Actually... they do work for people who pay them money. They have to get it somewhere....
There are lot of factors here, most of which resolve around the weather. The FAA has given consent for this to happen between midnight and 4am for those dates. Outside of those hours will be too disruptive to air traffic.
So consider a lab with 2 racks of equipment in it. It is considered a data center. A big part of this effort is to consolidate equipment like that into an actual data center environment (with proper cooling and power) and weed out what is not needed (there is a lot of it). Virtualizing servers where applicable is also going to help save power, which is what part of this initiative is aiming for.
For personal life, I have and use GPG, albeit rarely. Most people that I communicate with just don't get it.... Work on the other hand, nearly half of all of my communications are encrypted.
With less than 1/2 of one percent of the annual federal budget, this isn't going to happen any time soon. Maybe if we can stand down the war machine for a while....
Anyway, Constellation was looking like a viable option. Unfortunately, it was way over budget. With the scrapping of Constellation, I think we're going to see some commercial partnerships forming where the launch vehicles will be owned and possibly operated by the contractor.
...and it is what it is. I spent 10 years in the military and knocked out my first two years of school at 6 different universities between deployments. I got out and got a decent job, and established myself. At some point, I decided I should finish my degree. After talking to a number of local universities and the local B&M University of Phoenix, I chose Phoenix. And I chose them for a single reason. They accepted more credits than anyone else and offered the shortest path to completion.
Had I not been established in my field, I probably would have been pretty dissatisfied with the curriculum. However, since I was familiar with most of it, it was easy to stay ahead. And had my GI Bill not paid for it, I may be a little bitter about the experience, but since it cost me next to nothing, I can't knock it.
Like most universities, there were some great instructors and many of the genuinely cared. There There were some bad ones. It's the luck of the draw. That said, I felt like a number when dealing with anyone in administration or counseling.
Now that my undergrad is out of the way, I am pursuing my masters at a more reputable University.
"For the love of phlegm...a stupid wall of death rays. How tacky can ya get?" - Post Brothers comics