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2009-12-05 08:40:34 PM  
press release (new window)(pdf file)
 
2009-12-05 08:40:42 PM  

oakwolf: Darpa says it's over... unless I'm falling for some kind of ploy. Clickety (new window)


I certainly wouldn't put it beyond DARPA to throw their own disinformation into the mix.
 
2009-12-05 08:40:58 PM  
A winner is not you.
 
2009-12-05 08:41:02 PM  
Hey, no fair, they used capitalism!
 
2009-12-05 08:41:21 PM  

moonscatter: Also interesting that on the final map that its almost all "costal" sites.


Not really.
 
2009-12-05 08:42:33 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Hey, no fair, they used capitalism!


Yeah, something like that should be better regulated so it doesn't happen again.
 
2009-12-05 08:43:13 PM  

buckler: Anyone got an email for the MIT group? I think they deserve congrats.


web-­com­men­t­s[nospam-﹫-backwards]t­i­m*edu.
 
2009-12-05 08:43:25 PM  

buckler: 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.


Gotcha...

farm3.static.flickr.com

I should have gone to MIT...
 
2009-12-05 08:43:58 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Hey, no fair, they used capitalism!


ISWYDT
 
2009-12-05 08:45:03 PM  

btr3924: KarmicDisaster: Hey, no fair, they used capitalism!

Yeah, something like that should be better regulated so it doesn't happen again.


Our Socialist methods had no chance.
 
2009-12-05 08:46:54 PM  
I wonder how many we had.
 
2009-12-05 08:47:10 PM  
If PRG gets a chance, it would be interesting to know how many we had, etcetera- see how close we came and all.
 
2009-12-05 08:48:39 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'm no expert, but you would want to use some sort of IP hiding system so that they couldn't eliminate informants posting too many locations. Just my thoughts.
 
2009-12-05 08:48:58 PM  

GWSuperfan: If PRG gets a chance, it would be interesting to know how many we had, etcetera- see how close we came and all.


Thirded.
 
2009-12-05 08:48:59 PM  

chud21: moonscatter: Also interesting that on the final map that its almost all "costal" sites.

Not really.


I think he has a point.

i744.photobucket.com

Coast states have a bias for sure.
 
2009-12-05 08:49:38 PM  
Just sent MIT a congratulatory note, along with a guilt trip about how they just robbed hundreds of kids of decent toys.
 
2009-12-05 08:49:59 PM  
Well, damn. Just got a press release from DARPA saying they found a winner, the MIT group pulled it off. I was still two short :(

Thank you so much for all of your work today guys. All of the legwork, accepting random emails from a strange internet chick, etc. I never could have gotten this far without you.

Too exhausted to type more now, I think I'm going to relax and have a few beers.
 
2009-12-05 08:50:42 PM  

Scruffinator: chud21: moonscatter: Also interesting that on the final map that its almost all "costal" sites.

Not really.

I think he has a point.

Coast states have a bias for sure.


She. and how about "edge pieces were favored"?
 
2009-12-05 08:51:10 PM  
Good for them, leave it to the people searching to do what they will with the winnings, they played it the way the real world works.

MIT
We're giving $2000 per balloon to the first person to send us the correct coordinates, but that's not all -- we're also giving $1000 to the person who invited them. Then we're giving $500 whoever invited the inviter, and $250 to whoever invited them, and so on....The remaining $250 is donated to charity....
 
2009-12-05 08:51:20 PM  
www.nelincs.gov.uk

What do I get for finding one of these?
 
2009-12-05 08:51:54 PM  

punkrockgirl: Well, damn. Just got a press release from DARPA saying they found a winner, the MIT group pulled it off. I was still two short :(

Thank you so much for all of your work today guys. All of the legwork, accepting random emails from a strange internet chick, etc. I never could have gotten this far without you.

Too exhausted to type more now, I think I'm going to relax and have a few beers.


