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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
 
2009-12-05 09:15:51 PM  
coondoggin: um... Glasgow, DE is not a populated place at all. It is very populated 10 miles away, but not Glasgow itself.

I'm sorry: were I have lived 10 miles makes very little difference as far as population density.
 
2009-12-05 09:17:35 PM  
stinkycatfish: I reported the SB one, did anybody else?

I tracked down the Union Square one from this picture (new window). I saw Macy's in the next pictures then looked though the rest and found AT&T park so I knew to look for Macy locations in SF then find the building with Google Maps.

Turned out Mellisa already had that one but it was still fun.
 
2009-12-05 09:20:06 PM  
TheNyquilKid: stinkycatfish: I reported the SB one, did anybody else?

I tracked down the Union Square one from this picture (new window). I saw Macy's in the next pictures then looked though the rest and found AT&T park so I knew to look for Macy locations in SF then find the building with Google Maps.

Turned out Mellisa already had that one but it was still fun.


Nice. I never was able to track down the two unidentified photo leads I got. All I saw were some 19th-century buildings, and no application could seem to identify them.
 
2009-12-05 09:21:42 PM  
THANKS

/Cheers!
 
2009-12-05 09:22:59 PM  
Funny, I totally predicted to a friend yesterday that there would be one in Charlottesville. I would have even gone out looking except today was our first snow of the year, and it was doing so pretty hard. I wonder if it was a late discovery.
 
2009-12-05 09:23:13 PM  
THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO SAY THANKS MELISSA!

/why, oh why, would that have been shortened to just thanks???
 
2009-12-05 09:24:54 PM  
buckler: TheNyquilKid: stinkycatfish: I reported the SB one, did anybody else?

I tracked down the Union Square one from this picture (new window). I saw Macy's in the next pictures then looked though the rest and found AT&T park so I knew to look for Macy locations in SF then find the building with Google Maps.

Turned out Mellisa already had that one but it was still fun.

Nice. I never was able to track down the two unidentified photo leads I got. All I saw were some 19th-century buildings, and no application could seem to identify them.


Rhode Island School of Design sent me on a wild goose chase (new window)
But I did track it down so it's a partial victory (new window)
 
2009-12-05 09:26:58 PM  
buckler: TheNyquilKid: stinkycatfish: I reported the SB one, did anybody else?

I tracked down the Union Square one from this picture (new window). I saw Macy's in the next pictures then looked though the rest and found AT&T park so I knew to look for Macy locations in SF then find the building with Google Maps.

Turned out Mellisa already had that one but it was still fun.

Nice. I never was able to track down the two unidentified photo leads I got. All I saw were some 19th-century buildings, and no application could seem to identify them.


I didn't even look. I didn't think they would put one here and just happened to see it while I was riding my bike this morning.
 
2009-12-05 09:27:06 PM  
Followup thread here: http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=4826766

Thanks again, guys.
 
2009-12-05 09:29:42 PM  
Sorry - but I just have to post the result of my 10Balloon lead again just because there will most likely never be a reason to post this picture again...

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2009-12-05 09:33:16 PM  
Mr. Cabron: 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.


What I see is that if'n ya want info from ANYBODY, e-mail. All specifics have to held tight. Ask if the area you want to explore is useful...by email. Even to say it's not, is info that we can't let out.
 
2009-12-05 09:43:36 PM  
This is the fake I made and posted on several competing sites, with coordinates that matched the location in Geogetown, TX.

www.alpinecom.net

It survived all the "wipes" on 10balloons. Also posted on flickr and tweeted the URL. All for nought, but fun while it lasted.

A big pat on the back for PRG, we did pretty damn good for a bunch of farking schmucks!
 
2009-12-05 09:53:46 PM  
Melissa, thanks for all your hard work.

While I was fairly sure no sane SOB would come to my part of the continent, I still drove through the season's first snow to make sure.

This was great.
 
2009-12-05 09:54:05 PM  
This whole topic has made me realize just how much of a game of Mario Kart the human race plays on a near constant basis. When one person gets ahead, it's always BOOM, Blue Shell, POW Block, Lightning Bolt
 
2009-12-05 09:55:10 PM  
From the DARPA press release: DARPA plans to meet with teams to review the approaches and strategies used to build networks, collect information, and participate in the Challenge.

Run, PunkRockGirl, they're coming to collect you!
 
2009-12-05 09:58:04 PM  
Scruffinator: GWSuperfan: Dammit- they cleaned their map again- I was almost done with VODAK too :-(

I bet they hate us right now.


// careful, Fark might get disqualified if porn words are put on the maps...

Check out e-bay...
i think an individual will win it.
 
2009-12-05 10:06:02 PM  
The baby the cats THEN me: From the DARPA press release: DARPA plans to meet with teams to review the approaches and strategies used to build networks, collect information, and participate in the Challenge.

Run, PunkRockGirl, they're coming to collect you!


Oh shiat. I did not see that when I read it.
 
2009-12-05 10:08:20 PM  
The baby the cats THEN me: From the DARPA press release: DARPA plans to meet with teams to review the approaches and strategies used to build networks, collect information, and participate in the Challenge.

Run, PunkRockGirl, they're coming to collect you!


content.ytmnd.com
 
2009-12-05 10:10:26 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.


only 4000 entries, they need to run an egg hunt involving 100 million internet scouts.
...for a million $ prize.

4000 geeks succeeded in misspelling penis for the whole world to see, the college students found balloons while the geeks were thus occupied with the shiny object penus.

10balloons = honey trap
 
2009-12-05 10:52:25 PM  
Yeah, I was thinking (but not typing, because I don't want them to collect *me*) that punkrockgirl will never again be the first person to read her own email.

DARPA didn't read this, did they? Oh, good.
 
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