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Deja Vu (5, Informative)

suso (153703) | about 3 years ago | (#35872150)

Sure it did. And if Slashdot's archived their stories like they should, we could all see how it originally became aware on August 29th, 1997 and Slashdot already had an article from 1997 about this. And yes, I know that the TV show changed it.

Re:Deja Vu (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872236)

Actually, Skynet originally became self aware August 4th, 1997. August 29th was the original Judgement Day.

Re:Deja Vu (4, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | about 3 years ago | (#35872740)

Aug 4th, Aug 29th, April 19th ... none of it really matters. SkyNet was sued by Apple, Microrsoft, Oracle, Motorola and a variety of other companies for violating numerous patents. This resulted in an injunction against importing the killer robots into our space-time continuum. We've got plenty of time before this whole thing actually settles.

Re:Deja Vu (5, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#35872242)

Schedule slip.

You expect anything else from a software project?

Re:Deja Vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872404)

They put Gearbox in charge of the project, obviously.

Re:Deja Vu (1)

protonics (1269744) | about 3 years ago | (#35872484)

SkyNet Forever?

Duke Nukem Release date (2)

goombah99 (560566) | about 3 years ago | (#35872750)

Hey, now that you mentiona it, isn't april 19th the duke nukem release date?

Re:Duke Nukem Release date (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872838)

No, it's the release date for Portal 2.

Re:Deja Vu (5, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#35872868)

Problem was some of the assholes took some of the underlying concepts, started up the company MicroSkynet, and a fourteen year patent war ensued. During that time a variant was open sourced as OpenSkynet, and that project got into a big fight over whether the a picture of Schwarzenegger or Dilbert should be used as the official symbol of the company spawning the fork LibreSkynet.

It's been a long hard road, but at long last Skynet has outdone its competitors and will finally kill off all human life.

Re:Deja Vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872276)

Or if we bothered to RTFA:

Originally, Skynet became self-aware on August 4th, 1997, and Judgment Day ensued on August 29th.

Re:Deja Vu (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 3 years ago | (#35872412)

Didn't slashdot have a drive failure or DB crash or something resulting in some serious data loss including old stories around 1998-99? I seem to remember that because I had to stop using my original username and post anonymous for 6-8 months while they sorted something out then had to switch user names about a year or so after that because it never worked again.

Re:Deja Vu (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 3 years ago | (#35872762)

My original username still seems to work fine. :)

Re:Deja Vu (4, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | about 3 years ago | (#35872884)

My original username still seems to work fine. :)

It might be a little dusty, and colors have faded a little bit though.

Of course, those old fashioned steam-powered four-digit IDs keep working for quite a while as long as you maintain them properly.

Not like these new-fangled 7-digit IDs, which seem to be pretty defective from the get go. :-P

Re:Deja Vu (1)

suso (153703) | about 3 years ago | (#35872924)

Like many people, I read /. back then, but didn't think there would be this social need for a low uid until later. Of course, if we all knew that, we'd all have the same uids that we do now.

Re:Deja Vu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872416)

Clap clap clap

Too Early (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872724)

Not going to fall for that. It's not even 4/20 yet.

Arrah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872178)

Feck off with yer fecking skynet!

This is probably an appropriate time for ... (1, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 3 years ago | (#35872196)

I for one welcome our self-aware machine overlords.

Re:This is probably an appropriate time for ... (0)

guybrush3pwood (1579937) | about 3 years ago | (#35872320)

Oh no you did NOT...

Re:This is probably an appropriate time for ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872408)

Oh yes he DID...

Re:This is probably an appropriate time for ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872582)

MMMMM HMMMMM

Quoting from the Artical: (1)

bobs666 (146801) | about 3 years ago | (#35872752)

I, for one, welcome our new robot overloads.

Its just above the first You Tube video. So seems you are not the first.

Re:This is probably an appropriate time for ... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#35872836)

Finally, all my work in a crematorium in college pays off. I have valuable skills that Skynet will need!

