reply to post by westcoast
My conspiracy-minded side has had its interest piqued, but even so I'm still quite willing to allow for the more mundane possibilities.
Well... I'm willing to allow for them, but not very able to.
Here's why: all those various stations dropped off over a period of a couple of months or so. If they'd all gone down in one heap I'd suspect some
pretty major tech issues, followed by a hiatus and then a resumption of the service, at least to some degree. But no, they went down rather oddly and
I almost imagine a couple of knowledgable people with power to make decisions looking at the stations' data and saying:
Beta: "Nothing much of note showing on this station yet..."
Alpha: "Fine, we'll leave that one up for now."
Beta: (Makes a note.) "Okay...But this one... Take a look at those spikes!"
Alpha: "(Expletive deleted.) Take that one off the public feeds right away!"
Beta: "Okay... getting that done now. But what about these stations?"
Alpha: "They're not too indicative of anything yet. We'll pull them off the public feeds on an as-needs basis."
Beta: (Pause for thought. Then: ) "But... Won't people notice?"
Alpha: "You mean the public? Most won't. But if they do, it will attract less attention than if we just pull the plug on all the public feeds at
Beta: (Nods. Drums on table.) "But what about the archives? I mean, we're still getting all the data and we can't just --."
Alpha: "We can do whatever we have to do. Once we take a station down, we don't load any further archives into the publicly accessible database. If we
do otherwise, people will wonder why they can't get daily updates. But if there's nothing, they'll just assume the research program's ending."
Beta: (Chuckle.) "Yeah... Just when we're really getting some data that we can use." (Another pause.) "What about the warnings?"
Alpha: "No change. Those on the A-1 alert list will still get the warnings. And from the looks of things we might be sending those warnings a bit
sooner than our algorithms indicated."
Beta: (Sigh of relief.) "So, it's only the general public who won't know..."
Alpha: "Isn't that always the way?"
**********END OF FICTIONAL ACCOUNT************
Yes, just fiction. Just my imagination working overtime.
I'm worried over nothing. Right?
edit on 18/5/12 by JustMike because: two typos..