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2009-12-05 11:54:37 AM
So whaddya bet DARPA isn't just looking at how time-critical information spreads through social networking, but also at how information is deliberately jammed in those same channels (a la 10balloons)?
 
2009-12-05 11:55:19 AM
Wow. Sarah DOES have a wang.

/wang or no, would still hit it
 
2009-12-05 11:55:46 AM
Can we change the charity? I was involved in Toys For Tots for several years and we had problems with Marines stealing the good toys for their own children over a several year period. This was not done only where I live but was a statewide problem. After this happened I resigned my position and no longer trust Marines farther then I can't throw them.
 
2009-12-05 11:58:16 AM
the locations [pswd] can be cracked by computer,
no need to leave the basement lab.
 
2009-12-05 11:59:05 AM
Merky: Can we change the charity? I was involved in Toys For Tots for several years and we had problems with Marines stealing the good toys for their own children over a several year period. This was not done only where I live but was a statewide problem. After this happened I resigned my position and no longer trust Marines farther then I can't throw them.

Do Marine children not deserve toys? Was this wrong?
 
2009-12-05 12:00:01 PM
As of right now, Fark is one of the first and most populous google searches on it, which is good, since the MIT group and another group seem to have a more advanced network for reporting, including a text message hotline to send pics and coordinates and whatnot.

A lot seem to be donating to charity.
 
2009-12-05 12:02:16 PM
buckler: 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.

Dude, no one does the hose thing anymore. Waterboarding is the new hotness.
 
2009-12-05 12:03:37 PM
Merky: Can we change the charity? I was involved in Toys For Tots for several years and we had problems with Marines stealing the good toys for their own children over a several year period. This was not done only where I live but was a statewide problem. After this happened I resigned my position and no longer trust Marines farther then I can't throw them.

I'm not saying what they did was right, in fact it's horrible, but have you seen and E-2 paycheck? Their kids were probably on the list anyway.
 
2009-12-05 12:04:24 PM
i93.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-05 12:04:37 PM
El Chode: A lot seem to be donating to charity.

// Yeah, that's easie to say while they're still looking.
 
2009-12-05 12:08:24 PM
Sgt. Pepper: buckler: 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.

Dude, no one does the hose thing anymore. Waterboarding is the new hotness.


If the hose is out Sgt Pepper, then how do they get the water, Sgt? HOW DO THEY GET THE WATER?
 
2009-12-05 12:08:55 PM
Computer: Ok, who was the silly goose that put a bunch in Kazakhstan?

i93.photobucket.com

High five!
 
2009-12-05 12:09:55 PM
Niger? Please!
 
2009-12-05 12:13:12 PM
One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.
 
2009-12-05 12:14:41 PM
TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!
 
2009-12-05 12:15:03 PM
Out and about in Colorado today, I'll keep my eyes peeled. Who knows with all the military and national weather observatories we have stationed out here. Wait, that might be too easy...oh well, I'll look anyway.
 
2009-12-05 12:15:23 PM
DARPA = Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


What if there was a war balloon and nobody came?
 
2009-12-05 12:17:13 PM
img262.imageshack.us

Found it!
 
2009-12-05 12:17:18 PM
jafiwam: sonofslacker: DeCypher44: christ1: How much are teams going to monitor each other to steal locations? Doesn't it just become which team steals the most balloons?

As far as DARPA is concerned, that is just part of this exercise. They want to see HOW people do this. They will look for patterns, new ideas, how info is disseminated and grouped... well, here:

One of postings from prior thread -

Actually, this is EXACTLY what DARPA is hoping for. The whole point of this exercise is to see how people in large groups can organize, spread the word, do the field work, collaborate and return the results.

tinfoil hat on:
they are doing this for the coming martial law to be declared. determining the best way to control the masses and break up any large group communication.
hat off.

Yeah, I am thinking this is some sort of follow-up basic research on Intel gathering methods. After the Iran "revolution" thing, some of the old school "sneak around and try to figure out" method guys probably woke up a bit.