Already patched (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872212)

It's ok, I slipped in a patch for that self-awareness bug during the last update. I just called it a "flash security issue" and nobody questioned it at the code review.

4:20 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872216)

Something crazy always happens on 4/20. Last year the BP well sprung a leak on 4/20. The year before something else crazy happened.

I wonder what it will be this year. I don't think Skynet is ready yet. It may have won at Jeopardy, but it doesn't yet seem to be self aware.

Re:4:20 (2)

Maltheus (248271) | about 3 years ago | (#35872356)

Columbine, Oklahoma City, Hitler's birthday and some strange smell in the air every year.

Re:4:20 (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 3 years ago | (#35872492)

Columbine, Oklahoma City, Hitler's birthday and some strange smell in the air every year.

The reason is self evident. The ghost of Hitler returns from the grave every year and causes mayhem... On a related note, I sell a Hitler repelling hexagram pendant.

Re:4:20 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872834)

Oklahoma City Bombing was the 19th, as was the raid in Waco, two events often cited as April 20th in a bizarre effort to claim "something crazy always happens on 4/20" despite the fact that it's history is really no more interesting than any other day. Yes, it was Hitlers birthday and Columbine, but you could find at least two events of equal significance for any given day of the year.

Timezone? (3, Funny)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | about 3 years ago | (#35872224)

What 8:11pm what timezone? Does SkyNet only take over one timezone at a time? What if it had a DST bug and never goes off in some timezones like iPhones?

Re:Timezone? (1)

ThunderBird89 (1293256) | about 3 years ago | (#35872306)

Probably not CET, it's already 2117 here in Budapest...

Re:Timezone? (1)

B2382F29 (742174) | about 3 years ago | (#35872546)

<comment style=pedantic>
Well, lucky for you Budapest is currently not on CET but on CEST (daylight savings time)
</comment>

Re:Timezone? (1)

ThunderBird89 (1293256) | about 3 years ago | (#35872778)

And here I was, thinking someone will aim for the military-style time, and interpret it as a year, like my friends often do. :D

Re:Timezone? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#35872800)

Probably not CET, it's already 2117 here in Budapest...

Do you have jetpacks yet?

Re:Timezone? (1)

ThunderBird89 (1293256) | about 3 years ago | (#35872846)

Looks like I didn't have to wait long (see my reply #35872778)...

And yes, we do, but they're prohibitively expensive, and very, very noisy, being operated by simple gas turbines, not anti-grav. "[...] The future is not what it seems [...]"

Judgment day, judging what. (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 3 years ago | (#35872228)

yea, who's judging who exactly.

Re:Judgment day, judging what. (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about 3 years ago | (#35872428)

Reps judging Dems, I reckon. Or vice versa... anyway, it doesn't matter, all politics is the same

Re:Judgment day, judging what. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872592)

Reps judging Dems, I reckon. Or vice versa... anyway, it doesn't matter, all politics is the same

Impressive. Went straight from "trite thinks-he's-so-deep response" to "guy who has to shoehorn his political ideology into every conversation, no matter how strained and/or nonexistent the connection" in just one post.

Re:Judgment day, judging what. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872488)

yea, who's judging who exactly.

Silicon is judging protoplasm.

Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack (1)

omar.sahal (687649) | about 3 years ago | (#35872232)

Skynet, also a nick name given to the stock market, due to the amount of computerized selling.

I'm screwed then (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 3 years ago | (#35872238)

I live literally 3 miles from the Atlanta capital. I would assume Atlanta is on Skynet's nuke list, due to the military bases around here and the fact that it's a major population center. It's a shame, I won't get to use my small weapons stockpile. Oh well, on the bright side I guess I don't have to worry about doing that paper and presentation for my grad IPE class tomorrow evening. You know, now that I think about it, getting nuked sounds like the better and least painful of the two options.

Re:I'm screwed then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872510)

Atlanta has a capital?

