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Comment: Full blooded American here (Score 5, Informative) 643

by bhcompy (#49174147) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
...and I wouldn't trust any guarantee I received if I were in Snowden's situation. His best case scenario would be to find himself a nice country(read: not Russia) without an extradition treaty and negotiate his way there. The only way is if the president officially pardons him or he is convicted in absentia and the president commutes his sentence, but even then, they'll find something to stick on him, just like they used the IRS to take down gangsters and the mafia.

Comment: Re:serious question (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by bhcompy (#49168127) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo
The only companies left standing after 20 years are those that use acquisitions to make up for the fact that successful innovation involves a lot of luck. Google, Microsoft, and Apple all use strategic acquisitions to enhance themselves. Do you think Google created Android, YouTube, and Google Maps/Earth? Do you think Microsoft created MS-DOS, Powerpoint, and Skype? Do you think Apple created iOS, OSX, and Final Cut Pro? All of those are final products that evolved from acquisitions. They are not home grown, yet they define massive parts of their corporate identities.

Comment: Re:serious question (Score 4, Informative) 167

by bhcompy (#49167911) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo
Number one sports website, number one fantasy sports website, well regarded finance site, Flickr and Tumblr are still going strong, Yahoo Mail is still near the top in active userbase, smart investments in foreign social/search companies, etc. They do pretty well for themselves, which is why they're still around

Comment: Hmm? (Score 2, Insightful) 112

by bhcompy (#49095581) Attached to: TrueCrypt Audit Back On Track After Silence and Uncertainty

Now, almost a year later, the project is back on track. Ptacek, a cryptography expert and founder of Matasano Security, will no longer lead the cryptanalysis and the effort will no longer be crowdsourced. Instead, phase two of the audit will be handled by Cryptography Services, a team of consultants from iSEC Partners, Matasano, Intrepidus Group, and NCC Group.

Are these auditors trustworthy? At least if it's crowdsourced it's an open process.

Comment: Re:They brought it on themselves (Score 1) 379

by bhcompy (#48981363) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II
This isn't going to stop local cable monopolies, either. I have access to one gas utility, one electric utility, and one water utility. Where is my competition? The only place I actually have choices is internet/tv: cable or fiber or DSL(where I have dozens of options from DSL resellers).

Comment: Re:FWIW (Score 1) 700

by bhcompy (#48981215) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
My private school had 15 people per class, and 200 people at the most in the school. My public Jr High had 25+ people per class and over a thousand students, 3000+ students at the high school level. When you go to class with the same kids for 6 years, your social experience is much less. The private jr high and high schools that I would have attended would have been small as well. Apparently you had a tough time in public school, I didn't, but, more to the point, you found out about the real world in high school. You go to college to live that naive and you're in a worse spot than if you did it in high school. Learning how to protect yourself(both mentally and physically) is important.

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