I don't think this guy should be pittied at all! It was mostly likely a deliberate action to fund his research.
I'll tell you, years back, there was a similar situation, only with an OLDER laptop (therefor hotter to the touch) and I believe the man was naked.
Anyway he burnt his genitals, sued, and this is the main reason why laptops can no longer be sold under the name laptop, but instead NOTEBOOK.
Laptop implied too much for the idiots out there.
So that's why if you go to like dell.com or gateway, or any place like that, they can only be marked as 'notebooks'.
This man sat for a good hour, with this thing on his lap and over time he said he felt a burning sensation, yet did nothing about it!
If I wanted to lay my hand on my hot stove, and it hurt, you think I would remove my hand, but you can't sue the stove company!