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Comment: One of the causes? (Score 1) 379

by gmclapp (#47037857) Attached to: Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming
Maybe I'm too late commenting and this isn't going to get any attention, but I was under the impression through reading articles about the situation that wildfires worsening in California is mainly due to the fact that we suppress what would ordinarily be small routine burns that need to happen to keep forests healthy. By suppressing these, the buildup of undergrowth makes the ones we can't control much worse.

I'm not saying global warming couldn't be one of the factors contributing to worsening conditions, but I don't think it can shoulder the lion's share of the blame.

Comment: Re:I'm not entirely sure how it merited a patent i (Score 1) 408

by gmclapp (#46692603) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?
I'd flavor your comment with this:

The term "obvious" in the patent world has been significantly watered down in recent times. Consider for example that adding an eraser to the back of a pencil was considered "obvious" and therefore, not patentable in its time.

Comment: Cruel and unusual punishment (Score 1) 914

First, this is an incredibly evil idea. Why would we dedicate any more time and money to these people? When does inventing new forms of torture tax society more than the criminals?

Second, a good gut check for the consideration of new tools for the government is this: "How will this be abused?" I think the implications here speak for themselves.

Finally, What gives you the right to inflict these kinds of hypothetical punishment? When have you become worse than the criminal that you're punishing? This post is ethically disgusting.

Comment: Re:The human body did not evolve to live on ships (Score 1) 267

by gmclapp (#46122903) Attached to: The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space
I've found the only way to get 'good' science articles is via direct press release. And most scientists, engineers etc. heave a big sigh, throw their hands up and say: "well, they're not gonna fucking get it anyway, so why bother." I know I do.

Sometimes I pretend to be a more stereotypically introverted engineer than I am to avoid stupid conversations that revolve around sensationalized 'news' like this.

Can we do ? Yep. Will people get hurt? Yep, probably. Is it worth it? Yeah, maybe.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."