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OccupySF IT Admins Using Pedal Power For Protest 202

99luftballon writes "The OccupySF team have been running an ad-hoc computer network on the streets of San Francisco without a steady power source, no Wi-Fi and even the occasional police raid. It turns out the best way to keep the lights on is car batteries and pedal power."
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OccupySF IT Admins Using Pedal Power For Protest

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  • Re:Uh... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 14, 2011 @08:57PM (#37720690)

    One effect of being well organised is that only a few need to be taken out for the movement to fail. Taken out can include bribery, change of attitude, killing, etc.

    Not having one key demand makes it very hard for the power structure to undermine the key message.

    It is often considered to be one of the strengths of the movement that saw NZ buck its dominating partners (Britian and US) and become the first country in the world to go nuclear free. There were attempts by the authorities to undermine the power structure, only they could not find it as there was no heircachial power pyramid for them to comprehend.

    Many other example can be quoted but the real message is the effect - a group with similar goals but no strong structure can be a very effectivce counter to a strong power structure with rigid form and plentiful resources.

    Hopefully Occupy Wall Street will remain somewaht amophus. Tight enough for people to agree they support it, loose enough to be hard for the indrisal-military combine and allies (banking and oil included) to comprehend.

  • Other options... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by benjamindees ( 441808 ) on Friday October 14, 2011 @09:26PM (#37720884) Homepage

    Probably the easiest and most sustainable setup would be to convert a port-a-potty into a biogas digester, and use it to run a small gas genset or even a thermoelectric generator. Of course that would make something of a target for police.

    Some motorcycles or scooters have alternators, that can be used for battery charging. Or if size is an issue, there's always a small generator like the Honda EX350 that can be had for around $200.

  • Re:waste of time (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Friday October 14, 2011 @09:40PM (#37720972)

    Can the protesters focus on winning instead of trying to be techie??

    The media didn't even cover the protests until they put up videos of cops beating them on Youtube. Now, with this story, they have more coverage.

    Diversity is helping them.

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