The lesson, as always: With government, months means years.
(By the way, that NYT article is interesting insofar that people have written papers describing how the Large Hadron Collider is being sabotaged from the future.
A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.
Bizarre. The papers which put forth these theories are here and here.)
(Edited: Justin beat me to it!)