After a brief outage this week, The Pirate Bay, a popular torrent search site, confirmed that their outage was due to scheduled network maintenance and not some sort of government shut down. So, what kind of upgrades are they preparing for? Airships.
That's right - The Pirate Bay is working on developing servers that will float in the air. They will be powering their servers with Raspberry Pi machines - the $35 USB-powered computers. In a blog post, a TPB staff member said,
With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we're going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.
I'm not sure it's so much an act of war as it is a defense mechanism to prevent what happened to Megaupload in January. The international copyright law is on their tail and they really have only 2 options - the air and the water, and it seems that the air is the easier and cheaper way to go.
It all makes you wonder, is there enough money in stealing other people's stuff to justify the expense of GPS-controlled aerial drone servers? Only time will tell.