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By tps12 (Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:27:10 AM EST) Star Wars, Phantom Menace, R2-D2, droid, deflector shield (all tags)
Moment 5


The BLUE DROID connects some wires, causing sparks to fly.

               RIC OLIÉ
          Power's back! That little
          droid did it. He bypassed the
          main power drive. Deflector
          shield up, at maximum.
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For once, a genuinely great moment by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:31:28 AM EST

I like R2. He gets results.


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who's R2? by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:33:39 AM EST
Oh, you must mean BLUE DROID. Yes, he's quite dedicated.

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No, He's more than that. by yicky yacky (4.00 / 4) #3 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:37:23 AM EST

He's the zen buddhist hero of the entire feckin' saga. "Open the door, R2", "Fix the ship, R2", "Save the universe, R2", "Don't expect any gratitude, R2" ...

No R2, and the entire rebel cause is Space Paste, on more than one occasion.


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You fail it. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #48 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 06:37:22 AM EST
The point is that both droids in the picture are R2 units.


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how can you tell? by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #49 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 07:09:11 AM EST
I hope this isn't prejudiced of me, but all astromechs look alike to me. That one could be an R5.

I was just saying that at this point in the film, we do not yet know who this brave little BLUE DROID is.

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That's an R-5 unit on the left, so he's correct. by ti dave (4.00 / 1) #50 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 08:06:51 AM EST
Holy Mother of Fuck. Did I say that aloud?

I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do.
The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. --W.S. Burroughs

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I don't think so. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #51 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 08:10:50 AM EST
Thinking back to the first movie, both astromechs up for sale were R2 units, one had the boxy head and the other was our friend Artoo.


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No, that was R-5D-4. by ti dave (4.00 / 2) #53 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 08:20:55 AM EST
I feel soooo filthy for typing that.

I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do.
The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. --W.S. Burroughs

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It's taken me weeks to research - but you FAIL IT by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #55 Sun Apr 10, 2005 at 01:19:14 PM EST
Luke clearly refers to the red droid as an "r2 unit".




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here's a [bogus sounding] explanation by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #56 Tue Apr 12, 2005 at 12:32:17 AM EST
Wow. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #57 Tue Apr 12, 2005 at 01:05:36 AM EST
I love the comment underneath:

Actually, any R2-looking unit (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, and R7) is refered to (in slang) as an R2. This is because the P2 and R1 units were failures, leading up to the major success of the R2 unit. When the R2 unit became popular, people probably just called them R2's, and when the new units were released, they probably didn't know and just assumed they were a different version of the R2's. And I think the whole Luke is a farmboy, how would he know anything about droids, is true. He was worrying about vaporators and T-16 scyhoppers (maybe even a little X-wing action). He really shouldn't be thinking about astromechs unless he wanted to know which one is the best to use on your starfighter.

And I thought I was a geek.

:-D



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The irony of the situation is clearly lost by yicky yacky (4.00 / 2) #52 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 08:18:25 AM EST

on the user called "ObviousTroll".


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But does he run an Open Sauce OS? by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:37:31 AM EST
And is he built on an Open Hardware Platform?

Or, since he was built by Darth Vader, does he run on an Evil Closed SOurce OS?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I don't think R2 was built by Anakin by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:41:00 AM EST
C3PO was, but I thought R2 was Amidala's droid.


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Anakin gave R2 to Amidygla by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:42:30 AM EST
or whatever her name is. I actually haven't seen Attack of the Colons yet, just The Phantom Menaces, but IIRC he was building R2 in Ep 1.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Internet begs to by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #11 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:45:23 AM EST
differ

R2-D2 comes from the peaceful world of Naboo, where he and a team of astromechs served the elected monarch aboard her Royal Starship.

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maybe he was built by Jar-Jar (nt) by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:56:44 AM EST


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No way, they are lazy and high all the time by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #15 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:01:09 AM EST


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Racist! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:03:13 AM EST


Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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IHBWD by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #19 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:05:56 AM EST


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check it out by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #31 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 03:31:21 AM EST
If you are stoned, those beeps totally sound like Bob Marley.

