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  1. SquallStrife

    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.
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    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.
  3. They why is the gunman's "wrongness" a factor at all?
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    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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    Multi monitor slide show

    Thats awesome dude! I'm so glad the program worked out for you! ?
  9. "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!
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    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!!
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    Did something just happen?

    Yes sir, very at0mic! Fantastic update Ben, great to see you!
  14. 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. ?
  16. Well, there it is. End of an era. The news isn't all bad, Dave assures me that the forums will be around for a while yet! If you want to recover any articles, the Wayback Machine is probably now your best bet. Of course, Dan's Data and others still have their sites about. Let's link them here for posterity, and to show some love! Everyone raise a beer to our benevolent overlords Dave and Ben, and to the end of the empire they built together. The reason we're all here. Love your work, guys. Thanks for everything!
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    Where does everybody live these days?

    Still in Brisbane. ?
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    PAX AUS 2018

    I'm shattered that I won't get to go this year. Especially since I would've got to meet all my new Twitch friends! I'll be there in spirit though!
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    my politics

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    my politics

    It also requires far less thinking to just rattle off names, than actually look at the numbers and consider the viability of what you're proposing. For instance, have you contemplated the policing and judicial costs of your ridiculously draconian adultery laws? Or are you of the mindset that "no cost is too great" when it comes to imposing your personal beliefs on others? In which case, how do you ever expect to be taken seriously? Seriously, how??
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    Very unwell family

    These things always happen in clusters, remember to take time for yourself chrisg, and practice self care.
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    my politics

    Name calling would be calling him an idiot. He's being hypocritical. He is a hypocrite. It's completely objective.
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    my politics

    But what people do to each other's genitals is entirely the government's business. Fucking hypocrite.
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    my politics

    Thing bad, except when thing good.