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Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 666

I knew a couple just over 20 years ago who wanted to get married. They went to the German authorities to see what hoops had to be jumped through and he described what came next. He had Canadian and US citizenship (I think) and she was German.

  • Have either of you been married before?
  • Yes, both
  • Do either of you have children?
  • Yes, both
  • Are any of these children under 18?
  • Yes, they all are.
  • oh, Scheisse

So then they tried Plan B.
He rang the equivalent office in Denmark. They had one question: When do you want to come around?. They got married in Denmark. The marriage was just as "legal" as though it had taken place in Germany.

Comment: Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 1) 666

This is all about whether an EU citizen should also wish to be a citizen of the US, it is not about Central America or Mexico. I have EU citizenship and have absolutely no intention of going to the US for any purpose other than tourism, something I have not bothered with for 13 years now.
I know some US citizens here who are trying to find ways of making their stay here long-term. Just anecdotal evidence, I have no idea how many people are affected or how difficult it is for them to stay.

Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 666

Surprisingly, very few countries let you have all the benefits of being a citizen without requiring you to pay taxes for them. I hear they won't even let you have free healthcare in the UK if you're not a taxpaying UK citizen. Governments are so selfish.

I don't know about the business with denying free healthcare in the UK, although it sounds as though that could violate EU laws. I would expect an EU citizen living - and paying taxes - in the UK to have access to the same benefits as UK citizens there. I am a citizen of one EU country and live in another. I pay my taxes where I live, and to the tax-authorities here. The country I am a citizen of does not get to see any of this.

My personal standpoint is that the hassles associated with the IRS are sufficient reason to avoid US citizenship, unless the child in question plans to live in the US at some point.

Comment: Re:thanks for sharing kapersky (Score 1) 131

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49058913) Attached to: Bank Hackers Steal Millions Via Malware

Not quite. That particular malware makes it into their database so other customers should be slightly safer.
I'm not sure how effective this anonymity through obscurity is though, presumably people in Kiev know which bank's ATMs randomly regurgitate cash. It will also have been reported so Ukranian (or Russian) speakers will be able to use Yandex or Google.

Comment: Re:Precondition: Rail Baltic (Score 2) 149

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49039679) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia

I really don't think it could be cost-effective.
The distance involved is greater than the Channel Tunnel, and neither Finland nor Estonia has a large enough population to make it worth that much expenditure. There is no way passenger figures will match those of the Channel Tunnel and that particular project ended in tears for investors.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 2, Informative) 297

Saying "Its a newspaper" is inadequate - the National Enquirer qualifies, so does the New York Times.
Conrad Black founded the National Post (while in charge of Hollinger) and writes for it now. He appears to have been in prison when the offending articles were published.

Comment: Re:Umm.... (Score 2) 290

Absolutely not. When the burglers get these they will be able to see if there is anyone at home before breaking in.
This means I need to be able to create ambiguity or block things completely, without interfering with my mobile phone's reception. Stopping drive-by WLAN eavesdropping is not really something I'm bothered about.

Comment: Re:Just like the economy (Score 1) 118

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#48549271) Attached to: How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

This story really surprised me - I expected that sort of behaviour from a Socialist Five Year Plan but not really from the US. Even the instructions from the Party Secretary fit: "The fish division hasn't done anything new in 20 years. Get out there and do something big and spectacular.". The main difference is that the fishing would at least initially have been reserved for party members, maybe top party members.

That story had a link to the next part which took a more modern approach. I found the whole thing fascinating.

Comment: Re:Nation uses malware to spy on ISP Customers... (Score 1) 143

Start from the countries on the list: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria, Pakistan. The percentages added up to 100, a surprise because I would expect at least one or two percent to be "other". That makes me mistrust the figures a bit.

"Significant" countries not on the list include: the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, Israel, Japan, Australia, France, Turkey, Yemen, Iraq, Syria or any of the smaller Gulf States such as Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai. What is also interesting is that Snowden has said nothing about it.

That makes it look a bit like a co-production to me, one state organisation produced it but they shared it with at least one other country.
Russia being top back around 2008-2011 implicates some of the main western countries.
Saudi Arabia being so high on the list implicates Israel, Gulf States, or possibly the U.S.
Austria could possibly point towards Israel.
Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan point towards the U.S.
Mexico being up there implicates the U.S.
Ireland? The only reason I can see for them being on the list is Transatlantic Cables. The GCHQ would maybe care that much.

I would expect the country which produced this to have infected some servers in their own country, to deflect suspicion.
Finally, one significant political event in 2011 was the fall of Mubarak in Egypt. If they were behind it then the dates when it was inactive would make sense, so would the subsequent reappearance. Do they have the ability?

Comment: Re:Summary is hogwash (Score 1) 271

Looking at the Article, I see that with "Imports City" the customer is required to sign a form acknowledging there's a GPS unit in their vehicle. The article does *not* say that he got his car from them, or even any other dealership in Raleigh NC although that is implied. He kidnapped a random person and drove her to a hideout two hours away? Sheesh.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington