It's a noun adjunct.
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?
because I was unaware that the going rate for filter units in China was $1000, and therefore didn't realize that there was a problem that this was a solution for.
If he's never seen one before, it's ingenious. I've seen one (years ago) so it seems obvious to me. *shrug*
I wouldn't say "the assumption is infeasible" makes it invalid, merely impractical. But I agree with everything else.
oh, it would work. It may not be feasible, but it would work.
true, but it still has weight, and if Ford/GM lose, they can afford to appeal it all the way to the SC.
Linus's law works perfectly well; it simply has an implicit assumption that most people don't realize: a bug is known to exist. It was never about bugs leaping out of the woodwork at passersby, it was about bugs being unable to elude a sufficiently large number of searchers.
true, but given an infinite improbability drive, one in a trillion chances will pop up nine times out of ten
Hmmm. Maybe. What does that zed stand for?
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.
I hope you have good teeth, because if you have to get a root canal without painkillers you are not going to be a happy person.
I sure hope so
yep. Though I could wish for it to be bigger. And maybe thorium reactor based. And while I'm at it, I'd like a pony