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(Wired)   Because robot vacuums aren't time saving enough, now they will even turn themselves on. Scientists believe robot vacuums will eventually find cure for cancer   ( divider line
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2005-07-23 02:39:35 PM  
Suck it.
2005-07-23 02:41:33 PM  
I heard it sucks
2005-07-23 02:46:23 PM  
That suc...damn.
2005-07-23 02:47:11 PM  

Did we go to school together?
2005-07-23 03:15:16 PM  
I'm adept at turning on submitter's mom.
2005-07-23 03:20:48 PM  
If I learned one thing from bad sci-fi movies starring Tom Selleck, it's that robot vaccum cleaners will eventually kill you and your family.
2005-07-23 03:34:53 PM  
Combine the Roomba with the robot from A.I. and you'll have a robot that's programmed to suck and love.

/just like the movie A.I.
2005-07-23 03:45:31 PM  
Screw cancer. How about a cure for the common cold?!

/sneeze sneeze
//oh lord, please let this go away or kill me
2005-07-23 04:09:29 PM  
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2005-07-23 04:10:50 PM  
I think it would be better to have central vacuuming (kind of like central heat/air, except it sucks in rather than blows out). Put a monstrously-powerful vacuum in the basement, and the Roomba thing could plug itself into the vacuum outlets inlets in each room and *really* do a good job.

/and by "good" I mean it would suck up dust, dirt, pebbles, small pets, unattended children, things like that.
2005-07-23 05:16:11 PM  
June 24 by-line? I knew I had saw this before, Pete.
2005-07-23 06:10:25 PM  
Cue the woomba jokes...
2005-07-23 06:18:11 PM  
Scientists believe robot vacuums will eventually find cure for cancer And Sarah Conner.
2005-07-23 06:18:15 PM  
Its a good thing the robots will cure cancer, because that headline was so bad I think it just gave me a tumor.
2005-07-23 06:19:08 PM  
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I for one welcome our new robotic house cleaning overlords.
2005-07-23 06:21:17 PM  
Every time I've seen a movie involving machines doing things on their own, humans end up getting screwed over. I don't want to be enslaved by a race of battery operated jerks.

/didn't RTFA
//don't really mind being enslaved by machines
2005-07-23 06:23:20 PM  
And they'll turn themselves on most likely when you SLEEP...


(Grabs baseball bat)
2005-07-23 06:23:24 PM  
this is how skynet started.
2005-07-23 06:25:01 PM  
Heh, I turn myself on all the time.
2005-07-23 06:26:57 PM  
Some dorks even have pet names for their Roombas.
2005-07-23 06:27:00 PM  
Oddly, the Roomba does not appeal to those who simply can't be bothered to clean, White said. "Lazy people don't buy our product," he said. Apparently, lazy people are content to have cluttered, dusty homes.

I'm lazy, but I wouldn't call myself content. Just not motivated. I could go for one of these, but I have decided to replace all carpet with easy to keep clean wood laminate.
2005-07-23 06:28:24 PM  
the singularity is coming!!!

2005-07-23 06:29:29 PM  

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2005-07-23 06:32:08 PM  
This is not 'stupid'. If this world needs anything right now, it's robotic blue-collar workers. I hope they pour billions into these vacuum robots frankly, because it puts us one step closer to not having to clean our kitchen/bathroom/etc.
2005-07-23 06:34:41 PM  
And this is
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2005-07-23 06:40:31 PM  
They need these because people are now too fat to see the "on" switch on their vacuum.
2005-07-23 06:44:22 PM  
They need these because people are now too fat to see the "on" switch on their vacuum.

Nope, they need it for the same reason I have a scheduler on my anti-virus/spyware programs.
2005-07-23 07:15:44 PM  
The problem with the Roomba or most other robot vacuums is that they don't have any kind of suction. All they are is a rotating brush which will clean the surface but just grinds dirt and sand further into the backing of your carpet.
2005-07-23 07:17:11 PM  

They have something like that already, although I'm not sure if there is a Roomba-compatible version. Basically, each room has a little outlet that you can plug a number of tube attachments to.

