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Swarms Of Tiny Robots To Monitor Water Pollution

Hemos posted more than 12 years ago | from the watching-the-watch dept.

Technology 182

savi writes "The University of Southern California School of Engineering has received a research grant to create swarms of microscopic robots to monitor potentially dangerous microorganisms in the ocean. Basically, nanoscale robots with electrical and mechanical components that can propel themselves, send signals, and do basic computations. "

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But! (5, Interesting)

1010011010 (53039) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837690)

Will the nanoprobes monitor the water supply for pollution by nanoprobes? Huh? Huh?

Re:But! (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837814)

Yes, and then when they start to break, we will dump larger nanoprobes in to clean the smaller ones up. And when those break, we will have to dump in larger MICRO-probes to recover the broken nanoprobes. And then a fish will eat the micro-probes, get sick and die, and a larger fish will eat that dead fish and get sick and die as well. This will continue untill we've filled the ocean with dead fish and broken robots, and we will once again realize that sometimes technology causes more problems than it solves.

Re:But! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837934)

CmdrTaco realised that a long time ago. When he couldn't stand the trolls anymore, he solved his problem by broking the code. For some obvious reasons, that perpetueted even more crapflooding. So Taco managed to mess up the code to the point to render slashcode useless. Did it stop trolls from wrecking havoc on slashdot? Juge it yourself by the quality of news stories and comments lately. Taco's stupidity sure did put an end to legitimate comments.

Re:But! (3, Interesting)

jmccay (70985) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837885)

Will they be able to tell when they get eaten in the food chain? We could end up eating a few of these when we eat tuna of some other fish in the ocean's food chain. I am more concerned abouot that, and the side effect of sending multiple signals through the ocean. We are not even complete sure sonar does mess with the the navigation of ocean creatures.

First post (-1)

DivineOb (256115) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837691)

Quicker than most... bigger dick too...

Re:First PRESTZEL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837733)


Bush makes light of pretzel scare

US President George W Bush said he felt "great" on Monday, despite
having fainted and fallen from a couch after choking on a pretzel over the weekend.

Sporting an angry red bruise on his cheek, the president joked with reporters
about the incident as he left the White House on a two-day tour of the Mid-West.

"My mother always said when you're eating pretzels, chew before you swallow," he said before boarding a helicopter to Illinois.

The president's doctor said Mr Bush had been feeling unwell for a couple of
days, and he lost consciousness for a short time when his heart rate slowed
after he choked on the salty snack.

He slightly cut his face and bruised his lip when he fell to the floor.

Business as usual

Mr Bush is considered extremely healthy for a man in his 50s and has gone
ahead with his planned trip to Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana.

He told reporters that he only realised what had happened when he looked up
to see his two dogs, Barney and Spot, looking down at him.

"I hit the deck and woke up and there were Barney and Spot showing a lot
of concern," he said.

Christian geek girl (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837734)

God... I'm in love with one and she won't have sex.

Re:Christian geek girl (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837760)

just RAPE her, you sissy

Re:Christian geek girl (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837772)

No! She's too sweet. I've got to convince her somehow that the god wants her to have sex with me.

Re:Christian geek girl (-1)

DivineOb (256115) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837796)

Perhaps you should take some lessons from Dave Koresh... from I what I understand he got frisky with quite a large number of 'believers', many under 18 as well...

Re:Christian geek girl (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837816)

Just say the bible says so. If she asks where, just tell her somewhere in the middle. or The troll above has a good solution too.

FP (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837692)

YEAH

How long .. (4, Interesting)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837693)

.. until we have to send out the second swarm to monitor for the pollution levels the first swarm cause? ;)

Yeah, it might sound like a troll, but it's not! Honestly, how do we know these robots won't affect the ecology of the water they are placed in?

Re:How long .. (1)

joshjs (533522) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837766)

The robots will undoubtedly affect the environment. If the engineer(-ing students?) involved do their job correctly, though, they'll minimize potential harmful impact.

Right?

Re:How long .. (2)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837808)

We hope. Although, I think what usually happens is that you discover /what/ you're affecting long after the collateral-damage studies are done, and consequently, after the damage has been done. Unfortunately, I think we only discover /what/ we're doing after we've done it. This is one of the main prinicipals of technology: it is impossible to predict how they will affect the system you live in, and new technologies ALWAYS affect a system (be it physical or social) in a way that is, to varying degrees, different than your best predictions.

