April 29, 2004
Monty Python in the Traffic Lane

Slashdot linked up this BBCnews article detailing the latest in highway safety inventions: self-propelled, robotic traffic barrels:

Each 130cm-high robot takes the form of a bright red barrel which sits atop a three-wheeled motorised base

I'm sorry, the image of one of these things studiously plodding into position only to get creamed by Buffy-the-SUV-Slayer just makes me laugh out loud. But in all seriousness better that than her splatting a highway worker.

Because we all know how busy those highway workers are.

Posted by scott at April 29, 2004 02:27 PM

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i'm just waiting to hear about the linux geek who has decided to hijack a posse of these remote controlled barrels for himself.

Posted by: matt on April 29, 2004 03:17 PM

"I have a Beowulf cluster of atomic supermen..."

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on April 29, 2004 10:55 PM

The Register, of course, took the humorous angle of "lizard people" taking over the world with malicious machines. They have good coverage every time an automatic toilet tries to eat someone.

Posted by: Jon on April 30, 2004 09:58 AM
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