So, I give German Linux advocates a lot of flak, since they
are almost by definition the weirdest users of Linux ever.
They do all the freaky Linux dances! But I gotta say that
this research group at the University of Parma in Italy has
them beat by a long shot. I mean, there's a world of
difference between using Linux to play MP3s on your car
stereo and USING LINUX TO DRIVE THE CAR.
They used all kinds of freaky vision and video recognition software to let
Linux "see" the road and make decisions about where to drive. They even let
Linux drive them all over Italy. Like, 2000 kilometers! Admittedly, that's only
driving in metric so it doesn't count as much, but still, it's quite a feat!
Imagine the possibilities for this! I mean, I already tell Linux to go pick up
my email and maintain my website and shit. Now I can SEND IT OUT TO THE STORE
to buy me BEER and PORN. Or to go pick up my Mom at the airport while I stay
home and play ZAngband! TOTALLY ROCKING. I can even tell it to go run over
somebody I don't like! Ha ha!
Now, if they start adding machine guns and rocket launchers to the damn things,
we could have the ultimate dream -- an ARMY of ROBOT ASSASSIN CARS to attack
and destroy Microsoft! Think you could build an army of robot assassin cars
with Windows 98? Think again, shit-for-brains! Their robot army will fall
before Linux! Haw haw! Stupid Windows!
Anyways, go give these-a crazy Italianos some BIG PRAISE for furthering The
Cause. And use their e-commerce page to buy a car for your Linux to drive!
OK, they don't have a page like that yet, but maybe soon, eh?