Re:How long .. (2)

British (51765) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837836)

Remember, those denying the existence of nanorobots might actually be nanorobots themselves.

SNL ref [OT] (1)

hawkestein (41151) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837906)

Remember, those denying the existence of nanorobots might actually be nanorobots themselves.

Old Glory robot life insurance, right? The one thing that has always stayed great on Saturday Night Live has been their commercials. Even when the show was at its worst.

frost p1ss! (-1)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837698)

nice and cold. Ouch!

Drink the Robots? (5, Funny)

gilly_gize (470403) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837699)

So can you end up drinking the microscopic robots? Couldn't this raise as much protest as floride in the water? (We must protect our precious bodily fluids!)

Oh well, I suppose I don't have enough iron in my diet anyhow...

Re:Drink the Robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837800)

Depends on how often you'll be drinking sea water 10 years from now, which is when they're hoping they might have something ready.

You Drink Salt Water? (4, Insightful)

Quizme2000 (323961) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837839)

They article mentioned that these would be used in oceans near industrial areas, not your local artisan well or mountain spring. And if you did *drink* them, well then you would *release* them later on, a billionth of an inch is so small you could breath these in a 1,000 at a time and they would get stuck in the mucus membrane in your lungs. Ok..Ok.. You get injected with these things via a crazed scientist in your local mall, your white blood cells, liver, and kidneys would desolve them in you blood stream and release the waste o'natural.

Re:You Drink Salt Water? (1)

einer (459199) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837876)

No part of robots (no matter how itty bitty) exiting me, via my urethra, sounds appealing.

Thanks, but no.

Re:You Drink Salt Water? (1)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837894)

Nor to me, either. I have visions of this [epinions.com] happening, only much much worse...

Re:You Drink Salt Water? (1)

Stultsinator (160564) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837993)

And if you did *drink* them, well then you would *release* them later on

Maybe, maybe not. Mercury atoms are even smaller, but that doesn't allow them to pass through our systems.

Hopefully the transmitter that allows them to communicate their data will allow us to track them down (and hopefully they're very reliable). Otherwise we won't even have a place to start to recover them if they get stuck in blue whale livers and can't find their way home.

Still, a very cool idea.

Re:Drink the Robots? (1)

perelgut (124031) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837942)

What makes you think that these robots are going to be made out of iron? They'll more likely be carbon-based life-forms.


The crude, early versions will be built using something like the NanoManipulator already on the market for less than some fools pay for an SUV (see http://www.3rdtech.com/NanoManipulator.htm). The next generation will probably use a very simplistic RNA/DNA programming structure, we're pretty close to that already.

Re:Drink the Robots? (1)

wildwood (153376) | more than 12 years ago | (#2838020)

So can you end up drinking the microscopic robots?

Mmmm, crunchy!

Cluster (-1, Redundant)

TheAlmightyQ (306969) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837702)

Will they make a beowolf cluster of these?

Fish food (1)

dotderf (548723) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837703)

What happens when the real fish start going after these things?

Potential Problems (4, Interesting)

mosch (204) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837704)

Is it just me, or does monitoring pollution by dumping large amounts of microscopic robots into the pollution seem really rediculous? What happens if a person consumes these robots? What happens to animals if it turns out that these robots build up in some part of their body?

This is fascinating, but I'd prefer to see these studies being done in tanks, not in the ocean. This smells a lot like somebody solving a problem by creating a different one.

It's okay. (2)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837768)

It's okay. Just boil tapwater before you drink it; that will destroy any microscopic robots within.

Digestion (1)

Catskul (323619) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837830)

They might make the robots digestable, so that any organism big enough to eat them will be able to digest them, and possibly use them as a food source. :)

Re:Digestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837980)

They might make the robots digestable, so that any organism big enough to eat them will be able to digest them, and possibly use them as a food source. :)

Yeah, and then we get new algae-problems because of it. Why are we always so eager to take nature into our own hands?

Re:Potential Problems (1)

einer (459199) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837889)

These robots join to become VOLTRON... At which point they (it) exit(s) the body in the same manner as the spider nasty in Alien.

Subject verb agreement can be a pain.

Re:Potential Problems (3, Interesting)

Molina the Bofh (99621) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837904)

I believe these nanobots will be in a diminute quantity that they'll make absolutely no difference in the tons and tons of water the oceans have.

