The tools used all exist and are basically free and easily accessible (gmaps+streetview, flight data maps, the live stream itself, etc). The people behind this are just random strangers on the internet who agreed on a cause (as strange as the cause may be). This used to be something only the CIA could do and they took longer to do it. 15 years ago, 'The Bourne Identity' was nearly science fiction!
What's this look like in 10 more years, when facial/vocal recog software is just as easy, when drones are somehow even cheaper and smarter, when 5 new technologies we hadn't considered exist, when there's even more people reaching out to each other to find common causes?
I'm excited/terrified to see what that looks like.
Hundreds or thousands of bored, reasonably intelligent people united toward a common cause. And they're the sort of people who wind up on /pol/, so generally they're of a sort that develops an obsessive interest in some (or many) esoteric topic(s).
To your speculation here:
> What's this look like in 10 more years, when facial/vocal recog software is just as easy, when drones are somehow even cheaper and smarter, when 5 new technologies we hadn't considered exist, when there's even more people reaching out to each other to find common causes?
I would state that the singularity has already reached us. The next steps will simply be better organization and better interconnects between computing nodes. (people)
"Capable" would possibly be a better term.
Now the community really frowns on stuff like that. The admins created much stricter site wide rules on posting personal information.
Turnaround time (from initial post to bombs dropping) was about 36 hours. Most of the delay was in relaying the info to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
2$ for simple shitstorm
10$ for advanced shitstorm
> Tripathi had been missing for a month prior to the April 15, 2013 bombings.
"[His] body was found... April 23, 2013."
He was identified by dental records, so body was decomposed &/or carrion, is there any information that suggests he was dead prior to 4/15?
So the two middle eastern fellas in running attire w/ backpacks didn`t turn out to be Tripathi, as I assumed. I am assuming again, but I bet they felt some consternation at being accused. Wasn`t another person falsely identified, as well? My point stands.
Furthermore, it's a bit ironic that you bring up an attempt to shut down free speech, when that's exactly what shia did when people started supporting trump on his opposition feed. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech from the government, not individuals, so he's perfectly in his right to do that, but still. And yes, stealing the flag is theft. I can't support or argue for that, but again, would you feel the same if it was a nazi flag?
I don't support trump, but calling this endeavor disgusting is disheartening.
You cannot vandalize someone else's property and infringe on their rights because you don't like what they say.
There's no equivalence between the two.
Is it possible some/many/most of the people who actually participated in the activity also just found it interesting to do?
And yes, I would feel the same way if someone did it to a Nazi flag or a confederate flag. I don't actually care that much about the specific political ideologies. But the increased tribalism and decreased tolerance for freedom of opinion is terrifying. It is disgusting and we shouldn't be celebrating it.
Not sure you're understanding completely how an anonymous internet community works.
You gotta be kidding me
That's basically what the Pepe flag stands for at this point, as I suspect you are already aware.
Nevermind that outside of political circles and people who take The Internet way too seriously, Pepe is just a stupid meme that has transformed from "Sad Frog" to "Woznak's friend" to "Betrayer of Woznak" to "Smug Frog/Pepe" to "Rare Pepe". And due to its prevalence in Chan Culture became a stupid meme to tell Channers from Normies (REEEEEEE) with the red Pepe with the wavy tongue. Honestly that meme has transformed quite a bit over the years.
I'm convinced anyone who thinks Pepe is a symbol of the alt-right has no idea that The Internet has its own cultures and subcultures. It just so happens that 4chan and /r/The_Donald have a huge cross-section of users. No surprise that many 4chan memes are prominent there.
The worst defense I've seen are images of Pepe shopped to be Hitler/a Nazi. FFS, you can find the same for Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty - or nearly anything actually. Shopping something into Hitler is common.
Makes me think if /r/The_Donald chose a Gay Pride or LGBT Flag as their "official flag" if it would cause people to second guess if someone supports LGBT or is an alt-right neo-nazi sympathizer. Talk about extremism.
