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replicator

Any construct that acts to produce copies of itself; this could be a living organism, an idea (see meme), a program (see quine, worm, wabbit, fork bomb, and virus), a pattern in a cellular automaton (see life), or (speculatively) a robot or nanobot. It is even claimed by some that Unix and C are the symbiotic halves of an extremely successful replicator; see Unix conspiracy.
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Most replicators produce spare parts through the process of reverse engineering.
For instance, regardless of how "magical" the replicators might sound to us now, they are still technological devices.
A concern among replicators is that some companies are offering rock-bottom prices by not paying the royalties owed to the holders of patents on DVD technology.
He found that documented instance and spoke with media manufacturers and replicators around the globe about that as well as new technologies that are being used and improved.
Editorial will also cover news of the content chain, including developments affecting rights holders, content providers, replicators, vendors, media producers, and corporate and institutional users.
GE is working with a handful of major disc replicators to expand the database.
This great feature allows you to connect, say, a printer, a LAN connector card, an external monitor and a desktop mouse into one side of the replicator while the notebook plugs into the other side.
Another advantage of the new replicators is their more "general-purpose scaffolds," the core skeletons onto which functional chemical groups can later be attached, Conn says.
A single line can produce perhaps 20 million discs a year, but replicators are very secretive about actual production rates.
Most CD replicators agree that the one-sided, single-layer MMCD (or SD-DVD) would be the easiest option to produce.