You know those tracking devices that biologists attach to some wild animals, like little metal rings in the birds leg, that help cientists identify migration patterns ? Some even transmit radio waves. Using the same logic, you could also say that attaching identifiers to wild birds would make extra weight and thus disturb their flight. Or would harm the predators who eat those birds. Well, it makes as much difference for them as a billion of nanobots would make to an ocean.

Besides, these nanobots apparently so harmless that, according to the article: "I don't think these robots will be confined to the ocean. We will eventually make robots to hunt down pathogens or repair cells in the human body".

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd think blood from a live person would me more sensitive to impurities than an ocean.

Great. (5, Funny)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837707)

Just great.

I give it two weeks before they get in to all the systems, shut down our life support and start calling us ugly bags of mostly water.

BAH. Where is Wil Wheaton now to save us?

Re:Great. (2)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837783)

Nah. They'd just multiply using the minerals available in the water.

They would then infiltrate our cities water supplies. Through self-modification they would be able to integrate themselves into our brains. They would then take over the cities, and the states, then finally the planet. It would happen so slowly, but so quickly, nobody would notice. You see, its all part of my tremendously ingeneous plan to take over the world! (hides mouse ears)

narf.

(To answer, Wil is lurking. Remember, he reads slashdot too. Hi Wil!)

Re:Great. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837792)

You'd better hope he hasn't found other work. Ok, so there's a really, really good chance we're saved.

IMPORTANT - The Linux GAY Conspiracy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837709)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality,' which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to pedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

  • Linus Torvalds [microsoft.com] is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
  • Richard M. Stallman [geocities.com] , spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
  • Alan Cox [microsoft.com] is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [goatse.cx] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [microsoft.com] , which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [salon.com] on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [comp-u-geek.net] slut [rotten.com] !

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [goatse.cx] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [slashdot.org] . To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [rotten.com] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [goatse.cx] terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual [goatse.cx] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [redhat.com] distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual [goatse.cx] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [slackware.com] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals [goatse.cx] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, [mandrake.com] an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [rotten.com] , glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [goatse.cx] 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual [goatse.cx] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [debian.org] is secret homo [comp-u-geek.net] slang for the tip of a penis [rotten.com] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [comp-u-geek.net] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously /anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no /opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherit gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [amiga.com] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot [geekizoid.com] ' originally referred to a homosexual [goatse.cx] practice. Slashdot [kuro5hin.org] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals [goatse.cx] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.eff.org/ [eff.org] .

The editors of Slashdot [slashduh.org] also have homosexual [goatse.cx] names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [pboy.com] . (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis [rotten.com] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [notslashdot.org] runs on Apache!

The Apache [microsoft.com] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [goatse.cx] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [apple.com] is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'

FEEDBACK

What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [comp-u-geek.net] -calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [goatse.cx] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [bodysnatchers.co.uk] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [hitler.org] .

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [rotten.com] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [zillabunny.com] .

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 [xbox.com] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [linux.com] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [atheism.org] . Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man [stilproject.com] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [python.org] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl [sun.com] is that it contains hidden homosexual [goatse.cx] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual [goatse.cx] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP [perl.org] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual [goatse.cx] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [atheism.org] 's work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [slashdot.org] . Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [catholic.net] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [geocities.com] .

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [comp-u-geek.net] tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [linux.org] , which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [icopyright.com] . You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [apple.com] (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [rotten.com] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [adultmember.com] , but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of 'Source Control' unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like 'Sauce Control,' which is a description of the homosexual [goatse.cx] practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And 'Open Sauce' is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, 'Closed Sauce' is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

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ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

Re:IMPORTANT - The Linux GAY Conspiracy (-1)

trollercoaster (250101) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837744)

The worst terrorist attack in recorded history occurred four months ago, and now we're involved in a WAR against Islam and you people have the gall to be discussing The Linux GAY Conspiracy???? My *god*, people, GET SOME PRIORITIES!

The bodies of the thousands of innocent civilians who died (and will die) in these unprecedented events could give a good god damn about The Linux GAY Conspiracy, your childish Lego models, your nerf toy guns and whining about the lack of a "fun" workplace, your Everquest/Diablo/D&D fixation, the latest Cowboy Bebop rerun, or any of the other ways you are "getting on with your life" (here's a hint: watching Cowboy Bebop in your jammies and eating a bowl of Shreddies is *not* "getting on with your life"). The souls of the victims are watching in horror as you people squander your finite, precious time on this earth playing video games!