Thanks for giving up your Saturday for this, and all the work organizing the info. Nice to see we got 8.
 
2009-12-05 08:52:03 PM  
I really didn't expect to see one in Centennial Park mostly because of the SEC Championship traffic
 
2009-12-05 08:52:04 PM  
sucks...I actually walked around the metro area today. It was cold. Shoulda known they'd fly right over a state like us :(
 
2009-12-05 08:52:24 PM  
Helium balloons in cold places are sometimes not very floaty. Could be the reason for the locations. Not coastal, but out of the Great Basin of Cold.
 
2009-12-05 08:52:49 PM  
Good job PRG. You did it for the lulz and still came close.
 
2009-12-05 08:53:39 PM  

moonscatter: Scruffinator: chud21: moonscatter: Also interesting that on the final map that its almost all "costal" sites.

Not really.

I think he has a point.

Coast states have a bias for sure.

She. and how about "edge pieces were favored"?


Fair enough.

Now that I think about it, it kind of makes sense. Who would want to go to Michigan or Montana in farking December?
 
2009-12-05 08:53:44 PM  

oakwolf: Helium balloons in cold places are sometimes not very floaty. Could be the reason for the locations. Not coastal, but out of the Great Basin of Cold.


Ironically, it was down to 29 last night in the Houston area and we had SNOW!
 
2009-12-05 08:53:59 PM  

oakwolf: Helium balloons in cold places are sometimes not very floaty. Could be the reason for the locations. Not coastal, but out of the Great Basin of Cold.


This is a statement that makes sense hehe
 
2009-12-05 08:54:30 PM  
I call for all of us to drink a toast to punkrockgirl at this time!
 
2009-12-05 08:55:16 PM  

moonscatter: oakwolf: Helium balloons in cold places are sometimes not very floaty. Could be the reason for the locations. Not coastal, but out of the Great Basin of Cold.

Ironically, it was down to 29 last night in the Houston area and we had SNOW!


The work of MIT, no doubt...
 
2009-12-05 08:55:32 PM  

oakwolf: I call for all of us to drink a toast to punkrockgirl at this time!


Here here! I wasn't even going to drink tonight, but eh, a worthy salute.
 
2009-12-05 08:57:24 PM  
I would have chosen the locations differently. Some should have been in relatively unpopulated areas. From the map posted above, all the locations are visible to an extremely large number of people. Like maybe one in Big Bend National park, or Grand canyon, or rural Kentucky town hear where Drew lives.
 
2009-12-05 08:57:31 PM  
shoot, and I had all 10, and was just about to send it in...
/my wife's also brian
 
2009-12-05 08:58:10 PM  
I know it doesn't matter anymore but who drew the stingray in Australia?
 
2009-12-05 08:58:12 PM  

moonscatter: 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.


This is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency managing the thing. They're probably figuring that people in Idaho don't need to worry that much about seeing a Chinese War Blimp on the horizon if everybody on the coast is capable of reporting it first.
 
2009-12-05 08:59:28 PM  
Three cheers for punkrockgirl! Eight balloons is pretty darned good, I'd say.
 
2009-12-05 09:00:23 PM  

serial_crusher: moonscatter: 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.

This is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency managing the thing. They're probably figuring that people in Idaho don't need to worry that much about seeing a Canadian War Blimp on the horizon if everybody on the coast is capable of reporting it first.

 
2009-12-05 09:01:18 PM  

h2ogate: Three cheers for punkrockgirl! Eight balloons is pretty darned good, I'd say.


Indeed! So when do we get the summary, Punkrockgirl?
 
2009-12-05 09:01:20 PM  

serial_crusher: moonscatter: 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.

This is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency managing the thing. They're probably figuring that people in Idaho don't need to worry that much about seeing a Chinese War Blimp on the horizon if everybody on the coast is capable of reporting it first.


The extra-dimensional overlords are beneath these locations. Isn't that obvious?
 