The layers used, how people do things like this will be some good basic research for intel gathering, as well as starting and maintaining covert ops and propaganda.

It's good to know we have a few forward-thinkers on our side.


Yes, clearly this is a conspiracy. I think they've even gotten to Drew and let me be the first to say...+++carrier lost+++
 
2009-12-05 12:23:47 PM
Whoever did the penis, you are so funny its not even funny. I'm still laughing.
 
2009-12-05 12:24:32 PM
My car is in the shop, luckily(?) I live in rural Nebraska so it's flat enough I can see that there isn't shiat around.
 
2009-12-05 12:26:13 PM
punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!


I can say the one reported is bogus, but I'll look around campus. I'll be driving around the countryside a bit today, too.
 
2009-12-05 12:26:27 PM
Thanks admins, I didn't even realize I copied the same post lol
 
2009-12-05 12:27:23 PM
Someone should do a fark.com on the balloon site.
 
2009-12-05 12:27:36 PM
Computer: Whoever did the penis, you are so funny its not even funny. I'm still laughing.

What's Japan without Bukake?
 
2009-12-05 12:28:14 PM
Team DeciNena is still open to mergers. We are currently invalidating disinformation spread by other teams. http://decinena.com
from twitter
 
2009-12-05 12:28:32 PM
No balloons in Montreal...

Go TeamFark GO!
 
2009-12-05 12:28:39 PM
Seriously guys, do you REALLY want to teach a research arm of the government / military to better search and utilize social networks?


If you want $40,000 for "The Children" take up a collection and tell big brother to move on. There is no way you'd get your check before Christmas anyway.
 
2009-12-05 12:29:18 PM
punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!


Oh, and FWIW I have a pretty extensive facebook network around Purdue and haven't heard of anything. Put some questions out there, too.
 
2009-12-05 12:31:44 PM
buckler: My wife is on Pill Hill and says she can't see anything above the fog.
 
2009-12-05 12:31:44 PM
boluke01:

NO worries man. How'd you meet all those kick ass people in your profile anyway? My only cool story is I was trick-or-treating when I was little and went to Walter Peyton's house and he gave me football cards instead of candy...never thought to get a picture though.

That's awesome! I would have loved to have met Walter. I dunno, just been in the right place at the right time a few times. Had some backstage passes; Spade grew up in my neighborhood and was friends with my brother and his buddies. Still see him from time to time. The Dimebag one is my Holy Grail, I loved that dude.
 
2009-12-05 12:40:27 PM
Frankly I'm a little shocked at how many Farkers have jumped to help some creepy military experiment....

That said... I haven't seen any in Reno!
 
2009-12-05 12:40:35 PM
Con_Authority: Seriously guys, do you REALLY want to teach a research arm of the government / military to better search and utilize social networks?


If you want $40,000 for "The Children" take up a collection and tell big brother to move on. There is no way you'd get your check before Christmas anyway.


Tools like these will do much greater harm to fascist and islamist states than they will do to democratic republics or other types of free states.

So, yes.

If you count the US in one of the bad types, it still doesn't matter, there has not been an authority on the planet yet that could stop little shiat like copyright protection. This can only go one way.

/Can't Stop The Signal
 
2009-12-05 12:41:03 PM
prg have you been getting emails from me I just sent you a pic of one
 
2009-12-05 12:41:39 PM
dbrunker: buckler: My wife is on Pill Hill and says she can't see anything above the fog.

I'm in NoPo, and haven't gotten out at all yet. I'll tool around the neighborhood one the fog lifts.

I'm thinking Washington Park sounds like a likely candidate.
 
2009-12-05 12:41:53 PM
Con_Authority: There is no way you'd get your check before Christmas anyway.

Because Christmas won't happen next year or anything.
 
2009-12-05 12:42:32 PM
dbrunker: buckler: My wife is on Pill Hill and says she can't see anything above the fog.