You people disgust me!

Oh, great... (3, Funny)

koreth (409849) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837714)

And I thought lead in the water supply was bad enough. Now I have to have my water tested for excessive robot levels.

And that's why... (1)

cliffy2000 (185461) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837719)

I've got a water filter. I don't want these little metal bugs swimming around in my intestines.

Re:And that's why... (1)

bje2 (533276) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837743)

I'm pretty sure that your Brita© water filter wouldn't be good enough to stop any "nano-robots"...you'd probably need some sort of industrial strength super-filter for that...

Re:And that's why... (2)

Christianfreak (100697) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837765)

Hehe, yeah just imagine if one got into some geeks stomach.

"Sir robot 1,344,533 is reporting that the whole ocean has turned to Mountain Dew!"

Re:And that's why... (1)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837776)

Why don't you put a 50oz magnet next to your filter.. or magnatize the filter.. that should catch a few of them =p

Am I missing something? (0)

adlam.bor (547789) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837721)

What's the range going to be on one of those nanobots? I can see how making it microscopic would be great to minimize disruption of ecosystems (although they'll probably get eaten in hoardes anyway), but I could also see how it could be counterproductive if you'd need billyuns and billyuns of them to get any sort of reasonable reading...

swarms of tiny mods to monitor slashdot pollution (-1)

neal n bob (531011) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837726)

this can go nowhere good - is no one worried about super-intelligent dolphins taking control of these robots?

and hopefully (4, Insightful)

kraada (300650) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837736)

this will be the first step towards nanobots inside the human body. If these things can monitor pollutant rate, then they can be easily modified to check for oxygen level in the blood, nutrient level, etc. If they can start moving things around, maybe they can fix internal damage . . .
There's lots of great application for this . . . if it starts by fixing pollution, cool, but I'm going to continue to look ahead to all of the great thigns that this can lead to.
K

Re:and hopefully (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837770)

Congratulations on the first non-paranoid-luddite post!

Re:and hopefully (1)

einer (459199) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837900)

Goodbye Viagra, Hello Nanorect! .... erm....

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2838034)

Thanks.

In unrelated news.... (-1, Offtopic)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837739)

Pods of cybernetic dolphins have claimed responsibilty for recent defacements to the University of Southern California's website.

Alright. but what happens when whaes eat em ? (2, Insightful)

CDWert (450988) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837740)

This is cool, Im all for minature robotics, like the
one the Brit came up with that feeds and then powers itself on their bodies. They could gather invaluable
information on the oceans, BUT are hey going to put a JONAH circut in these things ?

I mean what happens when a plankton feeder sucks up a hundred thousand or so of these, it will (may) register a higher temp, movement pattern etc.

I love the idea of a self sufficient ocengoing robot, I always have, I saw a solar robot creature
demo a few years ago, neuralnet stuff, that the jellyfish would react to the crab etc, Why no use a larger scale verson, build em in Taiwan at 2 bucks a pop and set em loose, A larger unit could accomplish this, perhaps much more efficently, Miniturization for Minituriztions sake has always eluded me.

Definitions (4, Interesting)

medcalf (68293) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837741)

Wouldn't "swarms of microscopic robots" constitute "potentially dangerous microorganisms"?

Is this like... (4, Funny)

spatrick_123 (459796) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837745)

Is this anything like those Sea Monkeys I had as a kid? :-)

Well (2)

wiredog (43288) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837794)

The robots probably live longer...

Since it's U of So Cal... (1)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837746)

...the big questions won't necessarily be how might these affect the environment as much as they will be, how with these affect the surfing...

Hellooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837748)

Is anyone home there? Monitoring pollution by dumping large amounts of microscopic robots into the pollution seems ridiculous. What happens if a fish eats these robots? Do they retain them?

This is fascinating, but I'd prefer to see these studies being done in tanks, not in the frigging ocean. This seems like it will become yet another one of those examples where the solution to one problem becomes an even bigger problem itself.

Re:Hellooo (1)

J'raxis (248192) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837806)

Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
But isnt that a bit short-sighted? What happens when were overrun by lizards?
No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. Theyll wipe out the lizards.
But arent the snakes even worse?
Yes, but were prepared for that. Weve lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
But then were stuck with gorillas!
No, thats the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.

(The Simpsons, of course.)

so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837757)

...i'm a poor college student. Is there an open-source version of these robots?

