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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

pellik Target (441 comments)

A bunch of rich guys on a private island in international waters with no laws? How long until a drug cartel with boats decides to make a quick buck?

about a month ago

Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

pellik Re:...and here we go again (184 comments)

No no, that was RAID proof the whole time. There is no redundancy of any kind in the pirate bay's system.

about a month and a half ago

Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

pellik Re:CS players cheat? (224 comments)

Or, since hacks already reach in and modify memory anyway, you just also hack the hardware id.

about 2 months ago

Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

pellik Re:disgraceful lawyering (243 comments)

Unlike a trial there isn't such a straight-forward course of action to appeal being wanted for questioning. Likewise, he can't fight extradition to the US from Swedish holding until he's already being extradited. Assange is screwed until he decides to enter the labyrinth, and he's probably twice as screwed when he does.

about 2 months ago

Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

pellik Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (243 comments)

The mere fact that 90% of discourse about government wiretapping has turned instead into a discussion about Snowden himself shows that trumping up bogus charges against Snowden is unnecessary. Instead the powers that be will silently get their revenge once all the hype dies down and the story about Snowden gets old.

about 2 months ago

Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

pellik Electricity price doesn't matter (516 comments)

The only way I could ever save money on my power bill is if I go off the grid completely.

I had been using normal PSE&G (southern NJ) and paying about $600/mo for my business. I switched to a different provider that locked me into a 10.3c/kWh supply contract. Now I pay $550/mo in delivery fees and $75/mo for supply.

I tried contacting the state agency that regulates power companies but, as expected, they neither knew nor cared what the expensive items on my bills were.

about 2 months ago

How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

pellik Re:All hail President Zuck! (72 comments)

Vote Zuckerberg 2016!

Related News: Zuckerberg candidacy announcement receives record 16 billion likes. [Slashdot.org]

about 2 months ago

First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

pellik Trapped light (79 comments)

I'm not clear on this, does all the trapped light get released at once when you open the gate? Like shine a flashlight at the thing for 6 months and create a blinding flash?

about 3 months ago

A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

pellik Re:more santcions needed? (146 comments)

I thought the Klingons were the russians?

about 3 months ago

A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

pellik Re:Jeez, just come clean (146 comments)

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power

The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the 'milky way'

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars It's a hundred thousand light years side to side It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point
We go 'round every two hundred million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth

about 3 months ago

Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

pellik aggregate loans (331 comments)

No loan program can require more then 8% of income for repayment? Simple, each lender has their own loan program! Ten loans? 80%!

about 3 months ago

Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

pellik Re:LEOs (328 comments)

Hey my first thought was "lose electron oxidation", which made about as much sense.

about 3 months ago

First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

pellik Split them up, please (243 comments)

Going with the notion that excessive regulation has it's own cost, maybe the solution here is to split up the cable giants? Comcast could easily be three separate companies- one that manages infrastructure and charges for it, one that sells TV channels to customers, and one that sells internet. The two later companies would just lease bandwidth from the former.

about 3 months ago

Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean

pellik Kerbal problem (48 comments)

I cant help but read this as Minmus.

about 3 months ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

pellik Ominous signs (580 comments)

How many really technologically savvy people have NEVER "illegally" downloaded some form of music or movie? The FBI will have none of those people working for them. While at the same time the next article on Slashdot is about yet another network intruded into for the theft of financial information. Way to go team USA.

about 3 months ago

Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

pellik Re:More importantly (393 comments)

Actually that problem is some of the best environmental news of late. When the batteries are no longer suitable for cars they still hold tremendous value for renewable energy, and since the cost of the battery has already been covered by the car purchase it will serve to subsidize the cost of energy. Also, the battery is not part of the car in the same sense as other car parts, since they are designed to be quickly swaped at charging stations to speed up 'refuel' times, so the car owner isn't responsible for it's replacement cost in the way you're implying.

about 4 months ago

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

pellik Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

Post war Detroit was far from some kind of manufacturing driven utopia. Detroit was an established industrial power before the war, then the bulk of their labor force vanished almost overnight to go fight. The labor shortage was met by tremendous immigration of the poor blacks from the south. Then the war ended and all those soldiers came back home...

There may have been a lot of high wage jobs in Detroit at that time period, but it was far from a rich city.

about 5 months ago


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