Just noticed your name and I feel you weren't asking your question seriously, but have a serious answer anyway, Mr. Jimmy Rustles
The moment that Hillary went nuclear with the stupid, harmless frog was the moment that I questioned the things "progressive" people label people who don't agree with them. As silly as it was, it was truly the turning point of me re-examining what I read and listen to with a more skeptical approach.
Thanks for the answer - it really unrustled my jimmies.
> individuals coming together, learning new things, and working towards a common goal
the common goal here is being an asshole
> if this was a nazi flag, would you feel the same way?
Shia's flag said "he will not divide us" it was a message of unity that someone took down to replace with the representation of an administration with actual white nationalists as advisors.
> it's a bit ironic that you bring up an attempt to shut down free speech, when that's exactly what shia did
Yelling into someone's livefeed is free speech in a public place, but continuing to follow them and ultimately trespassing onto private property is harassment. Free speech isn't yelling whatever you want whenever you want. It's freedom from the government oppressing your speech.
>would you feel the same if it was a nazi flag?
This again? Seriously. Here's a challenge for you in the future: try to make a sound argument without simply throwing the word "nazi" in.
Unity that excludes almost half of the US population. I'm glad that people reacted against the passive-aggresiveness of this message when the stream was hosted in a public space. I don't condone stealing on a private property but let's not fool ourselves here, the message of this art project is reinforcing the US vs THEM mentality that is currently tearing Americans apart rather than truly trying to unify people.
It does not. They are free and encouraged to join in (AFAIK).
Those who embrace racial and religious discrimination, of course, might not choose the join, as the message contradicts their beliefs. But that is an old issue and red herring, the paradox of tolerance. Tolerate everyone but the intolerant, who are parasites on the social contract of tolerance.
I guess the flag really is wrong.
I think trump is an imbecile, but denying his supporters free speech as you are doing, is exactly why he is popular.
Despite getting the second-most votes nationally, the geographic distribution of the Republican votes gained them quite a few more "electoral college votes" (i.e. winning points) than the Democrats. The electoral college system gives more power to the countryside than the cities, proportional to the population.
Trump won 57% of the Electoral College, 46% of those who voted, 25% of the voting age population and 19% of the population as a whole.
That's not half the US population.
The reasoning is pretty straight-forward. Tomorrow (or apparently literally today given the craziness of the current socio-political discourse), you and I will be considered the Nazis.
Stop dodging, actually respond to what you're replying to. Do you consider capturing the hypothetical Nazi flag differently than the HSNDU flag?
This is still very ambiguous. There are MANY situations where the above statement is not true.
>you and I will be considered the Nazis.
That's absurd. If you look back 100 years ago there are many people I would not consider a "nazi" so why would it hold true 100 years from now? Your rhetoric has very little substance. It's Godwin all the way down.
>Stop dodging, actually respond to what you're replying to. Do you consider capturing the hypothetical Nazi flag differently than the HSNDU flag?
I'm not dodging anything, I'm sick of people throwing around the freedom of speech like it justifies everything anyone wants to say.
To answer your question: As an individual I view it very differently.
BUT I don't think the government should snatch either flag, and if you're on someone else's private property doing so it should definitely be considered theft.
Spencer is a white-supremacist shitbag, yes. His ideology, however, is very different from Hitler's, and he has never publicly advocated violence.
Again, my scenario is not hypothetical. See http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/oppose-terror-youre-a-nazi/
">The context you are referring to has repeatedly born out that American law allows private citizens to say or express anything, no matter how hateful, as long as it's not an incitement to violence nor slanders a specific party.
This is still very ambiguous. There are MANY situations where the above statement is not true."
Show me one.
• you couldn't make a sign with a pornographic image and use it as a protest
• you can't advertise tobacco in public spaces
that's just off the top of my head, I could dig up some more if you want
Though yes, one of my posts was wrong - "incitement to violence" should have been "incitement to illegal activity."
Citation needed. You're probably talking about Bannon - can you explain in your own words why you think this?
Then you should check out your own before you decide to act high and mighty.
Oh yes, it's like the enlightenment in a bottle.
You remove choice from Shia when you attempt to indicate the irony in him "shutting down free speech" on his feed. In fact, given it is his communications channel, his right to limit anything disrupting that channel is well within his right, as entities have rational choice to speak their mind.
