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  1. SquallStrife


    I don't know how you can be surprised by this. You consider the source of your beliefs to be infallible, and un-falsifiable, and those beliefs hinge on absolutes, so there's no point discussing anything with you of any significance. I think most people that respond to your threads have already accepted that you aren't *really* interested in changing your mind, and engage mainly as a form of amusement. You aren't taken seriously. You make it impossible to take you seriously.
  2. How do you know that it "cannot be known"? Are you a doctor?
  3. What is your point? No decision in all of medicine is "for sure", it's just the best decision based on all available information. The decision that will result in the best outcome, hopefully the least possible loss of life. The law enforcement officers' decision is not made on something they know "for sure". They're only sure beyond reasonable doubt that the murderer will keep murdering, he might have been just about to stop just as they pulled the trigger. It doesn't make sense to you, and that's fine, YOU AREN'T A DOCTOR. It doesn't have to make sense to you. It makes sense to the people making the decisions though. What doesn't make sense is you projecting your dogmatic principles on to people whose situations you admit you don't understand.
  4. Clearly. Good thing there are doctors to whom it does make sense. If you don't understand it, perhaps you shouldn't be commenting on the subject.
  5. Why is innocence relevant? Why is it not always preferable to have an outcome where one life is lost instead of two?
  6. In both cases, a judgement call is made, in both cases a life is taken because the likelihood is high that inaction would result in unnecessary loss of life. Can you really not see that?
  7. Right. So... What is a bigger factor in making it OK to take his life? The fact that allowing him to continue is causing further loss of life, OR, the fact that what he's doing is "wrong"? And irrespective, you admit that preventing further loss of life is a priority? Should law enforcement NOT take the shooter's life because he MIGHT stop shooting people? Should doctors allow both mother and child to die (in that hypothetical situation), because something miraculous MIGHT prevent that from happening? Allowing someone to die "just in case" they spontaneously get cured seems pretty cruel and unnecessary, especially when the only reason for not intervening is adhering to a dogmatic absolute. OR, alternatively, should law enforcement take the life of the shooter, because it's LIKELY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that he will continue to murder bystanders? And if so, shouldn't doctors terminate a pregnancy because it's LIKELY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that, through inaction, BOTH mother and child would die?
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    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    I've never had that experience. I'm a plenty proficient typist, but I'm always acutely aware that I'm "using a keyboard to produce words on-screen", I can't just "forget" that. Closest I think I get to that kind of loss of awareness is the fact I get motion sickness in VR, but I get motion sickness at the drop of a hat.
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    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    You're still making concessions though. "Not terribly noticeable" is still noticeable right? And what about the controls? If your suspension of disbelief overcomes the fact that you literally push buttons to perform every action in the game world, why doesn't it extend to being able to know the situation of your avatar? I'm not hanging shit, I'm actually curious!
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    Cyberpunk 2077 - 48 minutes preview!

    If your immersion is broken by going from first-person to third-person, how is it not broken by the fact you're looking through a rectangular window, and effecting change with a mouse/keyboard/controller? One could argue that the third-person view gives you information about your situation that your body's proprioception would otherwise provide, making you more connected to your avatar, not less.
  11. SquallStrife

    Reflowing BGA

    Plan sounds reasonable, things I'd take under consideration: - Getting precise temperatures with a bar heater is going to be a real trial-and-error affair. Try it with something you don't care about before you operate on your projector! See if you can remove a BGA package IC without damaging the chip or the board, using the method you've planned. - Go to Jaycar and get a flux pen, rather than messing about with something you have to melt. The stuff in the pen is way way way thinner, like the viscosity of isopro, it'll wick under the chip and between the pins far more easily, and at room temperature. - I wouldn't rest anything on the BGA package while reflowing, the packages are designed to be reflow soldered under their own weight. I get the temptation, but also keep in mind that even though these parts are designed for reflow soldering, they are not designed to live at reflow temperatures for long periods of time. Adding something with relatively decent thermal mass like a steel nut will mean the chip will take longer to heat up, and stay hotter for longer. You say 3 minutes, that sounds like a lot to me. Note the time spent in the critical temperature zone is quite short. Perhaps more critically, the board would have been assembled with the "right" amount of solder paste applied, pushing down on the package, even just a little bit, and depending on the pin pitch, could mean enough solder gets "squished" out to cause connections between adjacent pins. - Buy or rent an infrared imaging camera if you can. An IR point-thermometer is OK, but if the IC is biggish, you'll want to make sure it's heated evenly to prevent thermal stresses from appearing. I guess at the end of the day, you've not paid much for the privilege, so you can afford to be a bit cavalier about it for the learning experience. But I think if you err on the side of caution, you'll have a better chance of success.
  12. They why is the gunman's "wrongness" a factor at all?
  13. SquallStrife

    terrorism and the law

    No. Murder and manslaughter are different crimes, even though they are both charges of taking another person's life. The difference is intent.
  14. Are you meaning to say that punishing "wrongness" is a bigger factor there than saving human lives? What the fuck is wrong with you? You might be a goat dreaming about being a man. You might have hallucinated walking and eating. The world may be a non-cartesian multiple-dimensioned body that we just see as being round because of how our vision and perception work. But, these things are beyond reasonable doubt, because they are all incredibly unlikely. Unlikely isn't impossible.
  15. If your worldview is dogmatically tied up in absolutes, then there's no point discussing anything with you. Only mathematics deals in absolute truths. Even the theoretical and applied natural sciences are predicated on the concept that statements are falsifiable. Consider a hypothetical situation where a gunman is on a spree with a fully automatic belt-fed gun, and it's not possible to get close enough to incapacitate him non-lethally. If you take the absolute position that you must not take his life, what do you do? Do you simply let him keep mowing down people until he runs out of ammunition? Of course not, that's absurd. You don't know "for sure" that he's going to keep firing, you don't know "for sure" that his bullets will continue to find their targets, but it's beyond reasonable doubt that more people will die unless something is done.
  16. Nobody can know anything "for sure". Which is why, in court, you prove your case "beyond reasonable doubt". Yes, that applies to murder cases too.
  17. SquallStrife

    Multi monitor slide show

    Thats awesome dude! I'm so glad the program worked out for you! ?
  18. "The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another." Did you perhaps forget to read the definition of murder? HMMMMMMMMMMMMM????? Let me re-iterate, if a doctor determines that INACTION will cause the loss of TWO lives, while an ABORTION will reduce this to the loss of ONE life, he is not only legally obligated, but ethically and morally obligated to minimise the loss of life. If he fails to perform, or at least recommend the abortion in this instance, he is not only negligent in his duty of care, but ethically and morally bankrupt, for consciously choosing a path leading to the loss of more lives, over one leading to the loss of fewer. People CAN and HAVE been charged with manslaughter by way of gross negligence for choosing inaction, where choosing action would have saved a life. In the EXACT SAME WAY that police officers and armed forces personnel are ethically and morally obligated to take one life / a few lives to save many as part of their duty.
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    The most special people

    Aw shucks! Thanks so much!! Love you guys!
  20. SquallStrife

    Magazine Clearout!

    I'm looking for the one where I was published gushing about MechWarrior 2. I think it was a "genre defining games" special of some sort. I have NFI which issue that was.
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    Did something just happen?

    Oh shit it's Tak!!
  22. SquallStrife

    Did something just happen?

    Yes sir, very at0mic! Fantastic update Ben, great to see you!
  23. Welcome to at0mic, don't feed the trolls, ignore Tak........ Oh shit it's cheekychops!!! What's goin on fam?
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    Arduino for kids.

    What's the target age group? It looks good, if in need of some editing/formatting TLC. ?