Uh-oh. (2, Funny)

Stonehand (71085) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837759)

From the article:

"I don't think these robots will be confined to the ocean. We will eventually make robots to hunt down pathogens..."

Quoth Agent Smith: "Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague. And we are... the cure."

And then, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837762)

get them all to meet at some location and solve RSA problems.

Nanobot conspiracy!! (1)

Kutsal (514445) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837773)

What if these nanobots figure out how to incorporate marine life into themselves, create a big hybrid creature controlled by their collective intelligence and try to take over the world???!?!?!?!!

Re:Nanobot conspiracy!! (1)

J'raxis (248192) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837840)

That means its time to invest in a thicker tin foil hat.

Re:Nanobot conspiracy!! (1)

simetra (155655) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837847)

One word:

Godzilla.

But you're probably okay so long as you don't live in Japan.

Wont happen... (1)

RetardHumper (549254) | more than 12 years ago | (#2838002)

Everyone knows that Cthulu lives deep in the ocean and has already secretly taken over the world.

Linux is crap! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837784)

If you AGREE then mod this DOWN

If not, then mod it UP

Thank you!

Why bother with the Ocean? (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837790)

The worst pollution happens on land, particulary from Ag run-off, and re-irrigation, which draws salts out of soil and makes downstream water unusable. Just look for dead plants or mutated babies and you'll know enough.

BTW, read in the Sunday paper that Erin Brockovich is on the trail of another suit against PG&E for Chromium 6 in ground water.

Interested in a history of water use and mis-use? Read Cadillac Desert, by Marc Reisner.

eww, little robots! (1, Flamebait)

jjeffries (17675) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837795)

I hope they've got that "don't hurt any humans" thing down, because when they get smart enough to find out where all the pollution is coming from, they're going to come hunt us down.

Each and every one of us.

And bore through our miserable human bodies.

Slowly.

FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

But, other than that, great idea!

Clustering at a very very small size (5, Interesting)

Quizme2000 (323961) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837801)

Now for those of us that read the Damn article. The ability for the project to suceed on only 1.5 mil is pretty ambitious, the article mentions that they need the software to link together millions of these 'bots via weak radio link, and a mass producing method of creating the other 999,990 units. I would really like to know how they fit a device that transmits a unique indenitifer and a binary digit in an envirment that would seem to distort any type of transmission and amplify electric interfernece.

moderators? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837825)

Holy tiny robots, who are the dopes behind the moderation buttons today? None of the moderated-up comments seem to have come from anyone who's read the article...

Where's the Energy? (5, Insightful)

klaun (236494) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837828)

The problem I've always seen to nanobots is where does such a small device store energy? In looking at various proposals and ideas on how they would work and what they'd do, it seems energy storage is always the missing component. Propulsion, RF transmission, anything involving actuators are all going to be energy-expensive activities, where does the energy come from?

Re:Where's the Energy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837893)

Magic

Cant wait to swallow or eat them! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837834)

Maybe this is what've been needing to gain my regularity back. Maybe while they're in there, they can rebuild my arthiritic fingers from programming for so many years. Or better yet, analyze my blood alcohol content, and give me a warning buzz, and an override button. I cant wait, I am going to go eat some drill bits and a wrench, maybe an entire Erector set.

Oregon Water (1)

wbav (223901) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837844)

Here in Oregon, we have the Bull run water shed. I've been up to see it as I worked for the City of Portland at one time. The water was so clear you could see the bottom center of the lake, fish and all. Our tubidity (the amount of leaves and crap that you don't want to drink) was less than that of cities using filter systems. Personally I would not like to add anything to my water as it is some of the best in the world.

Re:Oregon Water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837907)

My Grandfather said he use to drink from Lake Erie. He's in his late eightees. Imagine that. I say we pour cocoa into the Great Lakes and make one big chocolate float. Use the robots for texture.

Re:Oregon Water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837940)

Errr, OK. What's your point? What does this have to do with nanobots monitoring pollution in the ocean?

Re:Oregon Water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2838043)

There is no point. Just trying to ramble on about trival, pointless, self-indulgent things like most other /.'ers :)

Here's what they'll be monitoring (2, Funny)

programic (139404) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837851)

The gut of a whale or other plankton-eating creature.

