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** You're missing the big point here: so what if she knows? She CAN'T tell anyone, or Rusty will find out Big Guy isn't a real robot. And as his "mother", she loves him too much to put her potential success over her child's happiness and welfare.

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*** Also, Quark Industries security is a complete joke.

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** There's also the fact that Dr. Slate's response was more along the lines of "I thought so" than shock. Seems she was suspicious about Big Guy for a while before the reveal.


** The giant "Spider" bot that the Legion used, forcefully shut down Rusty's body before making the transfer. Rusty's AI "woke up" in a software based "containment field." Considering how badly Donovan wants Rusty scrapped, and how risky this is for Dr. Slate, it's not surprising that Rusty's "learned Rustiness" doesn't have a backup. In fact, it's amazing that Dr. Slate has backups of the original software.



*** This might be true but when a toaster breaks its clearly just overdoing its origional purpose and shows no intention of burning the toast. They seem to have decided to create the robot city and unless its a logical conclusion of programming they started with its likely an emotional decision.

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*** This might be true but when a toaster breaks its clearly just overdoing its origional original purpose and shows no intention of burning the toast. They seem to have decided to create the robot city and unless its a logical conclusion of programming they started with its likely an emotional decision.

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*** Rusty has been shown to be scarily intelligent on numerous occasions. The most prominent are when he tricked Pierre into attacking Neuggog, and tricked the evil space-station AI into installing his back-up emotion grid.


* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a terrible shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits.

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* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a terrible shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits.hits.
** The primary reason is likely that the BGY Commission wanted a replacement for Big Guy as Lt Hunter would eventually have to retire or die of old age and his own human needs (such as sick days, vacation days, off time) means that he's not truly able to be a round-the-clock hero. In addition, the Big Guy requires a lot of secondary and tertiary hardware (as well as a full pit crew) to maintain. Rusty, on the other hand, just needs some power-down time to recharge his batteries and can effectively patrol the city at all times. And his entire maintenance department is one scientist (admittedly a very brilliant scientist, but still one person nonetheless).

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*** Given their creator's disappointment with them, it's likely that they weren't given a directive at all when activated, and so concluded on their own that "building Robotopia" was their prime directive and single-mindedly pursued this to the exclusion of all else, just like a machine.

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*** Considering Rusty flat out stole the Anti-Neutrino Tube from a local plant, it's likely that whatever he couldn't find by asking, he either salvaged from scrapyards or just took em from things that other people wouldn't miss. Even when he stole the Tube, it wasn't until the Big Guy did a particle scan that they found out it was him, so the kid can be pretty sneaky.


* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a terrible shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits. Maybe even upgrade a couple of his guns.

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* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a terrible shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits. Maybe even upgrade a couple of his guns.


* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a trouble shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits. Maybe even upgrade a couple of his guns.

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* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a trouble terrible shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits. Maybe even upgrade a couple of his guns.


*** This might be true but when a toaster breaks its clearly just overdoing its origional purpose and shows no intention of burning the toast. They seem to have decided to create the robot city and unless its a logical conclusion of programming they started with its likely an emotional decision.

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*** This might be true but when a toaster breaks its clearly just overdoing its origional purpose and shows no intention of burning the toast. They seem to have decided to create the robot city and unless its a logical conclusion of programming they started with its likely an emotional decision.decision.
* Rusty was developed to replace Big Guy as Quark felt he was becoming obsolete. On a couple of occasions it is shown that Rusty is indeed more powerful than Big Guy, but due to his inexperience he doesn't use his skills to their fullest potential. Case in point, [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy he's a trouble shot]]. So here's a good question: Why not give Big Guy some new upgrades? Surely they could at the very least give him some stronger armor so he could take even more hits. Maybe even upgrade a couple of his guns.


** [[TwoWords Three Words]]: NotNowKiddo. [[AnAesop The Moral]]: Parents need to pay more attention to their kids. [[FantasticAesop Especially when their kids are state-of-the-art robots!]]

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** [[TwoWords Three Words]]: A reason: NotNowKiddo. [[AnAesop The Moral]]: Parents need to pay more attention to their kids. [[FantasticAesop Especially when their kids are state-of-the-art robots!]]


*** Except that anything that can be transmitted can be stored in static form. You can just make a recording of the transmission and store that, like an audio tape. It's more likely that there had never been a need for a copy of Rusty upto that point, and so Dr. Slate had imprudently failed to make one thanks to PlotInducedStupidity.

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*** Except that anything that can be transmitted can be stored in static form. You can just make a recording of the transmission and store that, like an audio tape. It's more likely that there had never been a need for a copy of Rusty upto that point, and so Dr. Slate had imprudently failed to make one thanks to PlotInducedStupidity.plot induced stupidity.

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*** Cue EP-372, aka Earl. Dr. Slate actually built, and scrapped, her first intelligent robot because he was little more than a jingoistic, snarling little soldier barely able to follow unflinchingly every single order they threw at him. As far as the world is concerned, Big Guy is a jingoistic bot able to protect and serve, beloved but still constrained by his limits, while Rusty is the first self-aware robot able to mature, feel emotions and interact in a meaningful way with humanity. In a way, Big Guy may be sentient, but Rusty is truly alive.

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**** We have rebreather technology today. Why would the Big Guy not be so equipped? A reasonable margin of safety would give enough capacity for Dwayne and the smaller Erica to survive the trip.

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