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MacTech

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« on: 08-18-2003 15:12 »

It seems unusual that in "The Honking", Bender's Uncle Vladimir "died", robots are machines, and machines can be repaired

logic would dictate that as long as the robot's hard drive or other data storage device that stores their conciousness (or "soul" ) is undamaged, minor problems like a power supply failure would be an easily repaired problem

after all, in todays technology, if your computer's power supply dies, replacing it  doesn't affect the data on the hard drive, so in theory, replacing Vlad's power supply would have brought him back to "life"....

so, why aren't robots repaired when they have minor component failures?

(of course, i'm assuming Vlad's "death" was caused by a bad power supply) yes he was probably obsolete, but he was still functional

and he was still more advanced than Cartridge Unit, Sinclair 2K, and the Waterwheel bot.....
Smitty

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« Reply #1 on: 08-18-2003 15:26 »

Maybe Robot Euthanasia is legal in 3001? Or maybe he was involved in some kind of accident. Flexo would have only had a year to live if he'd stayed under the unbendable girder, though he may have survived longer if he'd had an oil transfusion during that time.
And the titanium minerbots in A Head In The Polls were only given a hundred years to live. This could be something to do with their cooling systems failing to operate after a long period of time - the robot equivalent to suffocation.

Vladimir was over 200 years old anyway so perhaps he refused to have some of his worn out systems replaced. If you were a robot and your oil systems had malfunctioned, would you accept a human heart to pump your oil? This would make more sense if I wasn't so tired.
danwuzhere
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« Reply #2 on: 08-18-2003 15:59 »

 
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Originally posted by MacTech:
It seems unusual that in "The Honking", Bender's Uncle Vladimir "died", robots are machines, and machines can be repaired

logic would dictate that as long as the robot's hard drive or other data storage device that stores their conciousness (or "soul" ) is undamaged, minor problems like a power supply failure would be an easily repaired problem

after all, in todays technology, if your computer's power supply dies, replacing it  doesn't affect the data on the hard drive, so in theory, replacing Vlad's power supply would have brought him back to "life"....

so, why aren't robots repaired when they have minor component failures?

(of course, i'm assuming Vlad's "death" was caused by a bad power supply) yes he was probably obsolete, but he was still functional

and he was still more advanced than Cartridge Unit, Sinclair 2K, and the Waterwheel bot.....


Well the Island of Obsolete Robots probably doesn't exist in reality anyway.

I'm figuring obsolete robots are either upgraded or left unused until they breakdown. Once they do they bury them. That's why there are robots that don't usually serve a purpose (like Crushinator, what does a moonfarmer need that for anyway)

mazaite

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« Reply #3 on: 08-18-2003 19:16 »

The Crushinator was a tractor like vehicle thing. Every moon farmer needs one of those.
Teral

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« Reply #4 on: 08-18-2003 19:48 »

Turning back to the original question: I guess poor Vladimir was just out of luck. The spareparts he needed probably went out of production decades ago (he is afterall built 200 years ago), and his memory circuits wouldn't be compatible with the modern equipment and/or programs.

I have several 5.25'' floppy discs around, all in almost mint condition (don't ask), yet I can't use them for anything. 5.25'' floppys are obsolete, the programs used to write the data on them haven't existed for almost a decade, etc. Soon the same fate will befall the 3.5'' drive. I'll still have my drive, but in 3-5 years when it fails I can't get a replacement. Probably the same thing happened to Vladimir.
mazaite

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« Reply #5 on: 08-19-2003 01:59 »
« Last Edit on: 08-19-2003 01:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
...I can't use them for anything. 5.25'' floppys are obsolete, the programs used to write the data on them haven't existed for almost a decade, etc.

Hur? Doesn't XP still work with a 5.25" drive?


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Michael Zaite
Teral

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« Reply #6 on: 08-19-2003 05:33 »

They do what now? I've never heard of that, then again I stopped upgrading my OS after Win98, so I really haven't paid attention to the new stuff.

But I vividly remeber going into a computer store to buy some stuff, and just as a side, asking if they had 5.25''. Now I know that store owner have a pretty obnoxious laughter.
ThreeDLou

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« Reply #7 on: 08-19-2003 16:30 »

I doubt they bury the robots.  Most of their parts could be recycled (since everything in the future is recycled).  Or, Like in WITHW, they could be melted down and made into statues of themselves.
mazaite

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« Reply #8 on: 08-19-2003 18:16 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
But I vividly remeber going into a computer store to buy some stuff, and just as a side, asking if they had 5.25''. Now I know that store owner have a pretty obnoxious laughter.


You mean they don't put stuff on 5.25" anymore. Windows 98 will happily work a 5.25" drive.

Michael Zaite
Teral

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« Reply #9 on: 08-19-2003 18:20 »
« Last Edit on: 08-19-2003 18:20 »

 
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Originally posted by mazaite:
 
You mean they don't put stuff on 5.25" anymore.

Not around here, apparently.

Maybe the store owner just hated me.

I still stand by my explanation though.
newhook_1

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« Reply #10 on: 08-19-2003 20:39 »

 
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Originally posted by ThreeDLou:
I doubt they bury the robots.  Most of their parts could be recycled (since everything in the future is recycled).  Or, Like in WITHW, they could be melted down and made into statues of themselves.

in "A Big Peice Of Garbage" they say beer cans are made from old robots, and robots are made from old beer cans.
bob newhart

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #11 on: 08-23-2003 15:16 »

is everyone forgeting that the robots in that village were very supersticios and when a robot malfunctions or runs out of battery they probably belive that they are dead or something
Control

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« Reply #12 on: 08-24-2003 15:42 »

Computers have life spans. Short ones. For example, mine's 4 years old and it's considered ancient. (Though not as ancient as some from my high school that were built in late 80's, early 90's.) Robots are just really advanced computers. Thus, long life spans, but not eternal ones.
aslate

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« Reply #13 on: 08-24-2003 15:50 »

My Hard-Drive died, making a sort of clunk-clunk-clunk noise, does that count?

Also, it had a suicide pact with all the data on it.
Xmpel

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #14 on: 08-25-2003 02:21 »

 
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Originally posted by Control:
Computers have life spans. Short ones. For example, mine's 4 years old and it's considered ancient. (Though not as ancient as some from my high school that were built in late 80's, early 90's.) Robots are just really advanced computers. Thus, long life spans, but not eternal ones.

My "Mac plus" must be considered ancient to then. Although it still works. The computer I'm sitting on isn't my Mac Plus.
bob newhart

Delivery Boy
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« Reply #15 on: 08-25-2003 10:31 »

youre sitting on your computer!!!??
Metallica

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« Reply #16 on: 08-25-2003 21:42 »

u know what if vladimir was crushed and torn to peices?? in my comp.  shop my friends and i would tracs old obsoliete comps by dropping them alot,,   sledgehammers and an old cannonball i had (we woulddrop it on it from the roof)mabey he was trashed in an accident  u cant be repaired after that happens
Shadowstar

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #17 on: 08-25-2003 21:47 »

Well, he was buried in tact. Unless somebody goes grave robbing, I don't think that would happen.
Metallica

Bending Unit
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« Reply #18 on: 08-26-2003 22:10 »

the dirt chrushed him... he was on standby until then   ( im randomly guessing)
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