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Old 07-17-2009, 10:08 PM
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Setting the record straight:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10289514-71.html
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:26 PM
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If you look at the link the story has been retracted. Just another example of sensationalist media lies masquerading as science reporting. The only thing even remotely like this that I heard of was a tiny desktop robot in a university resarch programme which could be fed dead flies (it didn't catch them) and break them down into fuel a bit like a venus fly trap. Big fat hairy deal.

p.s. Fox News - when will people learn?
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:36 PM
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I don't see any "spin" in that story. In fact, I don't see much of a story. If it were in Popular Mechanics or Scientific American would anyone call it "spin"?

The bias and "spin" is in the mind of the beholder.
Maybe that's why the link now says "This story has been revised" and has a link to a revised story that claims the previous story about the robot's possibly eating human remains was untrue (it's actually a recant, because it specifically indicates that "contrary to reports, including one that appeared on FOXNews.com, the EATR will not eat animal or human remains.")

Having seen reporters "interviewing" people, I can kind of guess what happened here:

(conjectured interview)
Cybernetics expert: "It's programmed to eat biomass, so that, in addition to conventional fuel sources, it can burn anything in the environment that is combustable, such as wood or plant material. Not rocks, though."

Fox News reporter: "Could it survive on human bodies, then?"

Cybernetics expert: (shrugs, having not thought about this until asked just now) "I guess it could, in theory."

RESULTING HEADLINE: "New Robot to Burn Human Bodies for Fuel!"
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:38 PM
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Sounds like FOX - it does make a better headline and they don't usually worry about accuracy.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:38 PM
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Sounds like FOX - it does make a better headline and they don't usually worry about accuracy.
Nope, and to be fair, they make no claim to accuracy, either. They advertise themselves as an "entertainment news" network; entertainment first, news second, only if it doesn't interfere with the entertainment. (Actually kind of makes them a television version of the Enquirer.)

I suspect the story was recanted only because it claimed the thing would do something that was illegal, making the story slander.
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Nope, and to be fair, they make no claim to accuracy, either. They advertise themselves as an "entertainment news" network; entertainment first, news second, only if it doesn't interfere with the entertainment. (Actually kind of makes them a television version of the Enquirer.)

I suspect the story was recanted only because it claimed the thing would do something that was illegal, making the story slander.
I wasn't aware they advertised themselves as "entertainment news." Is that true? Their slogan is that they are "fair and balanced," if you can believe it.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:53 AM
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Nope, and to be fair, they make no claim to accuracy, either. They advertise themselves as an "entertainment news" network; entertainment first, news second, only if it doesn't interfere with the entertainment. (Actually kind of makes them a television version of the Enquirer.)

I suspect the story was recanted only because it claimed the thing would do something that was illegal, making the story slander.
If they don't even try to be accurate, why would anyone bother watching them?

Suffice to say, the Enquirer comparison does it no favours.
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We shall see what happens....
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