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Willow Garage To Give Away 10 Open Source Robots 44

kkleiner writes "Open source robotics received a huge momentum boost last Friday. Willow Garage, one of the driving forces behind the Robot Operating System, announced that it would be giving away ten of its new and extraordinary PR2 Beta Robots. Willow Garage has an open call for proposals, so that any research group can apply to receive one of the PR2 Betas free of charge. Applicants will have to release their research with the PR2 freely and under standard open source agreements. In this way, Willow Garage is accelerating the field of robotics, not just by making their PR2 Betas available, but by encouraging the shared development of robots and advocating an open source approach."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @01:02AM (#30816230)

    Women make up 51 percent of the population, and because of this, Linux
    should be banned in government. Operating Systems like Linux discriminate
    against women because of a built in difficulty compared with Windows and
    Apple's OS X.

    Women pay taxes, and therefore shouldn't be discriminated against in getting
    employment with government agencies. If these agencies had used Windows or
    OS X, more women would be able to persue dreams of a full time job in
    government. Linux is by its nature a man's domain. Women are designed to use
    social interaction and emotions to deal with complex tasks, things the
    command line are ill suited.

    OS X, and Windows have friendly and female-intuitive designs that take into
    account a woman's understanding of objects, ie. folders, desktops, Clippy,
    the XP search dog. These help women operate the computer by giving her a
    relationship with these icons, and helpful animated pets. It makes a woman
    feel at home with her computer by allowing her to relate to it.

    Linux, on the other hand is designed for command line and programming. Sure,
    it may have a fugly GUI to hide its true being, but to get any serious work
    done you must know a bunch of arcane commands with hundreds of options that
    change with every command. Something like this: chmod a+rwx. Only engineers
    can understand this. And most engineers are still men. This puts the female
    population at a great disadvantage when applying for work. Men know this,
    and that's why they deliberately try to install linux in the workplace.

    How would women's groups react when they read the studies that are being
    commissioned by industry on this very subject? Surely, women, when they
    learn of this, will outvote men and ban linux from the government.

  • by davester666 ( 731373 ) on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @01:22AM (#30816296) Journal

    You can't put a very realistic human face/body over that robot to make a Terminator. How exactly is one to start the apocalypse without an army of humanoid robots?

  • Re:Free? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Jethro ( 14165 ) on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @02:18AM (#30816512) Homepage

    I wouldn't use such sophisticated machines for something as trivial as a prom! I have a driveway that needs shovelling!

  • Shover Bot (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 19, 2010 @04:42AM (#30817162)

    I notice that Willow Garage is near a large VA Hospital. Perhaps the robot could be used to push old people out of harms way?

All laws are simulations of reality. -- John C. Lilly