I tell them "Yes.," "Prefer not to say.," and "I won't be donating at this time," every time they call.
The villains of the story are only looking for more donations and power within their community so that they can sway the discussion to a direction that benefits them further financially and influentially.
What "State of Fear" does advocate is funding science anonymously, allowing scientists to do science, rather than even risk feeling beholden to a certain group that very clearly is looking for a particular outcome in the studies they are funding. A worthy goal.
My timesheets have to be submitted by Friday at noon, despite that I often work after hours work on Friday nights because that's our change window. They want accurate timesheets in place before the work is done, and get upset when you have to change it later. I've been told on more than one occasion that I need to provide 100% accurate data, even if that means providing it before I know. If I don't know how late I'm working, how can I provide you with a value for how many hours I worked until I'm done? I can't tell you in advance if we'll be done at 9pm or 1am depending on what we're doing.
This is exactly why my company has timesheets due on Tuesdays for the previous week. How your situation can exist is simply beyond me.
No ego involved here. Everyone in the cubicles near me are the hunt-and-peck manner of typists. I can touch type, though I generally only use three fingers on each hand (index, middle, and thumb).
It's pretty obvious that I'm faster than my immediate peers.
For high tolerance work, automated equipment is key to production speed. But these aren't really production machines in the traditional sense - they're all low volume, and likely customized for each buyer. That means hand work.
Even automated equipment makes mistakes. When it comes to final fit ups in very robust, complicated machinery like they're taking about here, there will be hand work on even mass produced parts. Screws, bolts, actuators, etc.
Lots of assemblies get shimmed.
Tolerance stack up is an everyday problem when you have a couple hundred to a million components. Doesn't matter if your business produces hundreds of units a year, or one unit every two years. Little amounts add up to significant offsets.
When I went to junior high, the Berlin Wall was still standing in my textbooks, even though the USSR had already dissolved years ago.
So, textbooks are kept for many years, often well past their time. I could roll that same hardcover textbook into a tube.
Name a GBA game with an NES-era "password" system. Go ahead. Seriously, "early SNES games", maybe, but they were well out of THAT nonsense by the release of the GBA.
I can. Pocky & Rocky with Becky. Great game, and the password system worked rather well. It wasn't even hex, it had addtional symbols as well. The "save feature" did not work as well. You'd lose certain items, powerups, and progress. The password system had none of those issues.