Because a life sentence (and other sentences) doesn't mean it will happen for that whole period of time. You can be eligible for parole before the time is up. By having multiple sentences or ridiculous amounts of time, it raises the bar high enough to prevent some people from EVER getting out.
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This does nothing except provide a tax write off and stroke the giver ego.
Do real scientist do this for the money and the prizes? No.
Providing a wad of cash provides no extra incentive.
If the real goal is to change the overall culture of enourgaging science - its still misguided.
Why not take that $$ and use it for more grant proposals and set fund science VC style and get more incubators?
For 500GB you are looking at 46.50 or $70 a month for storage alone. I'd think the transfer costs (HTTP traffic) would be pennies based on the traffic patterns described.
You won't be able to use rsync
The requirements sound like you need knowledge management system. Not a content management system.
Of course that being said (without knowing the requirements), why wouldn't a wiki work? There are lots of wiki solutions available.
Since using technique involves reverse engineering the chip, this is a clear violation of the DMCA. So just find your local attorney and prosecute.
Problem solved. Nothing to see here move along. Thanks for playing.
Allow licenses for trips into space for private citizens via private corporations. Those who can afford it would fund the cost to get it done. In the quest to standardize and get more travelers, the cost would go down. Possibly low enough to be cost effective that NASA would then transition to the best provider.
His worm had a little bug in it and see what happened to him