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166572.  Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:47 am Reply with quote

Have we covered the fact that "Black boxes" from planes aren't black and that the name was invented by a journalist who didn't know how else to describe them?

166899.  Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:57 am Reply with quote

Yep - a few times, I think. They're bright orange, which makes slightly more sense.

The (pretty standard) name was, I think, a reference to any piece of electronic equipment whose inner workings are 'sealed off', and hence 'secured'.


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