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Comment Re:Kind of makes sense (Score 1) 83 83

Good point, and possibly a correct one (until I get my time machine's glitches fixed I can't offer a firm answer.) But the Earth (and by that I mean us) was a bit bit lucky. Too many collisions, life can't take hold. Too few, and likely the same result, but for different reasons, And we're "lucky" that one relatively recent collision did happen, perhaps some intelligent descendants of velociraptors might be having this discussion instead of us fragile mammals.

Comment Re:Slascode "asciifier" (Score 1) 533 533

I'm fairly sure that "asciifier" is an indecent term that should never be used on our wonderful series of these intarweb tubes. Don't you think of the children? Are you being an Insensitive Clod, or are you just smart? Oh, sorry, my bad, you're just smart. Shall we shake hands, or bump fists, or duel in the morning. (I have a prior engagement in the morning with a girl named AsQui, so I suggest the shanking hands thingy.)

Comment Re:Patents need to describe significant inventions (Score 1) 150 150

And all too many patent applications are crap for reasons of prior art or obviousness, but examiners at the USPTO don't have nearly the time to research all, or even most of them. BUT, if you hear of a patent application (or patent) that is just BS due to prior art, you can just go to the Ask Patents website (run by StackExchange and free) and ask if it's a valid one based on prior art or obviousness. Anyone can also provide answers to the questions asked, and the answers will be crowd-ranked according to correctness and reasoning. Bad patent apps will be forwarded to the USPTO and the examiners actually do listen.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 745 745

Basically, the minimal things that life requires are,1) an energy differential into which it can pump "work" and create an environment where entropy can locally decrease, 2) mathematical combinations of participating elements (which may be amino acids, or shit that we don't have a clue about) that can exploit these energy potentials and 3) the likelihood that they will at some point reproduce themselves and eventually exhibit selection for better forms of what they reproduce. We should not presume to know all of the forms that that can take, because the math says that we don't know even a small part of it.

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.