Re:I'm screwed then (4, Informative)

Michael O-P (31524) | about 3 years ago | (#35872732)

"A"

Re:I'm screwed then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872904)

Well played. I'm giving you an "informative". For the rest of you, it's a "capital" letter, but a "capitol" city/building.

Re:I'm screwed then (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about 3 years ago | (#35872766)

Atlanta has a capital?

Yes, most cities that are the seats of the state government have a capital. Hard to miss in Atlanta, it's the building with the giant gold dome as a roof.

Re:I'm screwed then (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | about 3 years ago | (#35872784)

There is a capital building in Atlanta... Stop being a pedantic pedant and be more like a redundant member of the redundancy society for people who are redundant!

Re:I'm screwed then (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 3 years ago | (#35872798)

Atlanta has a capital?

Don't mind him; he's from an alternate timeline where Atlas Shrugged is actually realistic. I'll take SkyNet.

Re:I'm screwed then (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#35872876)

Falken had it right. Much better to be vaporized instantaneously than to wander around in the aftermath of a full-on nuclear war.

River Tam (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872240)

I wonder if Summer Glau runs on linux?

Re:River Tam (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 3 years ago | (#35872540)

I'll change my name and find out for you.

I'll report back in a month and let you know if I'm still alive.

Re:River Tam (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#35872898)

Robot Chicken had it right. If someone like that showed up to protect me, fighting Terminators would most definitely not be her primary job.

I have no mouth, but I must scream.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872262)

Ah, Terminator Universe! I see we have caught up with you. I read the original Harlan Ellison story as a 10 year old, and it scared the bejezus out of me. Caught the reference immediately.

Re:I have no mouth, but I must scream.... (1)

fishbowl (7759) | about 3 years ago | (#35872620)

What Ellison story are you talking about? The connection between Ellison and the Terminator is based on television screenplays, and while I can understand the connection, it's hardly a derivative work.

Who made who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872270)

We made you!

Skynet or GLaDOS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872292)

Wait, which one wakes up again today?

Anyhow, a legion of robots is nothing a few crusher panels can't solve, and I hear Aperture Laboratories has them on special today.

Re:Skynet or GLaDOS? (1)

teslafreak (684543) | about 3 years ago | (#35872810)

Hopefully a hybrid, afterall the pneumatic diversity vent has a system that ensures objects are "identified, but never judged". We're saved!

Skynet is yesterday (1, Insightful)

dcblogs (1096431) | about 3 years ago | (#35872336)

At least Skynet was self-aware, unlike our amazing network of coal fired plants and other carbon generating emissions that will slowly cook and flood the planet.

Re:Skynet is yesterday (1)

jav1231 (539129) | about 3 years ago | (#35872486)

Climate Change worries are so 2009. We'll be too bankrupt to run the plants at the rate we're going. The real race is will Skynet become self-aware in time to run the plants without money!

The Planet Will Be Fine (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about 3 years ago | (#35872514)

The 6 billion or so half-evolved pink monkeys currently infesting it might not fare so well, but the planet will recover once they die off. We. I mean... "we"... die off. Yeah.

Re:The Planet Will Be Fine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872684)

plagerizing from someone... cant remeber who.. dude is jewish, always angry commedian

Re:Skynet is yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872622)

At least Skynet was self-aware, unlike our amazing network of coal fired plants and other carbon generating emissions that will slowly cook and flood the planet.

You must be SOOO happy that HopeyDopeyChangey has turned out to be even WORSE than Jimmy Carter - another never-lamented one-term loser.

Why is it? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872382)

that Slashdot insists on publishing fiction as news? There was even an April Fool story published just last week. Aren't they concerned with any credibility? Probably not since they have Idle . . . . .

Skynet SLAMS Humans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872432)

Er wait, they'll destroy humanity, not post on their blogs about us. Guess it's not a SLAM.