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Late breaking update... by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #58 Tue Apr 12, 2005 at 01:09:33 AM EST
According to Revenge of the Sith R2 was extensively hardware hacked by Anakin to aid in his early career as a galactic hero - which explains how R2 was able to do all sorts of unexpected things in 4,5 and 6.

They also explain why 3p0 doesn't recognize Vader in those movies, but I don't want to give out any spoilers.


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right by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #59 Tue Apr 12, 2005 at 01:24:14 AM EST
Unexpected things like not flying.

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Probably QDOS by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:42:15 AM EST
Before it got taken over by Microsoft

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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Yeah, you may be right, by Jave27 (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:45:22 AM EST
since this all happened "A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far Far Away...".

QDOS is the prevailing OS of choice among androids and starships throughout the universe.


"Beating up the homeless. It's cruel, but it's a good clean work-out and leaves you feeling winded and superior." - CheeseburgerBrown


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Given his utter lack of morals by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:42:52 AM EST

when it comes to appropriating other people's intellectual property, I'd say he was one of those GNUbies.


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ADDENDUM by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #18 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:05:50 AM EST

I believe the correct terminology is "open-Force" and "closed-Force". HTH.


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Everyone knows by Jave27 (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:43:45 AM EST
that R2 was built using only the best possible combination of XML, SOAP, Java.Net, and was tied together by VRML and C++#.  The use of Synergy was directly responsible for the aritificial intelligence rendering which made his series of bleeps and whirrs to be understandable by human and droid counterparts with Babelfish implants.

"Beating up the homeless. It's cruel, but it's a good clean work-out and leaves you feeling winded and superior." - CheeseburgerBrown


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Hooey by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #20 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:06:51 AM EST
CPM assembler.
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Old-skool hippy enginerd by Jave27 (2.00 / 0) #24 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:22:55 AM EST
[Unmaintainable]

"Beating up the homeless. It's cruel, but it's a good clean work-out and leaves you feeling winded and superior." - CheeseburgerBrown


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Something that bugs me by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 01:57:14 AM EST
Is all the 'bypassing' that goes on in Space Opera.  People and BLUE DRIODS MacGyver a bypass to the main primary warp plasma fusion conduit array every few minutes, usually with nothing more than tin foil and chewing gum.  It kind of begs the question of what the hell they're using to make the main primary warp plasma fusion conduit arrays, and whether they might want to reconsider their strategy of outsourcing that work to the cheapest Indiazoid bidders.

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racist by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:00:47 AM EST
This sounds like a good point, but I'm not quite buying it. Isn't there usually the implication that the "bypass" is only a temporary fix? (In this case, didn't they need to go to Tatooine to find a replacement part? Or was that for some other broken piece?)

I think you might be suggesting making airplanes out of whatever the black box is made of.

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Ah, so, ve are le eviw awiens, ah ha, ah ha ha by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #21 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:08:56 AM EST
Meesa sorry for de racism, bwana, it am outsa place inna this deescussion.

Given that the main primary warp plasma fusion conduit arrays break down every few minutes anyway, the bypassen are probably a better bet in the long term.

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just to clarify by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #33 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 03:35:02 AM EST
I don't mean to stand up for every inferior space opera franchise in this regard. But in Star Wars, these things are pretty well justified within the story. E.g., the Falcon's hyperdrive was always flaky, and always only partially fixed to the point of limping the protagonists one more step along their way. And the Nabooian ship in this movie was not, er, "battle hardened," which is why the shields were so easily blown away.

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The 'bypassing' in Star Wars by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #17 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:05:35 AM EST
doesn't hold a candle to the "jamming the quantum frequency" goings-on in Star Trek.

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Amateurs by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #23 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:14:26 AM EST
"Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow."

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'Don't cross the streams' by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #29 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:55:23 AM EST


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You're just bitter about the underrepresentation by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #22 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:13:07 AM EST
of Jocks since STOS.

If C3PO translated in a brogue, you wouldn't be upset.

"Cap'n, ARRRRR2 says he canna bypass it much longerrrr."


