Watch the Anime series "Planetes" to see a well thought out look at the future of the problems with space junk. The DVD extras include discussions with NASA folks.
The notion that the IOC owns the copyright to all images from the games is just plain wrong. Every video and every photo taken by every visitor to the games? I feel like power puking all over the faces of the IOC board.
And if the games cannot be made financially viable without all the network TV money, super copyright and bizarre broadcasting, then maybe they shouldn't be held at all. I for one would not miss them one bit.
Get rid of the batteries! Turn the lid into a solar cell. Third world schools don't have roofs, right? Plenty of free sunshine to run the thing.
This reminds me of the situation with the first fly-by-wire airliners. There was a lot of concern by pilots and others over the reliability of the hardware and the software. And a lot more thought goes in to designing airliners than cars.
Luckily, magic underwear was discovered and humans survived the event.
Just about every computer on the market today runs Unix, except the Mac (and nobody cares about it). -- Bill Joy 6/21/85