This is why The Register is king…

April 14, 2008

well, king of the tech journos, at any rate.

Not only do they write great headlines and even better sub-heads, but they let a story take its natural tone rather than trying to enforce some blanket model on it.

Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades.

The whole story is nicely written but this is my favourite paragraph:

Apparently, alert American troops managed to quell the traitorous would-be droid assassins before the inevitable orgy of mechanised slaughter began. Fahey didn’t say just how, but conceivably the rogue robots may have been suppressed with help from more trustworthy airborne kill machines, or perhaps prototype electropulse zap bombs.



2 Responses to “This is why The Register is king…”

  1. Rob Says:

    1) Love that you tagged “fleshy”!

    2) Hard to pick a favourite ‘graph in that story, but if pressed, I’d have to go with:

    MAARS is also said by its makers to have “Transformer-like” abilities akin to those of Optimus Prime. Rather than being able to disguise itself as, say, a mobility scooter or a dessert trolley, the MAARS is actually only able to transform – with help from human allies – into a slightly different robot.

  2. audent Says:

    Even the other stories on the subject are pretty funny with the Predator air drones described thusly: “Famously, a CIA Predator blew away al-Qaeda bigwig Qa’ed Sunyan al-Harethi in 2002 after his cellphone turned traitor and squealed on him to its digital chums.

    I really like the idea of a cellphone turncoat squealing on his mates.

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