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Following the announcement of the new Flying-HK-style "Reaper" death machines for the British forces, the prophetic nature of the Terminator movies has been further confirmed. Not only will the UK MoD deploy airborne cyber-gunships remarkably similar to those in the films, the flying robot assassins will be controlled by an IT …

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  1. Craig

    Spare Me

    I for one welcome our new robotic over lords

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  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Clever

    Craig - you have way too much time on your hands - still it always pays to be prepared

  4. Grant

    Good Life will be spared

    While it remains useful.

  5. tim chubb Silver badge

    All Your Base

    Indeed

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  6. Craig

    Well...

    If we are doomed might as well...

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  7. Andrew

    I can only say this

    As The Man himself would say:

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  8. Michael

    translation

    for those that wonder, the binary is the same as the ascii...

  9. kode

    Amazing

    Watching this from abroad (Europe) it just never seizes to amaze me how easily the British public is letting, and I guess already has let, the army and the government bend them over. All the surveillance and "the terrorist hunt". Of course you have history with rebels who've messed with your powers at be, but you know, reading this kind of news where they're naming the system Skynet just makes me pause.

    It was probably meant to be taken as a joke but with all the news AND the rumours of how things really are this kind of joking seems just macabre. Don't let the lube run out!

    P.S. And I'm not saying other countries are that far behind you. I guess UK is just spilling the beans more openly about the amount of control the government, the major corporations and the money men are holding. It just makes me sad and angry to see where the world is going to. But I guess it's passé to be worried about the rights of the individual SINCE IT'S ALL FOR THE GREATER GOOD!

    I guess now is really once again the perfect time to go read Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.

  10. David

    Maybe not Austrian bodybuilders....

    "There's no word yet of any plans to cloak Asimo robots in living flesh cloned from large Austrian bodybuilders, but it can only be a matter of time."

    Maybe we are going to have an army Terminators cloned from the DNA of our illustrious leader, that's whay he has announced his retirement, he's off to be harvested and live forever. Or maybe, for some diversity, to make infiltration of underground hideouts easier this is the true purpose behind the current DNA harvesting reported here:

    http://go.theregister.com/feed/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/11/kids_dna/

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    With all respect to my British friends....

    "....I guess UK is just spilling the beans more openly about the amount of control the government, the major corporations and the money men are holding...."

    Let's not forget that Britain, as well as the rest of Europe, basically operated under the feudal system for about a thousand years. Old systems of control die hard; we just like to change the titles of the Dukes and Earls periodically so people will feel like progress is being made.

    America is totally feudalistic at this point, as well, so don't feel like you're alone in this.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Arbitrary links for the win

    So......

    http://www.angryflower.com/termin.gif

  13. Peter Redding

    Hope this works

    If not, ah well.

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  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't worry...

    I was mildly concerned until I saw those magic letters "PFI". Don't worry everyone all that means is that it will be vastly over budget and fly at supersonic speeds past all deadlines. Oh and after all that it will be abandoned years later because it wont work.

  15. Jeremiah Steidl

    Ignorant brits!

    I'm a yank and even *I* knew that Skynet 5 is just the next iteration of your current military communication system!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6645987.stm

    But, still, I welcome our new overlords!

  16. Michael

    If this is the machines saying SYN...

    Then I respond with a resounding ACK!!

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lizard alliance alliance overlords

    Well, assuming that the nightmarish outcome of T3 happens in the next 10 years, I hope that 1. I'm somewhere safe (perhaps floating in space in suspended animation until I land somewhere else inhabitable), or 2. They find this piece of record and spare my life.

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  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hey 01101101 01101111 01100100 01100101 01110010 01100001 01110100 011011

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    What do you reckon?

  19. Vernon Lloyd

    Cool

    Nice to see that some of skynets forces are commenting on this. I have an oozy 9 milimeter and an not scared to use it.

    Hasta la Vista Baby

  20. Nick

    Welcome Robotic Overlords!

    I look forward to seeing this announcment coming over the newswires...

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  21. Chris Rowson

    Squinty Eyes

    If you squint and look at that block of binary, you can see Arnie's face....

  22. Ralph B

    Art Imitating Life?

    The real-life SkyNet military satelite system has been operating since 1969, when James Cameron was just 15 years old.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Skynet Transmission

    Intercepted transmission from Skynet 5A at 2200 ZULU:

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    To anon, five places up. Encode your messages using the Klingon-Human Universal Translator. As you may know, to ally the fears of the general population these services have been encapsulated inside a function better known to Earthlings as rot13()

  24. Jasmine Strong

    Magic numbers

    The only defence is this:

    char x [5] = { 0xf0, 0x0f, 0xc7, 0xc8 };

    int main ()

    {

    void (*f)() = x;

    f();

    }

  25. James Cleveland

    ;o

    I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    On balance one thing I am truly pleased about is:

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    Otherwise it could have been a miserable evening

  27. arran

    well

    eds cant even get wserver 2003 working correctly - we have nothing to fear if the terminators are going to be engineered by them

  28. Ken

    Missing the point

    Everyone is being far too clever. If you (sadly) check out the original film, you'll find that the airbourne sentrys actually run COBOL - probably one of the most underrated realtime development platforms of the last millenium :-)

    Given the timescales on defence projects, I would stock up on valves and punch cards to welcome any overlords...

  29. vm

    python one-liner decoder for our binary friends...

    (lambda s:"".join([chr(reduce(lambda a,x:a*2+int(x),s[x:x+8],0)) for x in range(0,len(s),8)]))("".join(filter(lambda x:x in ["0","1"],"""

    <PASTE THE BINARY MESSAGE HERE>

    """)))

    Example:

    >>> (lambda s:"".join([chr(reduce(lambda a,x:a*2+int(x),s[x:x+8],0)) for x in range(0,len(s),8)]))("".join(filter(lambda x:x in ["0","1"],"""

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    """)))

    '"All your base are belong to us"'

    >>>

    Enjoy

  30. Ash

    i'm not worried..

    but my friend Sarah Connor is, and even considering a move out into the desert.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As usual there is a fatal flaw...

    So the MoD are going to do this. Hmm this is the same MoD who can't even supply a flak vest or guns that actually work. Still they could always revert to the alternate tincan and wet string system when the cash runs out.

    You can always try it out in afghanistan where no doubt an 80 year old triibesman and his 10 year old grandson will be able to disable the system with a sardine tin some wire and a copy of the kabul times.

  32. Edd

    Advance Preparations

    So yeah, im wiping all contacts named Sarah Connor from my contacts list as we speak.

    Sorry ladies, but dont want to be around when they come looking for you.

  33. Will

    Re: Python one-liner

    I want to see a Perl one-liner, using Python ruins the whole "pretty whitespace" ethos they have.

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ones and frickin zeros

    Type your comment in here - plain text only, no HTML or binary.

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