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2009-12-05 08:14:16 PM  

Mr. Cabron: 1lastcall: Mr. Cabron: Everyone seems to be at 5-8 ballons. The Gtech boys say that all balloons have been found but nobody has all of them. Seems like people are going to bed.

But since Farkers don't sleep...

Sleep... we don't need no stinkin sleep... but we need MOAR farkers on this...

Can someone page gorgor?


*EEP* I do NOT want to see what Gorgor can do with redballoons!
 
2009-12-05 08:14:35 PM  
Its amusing to see how many news stories have been commented by 10balloons and other groups trying to get people to participate by sending them balloon sightings.
 
2009-12-05 08:14:42 PM  
I think that this period in time requires some specific skills.
Does "data mining" == "hacking"?
It seems that hackers penetrating the competition would be an optimal path to the solution, if you were good. No skills here.
I'm mainly a MSSQL wonk.
 
2009-12-05 08:15:20 PM  
Maverick on Alaska, Please over Niger, what I believe is "RIP Steve Irwin" going over Australia, Vodak in Russia...the list goes on and on.

/this is why Fark is awesome
//keep it up
 
2009-12-05 08:15:20 PM  
I have knowledge of a lot of the Northern Indiana countryside should that be necessary.
 
2009-12-05 08:16:20 PM  
Good deal. Now that the balloons are down, I can tell you that I found one, and I spoke to the DARPA guy briefly. He mentioned that ...

1. I too love zombo - I watch it for hours.

B. When this is all over I swear to god, if you do not post EVERYTHING about your encounter on Fark (or at least a link)...Michael Scott will burn The Portland Branch and - well, ummm all of Portland to the ground.

You have been warned.
 
2009-12-05 08:17:38 PM  
Does anyone now if the Irvine, CA (Spectrum) find was confirmed? I didn't have time to go down there, and that was definitely my first guess as to where. I had to work longer than I planned. If it WAS there, I'll be even more bummed. Oh, well.
 
2009-12-05 08:18:04 PM  

Kaka: Good deal. Now that the balloons are down, I can tell you that I found one, and I spoke to the DARPA guy briefly. He mentioned that ...

1. I too love zombo - I watch it for hours.

B. When this is all over I swear to god, if you do not post EVERYTHING about your encounter on Fark (or at least a link)...Michael Scott will burn The Portland Branch and - well, ummm all of Portland to the ground.

You have been warned.


It's really not all that exciting, but as you wish...
 
2009-12-05 08:19:25 PM  
Can we get some counts?
What do we have and what are we missing?
 
2009-12-05 08:20:52 PM  
Mustaf Herod Upyur Poupr:

Nope. That's a function.

It's an algorithm. A one-step algorithm, but an algorithm nonetheless.

An algorithm is a mathmatical expression.

An algorithm is a sequence of one or more computational operations.

The delete key is not an equation.

Neither is bubble sort, but it's still an algorithm. If they coded it (e.g. SQL request to delete all records), it's technically an algorithm.

/computer scientist
//this isn't really worth arguing over ...
 
2009-12-05 08:21:33 PM  
While putting up farky words on the map may be fun, the farky words make them easy to exclude as real data. Perhaps randomizing the disinformation makes more sense.

I hope somebody is operating at a deeper level than this.

The winning team, I predict, will be one that is able to exploit a cooperative technique to consolidate data with other players. Perhaps some of you ought to work on that endgame strategy.

Also needed is a secure way to communicate privately with authenticated partners. Long term fark membership, using farkmail accounts might be the ticket.

Just brainstorming here.
 
2009-12-05 08:22:21 PM  

DeCypher44: Does anyone now if the Irvine, CA (Spectrum) find was confirmed? I didn't have time to go down there, and that was definitely my first guess as to where. I had to work longer than I planned. If it WAS there, I'll be even more bummed. Oh, well.


Dude, until they declare a winner nobody should confirm or deny any of the locations
 
2009-12-05 08:22:30 PM  
Yeah, how many balloon positions do we have?
 
2009-12-05 08:22:53 PM  

Mr. Cabron: Can we get some counts?
What do we have and what are we missing?


That is a Melissa question.
 
2009-12-05 08:23:53 PM  

ActionJoe: Yeah, how many balloon positions do we have?


Apparently the balloons are numbered #1-10. What are we missing?
 
2009-12-05 08:24:59 PM  

Mr. Cabron: ActionJoe: Yeah, how many balloon positions do we have?

Apparently the balloons are numbered #1-10. What are we missing?


I asked. She doesn't wanna say. Just keep digging. Be creative. Look everywhere, however unlikely.
 
2009-12-05 08:25:00 PM  

coondoggin: DeCypher44: Does anyone now if the Irvine, CA (Spectrum) find was confirmed? I didn't have time to go down there, and that was definitely my first guess as to where. I had to work longer than I planned. If it WAS there, I'll be even more bummed. Oh, well.

Dude, until they declare a winner nobody should confirm or deny any of the locations


Precisely Correct.

melissa at fark dot com
 
2009-12-05 08:25:25 PM  

Kaka: Mr. Cabron: Can we get some counts?
What do we have and what are we missing?

That is a Melissa question.


Yes. But it would be a good idea to have some sort of instruction on the page.
 
2009-12-05 08:25:29 PM  
Typical of a government agency to suddenly quit relaying info and shut down. An hour ago it was all about letting us know what was going on, now it is all gummy bears and unicorns.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY INTERNET!
Balloons Grounded

Entrants: 4365
Total Submissions: 899
Entrants making submissions: 216
Correct balloon locations submitted: 363
 
2009-12-05 08:26:29 PM  

gregscott: While putting up farky words on the map may be fun, the farky words make them easy to exclude as real data. Perhaps randomizing the disinformation makes more sense.