In other news ... (2)

TheViffer (128272) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837854)

Phillips has entered into an agreement with USC to piggy back encrytion software into the nanoprobes. The purpose is that "humans" would serve as node-receivers in wireless networks. The nanaoprobes would then be able to scramble and encrypt data before arriving at its final destination.

*sigh*
Wasnt there an article some time about shooting lasers from the moon to create electricity?

repeat after me ...
"To much Star Trek"

Environmental impact? (1)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837860)

So these things generate an electrical charge. What if they are injested or otherwise enter some water dwelling creature? What happens if they wind up in neural tissue? This just sounds like a bad idea.

Robots in my Tunafish (1)

TheAlabamaKid (243687) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837861)

I wonder that I'll have little robots in my can of tunafish. I'll check the labels carefully to make sure that I only buy robot free tuna.

Wouldn't there be more pratical ways, like putting sensors on commerical boats? You'd have a nice big power source to share from and perhaps even large antennas to transmit your data.

Will they become fish food? (2)

exceed (518714) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837866)

Microscpoic to humans, yes, but not to fish. Will fish eat these things or at least chew them up enough to destroy them?

Fish are unintelligent enough to mistake a hairy peice of silver for a fly, why wouldn't they mistake these robots for some food?

Re:Will they become fish food? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837921)

Ummm...no.

Do the math, pal. Microscopic to humans would be microscopic to fish. We aren't talking about nemotodes.

They already exist in the /. server (1)

kievit (303920) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837872)

This page was generated by a Swarm of Microscopic Robots for kievit [slashdot.org] (303920).

I am sure Slashdot was presented to me with that line four days ago. Today it said in the morning that a Cadre of Random Chickens was in charge, and now a team of Stealth Ninjas, but Friday it was done by microbots. Really.

Wow! (3, Interesting)

RareHeintz (244414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837878)

Imagine a Beo...

No, I can't do it.

Jokes aside, that's interesting stuff - but also a little scary. Once you have free-roving nanites monitoring pollutants in the Pacific, how long is it before someone comes up with a way to have them monitor, say, intoxicant levels in your blood?

Just imagine having your workplace demand the ability to monitor what you do with your body 24/7. "Have a few margaritas last Saturday, Wilson? You should really keep an eye on that sort of behavior. You are a company asset, after all..."

OK,
- B

The 'bots aren't real yet. (5, Informative)

foo fighter (151863) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837883)

If you read the article you will learn that they don't even have a fully functioning prototype yet, and anything they say they are going to do is wild speculation at this point. As are the comments here forcasting ecological disaster or weird effects when ingested.

Also, from the article, they currently are trying to learn how to control 5-10 robots. They are a long way from learning how to control the millions of robots needed for any monitoring to be effective. The researches said that nanotechnology today is at the same stage of development as the Internet was in the late 1960's.

I'd say we are a decade or more from seeing any of these things actually released into the wild.

Don't you just love.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837890)

....any news story starting with "Swarms of Tiny Robots?"

TinyXP == blue color (4, Funny)

garoush (111257) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837892)

BREAKING NEWS

It is no secret that those "tiny robots" which monitor the quality of our drining water end up in our body system. However, the big puzzle about why we are seeing so many good citizens coming to a temporarily halt and turning into "blue" color for a short period of time, has been explained.

It turned out that the government has used an Operating System called TinyXP (tm) produced by a company called Microsoft to be the source of the problem. Aperently those robats are "crashing" and emiting "blue" color until they recover.

While Microsoft did not acknowledge the problem, nor did they deniy it. They simply said that they didn't have any comments.

Swarms.... (1)

josh crawley (537561) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837910)

When I first read this article, I thought Slashdot's "Swarm Bots" took over the articles too..

This Article was generated by a Swarm of Tiny Robots for josh crawley (537561).

Old-school nanotech is still the best! (5, Interesting)

Graff (532189) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837912)

I'm not that big on the mechanical nanotech, we have a long way yet to go before we can duplicate some of the most perfect nanotech systems out there: microorganisms.

We have the ability right now to craft custom virii and bacteria which can replicate and destroy other creatures. If we want to kill cryptosporidium and giardia (two common water-bourne parasites) then we should find the natural predators of such creatures and turn them to our needs.

