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"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
Luckily DoD has funding, so no. Every other one in the last 10 years though >.>
I feel terrible for the people who aren't getting paid. For those that are pulling the whole "clearly they aren't doing anything on the regular" bit, quite a number of people are still working, and contractually obligated to work, but will not be paid for it until a budget agreement is reached. It sucks.
"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity."
- Hanlon's Razor
You're probably right. If I remember right the scientist who helped them render a simulation for Interstellar had a "why of course that's what it would look like" moment after seeing it for the first time. I don't think what it looks like had ever crossed his mind before - he was probably plenty excited by the columns of numbers.