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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Logical Fallacy - Blaming the Victim
« Last post by Belgarath on April 23, 2017, 09:20:16 AM »
I actually think The Latinist captured it earlier in the thread.

Blaming the victim can be ok, and it can be completely wrong(although I don't think it's a logical fallacy in and of itself)

I think the unstated major premise in ALL blaming the victim cases is that the victim had a legal and/or moral obligation to behave in a certain way, but failed to do so.

For me I think I can apportion some blame to the victim only when there is a legal obligation for them to behave in a certain manner.  However, there's also an obligation on the other side to behave in a moral, ethical and legal manner too.  If the other side behaves outside of moral, ethical, or legal norms, then the blame apportioned to the victim gets reduced.

I suppose I could list examples, but I'm wondering if that position holds up?

Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #615
« Last post by Psax on April 23, 2017, 08:49:20 AM »
TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by daniel1948 on April 23, 2017, 08:48:38 AM »
Hook. 8/10. It still holds up. Dustin Hoffman is brilliant as Captain Hook. Currently available free on Amazon Prime Streaming.
Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by daniel1948 on April 23, 2017, 08:44:38 AM »
My guess is that Phooey is 15 years old and is terrified that by the time he is old enough to drive, he won't be allowed to because all cars will be autonomous. He's never claimed to be an adult. The fact that new technology takes time to become ubiquitous, and there will be a long lag between the first availability of autonomous cars and the disappearance of human-driven cars means that his fear is unfounded.
Tech Talk / Re: Question with networking computers
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on April 23, 2017, 08:04:08 AM »
"Packet passing". Each ship's computer is "highly qualified" in one or more routines.

More likely each ship has multiple computers, and when any are not being used for their primary task they are given packets to process. So each ship would have its own network and dozens/hundreds/thousands of processors churning away

Your mileage may vary.
Did that on the fly. However, like a modern day battlefleet the ships could be of various size, allowing for more or less space for computers. Save ten "destroyers" computer power is equal to one "cruiser", and ten cruisers equal to... etc.

Sure, but I figure if they're advanced enough to have a fleet of spacecraft large enough to benefit from distributed computing they're probably advanced enough to make processors very small and powerful.
Yep, but the problems could be larger as well.
Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by phooey on April 23, 2017, 07:41:25 AM »
Wow, that was literally a "you know you are but what am I?" post. Amazing that someone who considers themselves an adult would write that...

Now, how do you know Daniel considers himself to be an adult? 
I am curious. . . .Is there a plausible mechanism by which artificial sweeteners might cause stroke and dementia?

It doesn't look like it. The correlation is weak.
I am curious. . . .Is there a plausible mechanism by which artificial sweeteners might cause stroke and dementia?
Yeah, it turns them into hockey fans.
Member Creations / Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on April 23, 2017, 07:13:34 AM »
Question on star systems. . . .Do you think all star systems have a lot left over stuff from star formation? If a ship visits a red dwarf system, there will always be a fair amount of rocks. My understanding is that red dwarf stars did not form in early star formation so there would be some heavier elements at least.
Depends on the gravity well, I think. Betelgeuse may have sucked up everything around it already.
Forum Games / Re: 2017 SGU Forums Deadpool: GAME ON!
« Last post by SQ the ΣΛ/IGMд on April 23, 2017, 06:54:21 AM »
Erin Moran, aka Joanie from Happy Days
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