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    Thinking about building an illegal trail?

    "With new NASA satellites in orbit and privately run, venture capital-backed companies including Skybox and Planet-Labs planning to launch satellites, the streaming view of the globe's forests down to 1 meter on a daily basis will be a reality within a few years."
    The surveillance state spying on bark, leaf, ape

    ...someone will be watching you... lol

    Just think, in 20 years if you piss in the woods you'll probably have a ticket on your windshield by the time you get back to your car.

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    Wait a second... since when is pissing in the woods illegal??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Wait a second... since when is pissing in the woods illegal??
    It's not.... yet. But how do you think they're gonna pay for all that surveillance tech.
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    Uncle has a special tin foil hat that will blind the cameras

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    Yes, because the government has the man power to watch the 103,671,742,065,706.34375 square feet of the United States.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Just don't call it ILLEGAL and you should be fine... ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Yes, because the government has the man power to watch the 103,671,742,065,706.34375 square feet of the United States.
    Does the 1,826,000 terabytes of daily internet traffic stop the NSA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Yes, because the government has the man power to watch the 103,671,742,065,706.34375 square feet of the United States.
    They'll have software that will zero in on anybody doing something bad. Like pissing without a permit. Or having too much fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Yes, because the government has the man power to watch the 103,671,742,065,706.34375 square feet of the United States.
    Clearly you have no idea what video surveillance technology can do.

    Every frame of video is fed into an algorithm that looks for motion in the block of the grid in question. If there is a change, other algorithms are invoked to decide whether the change is due to human or natural motion. They can filter out the deer and bears and the moose, etc. easily. If the change is deemed by the software to be human related, they can flag the block of video for later analysis, or signal a human operator to look immediately.

    Eventually, if you poach a trail, a satellite will easily be able to notify someone, and they will beat you back to your car. The motion of a bicycle down a trail has no natural equivalents.

    If they have a suspicion someone is building a trail and want them caught, they will simply program the software to look for the type of motion that trailbuilders make - swinging picks, digging shovels, moving rocks, etc. As soon as that type of motion occurs, an alert is sent to an operator who can verify the activity, followed by contacting the interested authorities.

    This is your life from here on out. Everything you do in public is subject to review and examination either immediately or at a later time.

    Speaking of surveillance, the South Boulder trailheads that have fees also now have cameras snapping photos of every car going in or out of the parking lots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Uncle has a special tin foil hat that will blind the cameras
    I'm so far ahead of you it blows your mind!


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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    They'll have software that will zero in on anybody doing something bad. Like pissing without a permit. Or having too much fun.
    Not only will they zero in on you they will use facial recognition software to match you to your FB profile, and then check your friends profiles and your friends, friends profiles. You're all screwed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Just don't call it ILLEGAL and you should be fine... ;-)
    They're called "Social trails"

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydoug View Post
    Does the 1,826,000 terabytes of daily internet traffic stop the NSA?
    Yes, the NSA knows exactly how many times a day you watch porn and masturbate.

    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit View Post
    Clearly you have no idea...........
    They can't catch me because I wear tinfoil under my helmet.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit View Post
    Eventually, if you poach a trail, a satellite will easily be able to notify someone, and they will beat you back to your car. The motion of a bicycle down a trail has no natural equivalents.
    I agree with most of your post except for the above part. Only geostationary satellites can constantly monitor an area on the planet. And no one is going to put up a satellite just to look for trail poachers.
    Drones however are another matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilburKookmeyer View Post
    They're called "Social trails"
    Only if it's a hiker trail, everything else is "illegal".

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    Moral of the story:
    Build NOW before all of this is in place!
    What are you still doing sitting there?


    Sharpen your damn stealth Pulaski, and GO!
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    And then we eat them."

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    Only Uncle Trail would start a thread about government satellites monitoring for illegal trail building. Illegal trails are discovered and busted the old fashioned way - by people on foot and by the simple fact that secret trails almost never remain secret for long.

    Good stuff.

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    I spit out my water the moment I started laughing from envisioning groups of people wearing tin foil hats while building trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEO Alex View Post
    I spit out my water the moment I started laughing from envisioning groups of people wearing tin foil hats while building trails.
    It's the only way to prevent the Sierra Club mind control rays from turning you into an anti fun hiker.

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