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(The Register)   UK Government pledging �20 million to help develop intelligent, talking fridges and conscientious boilers.   ( divider line
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2002-04-04 08:39:13 PM  
...but will they include copy protection?
2002-04-04 08:40:48 PM  
I wish they would get our trains to work first. Actually to properly prioritise, I wish they would find the time to change our stupid licensing laws. Pubs closing at 11pm is not good for my mental health.
2002-04-04 08:41:53 PM  
Eminister Douglas Alexander said the vIRC would allow the UK to "maintain its strong lead in high-tech industries"

Ive already patented a device which calls you a fatass whenever you open the fridge.
2002-04-04 08:42:50 PM  
"Krikey! Someone has hacked my refridgerator and I cannot get my bangers!"
2002-04-04 08:43:38 PM  
If it warns that I'm low on marmite, I'm in!
2002-04-04 08:43:50 PM  
I want a guilt-ridden toaster.
2002-04-04 08:47:10 PM  
UK Government pledging £20 million to help develop intelligent, talking fridges and conscientious boilers.

Why not spend our tax dollars on developing intelligent and conscientious PEOPLE!
2002-04-04 08:50:12 PM  
Omar: Let's do something within the realm of possibility before shooting for the stuff of science fiction.
2002-04-04 08:50:50 PM  
'our tax dollars' if i was a citizen of the UK. (that is)
2002-04-04 08:51:55 PM  
sorry Henchman

takes another swig
2002-04-04 08:53:10 PM  
...and of course this is all extremely important. what we REALLY need is a refrigerator that will COOK food, not one that will tell us its emotional needs.
2002-04-04 08:54:37 PM  
"help me! i need defrosting!!"
2002-04-04 08:57:55 PM  
well i could use a little defrosting myself SWEETHEART!
2002-04-04 08:58:02 PM  
Fan-freakin-tastic. The guvment gonna give me a microwave that can access a central database and locate the exact cooking temperatures and times for my leftover pizza, but the tube station outside my house will still have an overpowering reek of vomit, piss and dead homeless person. God bless the beautiful twenty first century.
2002-04-04 08:59:52 PM  
Refrigerator (in electronic Jeremy Irons accent): "Put down that pizza slice if you want to live past 50!"
2002-04-04 09:06:25 PM  
18inch_wooden_t_rex - man i love your name. i just thought of Spinal Tap's 18 inch stonehenge (check spelling) and spittled all over myself.

sorry, carry on
2002-04-04 09:20:30 PM  
A boiler? Haven't they progressed past the steam engine there? Hellooooooo, industrial revolution is over. Besides, why would I want my fridge to talk to me?
2002-04-04 09:24:19 PM  
How about a toothbrush that reminds the Brits to brush at least once a month.
2002-04-04 09:42:16 PM  
good one, angst.
2002-04-04 09:46:44 PM  
Can we get a "Retarded" tag??
2002-04-04 10:00:00 PM  
Leave it to the Brits to pave the way to the Nutrimatic Drink Machine. I fully expect the scientists behind this to found the Sirius Cybernetics Company.
2002-04-04 10:22:00 PM  
Damnit henchman, you beat me to it. :)
2002-04-04 10:27:24 PM  
If, when you pull out a beer on Sunday, it can be programmed to say "Go Texans!" I'm there.
2002-04-04 10:34:52 PM  
This is kinda lame... while they'll be ahead of us in developing neurotic kitchen appliances, we'll have laser cannons, veritechs, and orbital death-cannon platforms. Our pork-belly projects are much cooler than theirs are!
2002-04-04 10:35:20 PM  
Does this make Douglas Adams a prophet?
2002-04-04 10:55:23 PM  
Don't the English boil everything anyway?
2002-04-04 11:09:52 PM  
Fridges with an attitude?

Ooh, I say, you will - you will not get away with this, I may not be able to see you but I know your taste in confectionary! And I also - I also know - I also know, ha haa, erm, no, in fact that *is* all I know, just your taste in confectionary, but no matter, because one day I'll hear your voice again and I'll expose you for the chocolate thieving dog you are!
2002-04-05 12:35:01 AM  
Lister: We want no muffins, no toast, no tea cakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels. No croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes, and no hot cross buns. And definitely no smegging flapjacks!

Toaster: Ah! So you're a waffle man!
2002-04-05 12:54:24 AM  
Lister: "Give me a milkshake."
Food machine: "What flavor, please?"
Lister: "Ummm... Beer!"
2002-04-05 04:07:40 AM  
Oh yes, the "intelligent boilers" - so that the English can enjoy even less flavour in their already bland-as-farking-shiat palates. Pommies

-he who stacks pork
2002-04-05 09:04:50 AM  
Leopold - That's boiler as in central heating, rather than cooking.
2002-04-05 09:05:39 AM  
Good to see that the UK is on the forefront of what people want from technology.

[/sarcastic derision]

.....and you wonder why your rail service sucks.
2002-04-05 09:07:19 AM  
Don't know why they're bothering with intelligent boilers, aparently they're already available....

Intelligent boiler
2002-04-05 04:02:07 PM  
Meadows_p - I know, I was just making fun of the fact that they boil their meat.

-he who stacks pork
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