For the suburban housewife that can't be bothered to carry a vacuum up the stairs?
2005-07-23 07:18:23 PM  
These things are good. They keep the 'under the bed' area clean of cat hair and general dirt. And my family isn't fat or lazy, just EFFICIENT YOU ROBOT HATING PUNKS!
2005-07-23 07:22:37 PM  
How about breast cancer?

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Click. (pops).
2005-07-23 07:26:26 PM  
Its a good thing the robots will cure cancer, because that headline was so bad I think it just gave me a tumor.

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"Eht's not a toomah!"
2005-07-23 07:30:45 PM  

I wish that happened all the time, pity that picture will be deleted and you will have your HTML privilages removed as which happened to me.

Fark is very americaniZed

Animated GIF's of people exploding == OK
people (without clothes) == jeebus will put me into hell
2005-07-23 07:33:20 PM  
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"I, for one, welcome our new robotic vacuum overlords."

/got nuthin.
2005-07-23 07:36:56 PM  
Odd that most of the postings come from people who have never used one. I have had one for over a year and love it. I only use my upright vac when I lend the roomba out to friends and family members who want to try them. I've 'sold' two of them that way. It takes up dirt my bagless upright can't. OH yeah, peg me in the "I named my roomba" bin. My Roomba has a first name, it's OSCAR.. and no, not last name.
2005-07-23 07:49:50 PM  
So now I can give my dog a nervous breakdown at a scheduled time?
2005-07-23 08:03:35 PM  
Why is this stupid now?
2005-07-23 08:10:05 PM  
I absolutely love my robot vac. Also, it is the most advanced piece of consumer robotics in the states, so that is pretty cool. They are also strangely facinating to watch in action, kind of like owning a dog that runs into walls and makes your carpet look spiffy.
2005-07-23 08:11:42 PM  
How about the Woomba?

/asparagus_pee read my mind
2005-07-23 08:15:17 PM  
Whoops, my linkage didn't work -- no quotes.

Woomba video here, from SNL.
2005-07-23 08:21:36 PM  
Can anyone who has a roomba give an honest appraisal? I have vaccuming, and robots are farking tits.
2005-07-23 08:27:37 PM  
Look at all these little things... so busy all of a sudden.
Notice how each one is useful.
What a lovely ballet, so full of form and color.

2005-07-23 08:28:11 PM  
I have a roomba... 2 cats, and 1/2 hardwood, 1/2 carpet... and I love it... key is to use those virtual walls...I have an open house, if I let the roomba go free it only gets 1/2 vacuumed... room by room ,though, it will do a great job... it's loud, though... so don't try to watch tv while it's on.

Pet names: I call mine Skip.
2005-07-23 08:28:20 PM  
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Better firmware than roomba
2005-07-23 08:33:42 PM  
In the impending war with the machines, mankind's last, best hope, is defeat.

It's not like we're doing all that great of job ruling ourselves, guys.
2005-07-23 08:34:22 PM  
it's a little robot who cleans my business.

My lady business.

And I like that.
2005-07-23 09:09:07 PM  
Too late...

I have the Roomba Discovery (IR remote) and a home control system ( - too drunk for HTNL) Roomba starts 10 minutes after I head to work. It goes home when it is tired.

Roomba also kicks in when there is motion in the home and I'm away. At the same time, the whole house audio sytem starts blaring out "Intruder Alert!" while RoboSapien comes running out of his den holding a toy gun. Haven't had a real world test yet. I figure that Mr. Burgler is either going to run away or die laughing.

Yeah, I know. Uber Geekiness. The whole setup is an exercise in programming for real time/real world responses.
2005-07-23 09:30:16 PM  
Roomba also kicks in when there is motion in the home and I'm away. At the same time, the whole house audio sytem starts blaring out "Intruder Alert!"
Awesome, did you snarf the 'intruder alert' sound from this game:
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2005-07-23 09:59:49 PM  
Not sure about that game. My source was a Star Trek sound board...
2005-07-23 10:05:14 PM  
I love my robot vaccuum! No, not in *that* way.
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