Did April Fools’ Day come early for The Pirate Bay
? The controversial BitTorrent site posted an odd announcement 
last night stating that it had decided to “build something extraordinary” with its server infrastructure.
“We’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air,” wrote “MrSpock” on the Pirate Bay blog. “This way our machines will have to be shot down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. We’re just starting, so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore.”
The so-called Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) prompted discussion at Hacker News 
and TorrentFreak 
, where some commenters debated the technical challenges to aerial hosting, and others were deeply skeptical. The Pirate Bay said it was experimenting with using GPS to control servers using Raspberry Pi 
, a credit-card sized Linux computer.
BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak 
, which covers the Pirate Bay on a regular basis, appears to be taking the announcement seriously. “Although the line between reality and fantasy can be rather thin at The Pirate Bay, we were assured that the plan to launch a drone is real,” wrote Ernesto, who said the first drone would be launched over international waters.
The Pirate Bay has relocated its servers 
on numerous occasions seeking a haven from authorities and entertainment companies. At one point it considered buying 
the “micronation” of SeaLand or another data haven.
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URL to article: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2012/03/19/low-orbit-servers-or-a-pirate-prank/
URLs in this post:
 odd announcement: http://thepiratebay.se/blog/210
 Hacker News: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3721198
 TorrentFreak: http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bays-attacks-censorship-with-server-drones-120318/
 Raspberry Pi: http://www.raspberrypi.org
 relocated its servers: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/10/07/pirate-bay-hunkers-in-a-bunker/
 considered buying: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/01/12/the-pirate-bay-wants-to-buy-sealand/
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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