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2009-12-05 11:02:45 AM
Portland ME, Albequerque, Erie, Rochester NY peeps, I need some confirmers.

Also Missoula, OKC, NJ/NYC, and Bismark, ND

Email me please.
 
2009-12-05 11:02:59 AM
YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.
 
2009-12-05 11:04:28 AM
Just a question, but is it possible to zoom in on the locations already reported, look up their respective Lat/long and report those locations?
 
2009-12-05 11:04:28 AM
punkrockgirl: DARPA Network Challenge GAME DAY, IT'S ON!! GO GO TEAMFARK!!
Any more questions? I'll be here all day, feel free to ask.


Well... How many do we have confirmed? How are we doing?
 
2009-12-05 11:04:48 AM
Outtaphase: Zoom out.

Ah. Well...I was right....'out west'.

/way out west
 
2009-12-05 11:05:25 AM
And now 10balloons is up to 12. I'm guessing that will be a crowded map by the end of the day.
 
2009-12-05 11:06:08 AM
Computer: Ok everyone, if you find a balloon, report to me...not punkrockgirl. That was a typo I'm actually the leader and they now want you to give me balloon locations. All of them. NOW.

wow dude. if youre trying to be funny, its not so much. if you are serious, thats quite the jack move.
 
2009-12-05 11:06:31 AM
Hey! i found 3 balloons!
i48.tinypic.com
Not Yours,
DARPA
 
2009-12-05 11:07:52 AM
img1.fark.net for subby and her helpers. Very Nice!
 
2009-12-05 11:09:12 AM
bonoboho: Computer: Ok everyone, if you find a balloon, report to me...not punkrockgirl. That was a typo I'm actually the leader and they now want you to give me balloon locations. All of them. NOW.

wow dude. if youre trying to be funny, its not so much. if you are serious, thats quite the jack move.


I thought it was quite obvious I was trying to be funny. It was so wrong and stupid that I thought it was obvious.

On a seriously note though...40,000 bucks, you think people who win this aren't going to lie, cheat, and steal to get their information? Something tells me the individual that wins this isn't going to donate to charity.
 
2009-12-05 11:10:12 AM
Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.


Bogus reports.
 
2009-12-05 11:11:58 AM
And if FARK wins, how will Drew parse out the tax deduction? Free TF for a year for those who found them?

/kidding
//sort of
///yeah, kidding
 
2009-12-05 11:12:00 AM
Computer: Something tells me the individual that wins this isn't going to donate to charity.

// because that someone paid 25 k to win the prise?
thats something awful, aint it?
 
2009-12-05 11:12:17 AM
Computer: bonoboho: Computer: Ok everyone, if you find a balloon, report to me...not punkrockgirl. That was a typo I'm actually the leader and they now want you to give me balloon locations. All of them. NOW.

wow dude. if youre trying to be funny, its not so much. if you are serious, thats quite the jack move.

I thought it was quite obvious I was trying to be funny. It was so wrong and stupid that I thought it was obvious.

On a seriously note though...40,000 bucks, you think people who win this aren't going to lie, cheat, and steal to get their information? Something tells me the individual that wins this isn't going to donate to charity.


It was obvious and I lol'd. X-D
 
2009-12-05 11:12:18 AM
DeCypher44: Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.

Bogus reports.


Should we do some fark magic right now and flood the site with more bogus reports? That could give us at fark some time to get the real locations...If we flood that map with 20,000 bogus reports, I think we could eventually pull it off.
 
2009-12-05 11:12:21 AM
Will be checking out Colorado Springs area and surrounding El Paso County this morning. I'll try and get up onto one of the foothills with a decent elevation and look around.
 
2009-12-05 11:12:58 AM
For those of you trolls out there, this could be an easy way to troll plenty of people not on Fark. Photoshop a darpa guy and the balloon at various places.
 
2009-12-05 11:13:42 AM
The last balloon is in the back .. being saved for a friend.
 
2009-12-05 11:14:53 AM
punkrockgirl: http://10balloons.com/

Are these for real Melissa?

I can check out the St Paul one!
 
2009-12-05 11:15:23 AM
If you are stuck at home, try looking for "outdoor camera" or "traffic cam" and seeing if any of them accidentally got on there.

/Just popped my BFL cover didn't I?
 
F42
2009-12-05 11:15:33 AM
punk.canuck: Photoshop a darpa guy

Those guys have seen plenty of 'shops... AND pixels. It'll never work.
 
2009-12-05 11:15:37 AM
YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.


I thought the rules where in the lower 48
 
2009-12-05 11:17:09 AM
down to the last balloon on a cold caturday morning....
 
2009-12-05 11:18:16 AM
Computer: DeCypher44: Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.

Bogus reports.

Should we do some fark magic right now and flood the site with more bogus reports? That could give us at fark some time to get the real locations...If we flood that map with 20,000 bogus reports, I think we could eventually pull it off.


Done and done.

Let's see, 2 in the Pacific reported by Tom at Myspace, and another in Alaska from Sarah Pailin. She saw a balloon and Russia.

Now which one of you spotted one in the Gulf of Mexico?
 
