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Control over heavily armed US war robots fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was lost last year after a cat climbed into machinery at an American command base and "fried everything", a US officer has confirmed. The news comes from Colonel Grant Webb, describing technical problems at Creech Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, Nevada. …

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Joke

They do say that

curiosity fried the cat...

As the programming term "debugging" reputedly came from having to remove insects from the contacts of early switch programmed computers, are we going to get the term "decatting" to refer to getting a complex electronic system back up and running after a failure?

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Pussama Bin Laden

First the cats, next thing we know it'll be the bomb dogs.

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Grenade

The Russians tried it but it failed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog

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Joke

re:randon noise

You mean terrierists

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Happy

Ahhhh, long term operational considerations

Our automated lethality delivery system has passed all functional requirements and environmental specification testing. Now we are confident that nothing can go wrong.

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Anonymous Coward

I wonder...

...what the moggy was promised in the afterlife? sixty four unopened cans of Felix ... and a can opener?

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None of that tinned crap thank you.

If ours are anything to go by it would have to be chicken, prawns, mince beef or melon.

Yes melon.

We worry about Lenny sometimes.

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Yes, but...

... he forgot to ask for thumbs...

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Joke

Er...

Wouldn't it need opposable thumbs as well?!

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Joke

Surely...

64 Cheezburgers?!

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Happy

I for one...

... welcome our new feline roboplane sabotaging overlords!

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Anonymous Coward

What happened to the cat

Does this mean the cat was fried too, or it just pissed onto the electrics and scarpered when sparks started flying up it's arse?

Aren't the robots rain proof then? If a cat can get inside, so can the rain.

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Joke

atleast we have discovered a new weapon against ROTM

a highly trained squadron of moggies...

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Coat

Cat-astrophic failure?

I'll get me coat.

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Anonymous Coward

Is it wrong...

...that amidst all the horrors of the Iraq war, I'm more sympathetic to the plight of an errant cat than any of the other stories of tragedy I've seen?

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Anonymous Coward

.title

Would someone please think of the animals!

;)

but yes, so am I, more sympathetic to that poor cat.

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"Declawing".

As for the incident:

(1) It's Jurassic Park meets Terminator on the set of Black Hawk Down.

(2) I feel sorry for the cat. Electrocuted by those mean Americans.

And you can't get cats to do anything for you. Except what they wanted to do anyway. Ask Krosp. He'll tell you. And then probably start crying. It's just not what they're for.

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Joke

Clearly Al-Qaeda have been taking notes from the CIA

Maybe the cat was actually trying to obtain surveillance - and met a similarly abrupt end to its spying career, as its American predecessor?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_Kitty

Certainly, a wire inserted up it's tail would explain the devastating effect on electrical contacts.

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Welcome

Cat 7?

Well I for one welcome our electro-magnetic pulsing feline overlords...

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Joke

I IZ IN UR NODES

I IZ IN UR NODES - FRYING YR AIRKRAFTZ!

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Coffee/keyboard

Bastard!!!!

High-velocity tea met keyboard!!

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Unhappy

shame

that nobody seems bothered about the poor cat

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A cat?!!

Good grief, they really need to look at the gaps in their panelling!

They should be thankful it was only a cat. a rat or mouse would get through a far smaller hole and chew random cables quite happily. They should thank the cat for keeping the rodents out!

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FAIL

bad title

This title implies that the cat was strapped with a bomb or something and purposely sent to disable the equipment.

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Cathode

So was it a Persian cat?

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Linux

"No-one bar the president even needs to know"

...and the IT guy, who put linux on it and is using it as a web server.

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Black Helicopters

Creech..

"This is famously the location from which US Air Force "Predator" and "Reaper" robot aircraft are controlled during missions overseas*"

Also 39 Sqn RAF operate their MQ-9's from there until they possibly eventually come back and operate from RAF Waddington as some time possibly in the distant future after the Rapture or whatever, just to bring in a .co.uk angle.

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RW
Happy

@ Ian 31

Don't worry about Lenny's fondness for melon. I used to have a cat that adored cantaloupe; after eating a slice for breakfast, I'd put the rind out on the sundeck and the cat would spend an hour gnawing away at it.

Nice cat; sadly, run over by a speeding car one dark night.

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@Random Noise

Dogs are haram (forbidden). So no al-Qaeda bitches. Only pussies.

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Coat

Cat-o-nine fails

Sorry..

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Boffin

Watch out for CBW then

We have to hope that cats (or their owners) aren't gearing up for a major offensive in the biological warfare that they support through being a vital vector for toxoplasmosis. Besides causing symptoms similar to schizophrenia, infection has also been suggested as a significant factor in road traffic accidents.

Toxoplasmosis does present a severe problem. I can't immediately locate figures for the UK, but "225,000 cases of toxoplasmosis are reported [in the USA] each year, resulting in 5000 hospitalizations and 750 deaths"

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/229969-overview

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Coat

Questions raised.

Is this part of a cat-alogue of failures?

Has it given their commanders paws for thought or do they feel their current security arrangements are purr-fectly sound?

If they are making any changes, what was the outcome of the as-is and tabby analysis?

Have they a get-out claws if it happens again?

On a brighter note, they've been cleared to fly through Thai airspace. Yes, they've been Siam-eased........

Mine's the one with the well thumbed copy of "1001 really crap cat jokes" in the pocket.

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Coat

Wrong section.

Surely this should be under Rise Of The Moggies.

I'll get me coat.

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Black Helicopters

Whoopee do!

I'm glad you told me this. I can now sleep soundly in my bed, if I can find it.

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