:25:41 PM totoofze47
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* ''UruseiYatsura'': After her less-than-pleasant new encounter with her childhood friend, Ran, Lum is approached by a small Ran doll who tells her that Ran is sorry for everything and wants to meet and make up so they can be friends again. It then ends the message with "I will now self-destruct" and explodes. In Lum's face. To absolutely nobody's surprise, Ran isn't really interested in being friends after all.

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* ''UruseiYatsura'': ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'': After her less-than-pleasant new encounter with her childhood friend, Ran, Lum is approached by a small Ran doll who tells her that Ran is sorry for everything and wants to meet and make up so they can be friends again. It then ends the message with "I will now self-destruct" and explodes. In Lum's face. To absolutely nobody's surprise, Ran isn't really interested in being friends after all.all.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s tie-in manga [[http://mangafox.me/manga/hatoful_kareshi/c011/2.html subverts this]]. When Yuuya gets a tape with his next assignment he's told that the tape won't self destruct so please dispose of it properly. "It looks like the explosives budget's been cut, huh..." he says.



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* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'''s tie-in manga [[http://mangafox.me/manga/hatoful_kareshi/c011/2.html subverts this]]. When Yuuya gets a tape with his next assignment he's told that the tape won't self destruct so please dispose of it properly. "It looks like the explosives budget's been cut, huh..." he says.
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12th Mar '17 8:45:32 AM ngh93
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Parodied in "Job Unfair", where Ron is so excited about getting a spy briefing like this, he fails to realize that the message is about to explode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Parodied in "Job Unfair", where Ron is so excited about getting a spy briefing like this, he fails to realize that the message is about to explode.explode, before Rufus snatches it and tosses it into a locker, where it explodes muffled.
19th Feb '17 2:16:37 PM Sharlee
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* Played with in a fantasy-sequence on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', in which Richard receives a cell phone in the mail that orders him to save the President, then warns him it'll self-destruct in 10 seconds. He saves the President in ''nine'' seconds, then blows up the would-be assassin by ''throwing the phone'' at him.
26th Jan '17 11:55:18 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'', the Foundation's secret messages are sent on a medium that oxidizes to gas within a minute after exposure to air.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'', ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire'', the Foundation's secret messages are sent on a medium that oxidizes to gas within a minute after exposure to air.
25th Jan '17 8:12:05 AM Gosicrystal
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* As noted in the SelfDestructMechanism page, many arcade games between the 1980s and 2000s deployed suicide batteries. The data on the ROM are encrypted, and thesuicide battery is wired up to protect the decryption key stored on volatile RAM. If the battery drains, the key is LostForever. However, arcade machines made after 2009 employed time-bombed dongles and expiry dates hardcoded into the game itself.

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* As noted in the SelfDestructMechanism page, many arcade games between the 1980s and 2000s deployed suicide batteries. The data on the ROM are encrypted, and thesuicide the suicide battery is wired up to protect the decryption key stored on volatile RAM. If the battery drains, the key is LostForever.lost forever. However, arcade machines made after 2009 employed time-bombed dongles and expiry dates hardcoded into the game itself.
29th Dec '16 9:23:59 AM Xtifr
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* Bob receives a mission briefing like this in ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]''. Complications ensue when the briefing ends up self-destructing before he's actually finished reading it.
** Boris is also annoyed, because his laptop is running the briefing, and when [[{{Magitek}} The Laundry]] say that something will self-destruct, they mean it.

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* Bob receives a mission briefing like this in ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]''. ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue''. Complications ensue when the briefing ends up self-destructing before he's actually finished reading it.
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it. Boris is also annoyed, because his laptop is running the briefing, and when [[{{Magitek}} The Laundry]] say that something will self-destruct, they mean it.
6th Dec '16 4:56:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* All five movies in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' follow the TV show in using this. First movie has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]

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* All five movies in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' follow the TV show in using this. [[Film/MissionImpossible First movie movie]] has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]
6th Dec '16 4:56:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* All five ''Film/MissionImpossible'' films follow the TV show in using this. First movie has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]

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* All five ''Film/MissionImpossible'' films movies in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' follow the TV show in using this. First movie has a regular film tape[[note]]In a slight subversion from the way it's now expected to play out, the film tape itself burns quickly and soundlessly, just creating some smoke, that the spy then conceals by lighting a cigarette[[/note]], [[Film/MissionImpossibleII second movie]] has self-destructing VR Ray-bans, [[Film/MissionImpossibleIII the third]] has a camera with a player inside. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol fourth movie]] uses a self-parodying MythologyGag: the fancy touchscreen with the mission description is hidden in an obsolete Moscow payphone, and doesn't explode on the first try [[PercussiveMaintenance until Ethan thumps it]]. The [[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation fifth movie]] is a [[MythologyGag vinyl disk and record player]], [[spoiler:which is also a trap set up by the BigBad. The "smoke" is sleeping gas that knocks out Ethan while he's locked in a soundproof booth.]]
25th Nov '16 4:55:40 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Snapchat is an app that works like this. Texts, videos, and pictures sent by the app are deleted ten seconds after they are read, popularizing the trend of adding message self-destruct to messenger apps.

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* Snapchat is an app that works like this. Texts, videos, and pictures sent by the app are deleted ten seconds after they are read, popularizing the trend of adding message self-destruct to messenger apps. Whether this is actually secure and really keeps messages safe is a very controversial issue, but at least it prevents others from seeing your old messages simply by looking over your shoulder.
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