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2012-03-20 11:26:57 AM  
I don't even care how dumb that actually is because it's awesome.
 
2012-03-20 11:30:33 AM  

PonceAlyosha: I don't even care how dumb that actually is because it's awesome.

 
2012-03-20 11:47:23 AM  

HeFixesTheCable: PonceAlyosha: I don't even care how dumb that actually is because it's awesome.

 
2012-03-20 11:55:31 AM  
That is bloody genius!
 
2012-03-20 11:55:31 AM  
Make announcement that you're going to resort of exotic drones to prevent your systems from being touchable.

Use a zombie net to host your website.
 
2012-03-20 11:59:29 AM  
How are we doing with solar-powered drones that can stay aloft indefinitely? Those things a reality yet?
 
2012-03-20 12:18:46 PM  
That is both monumentally stupid and incredibly brilliant all in one.

F*ckin A.

*slow clap*
 
2012-03-20 12:19:38 PM  

tricycleracer: How are we doing with solar-powered drones that can stay aloft indefinitely? Those things a reality yet?


Your not thinking big enough. Find a way to get a few dozen cube satellites in orbit.
Link (new window) wiki article

Try to control information then.
 
2012-03-20 12:41:30 PM  
No no no, piracy can be stopped.

Just like all the resident "File-sharing is theft!" Farkers constantly tell us.
 
2012-03-20 01:01:27 PM  

BigBooper: tricycleracer: How are we doing with solar-powered drones that can stay aloft indefinitely? Those things a reality yet?

Your not thinking big enough. Find a way to get a few dozen cube satellites in orbit.
Link (new window) wiki article

Try to control information then.


Came here to post about cube sats. Good jerb!

The cost per launch for these things are getting low enough to mean that small, remote communities sould theoretically be able to become their own 'off grid' ISP's.

The same could become reality for any group of private individuals willing to chip in for a launch.

$100,000 divided up over a small community isn't actually that much cash per head.

shiat, it's something worth thinking of between 10 of you, if you want a private server that can't realisticaly be 'takendownbytheman'

I reckon private cube-sat based nodes wil be 10-15% of the web in
 
2012-03-20 01:13:20 PM  

uttertosh: I reckon private cube-sat based nodes wil be 10-15% of the web in


Oop. Looks like he was 'takendownbytheman'.

:-(
 
2012-03-20 01:17:11 PM  

PonceAlyosha: I don't even care how dumb that actually is because it's awesome.


I've seen this sentiment from multiple people regarding this story. I don't understand why people think this is a dumb idea. Is it that you think the technology is outlandish or something? Because it's totally not.
 
2012-03-20 01:50:05 PM  

tricycleracer: How are we doing with solar-powered drones that can stay aloft indefinitely? Those things a reality yet?


NASA says yes. Maybe not indefinitely, because of equipment failures, but they have run experiments of keeping a solar powered plane aloft for durations of up to 72 hours.
 
2012-03-20 02:00:34 PM  

Honest Bender: I don't understand why people think this is a dumb idea.


"Hazard to aviation" might be a legitimate objection.
I personally think this is a better use of the skies, and the sooner we get back to using trains and ships as our primary transportation modes, the better. But many will disagree.
And now I'm off-topic.
 
2012-03-20 02:20:00 PM  
Back in 2000 when Europe was looking for customers for their satellite launches, I humorously predicted that some website owners would love to go there to save them from future government regulations. I guess this is the first step.
 
2012-03-20 02:26:47 PM  
if there was ever a sign that the government needs to stop fighting these bastards and start putting them on the payroll, THIS is it.
 
2012-03-20 02:32:45 PM  
Oh my god. That is so cool.

- Sent from my keyboard, but typed with my boner.
 
2012-03-20 02:44:13 PM  

Prof Honeybone: Oh my god. That is so cool.

- Sent from my keyboard, but typed with my boner.


