We're trying to put too much crap on the internet directly. The only thing this is going to do is cause major security problems. Now, instead of one single point of entry to secure, we have to worry about each devise.
Wait, I have a simpler solution. If you don't want to telecommute, don't take a job that requires you to telecommute.
Originally patents were for 13 years with one renewal by the original Person that applies and copyright was for 17 years with one renewal by the original Person that applies.
Go back to that and all the problems disappear.
Along with most of the patents in the world... But that's your point right?
And what's your problem with that? Patents and copyrights weren't intended for the perpetual siphoning of money to the corporations and descendants of the inventor/creator. If you can't make back your investment in 13 years with plenty of profit to spare, oh well. If someone else comes along after that, finds a market, and makes a profit - well sucks to be you, you blew it.. If you're living off the royalties of your grandfathers, or even fathers work, then get off your lazy ass and do something yourself.
Didn't they lease or sell one recently to SpaceX or one of the other private companies? Sounds like the money was already allocated as well, so what's the damage?
The damage is the cost of completing the tower (so far unspent monies) and the $840,000/year maintenance fee. Fuck that the money was already allocated bull shit. If it's not needed and won't be used, reallocate the remaining funds somewhere (preferably within NASA, since that's where the money was really allocated) it won't be nothing but waste.
This "allocated funds need to go where they were allocated no matter what the current situation" and "spend it or lose" it crap is responsible for so much waste, it's ridiculous.
slashdot, fix your damn editor to recongnise a blank line as a fucking line brake, like everyone else in this century.
This is something I really never though of before. Perhaps in the future I'll delay any non seasonal orders I plan on making two weeks or so before Christmas, until afterwords. Or order early, if I know I'll need something.
Hint: Windows is usable these days.
Yeah, if you're a preschooler used to the Mattel "My First" line of big button crap, or have poor motor skills and/or hand-eye coordination.
I'm assuming the non-digitized archive is still public domain, and third party digitization of this public domain information isn't covered by this contract?
Until the sprinkler systems malfunction, or there's a real fire and the original documents are destroyed.