What I did end up learning is the following:
- The marketing department at Jolt Cola has done a great job
- The droid designations "R2-D2" and "C3PO" do not contain enough characters to designate a particular droid.
Using a 4-digit Character/Number/Character/Number code only gives 67,600 unique numbers, not enough to stock a galaxy. This is diminished further if "R2" is the model number, giving only 260 unique numbers in the set. Most of the Expanded universe has the whole name being model designator, so there could be 100 R2-D2 units working on the same project, meaning the customer would have to assign a unique identifier to each of his droids. The films do not support this, as this designation is used as a unique name to give orders to a specific unit.
The short and the long of it is, if R2-D2 is his name, then we don't know the series name, but if it is his series model number, then we don't know his name. Deal with it.
- 1:3:8 is a very good "showers/meals/hours of sleep" ratio
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