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Comment: Re:Lots of people criticize this for its obviousne (Score 1) 166

My point was that the obviousness of a solution depends heavily on whether the observer has seen the solution before or is making it up from scratch. It seems to me that the visible characteristic of an 'obvious' solution is that when you tell someone the problem ("this air filter costs $1000") they come up with the answer immediately, without much thought ("why not just take a box fan and stick a filter on it?"). Not knowing a problem exists does not necessarily make the solution non-obvious, just irrelevant. For example: suppose you don't know the sink is overflowing. "turn off the water flow" isn't relevant to you because there's no point, but is it any less of an obvious solution to the actual problem?

Comment: Re:Looks good to me (Score 1) 61

Because "be able to attack others" always winds up being a higher priority than "keep others from attacking us" in a dual-mission agency. It goes along with "the best defense is a good offense" and such mindsets, and it sounds cooler when you're selling your budget to the oversight committee.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan

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