2009-12-05 11:18:24 AM
bonsainick: I thought the rules where in the lower 48

at 10balloons.com, there is currently one in the Gulf of Mexico, and one off the coast of CA. That IS outside the published rules.
 
2009-12-05 11:19:28 AM
Outtaphase: And now 10balloons is up to 12. I'm guessing that will be a crowded map by the end of the day.

Yeah, including the one 200 miles out in the Pacific.

/On the Onandaga escarpment with field glasses; no balloons spotted
 
2009-12-05 11:19:52 AM
Balloon discovered in Cuba!
 
2009-12-05 11:20:43 AM
DeCypher44: Computer: DeCypher44: Outtaphase: YouPeopleAreCrazy: Judging from the (currently reported) 9 10 12 at 10balloons.com, I'm thinking the last one will be out west somewhere.

Zoom out.

Bogus reports.

Should we do some fark magic right now and flood the site with more bogus reports? That could give us at fark some time to get the real locations...If we flood that map with 20,000 bogus reports, I think we could eventually pull it off.

Done and done.

Let's see, 2 in the Pacific reported by Tom at Myspace, and another in Alaska from Sarah Pailin. She saw a balloon and Russia.

Now which one of you spotted one in the Gulf of Mexico?


I spotted the one in Cuba and Bermuda.

EVERYONE FLOOD THE SITE WITH FAKES. IT WILL GIVE US TIME.
 
2009-12-05 11:21:10 AM
i478.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-05 11:21:22 AM
YouPeopleAreCrazy: bonsainick: I thought the rules where in the lower 48

at 10balloons.com, there is currently one in the Gulf of Mexico, and one off the coast of CA. That IS outside the published rules.


Also one in Cuba.....I'm guessing that is outside the rules as well.
 
2009-12-05 11:22:19 AM
Link to sample photo (new window)

This should give you size, shape, and structure to help validate the reports and rule out car lot advertising balloons.

Modify the URL (the number) to get other examples.
 
2009-12-05 11:22:27 AM
lizardcowgal: Also one in Cuba.....I'm guessing that is outside the rules as well.

I did that. :)
 
2009-12-05 11:22:41 AM
Balloon located at Dick Cheny House.
 
2009-12-05 11:23:21 AM
OK, Antarctica, really?
 
2009-12-05 11:23:54 AM
Computer: lizardcowgal: Also one in Cuba.....I'm guessing that is outside the rules as well.

I did that. :)


Hehehehehe
 
2009-12-05 11:24:06 AM
Richmond VA here...will report any balloons of note. Those tots need toys!
 
2009-12-05 11:24:10 AM
the real balloons will be deployed on sunday.
what good is a 40k test if its over with in just a few hours.
To rake in the most participants, what would you do?
What Would Darpa Do?
 
2009-12-05 11:24:28 AM
punkrockgirl: have we actually gotten any verified ones? Just Y/N...
 
2009-12-05 11:28:25 AM
Ok, who was the silly goose that put a bunch in Kazakhstan?
 
2009-12-05 11:30:03 AM
I helped with the "Hi". Also, I see there is one in one of Farks' favorite memes. Please!
 
2009-12-05 11:33:23 AM
Fairfax, VA: checked my basement. No balloons.
 
2009-12-05 11:36:24 AM
This should be fun. I understand DARPA is doing this to track how social networking information works. A little sociology with number crunching - neat.
 
2009-12-05 11:37:20 AM
I made smily face.
 
2009-12-05 11:37:34 AM
Sgt. Pepper: Fairfax, VA: checked my basement. No balloons.

While you're down there, will you un-gag the DARPA guy and ask him again where the balloon was? Or else it gets the hose again.
 
2009-12-05 11:39:23 AM
Rubberband Girl: This should be fun. I understand DARPA is doing this to track how social networking information works. A little sociology with number crunching - neat.


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency does not usually have positive sociological motives.
 
2009-12-05 11:40:07 AM
Rubberband Girl: This should be fun. I understand DARPA is doing this to track how social networking information works. A little sociology with number crunching - neat.

I'd also expect that it might also help figure out how people who want to stay compartmentalized in teams but still trade lots of little bits of information stay covert.

So far, Fark has a ringleader and no distributed covert channel. Finding a distributed covert channel that is widespread but also not easily compromised is the challenge. We'll probably never know what they are really after.

/brb, black helicopter outside my window, going to wave him off
 
2009-12-05 11:45:39 AM
So, did anyone on FARK put in the sighting in southeastern Indiana? That's where I'm from, and if there is actually a balloon there, DARPA is putting these things WAAAAAY off the beaten path. Hell, there are hardly roads out there. Can't be real.
 
2009-12-05 11:46:05 AM
;

I'm waiting for the giant penis in the North Pacific.
 
2009-12-05 11:51:26 AM
Sam's Club in Sterling VA is clear.

/Why would a balloon need eight feet?
 
2009-12-05 11:51:33 AM
this would be a good time to buy a big fat red balloon and tie it to a tree top in the park.

i imagine the first phase of the test is to see how many liars are on the internet.

a person could fly a model plane with a video transmitter & gps.

Or send up a tethered weather balloon.

what tethering might look like in California
i48.tinypic.com
 
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