"That unelected officials are prone to spending vast sums of other peoples money on boondoggles is practically a cliche at this point" is irrelevant at this point. This project was one of six submitted, each was evaluated by a group of internationally renowned experts (who, oddly enough, weren't elected to the post of "expert"). The six groups of experts then compared notes across all six proposals. The process was overseen by an independent monitoring panel and the results will have to be approved by representatives of Member States who are directly accountable to their (elected) Minister. This hasn't happened yet so (a) his project hasn't got the money and (b) the project won't be getting the 1B€ solely from the EU budget.
I much prefer soup o' the day to the day itself.
I'm assuming the question is rhetorical.
The FET Flagships will be 1B€ over 10 yr projects / programmes. Some of that money will come from the EU budget, some will be co-funding from EU Member States's national research programmes and some will be provided by the partners. For the purposes of discussion 1B€ / 10yrs = 100M€ pa could be
20M€ pa own resources
30M€ pa from EU
50M€ pa from Member States
Large Member States may be in for about 10M€ pa per flagship.
"I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" has the around the right number of single-entendres to provide an insight into Britishness.
I daresay the Govt could make a pretty good guess already: Porn and Euro2012 (and
/. of course).
I feel it's nit-picking a bit, but I think in fact you have some very clear ideas about what "safe" means.
I'm old (and maybe slightly ashamed) enough to recall its strapline - "the genuine champagne perry" - which seems to break more laws and regulations than your average bit-torrenter / software pirate under net neutrality.
... or that ISPs / providers of infrastructure don't demand from Google that they pay
Thomas Midgley Jr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Midgley,_Jr.). Leaded petrol and freons.
A better economist than me said "In the long run we are all dead" so I am always a bit cautious about asserting what will happen eventually - other than, of course, being dead.
"... kindly agreed to the following interview, which had been planned some months ago". I'll bet it had.
Voted "God particle" although as I did so I spotted the link between "mass" and "God". Have I been in the dark about this? Thank heavens slashdot has let there be light.
What about a Pony express rider carrying 40 or so terabyte bit sticks? Each one would be equivalent to about 8 x 10^6 Mb so even if it took the rider a week to get from one place to another I think it'd provide a data rate of ca 500Mb/s (happy to have my sums corrected).