What exactly does Rattrap mean?

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  1. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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    You know for 10 years now, I never thought to question Rattrap's exclamation of "For booting up cold", I don't even know if that is exactly what he is saying but I think it is. But I was just thinking about it, and OMG realization hit.

    He's talking about a mainframe isn't he? Booting up cold.

    Google brought me to the all famous wiki here: Booting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So I assume this process is something of an annoyance, which is why Rattrap uses this expression in annoyance? I don't know. Any thoughts? Anyone knwo the real answer? Is he not even saying "For booting up cold"?
     
  2. UltraMagnus3786

    UltraMagnus3786 That's what it is

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    I actually thought he was saying "For booting a cold." Which doesn't make any sense...

    Booting up cold does make sense though, and I like your explanation of it.

    Although in much less than a year, I'll go back to thinking "for booting a cold" and forget we even had this conversation...
     
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    Just a euphemism/expression for a difficult or inconvenient situation. One would assume the intent is that "booting up cold" is an inconvenient or uncomfortable procedure for a bot (like us having to roll out of bed early). Rattrap is then applying that to whatever circumstances he's in.

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    a cold boot is when you start your computer from being completely powered off, and it has to go though all of the standard memory,and hardware checks. As opposed to a soft reboot where the OS just reloads, but the computer's hardware isn't technically reset.

    A cold boot takes longer, there for it would be more annoying to a mechanical life form
     
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    Its another idiom where the writers have changed the basis to be technological, rather than human-based.

    Other examples include "slag", which is an accurate synonym for excrement, as slag is a waste product left over during smelting, "skid plate" as a synonym for a human rear end, which again works, as the skid plate would likely be the dirtiest part of an automotive form (which traditionally, autobots/maximals would be familiar with), as well as saying someone has "bent servos" as an analogy to being in a poor mood or "being bent out of shape", as servos are basically robot joints, and both statements refer to being in an uncomfortable position.
     
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    My personal favorite is Rattrap talking about the bar where the servant-bots walk around minus their torso plates. I like the idea that robots get cheap thrills being able to see each other's internal workings.
     
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    That's been done in Futurama as well where Bender is looking at robo-porn with computers having open cases and seeing their inner workings.
     
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    This, also known as a 'hard boot'. It was a far more common term among computer users back at the time the show was made, and the Mainframe guys and the writers would have been well familiar with it.

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    I take comfort in knowing that robots are pervs just like the rest of us.
     
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    Yeah I got that but it has to have umm premise right?
     
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    And it does. As stated by other posters, a "cold boot" is one from a completely shut off state, which would likely be more inconvenient.

    Hell, it doesn't even have to make a whole lot of sense, look at references to things like Turbofoxes and Petrorabbits in G1.
     
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    Like others said, a "cold boot" might be considered inconvenient/annoying for a mechanical/computerized individual.

    Though this thread is probably putting tons more thought into it than the writer, who was likely just thinking of a robotty expression with the same rhythm as "For cryin' out loud!".
     

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