It's similar to the chemical spraying of crops to prevent insects and other pests from destroying harvests. For years we have been laying on the pesticides in order to stop crops from being ruined. Instead of relying on chemicals, we should instead be investing in natural methods of reducing pests, such as the use of preying mantis, ladybugs, egg-laying wasps, and other natural predators.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think that all chemicals are evil and should be eliminated. I'm a chemist myself. I do believe that we can be much more effective if we cut back on the more toxic chemicals and replace them with more gentle alternatives. Many of the harsher chemicals build up and end up destroying the producing potential of our farmlands.

Re:Old-school nanotech is still the best! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2838026)

History shows again and again that "fixing" nature the way you suggests, greatly diminishes the problem, by causing a much larger one! Just look at Australia and all the fuzz about how they import natural predators to (imported) rabbits that cause so much trouble.

Instead of looking for a quick fix, I suggest taking walks IN nature instead of watching it through the tube, and appreciate what we have. For surely we are destroying piece by piece for it right now, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Won't the water kill the radio waves? (3, Interesting)

Medievalist (16032) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837919)

/.
The article specified weak radio signals as the method of inter-nodal communication, but propagation of radio frequencies [g-p-r.com] through water that isn't nano-pure really sucks.
Sonar seems more feasible, particularly in salt water where radio doesn't work worth a damn. Of course then you'd have to worry about noise pollution... hey, wait, even if the radio signals work you are going to be really messing with electrically sensitive organisms (electric eels being the obvious example, but they aren't the only ones).
--Charlie

They'll get into the food chain! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2837925)

And who's gonna pay my dental bill after biting on those things in a Tuna sandwich???

concerns and thoughts (3, Insightful)

kalyptein (313110) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837926)

There have been a number of posts asking about the effect of dumping these nanobots into the water, both on the marine ecology and anyone who might drink them. Well, first off, if you drink untreated salt water you have bigger problems than nanobots.

But yes, the effect needs to be addressed. Although, these aren't self-replicators it should be noted. The density of the bots will be crucial. Assuming they don't build up to a measurable level of "silt", I don't see an immediate problem. Organisms can cope with drinking grains of sand, and these will be comparable to that, or smaller. From what I can gather from the article, they are planning to use inorganic materials for the most part (metals, silicon). If that's the case, I would expect them to be treated much like any other piece of grit. Its the organic compounds that really stick with you.

I like this idea in general, but I'm a little dubious about how well it will work, regardless of side-effects. If you want to use antibodies, you'd better get the binding affinity just right, or you'll end up with a lot of false positives (low affinity) or a bot with all its sensors permanently clogged up (high affinity). Passing through fish digestive systems, getting sucked up by filter-feeders, and generally tossed about in a well-lit, ion-rich solution doesn't do much for long term operation. Are we planning to pump these things into the ocean nonstop?

Still, good luck to them. I'd love to see something like this made to work.

Operating System = clean fecal matter (0)

First_In_Hell (549585) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837933)

Let's just hope they are not running Windows XP.

I would be pissed as all fuck if someone gave birth to a massive turd in my drinking water and a robot couldn't clean it up due to a fatal exception error.

There is nothing more terrifing than drinking water with bits of fecal matter floating around in it.

I think the governmnet should invest tons of money into this program and others like it. I mean, it will be usable technology in only 100 years or so. The scientists are probably at the stage where the robot can figure out how to wipe its own ass. They have a long way to go before that thing can clean up festering bacteria!

There should also be robots in all public bathrooms to clean crap chips off of people after they have an attack of the shits, then when smelly old people that work at my job dump, I don't have to smell it.

I mean really, the application of this technology is endless!

Great. The next big hit from Don Ho..... (1)

oobeleck (313907) | more than 12 years ago | (#2837969)

Tiny robots, in the wine,
Make me feel nervous, swimming in my spine,
Tiny robots make my skin crawl all over
With a feeling that our race is running out of time.

So here's to the golden circuitry,
And here's to our silvery seas,
But most of all a toast to USC.

Distopia (0)

God_Retired (44721) | more than 12 years ago | (#2838012)

Does no one else see a potential plot here with these nano machines killing off a large portion of the crap/fish/whatever...but there are a few who adapt and join...and now they are bionic...and they're pissed....

there is somthing... (3, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 12 years ago | (#2838021)

... that allready does this. They're called frogs.

This is great news (1)

evilpaul13 (181626) | more than 12 years ago | (#2838024)

Now if only I can procure some for the coffee machine at work!

Macroorganism Monitoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2838025)

Now if they could only make something to control those dangerous macroorganisms (the two legged kind) that threaten the ocean's health.
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