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Comment Re:Still no mention of military spending (Score 1) 2247

The DoE does a whole lot more than just "supply power" and "energy" research. It runs a large number of national laboratories including Brookehaven, Fermi Lab, Jefferson Lab, Oak Ridge, SLAC, etc. Many of these labs are not single focus and have research facilities ranging from biofuels to medicine. For example many cancer treatment technologies have originated from DoE labs, I would hope that most people here would agree that cancer research is important :)

Comment Re:This ain't a patent troll (Score 1) 171

What about any other companies/institutions who have been working on something similar also for several years? It looks like Venter's patent application is so broad that it would effectively shut down these other players who have been doing separate work in parallel. The patent system should not be a race. Sure, some guys did something special and they should be rewarded for it, the next guy also does something special but takes a little bit longer and is all of the sudden infringing upon the first guy. They both did hard work, they should both be rewarded.

Comment Re:Technically... (Score 1) 123

Was anyone else reminded of this quote? "If, he thought to himself, such amachine is a virtual impossibility, then it must logically be a finite improbability. So all I have to do in order to make one, is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed that figure into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea ... and turn it on!"

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