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The UK has just sent up a new communications satellite that's completed their Skynet, the highly-advanced network that's going to give them the ability to allow robotic military units at long range. You know, like in the apocalyptic vision of the future from the Terminator movies. The network's name in those movies? Skynet. Have you learned nothing, England?!

The system allows for communication both in the voice and data variety between basically any unit of the British Armed Forces, including computers talking to computers, probably about how best to murder their makers. For example, a base computer in cheery old London can communicate with the "Reaper," a robotic spy drone in Afghanistan, retrieving data and telling it where to go, and transmitting live video over the connection from the UAV. The sat also has solar sails which extend its life to 15 years, a special anti-jamming antenna is set on the receive side, while 4 steerable antennas can be aimed in a single spot to concentrate broadcasting ability.

Even worse is the fact that the whole thing is privately owned, with the British Armed Forces only promised a portion of the bandwidth rather than having control over the whole thing.

All I know is that we've got to protect John Conner at all costs, wherever he may be.
Source [Gizmodo]
Original Source [BBC]
Edited by rabidgnome229 - 6/13/08 at 4:06pm
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All I know is that we've got to protect John Conner at all costs, wherever he may be.






Seriously though, it's some pretty scary and at the same time impressive stuff, this being in private hands doesn't sit well with me though tbh.
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Why do they act like this is new technology? The U.S. has been employing this for a while now. They just didn't call it "Skynet."
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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
Why do they act like this is new technology? The U.S. has been employing this for a while now. They just didn't call it "Skynet."
Yeah, and us brits invented it.
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Whoever dreamt this up has watched terminator too much or not enough.
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Originally Posted by japan1 View Post
Whoever dreamt this up has watched terminator too much or not enough.
Say that when you are on the recieving end of the killer robots. LOL
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Good thing I live near a steel mill. All is well around here.
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Say that when you are on the recieving end of the killer robots. LOL
Killer robots, no problem. I'll be fine as long as I send a satellite back in time to protect John Connor
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Killer robots, no problem. I'll be fine as long as I send a satellite back in time to protect John Connor
Is it going to be AMD powered? If so then John will get owned by the Intel powered T1000
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Is it going to be AMD powered? If so then John will get owned by the Intel powered T1000
Horribly unlikely, Skynet will destroy its competition which annoyingly would include Intel, AMD and Tesco's (which are mankinds only hope of survival).
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