Pirate Bay Plans On Taking To The Sky To Avoid Server Seizure

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Zoandar

I think if you ran this idea past any actually licensed pilots, they would explain to you how the weather itself would likely keep this project from happening. Probably one reason why no one in the corporate retail sector has tried it yet.

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tehLazyNinja

Only question is: will they use African or European Swallows?

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andrewc513

Are you suggesting computers migrate?

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h e x e n

OK, this is badass, regardless of my stance on piracy.

Although, I can just imagine one of these things being sucked into an airplane engine and causing a ruckus.

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aplusbex1

They'd have to use some sort helium balloons and get above 50km for this to be save form authorities. At that altitude you need a space program to shoot anything down.

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wlballplayer

they can buy multiple server farms all over the world and they will never be down! different countries different laws :D

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aarcane

This doesn't eliminate the real problem, which is that the base stations can just be shut down or commandeered. Noone can fix that, yet.

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Scatter

Where does Pirate Bay make their money? It can't be cheap to fund something like this.

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The Corrupted One

How is this even possible? The amount of power required to keep a 10 pound drone in the air for more than you can hold on a battery, is someone going to have to go to the middle of a field every day, catch them as they land and recharge them?

I will get a BB gun, go to wherever the servers are placed,and personally shoot them down.

Also, US Air Force.

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TheAsianMongoose

"I will get a BB gun, go to wherever the servers are placed,and personally shoot them down."

I think you're overestimating the capabilities of any and all BB guns... Most .50 Cal RIFLES can't hit shit beyond 2000-3000 feet, and straight upwards? Forget it.

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The Corrupted One

I was joking, and for reasons stated below, such servers can't even exist.

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Hey.That_Dude

1) Low density Hydrogen/ Helium balloon. Only have to get it over 5000 feet and they will keep a 10 pound server afloat indefinitly.
2) solar power for the server itself.
3) laugh at the people who thought you couldn't do it.

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The Corrupted One

I'm assuming it's powered flight of some sort, as there is a Quadracopter in the picture.
The article says "Flying Drones", now I don't trust our media to use our destroyed language properly, but in that application, it also implies powered flight.

Also, if you are providing enough power to power a hard drive and a transmitter indefinitely, and making sure to have a full charge for the night, you need enough solar panels to make it weigh a lot more than 10 pounds, photovoltaic are not particularly efficient at this point. I'm sure even the processor would have trouble running on a a little panel at peak hours, which by the way, are at night. You also need a heating system at that altitude, although, the processor might be able to supply that.

For some reason the spam filter won't let me post the rest.

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Ilander

"The Spam Filter" is not a good nickname for your wife, sir.

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The Corrupted One

Lol, still can't get it through.

And you have no idea who you are talking to.

Good day sir.

What a waste of our precious helium.

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Hey.That_Dude

They don't need much in the way of storage .mag files only store the extremely small hash file.
There are models of active powered gliders/drones that operate on little solar power leaving spare power left over.
I'm not gonna send a freakin' blade in the air we're talking about a rasp. pi with maybe 30 GB or so Solid State memory. That's not a lot of power.
The power of Ad hoc in the 60Ghz spectra at that altitude means that any non cached information could be relayed between the different drones as required.
My guess is that it'd be a computer about the size of the modern smartphone and getting a 10W (read 2 amps at 5V) solar panel attached for power wouldn't be that difficult NOR as heavy as you think it is.
Bring it down for replacing the battery every 2 years.
Done. working micro server mesh network.
The waste of helium was you huffing it.

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The Corrupted One

One problem I was unable to post: You would have issues with your untethered balloons(or drones with very little propeller power due to power requirements) floating thousands of miles in the occasional gusts of wind (depending on altitude), riddle me that Batman.

But ok, you win.
You took advantage of me forgetting about the structure of Bittorrent, (that's why you always study up before debate).

Good day sir.

Although helium is going to become rare and expensive soon, mark my words, and it will stay that way until someone actually manages to get low temp nuclear fusion out of the hell of oil company cover ups. (not to mention create it).

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Hey.That_Dude

the answer to your question sir is MAGIC!

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vrmlbasic

Aren't they headquartered in a Cold War-era nuclear bomb shelter out of paranoia over an air attack (and/or because they thought it was a cool locale)?

If so, I'd think that putting these hover-servers into the air only makes them more vulnerable.

How does this stop the legal process from, ahem, shooting them down? The hover-servers are still operating in whatever country they fly over, right?

Also, I'm not a fan of these magnet links :(

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The Corrupted One

My question too, the US(or any other country) owns it's airspace, it's not like international water in terms of legal standing.

Edit: A commenter on the Pirate Bay had the right idea, it's called "Electronic Countermeasures" it's going over wireless channels.

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whathuhitwasntme

I just knew this was going to end on a sky net joke

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alex_dh9

This is bad ass.

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Nyarlathotep

This brings new meaning to the phrase "the server just went down"!

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Wingzero_x

Which will happen by some Prowler jock, pulling his EA6B next to it.

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Caboose

That would require US Navy intervention, and I don't see that happening.

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bloodgain

QinetiQ Zephyr -- an unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly indefinitely and carry a 5 pound payload. It was designed for research survey work, but I don't see why it couldn't be used for airborne servers. Reportedly, it only requires 3-5 people to hold it up and run until it lifts off.

Now, there still have to be some receivers on the ground somewhere, so I'm not sure this solves all their problems. It's certainly good for publicity, though.

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tony2tonez

I love their creativity. They are using the technology to circumvent the law. But you have to admit what this idea could give rise to in the future.

Its the age long battle of good guys vs bad guys. In a weird way they both push along the envelope of technology to suit their needs. And there is always the 3rd party trying to develop the technology to sell to both sides.

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aarcane

As long as the good guys (TPB) keep winning, I'm fine with that.

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The Corrupted One

They keep winning, studios keep losing, gamers keep losing.

You go on thinking that, there is no such thing as a free lunch, something has to come from somewhere.
Ignorant pirates, they think that games grow on trees or Oompa Loompa's cheerfully make them in Willy Wonka's Game factory. The money that makes the game has to come from somewhere, of they will stop making good games.

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Caboose

Your name fits your post.

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The Corrupted One

I just realized that and facepalmed my younger self making that name.

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Kromix

and get RC plane mercenaries to guard the servers :D lol

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tony2tonez

Just think we can have our own RC dog fights with everyone on the ground with RC controllers. Soon LOSS will have laser defense guns and ground cops will use Air to LOSS missiles.

And this will all give way to Skynet.

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CleverBullet

...while still hosting your favorite music!!

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CaptainFabulous

Mother Necessity is an evil twisted biatch, ain't she? So much better for innovation than Uncle Patentroll and Cousin Copywrong, wouldn't you say?

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Biceps

Just a thought, but if I were gonna do this, I'd be using something that is lighter than air - less maintenence and less power. So pirate bay is getting into the blimp busienss. And you know the MPAA can just send up remote controlled planes to ram the servers, so this could be a real boon to the entire RC communitee, lol.

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gogochicken

Soldier- Commander, we have the pirates drones in sight. Are we clear to shoot them down?

Commander- No, it's an act of war soldier.

Soldier- Damn those Pirate scaly-wags

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