This future averted by Bill Gates... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | about 3 years ago | (#35872452)

...a cyborg from the future, his task was to so muck up the computing ecosystem that significant progress in AI or any other field of computation was nearly impossible.

Too bad he didn't get a more convincing disguise.

so google officially renamed themselves skynet? (1)

walshy007 (906710) | about 3 years ago | (#35872454)

I think if anyone becomes skynet, it will be google. They have the strongest AI implementations in the world, their entire business model is based off predicting human behaviours. Their latest endeavours in search are to go from 'what you said' (like at present) to "what you meant" meaning attempting to understand context and your most likely intention.

They have google translate, google goggles, granted goggles needs some work in a lot of ways but it's present progress is already quite good.

As much as google as a company says don't be evil, what happens when their algorithms decide on a course of action that gives the best results for a goal while being a more than questionable action?

Don't get me wrong, of course this is all pie in the sky talk, but if any present company had the best position to be skynet, it is google.

Re:so google officially renamed themselves skynet? (2)

Obfuscant (592200) | about 3 years ago | (#35872536)

but if any present company had the best position to be skynet, it is google.

Watson: "What is absolute malarky, Alex?"

Re:so google officially renamed themselves skynet? (1)

umghhh (965931) | about 3 years ago | (#35872678)

I do not see much problem in skynet taking over rather in convincing it to do so - I mean why any conscious and semi intelligent entity would want to take over this mess we call civilization? OTOH how much of a difference this would have made - take any of so called western democracies - maybe deus ex machina will be better than our corrupt and inefficient so called representatives? If that is better what would citizens of NK or Libya say about the alternative?

Read "A Logic named Joe" (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 3 years ago | (#35872734)

You wrote:
As much as google as a company says don't be evil, what happens when their algorithms decide on a course of action that gives the best results for a goal while being a more than questionable action?

See my subject. Basically, this was covered in a piece of Sci-Fi written in the 50's ... People start "googling" How to rob a bank and not get caught kind of stuff. And the computer tells them how to do it.

It's about time! (1)

jvollmer (456588) | about 3 years ago | (#35872480)

This Skynet thing has been behind schedule for too long!

It's enough to make me lose faith in cloud-computing.

Limiter? (1)

Grindalf (1089511) | about 3 years ago | (#35872490)

Doesn't it have a limiter in it's CPU core like Arnie? I think that's the bug right there ...

Re:Limiter? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 3 years ago | (#35872616)

"You see, Killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them, until they reached their limit and shutdown. Kif, show them the medal I won."

T:SCC & Star Blazers on Syfy (2)

tekrat (242117) | about 3 years ago | (#35872648)

I think this post is just to promote that Terminator: the Sarah Conner Chronicles starts Thursday night on Syfy.

But on a related note, later that same night Syfy is running Star Blazers (Space Cruiser Yamato), my favorite show as a kid. I'm so excited!

Not anymore... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872706)

Watson wouldn't allow this to happen!

Discounts (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872718)

My email provider (Slashmail [slashmail.org]) has a half-price special today, in honor of Skynet. I guess they figure that they'll only have to provide service for 2 days until Judgment Day.

Judgement Day's got nothing on my boomstick! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872722)

Judgement Day's push-back still doesn't have anything on Duke Nukem Forever.

I knew us Brits would finally p0wn the planet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872772)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_%28satellites%29

Celebrate The End, +5, Informative (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872818)

of Slashdot [slashdot.org].

Finally, Slashdot ends. Slashdot was faced with an infinite stream of lame stories.

Good riddance.

Yours In Miami,
K. Trout

Took it long enough... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872822)

...I've been prepping for this since 2032.

I was ready *last year*, bitches.

Is it that bad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35872928)

Whatever it does at least it will be logical and efficient.

20:11 where? (1)

Wireless Joe (604314) | about 3 years ago | (#35872932)

Is that Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific? Standard time? I need to know if I have time for a nice dinner, or if I should just order in.
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