LOL
 
2012-03-20 02:51:10 PM  
I agree with buttery_shame_cave, if for the only reason that I'm agreeing with someone named buttery_shame_cave
 
2012-03-20 03:37:51 PM  
You don't even need to use a 'drone' for this. Weather ballon with solar cells on top as the carrier vehicle. It would stay high enough to not violate commercial airspace and the cost would be far less than drones and cube sats
 
2012-03-20 03:45:24 PM  
I can't wait to see the MPAA's goons try to send cease-and-desist notices. They can call it "air mail," but it's not meant to be taken literally.
 
2012-03-20 04:09:46 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: You don't even need to use a 'drone' for this. Weather ballon with solar cells on top as the carrier vehicle. It would stay high enough to not violate commercial airspace and the cost would be far less than drones and cube sats


though the lack of any positional control is pretty significant. you'd need hundreds of them, because if you rig the balloon to fly at say, 70k feet, it's going to be scooting across the sky pretty fast. the cost starts adding up.

honestly the drone is overkill. the fact that they've made a server package that, with a couple clever APIs, could run on smartphones for crying out loud. at this point you can have it ghosted to virtual server terminals worldwide. include an intelligent dump protocol that wipes and scrambles if an unauthorized user goes nosing around, and would you look at that, your network is crazy resilient.

OR you could just use the Pi boxes(or build your own, it's not hard. i have all the bits and bobs in my shop to build a tiny beowulf cluster in my lab, using PSoC chips that are on-the-fly configurable and could do damn near anything. and distribute them to all sorts of locations, ghost them into public wifi nets, university nets, piggyback into unsecured networks, etc etc etc.

prolly could enable TOR protocols too... give them the ability to serve as host access points for special client-browsers and bam you have an undernet that sits inside the current internet.

/spitballing, i know.

//the raw potential of the Pi boxes is astonishing. with the right protocols and transceivers in place you actually could establish a network of fully-anonymous access points for those who know how to get to them.

///we really do live in an age where cyberpunk is becoming a reality.
 
2012-03-20 04:28:57 PM  
Every time TBP does something wacky I think to myself "Can't top that". Then they do, and I love it. I hope they paint giant middle fingers underneath their drones.
 
2012-03-20 04:29:22 PM  
Sky pirates.
 
2012-03-20 04:29:24 PM  

xanadian: uttertosh: I reckon private cube-sat based nodes wil be 10-15% of the web in

Oop. Looks like he was 'takendownbytheman'.

:-(


i1207.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-20 06:47:32 PM  
The democratization of information will continue and it can't be stopped. Piracy is an unavoidable side-effect of that.

We're at the beginning of a revolution in regards to how information flows and influences our society, and people think they can stop it or control it.

That's like trying to stop the influence of the printing press or the industrial revolution.

Good farking luck, jackasses. Your methods of distribution and control are going to fail. It's unavoidable. Adapt or die.
 
2012-03-20 06:47:39 PM  
Of, you know, you could just buy the farking DVD.
 
2012-03-20 07:30:24 PM  
One thing that the article was light on was regarding uplinks. These devices are going to need to connect using an access point of some kind, may it be WiFi, cellular, packet radio (AMPRNet) or a dialup line via somebody's VHF cordless phone base station.

You kill the uplink, you kill the server. Even if you start hiring bums to create your own wireless mesh, that mesh has to tap into a hard line somewhere.
 
2012-03-20 07:56:58 PM  

Dinjiin: Even if you start hiring bums to create your own wireless mesh, that mesh has to tap into a hard line somewhere.


Shhh - they are playing at being on the Nebuchadnezzar and the MPAA are all squiddies and stuff.
 
2012-03-20 08:31:21 PM  
Those folks are brilliant.
 
2012-03-20 09:12:58 PM  
it's been done:

Link

Link (new window)

Wouldn't it work about as well strapping the nodes to cars and such?
 
2012-03-20 10:25:12 PM  

Any Pie Left: Wouldn't it work about as well strapping the nodes to cars and such?


Should strap nodes on deer, raccoons, and sharks. Tiny ones could go on crows.
 
2012-03-20 10:46:18 PM  
What if there's a hash collision in those 1,643,194 files?

I mean it's exceedingly unlikely considering the 1.46 * 10^48 possible hash keys, but you never know. Birthday paradox and all that.
 
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