2009-12-05 09:02:03 PM  
Does anyone besides me suspect that 10balloons.com was created just to keep Farkers entertained?
 
2009-12-05 09:03:27 PM  

gregscott: I would have chosen the locations differently. Some should have been in relatively unpopulated areas. From the map posted above, all the locations are visible to an extremely large number of people. Like maybe one in Big Bend National park, or Grand canyon, or rural Kentucky town hear where Drew lives.


Yeah: I'm kinda shocked that all of the balloons were in very populated areas, and still it took all day to find them. Maybe teh intertubes aren't as fast as we thought.
 
2009-12-05 09:03:55 PM  
I want to see a detailed write up on MIT's strategy and techniques. Being conservative, I like the capitalistic slant, but it's also important to know how they consolidated info while maintaining security, how they confirmed sightings, and how they recruited their participants, and stuff like that.
 
2009-12-05 09:04:20 PM  
Hmm.
Placement was on the borders.

Looks like the insertion points for an invasion of the US.

The challenge could be taken to simulate how long it would take to identify and tag an armed invasion force that knocked out the major comm grids.

Someone at DARPA has been playing too much Modern Warfare 2.
 
2009-12-05 09:05:35 PM  

TMBGfreak: I have knowledge of a lot of the Northern Indiana countryside should that be necessary.


I have knowledge of a lot of the southern Indiana countryside, but I can't imagine that it would be necessary for anything.
 
2009-12-05 09:06:30 PM  

Mr. Cabron: Hmm.
Placement was on the borders.

Looks like the insertion points for an invasion of the US.

The challenge could be taken to simulate how long it would take to identify and tag an armed invasion force that knocked out the major comm grids.

Someone at DARPA has been playing too much Modern Warfare 2.


My first impression was that it was to model a coordinated terrorist attack, but I didn't ask the DARPA guy that.
 
2009-12-05 09:06:39 PM  

LT L: gregscott: I would have chosen the locations differently. Some should have been in relatively unpopulated areas. From the map posted above, all the locations are visible to an extremely large number of people. Like maybe one in Big Bend National park, or Grand canyon, or rural Kentucky town hear where Drew lives.

Yeah: I'm kinda shocked that all of the balloons were in very populated areas, and still it took all day to find them. Maybe teh intertubes aren't as fast as we thought.


um... Glasgow, DE is not a populated place at all. It is very populated 10 miles away, but not Glasgow itself.
 
2009-12-05 09:07:22 PM  
We totally just took part in a Wargame.
img337.imageshack.us
 
2009-12-05 09:10:38 PM  

LT L: gregscott: I would have chosen the locations differently. Some should have been in relatively unpopulated areas. From the map posted above, all the locations are visible to an extremely large number of people. Like maybe one in Big Bend National park, or Grand canyon, or rural Kentucky town hear where Drew lives.

Yeah: I'm kinda shocked that all of the balloons were in very populated areas, and still it took all day to find them. Maybe teh intertubes aren't as fast as we thought.


Not when there is profit to be made. Information was hoarded for personal gain. The internet operates much better when it's for the greater good.

Had all the various groups been working together I doubt it would have taken more than an hour.
 
2009-12-05 09:11:07 PM  
I reported the SB one, did anybody else?
 
2009-12-05 09:12:05 PM  
This was all just totally awesome.

Kudos to DARPA for getting $Millions$ in research data for $40,000 in cash and whatever $'s it cost to send out the balloon folks.


Great work by the numerous teams created by The Network Challenge!

DIAF for the "We will pay for a spotting" sites (although, of course this was a significant subject of the experiment)

Congratulations to Team MIT!

Now go find a job like the rest of us : )

Most of all;

Team Fark ROCKED!!! What an amazing example of what The Fark Nation(s) can do!

Thank you Melissa for all of your efforts on this crazy trip!!!


/Drew - you might want to give her a raise...or at least a beer or 12
 
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