Irrational choice is where logical arguments paralyze trusted communication.
Your post, for example, does this here, by saying "but still", indicating disapproval of his actions. Further, you remove choice from the parent's post about their emotion of disgust.
I find it disgusting people will continue to rationalize altering communication's trust in an effort to win an argument.
An actor set up a camera and told people to chant a mantra into it. When people started saying political things he didn't like, he flipped his shit, got pushy and ended up getting arrested. When people started saying racist things (which is protected by the constitution) that he didn't like, he moved locations. That sounds a lot like trying to shutdown free speech.
The Constitution doesn't compel private persons to provide a platform for speech they disagree with.
Note that I am not really taking a side on whether the actual theft of the flag was admirable or not here, I just want to make clear that just because it's constitutional for private individuals to do most anything (given that the constitution places almost no restrictions on individuals), that does not mean that the broader concept of freedom of speech only applies to governments.
The point is that the comment I was responding to was painting this as a side A trying to limit the speech of side B. I was trying to say (quite poorly it seems) that this could just as easily be construed as side B trying to limit the speech of side A.
The most fun thing about this is that the whole thing could very possibly not be really politically motivated. Speculating, they would have not been disagreeing with the (message of the) speech but instead just stirring some shit up for "fun". These are not people who support Trump because they think he is a good leader. Instead they enjoy the drama and chaos he creates. Saying that "some people just want to see the world burn" might be bit extreme, but that is essentially the mentality there.
Of course that might be also completely bullshit and this was done by actual pro-Trump people. I haven't frequented 4chan lately (thank god), so I don't know what the scene there is these days.
4Chans actions is a form of art.
And I think there's a form of implied consent going on here.
Shia was interacting with the world and it interacted with him. In many ways this is what I see as his aim.
Attacking someone for stealing a flag from your property will probably land you in jail or worse.
Isn't there another term for a one-sided prank war? I think it's called harassment or something? Combined with theft and vandalism... I can see why they prefer to be anonymous.
It's hard to meme from jail.
Compare his campaign messaging with some of the messaging out of the clinton machine and you will see how deep it goes.
1) Make America Great Again (subtext: we've been letting the establishment make america not-great)
2) Build a wall (subtext: I'm going to do something audacious and unpopular and there's not a damn thing they can do to stop me)
Clinton came back with several messages beyond the core "I'm with her" and none of them stuck, because they were the sort of thing you'd hear the teacher's pet say. Nobody likes a teacher's pet--they're no fun at parties.
Who determines what is "good-spirited"?
I've been a part of many prank wars. You know when they stopped being fun and ended up getting people in trouble? When one side stopped enjoying it. I don't think the receiving team in this case is enjoying the prank. Which just makes it mean-spirited and low class.
Anon is just being a bag of dicks in this case, which means they either stop, or should get in legal trouble.
You can't just doxx, trespass and then steal from someone.
And let's not forget that along with relatively minor stuff like this, they'll be getting death threats and swatting attempts for the foreseeable future.
>it seems that most of the "talent", so to speak, has left 4chan amidst increasingly strict rules against various forms of tomfoolery.
I don't have any number to prove this but to me it seems that the overlap between 8 and 4chan is huge. There's very few 8chan users that absolutely never visit 4chan anymore. 8chan is tiny in comparison to 4chan so the signal-to-noise ratio may seem better there. (according to their front page they get roughly 2k posts/hour, if it was a 4chan board it would be medium-sized and 3 times slower than big boards like /b/, /v/ or /pol/)
Uh, a better word might be harassing?
- Picture surfaces of person planning to do the live stream hopping off a plane. People track where they came from back to Malaysia.
- Person sees the dimensions of the rooms via the live stream. Runs over Google maps and finds all buildings with those dimensions.
- Half the area gets ruled out, because of the limitations of running a live stream means there is no connectivity in some of the areas.
- Rent a car service records hacked for only car dealer in that area. GPS logs of cars acquired. One of the cars went to one of the possible locations.
Burglar heads out breaks in and captures the flag.
It's completely absurd. Utterly absurd. Not much more absurd than what happened here though.