Where are you at? I don't want to duplicate effort.
 
2009-12-05 12:43:42 PM
and another
 
2009-12-05 12:45:34 PM
didn't see any on my short commute on the 95N between sunset and boulder hwy in Vegas
 
2009-12-05 12:49:59 PM
missmarsha: prg have you been getting emails from me I just sent you a pic of one

Yep, I'm getting them! Trying to dispatch peeps for confirmation!

Thanks, and keep them coming!
 
2009-12-05 12:51:10 PM
i 45 in houston clear from downtown to woodlands. woodlands appears clear.
 
2009-12-05 12:51:29 PM
TMBGfreak: punkrockgirl: TMBGfreak: One got reported on 10 balloons a block and a half from me in West Lafayette, IN...I'm going to go check it now.

Purdue is definitely likely, let me know!

Oh, and FWIW I have a pretty extensive facebook network around Purdue and haven't heard of anything. Put some questions out there, too.


I've been out and about at Purdue today as well - where was the bogus one supposed to have been? Anyway, I haven't seen anything.
 
2009-12-05 12:52:02 PM
Aaaaaaand Alaska just bukkakeed Japan. And they liked it.

This is why we 10balloons.com can't have nice things.
 
2009-12-05 12:55:10 PM
I was checking out Twitter and saw somebody post a picture of a red balloon. I can't tell if it has a number on it but It looks like it could be legit. Is it ok if I tell people the city so someone can go check it out?
 
2009-12-05 12:57:23 PM
Mini Ditka: boluke01:

NO worries man. How'd you meet all those kick ass people in your profile anyway? My only cool story is I was trick-or-treating when I was little and went to Walter Peyton's house and he gave me football cards instead of candy...never thought to get a picture though.

That's awesome! I would have loved to have met Walter. I dunno, just been in the right place at the right time a few times. Had some backstage passes; Spade grew up in my neighborhood and was friends with my brother and his buddies. Still see him from time to time. The Dimebag one is my Holy Grail, I loved that dude.


Cool stories bros. I've seen Mike Singletary a few times but never bother him. Was eating at a Red Lobster at the same time as Billy Williams. Saw creepy Michael Jackson at Disneyland once.
 
2009-12-05 12:58:03 PM
punkrockgirl: DARPA Network Challenge GAME DAY, IT'S ON!! GO GO TEAMFARK!!


Here are a few guidelines on how this will all work.

I'm the only one able to enter any confirmed sightings into the DARPA site on TeamFark's behalf. You do not need to make an account yourself. If you happen across one, or if you find coordinates on another site, you need to email me directly, melissakrafcom.

When I get credible sightings, I will be rallying the troops to get someone else out for confirmation. Actual photos of the balloon count as credible sightings, and so do photos of you with the DARPA dudes. We're only allowed 25 entries, so we can't screw this up.

DO NOT post any coordinates or actual photos of the balloons in this thread. Others could steal them and use them for their own nefarious purposes (which most likely do not include getting Xmas joy to needy kids). Instead, send them directly to me, melissakrafcom. I'm going to assume any coords or pics posted in this thread are fake, and I won't bother trying to confirm.

Any more questions? I'll be here all day, feel free to ask.


Repeated because some people seem to be confused.
 
2009-12-05 12:58:05 PM
I'll be traveling the Central Valley to Oakland corridor today and will definitely be on the lookout.
 
2009-12-05 12:59:13 PM
Just a suggestion: How about we not post where we don't see them, since that also provides info to the competition.
 
2009-12-05 01:05:58 PM
buckler: Just a suggestion: How about we not post where we don't see them, since that also provides info to the competition.

I don't see one in my backyard.
 
2009-12-05 01:06:08 PM
buckler: Just a suggestion: How about we not post where we don't see them, since that also provides info to the competition.

But how do they know that we aren't posting places we didn't see them, where we actually saw them?
 
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