What if we just cover all of the US with dots? I mean all of it. Then we can go back to having fun with farky words!
 
2009-12-05 08:27:25 PM  
I ran a 56km race today. Didn't see any. Of course, it was 56 loops around a 1k trail, so it's not surprising that I didn't see a whole lot of variety.
 
2009-12-05 08:28:08 PM  

serial_crusher: I ran a 56km race today. Didn't see any. Of course, it was 56 loops around a 1k trail, so it's not surprising that I didn't see a whole lot of variety.


Big Ben! Parliament!
 
2009-12-05 08:29:23 PM  
Dammit- they cleaned their map again- I was almost done with VODAK too :-(
 
2009-12-05 08:30:32 PM  

GWSuperfan: Dammit- they cleaned their map again- I was almost done with VODAK too :-(


I bet they hate us right now.
 
2009-12-05 08:31:04 PM  

buckler: Kaka: Good deal. Now that the balloons are down, I can tell you that I found one, and I spoke to the DARPA guy briefly. He mentioned that ...

1. I too love zombo - I watch it for hours.

B. When this is all over I swear to god, if you do not post EVERYTHING about your encounter on Fark (or at least a link)...Michael Scott will burn The Portland Branch and - well, ummm all of Portland to the ground.

You have been warned.

It's really not all that exciting, but as you wish...


1. or B.?
 
2009-12-05 08:32:10 PM  
More help needed. Show boobies. Show baloons. Show boobies. Show baloons. Show boobies. Show baloons. Let us compare. Is that so difficult?
 
2009-12-05 08:32:25 PM  

Scruffinator: gregscott: While putting up farky words on the map may be fun, the farky words make them easy to exclude as real data. Perhaps randomizing the disinformation makes more sense.

What if we just cover all of the US with dots? I mean all of it. Then we can go back to having fun with farky words!


i have the mid south covered
 
2009-12-05 08:32:26 PM  

Scruffinator: GWSuperfan: Dammit- they cleaned their map again- I was almost done with VODAK too :-(

I bet they hate us right now.


Totally

/giggle
 
2009-12-05 08:33:11 PM  
MIT won.
 
2009-12-05 08:33:27 PM  
www.webindeklas.nl Nena, still Hawt
 
2009-12-05 08:34:10 PM  

Kaka: Scruffinator: GWSuperfan: Dammit- they cleaned their map again- I was almost done with VODAK too :-(

I bet they hate us right now.

Totally

/giggle


Wonder if we won't get invited next time?

/snork
 
2009-12-05 08:34:22 PM  
Working on NY state myself.
 
2009-12-05 08:35:21 PM  

Kaka: buckler: Kaka: Good deal. Now that the balloons are down, I can tell you that I found one, and I spoke to the DARPA guy briefly. He mentioned that ...

1. I too love zombo - I watch it for hours.

B. When this is all over I swear to god, if you do not post EVERYTHING about your encounter on Fark (or at least a link)...Michael Scott will burn The Portland Branch and - well, ummm all of Portland to the ground.

You have been warned.

It's really not all that exciting, but as you wish...

1. or B.?


Yes on one, no on two. Otherwise, it's reversed, but with letters and numbers.
 
2009-12-05 08:35:25 PM  
OMG! Apparently, recently released emails show that there are really 42 balloons, and they are hiding the data to make it look like 10! What else are they covering up!
 
2009-12-05 08:35:35 PM  
from the DARPA site:
WE HAVE A WINNER!
MIT Red Balloon Challenge Team
 
2009-12-05 08:35:50 PM  
MIT just won it. Game over.
 
2009-12-05 08:36:08 PM  
BLEAH on MIT.

Paying for the sitings worked, I guess, but doesn't it also in some ways defeat the challenge?

Also interesting that on the final map that its almost all "costal" sites.
 
2009-12-05 08:36:12 PM  

TheCableGuy: MIT won.


grrrr
 
2009-12-05 08:36:14 PM  
MIT won.

DARPA Site (new window)
 
2009-12-05 08:36:25 PM  
I seen a Red Blimp tethered above Courtesy Auto Dealer on Nicholasville RD in Lexington KY.
 
2009-12-05 08:36:26 PM  
Aw, so close. How many did we have?
 
2009-12-05 08:36:44 PM  
networkchallenge.darpa.mil

Not entirely creative :P
 
2009-12-05 08:36:52 PM  
D'aww!

There goes my plans on screwing with 10balloons.com for the night. Now what will I do?

/continue farking, I guess..
 
2009-12-05 08:37:29 PM  
Cool, one was in my hometown! I don't live there now so I wouldn't have noticed it.
 
2009-12-05 08:37:41 PM  
I had a feeling MIT would win.
 
2009-12-05 08:37:49 PM  

The Good Logins are Gone: MIT won.

DARPA Site (new window)


I kind of expected that. Melissa, what did we look like at the endgame?
 
2009-12-05 08:38:17 PM  

Delay: More help needed. Show boobies. Show baloons. Show boobies. Show baloons. Show boobies. Show baloons. Let us compare. Is that so difficult?


Done

farm5.static.flickr.com

and done.

farm3.static.flickr.com

Happy?
 
2009-12-05 08:39:24 PM  
Darpa says it's over... unless I'm falling for some kind of ploy. Clickety (new window)
 
2009-12-05 08:40:17 PM  
Anyone got an email for the MIT group? I think they deserve congrats.
 
2009-12-05 08:40:22 PM  
Dearest Farkers: Don't be discouraged! What a great group of people in here ... and to try and do it for Toys For Tots. I am proud of you guys and I ... I ... I love my invisible friends. *big sniff*

\someone please posty the guy and the tiger hugging, cause that's how I feel right now
 
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