“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.”
via Low-Orbit Servers? Or A Pirate Prank? » Data Center Knowledge.
This is the only true implementation of cloud computing — the servers are literally in the clouds. Exchanging torrents or magnet links is a relatively low bandwidth operation. There really could be something to this scheme but I would think doing it with satellites would be better. Transmitters and servers can use a lot of power.
The Pirate Bay said it was experimenting with using GPS to control servers using Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer.
Raspberry Pi servers aren’t going to be able to handle any kind of web load. They should consider some kind of broadcast system.