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Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 217

by pellik (#49151389) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel
Ridley Scott should never have tried to imply that Deckard was a replicant. It's a terrible choice for the movie and it's clearly not in line with the book. The story is about the dehumanization of Deckard while simultaniously humanizing the replicants. Deckard being a replicant just doesn't make sense in that context and ruins the entire point.

Comment: inter-agency sharing (Score 1) 406

by pellik (#49123273) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
My concern is this-
The NSA decrypts all messages to see if they need to read those messages. Those decrypted messages go into a database which, like the cellphone metadata database, is opened to other agencies (the police) to browse. Pretty soon the only messages the police will need a wiretap to gather are those which are easiest to collect.

Comment: Re:disgraceful lawyering (Score 2) 243

by pellik (#48433383) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant
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.

Comment: Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (Score 1) 243

by pellik (#48433357) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant
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.

Comment: Electricity price doesn't matter (Score 1) 516

by pellik (#48416551) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016
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.

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