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In a _shoe_? by Farmgirl (4.00 / 2) #26 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:25:42 AM EST
Just the one?  He might look a bit silly. Though it's probably the least of his problems.

I can't be bothered to change this sig.
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HEY by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #28 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:45:29 AM EST
I can see right there on the webcam that you haven't finished washing those dishes yet.

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Started by Farmgirl (2.00 / 0) #32 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 03:32:23 AM EST
The word you're looking for is 'started'.

I can't be bothered to change this sig.
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You know, if hulver checks the logs by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #36 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:03:12 AM EST
These posts will be coming from the same IP address.  That's going to look a bit curious.

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Nonsense, we know your evil corporation by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #38 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:14:16 AM EST
blocks Husi, and you have to ssh to your home computer to browse Husi in lynx. Perhaps you could teach your woman how to use IM though.


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They don't block it by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #43 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:52:01 AM EST
I just don't want to leave too much of a trail in the cache.  Mrs borg is quite capable of using IM (which is also ssh'd) when the mood takes her.

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Heh by hulver (2.00 / 0) #39 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:15:31 AM EST
No need to check the logs. The IP address is in the title of every comment.
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Work by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #41 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:50:28 AM EST
I love it, I do.  Yes sirree, there's nothing I like better than working at $MY_COMPANY and posting via their web proxy.

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Home proxy by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #42 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:50:57 AM EST
Is what I use to post my actual thoughts.

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Granted.. by Farmgirl (2.00 / 0) #40 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:30:55 AM EST
.. but you're the one who'll appear to be demented.  I'm merely a figment (a hawt figment) of your imagination and therefore unconcerned.  Or too liberally smeared with Fruit Duet to care.

Oh hang on, I'm supposed to be rating your comments and suchlike, aren't? I'll let the Borglet do it, that should skew it interestingly.

I can't be bothered to change this sig.

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Are you DRUNK? by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #44 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:52:29 AM EST
Been at the Listerine again?

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HOT DISH-WASHING CAM ACTION!!! by ti dave (2.00 / 0) #47 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 06:30:46 AM EST
plzpstlnk?thnx

I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do.
The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. --W.S. Burroughs

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Nonsense, there's Dr McTavish in SG: Atlantis by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #45 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:54:16 AM EST
Or whatever his name is.  You can tell he's a Jock because he wears a Jockish arm patch, talks about how beautiful bonny Scotchland is in ever second sentence and never for one second stops whinging.

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Never see him buy a round either. by Gully Foyle (4.00 / 2) #54 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 10:03:39 AM EST
No Tequila

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Fucking easy by Herring (4.00 / 1) #27 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:33:16 AM EST
Console -> firewall1 -> primary warp cock -> firewall2 -> thing that will save the ship

Logically, firewall1 and firewall2 are separate things. Physically, there are the same box with a shedload of NICs. All you need to do is fuck around with the routing and the firewall settings and you're done.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

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They can't stand there! by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #25 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 02:23:07 AM EST
They'd float away!

Why has that robot got a sword coming out of its head? Can you get sparks in a vacuum?

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one word: by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #30 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 03:28:39 AM EST

Magnets



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he has a point, though by tps12 (4.00 / 2) #34 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 03:36:55 AM EST
Space is a vacuum, so things like sound and magnetism don't have a medium in which to travel. Unless you believe in the "ether."

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Maybe they're tractor beam feet by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #35 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 03:58:55 AM EST
The tractor beams work in vacuum, unlike magnetism.


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Attention Natural Phylosyphyr by yicky yacky (1.00 / 1) #37 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:05:14 AM EST

Wrong. Electromagnetism is not analogous to sound. Regardless of the fact that space isn't a pure vacuum, it does not require a medium in which to travel. If it did, our space probes would be royally screwed.

Yeah, yeah. Trolled, I know ...


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Æther is just another word for midichlorians by Rogerborg (4.00 / 4) #46 Thu Mar 24, 2005 at 04:56:08 AM EST
Did I just type that out loud?  Also, why do I know that the code for Æ is ALT + 0198?

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