Bender's game - binary?

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frost3dbutts
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Bender's game - binary?

This is a frame grab of the scene in Bender's Game where the robots in Hal's Institute are going through "group therapy".

Before anyone suggests it's purely a visual gag -
1) this is Futurama
2) this is only on the screen for a second or so

I have a friend who tells me that this translates to "use a mab at me", which makes no sense!

Can anyone decipher the joke here?

Thanks.

ArgonV
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Re: Bender's game - binary?

I doubt it actually says something. The number of ones and zeros is 35, as far as I know it needs to be dividable by 8 to be a proper binary message.

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Re: Bender's game - binary?

Assuming the crossed-out-thing is a 1, it reads V;o4m in ASCII, which...doesn't make a great deal of sense.
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frost3dbutts
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Re: Bender's game - binary?

It has to say something - this is Futurama - every number has some significance.

Summed multiplying with 16-8-4-2-1 according to position, from right to left:

Ex:
1 = 1*1 = 1, which is the letter A

10101 = 1*16+0*8+1*4+0*2+1*1 = 21, which is the letter U.

1 = a
10 = b
11 = c
100 = d
101 = e
110 = f
111 = g
1000 = h
1001 = i
1010 = j
1011 = k
1100 = l
1101 = m
1110 = n
1111 = o
10000 = p
10001 = q
10010 = r
10011 = s
10100 = t
10101 = u
10110 = v
10111 = w
11000 = x
11001 = y
11010 = z

says "use a mab at me"

Clumpy
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Re: Bender's game - binary?

Hey, Futurama doesn't always go to the deepest levels of nerdery for their jokes. Remember

10 HOME
20 SWEET
30 GOTO 10

?

You have to be smart enough to get the programming reference but dumb enough to think that it won't just print "home sweet home sweet home sweet. . ." until some buffer overloads. Of course, the thing was crocheted so the same rules don't apply.

Still, Futurama's nerdery is more apparent in the more subtle humor.