I just don't think the take-away of this was as long as you sound-proof a room, you are probably golden. It would be reasonable to have thought that an undisclosed location with no visible landmarks was fine. It wasn't.
As far as the using the geometry visible and google maps: this was done before in a video of a terrorist training camp. It resulted in Russia bombing the area, after they were alerted.
I don't follow. Google maps would only help if the entire building was like one room. The live stream could be inside some closet in a skyscraper with 57 floors. You'd need a searchable database of the blueprints of every building for this to work.
As long as the building had a congruent area, it would be one way to go about it.
Think about it like you just finished a jig-saw puzzle, but there's an extra piece and for fun you decide to try and find its twin.
this gif was at the top of r/4chan the other day (even though it seems like it's 8chan's work) http://i.imgur.com/BkkgY1g.gifv and it does a pretty good job of getting you up to speed.
Then you need live flight data. flightradar24 looks like a good bet, they even provide altitude information. The accuracy of that data can probably be massively improved with a Kalman filter.
It probably doesn't happen too often that there are three airplanes flying close to each other at a specific point in time. Even if there are, you might rule out all but one triplets of planes from the angles. You could also look at flights at different times (e.g. over the course of the last hour, how many flight paths have seen flights at 7, 20, 33 and 51 minutes apart?). That way they were able to identify which ray in the image corresponds to which plane and 3D flight path.
If you look at two intersecting lines, the angle will change depending on the view direction. They knew the angles of the 3D flight paths to each other, and the angles of the projections. To find the angle of the paths to the view direction you can use non-linear optimization. Or just do it manually in Blender (you only need two angles). You actually only need two rays.
I think the English word 'triangulate' is nowadays used for all kinds of geolocating based on cues from geometry, not just for the original method that actually involves triangles.
We detached this comment from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13855559 and marked it off-topic.
What is different here is this was a political issue. I don't think they would go and throw bricks at storefronts, or rob people on the street and so on. This was done as a political taunt. But I may be wrong, I don't go to 4 chan, this is the impression I got from reading about it.
> These guys just decided to troll this project, and went to extraordinary lengths to break the law and ruin someone else's dream
It seems they didn't go to extraordinary lengths just to break the law. They would have done this even if it was on public property and there was no reason to break the law. The goal was to prove a point.
There is another disturbing and interesting process happening and that is of disarming of slogans and political speech by appropriation. This random group of participants basically showed that indeed "He Will Not Divide Us" by coming together and solving a technical problem to prove a political point. So in a way they appropriated the slogan and applied to themselves. That makes the slogan less effective. The exact same thing happened with "Fake News" it was used for a while but it was appropriated by Trump's supporters and it ended up backfiring. Now major mass media channels are openly taunted and are defending themselves against the charge of being "Fake News" and so on.
Sure. Trump supporters just deny people healthcare and burn mosques. Apart from that, they are exemplary citizens.
> basically showed that indeed "He Will Not Divide Us" by coming together and solving a technical problem to prove a political point.
By taking down a flag with "He Will Not Divide Us" and replacing it with a MAGA hat and a Pepe. That really helps...
didn't ACA prices go up 100% in some places with a majority of insurance companies withdrawing from the markets in some states? How did Trump supporters do that?
> and burn mosques
Incident of mosque arson is up? Interesting, do have links to any statistics on that? Seems rather implausible
Did you mean case http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-man-... where Gary Nathaniel Moore burned his own mosque?
Or another one from Bellevue Washington were a person related to the mosque burned it down: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/15/us/washington-mosque-arson/ ?
It seems there is a rise if congregants burning their own mosques down lately, wonder what prompted that...
Apparently also Trump supporters are going around slashing Muslim women's faces with knives. Oh wait, no there is a rise in Muslim women slashing their own faces and then filing fake police reports http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/EMS-Possible-Slashing-L...
"previously been arrested for making a disturbance at the mosque" is not exactly "related".
Apart from that, you have two cases.
And you have zero cases and some handwaving.
There are a couple cemeteries that were vandalized.
And the Republicans are about to deny healthcare to 24 million people.
I think you are waving hands trying to dismiss reality.