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Feb 24, 2012, 12:44 PM
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On the Implausibility of the Death Starís Trash Compactor.
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He makes some valid points...

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/...tars-trash-compactor


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Feb 25, 2012, 6:41 AM
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notapplicable wrote:
He makes some valid points...

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/...tars-trash-compactor

Yes, but of course, not all. He assumes that the people signing off on the trash compactor's purchase actually knew & understood the engineering. And with the proper presentation of features that he considers defects may be spun into assets ("it's not a bug, it's a feature).


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Feb 25, 2012, 3:40 PM
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Plus he assumes the trash gets ejected into space, based on 1 ship doing so (if my memory serves) prior to going into hyperdrive or warp speed or whatever the series calls it. In that scenario, it makes perfect sense to dump the trash into space, but who says the death star is even capable of going so fast? I vaguely recall a bit in the 4th movie where they're maneuvering towards Leiah's home planet, and they definitely weren't moving at the speed of light.

There's no arguiing with the inefficiency of the system for crushing the trash, but perhaps the discarded items were valuable and/or reused in some way, therefore making the inclusion of a compactor necessary aboard such a large ship?

The trash monster reminds me of a character in 3rd book of the Lord of the Rings; some crazy forrest dweller who sings and rhymes and some other b.s. Even Tolkien confessed he didn't know exactly what purpose the character serves in the story, only saying that he probably does serve one.


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yeah, these are all solid questions... the one credit he does not give to the compactor is it's ability to heartlessly and unthinkingly continue to crush its contents, when it contains rebels that the viewer is attached to. seriously, that was a serious they-almost-died moment, and the compactor didn't even slow down or bat an eye, or stall to spare the lovable rebels... a rare moment of machinery conquering hollywood sentiment...


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If i ever have to construct a space waste disposal system, i will keep that in mind!

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