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Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 4, Insightful) 584

by hey! (#49193289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Personally, I don't see that any of these things as compelling practical advantages, given that the kids already have dual Swedish and Belgian (and therefore EU) citizenship. If they were Moldovan and South Sudanese, that'd be a different story. Or if they were citizens of a country from which getting a visa to enter the US might be difficult in the future.

But most importantly I think this is one of those decisions that you just don't make primarily on a cost-benefit basis. It's not like deciding to join Costco or subscribe to Hulu. Citizenship entails responsibilities. If you want your kids to shoulder those responsibilities and feel allegiance to the US then it makes sense to get them that citizenship come hell or high water. But given that they already have two perfectly good citizenships from two advanced western democracies with generally positive international relations worldwide, I don't see much practical advantage in adding a third.

Still, I wouldn't presume to give advice, other than this. The poster needs to examine, very carefully, that feeling he has that maybe his kids should be Americans. The way he expresses it, "sentimental reasons", makes those feelings seem pretty trivial, in which case it hardly matters if they don't become Americans. After all, most other Belgians seem to get along perfectly well without being Americans too. But if this is at all something he suspects he might seriously regret not doing, or if it nags him in ways he can't quite put his finger on, he needs to get to the bottom of that in a way random people on the Internet can't help him with.

Comment: No way (Score 2) 584

by Dunbal (#49192737) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?
Tax on their world income. Forever. Even if they never ever set foot in the US. Make them Canadian instead. Almost all of the benefits (Canadian passport gets you into almost anywhere without a visa, including the US) but Canadian tax law is sensible - you need to reside in Canada 183 days out of the year in order to be liable for tax.

Comment: Your friendly neighborhood word pedant here (Score 0) 142

by hey! (#49191827) Attached to: Developers Race To Develop VR Headsets That Won't Make Users Nauseous

... with some food for thought.

The ending '-eous' or '-ious' is added to a noun to produce an adjective that means producing whatever that noun is. Something that is 'advantageous' produces advantage for example. Something which is ignominious produce ignominy (shame, embarrassment). Something that is piteous arouses pity in the onlooker.

I think you see where I'm going with this. The word the headline writer should have used is 'nauseated', although making users nauseous in the pedantic sense would certainly be a concern for the developers of any product.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 361

by penguinoid (#49190699) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Cheaper to heavily subsidize nuclear, than face the massive cleanup costs when nothing goes wrong at a coal power plant. Do you know a safe way to deal with the massive amounts of radioactive waste that come from those coal plants? How about cleaning up the mercury, the particulates, the CO2? In coal power, the gains have always been privatized while the costs and risks socialized.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 361

by penguinoid (#49190609) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

To clarify, by "insane environmentalists" I mean people who's actions result in a higher proportion of our electricity coming from coal power plants, which in their standard operation kill fish, birds, emit radiation, cause cancer, have a global environmental impact -- and all this on a scale that dwarfs other alternatives. While the insane environmentalists don't think they support coal, what they do is oppose other power generation systems because they're not perfect leaving current coal plants as a necessity to produce the power they opposed alternatives to. Similarly, some insane environmentalists support cost-prohibitive sources of energy and leach funding from other alternatives, which would have reduced our reliance on coal and oil much more effectively.

Comment: Re:Don't call it "hand over" (Score 1) 325

No one can compel you to talk. Oh they might throw you in jail anyway for "obstruction", etc, but you still don't have to talk. And if they claim obstruction they're going to have a hard time convincing a judge/jury that you are actually committing a crime. "We think he might have pornography on his phone" won't stand up in any sane court. Fishing expeditions are not allowed otherwise the entire population can (and will) be dragged in front of a judge in the name of job creation for law enforcement.

Comment: Re:Don't call it "hand over" (Score 1) 325

This. Rights are granted from "god" and exist in all people, unless a specific law allows the government to take them away in specific circumstances. The right to silence starts at conception/birth (depending where you live) and ends when you die. As a citizen you are not constrained in anything unless the law specifically says you are. On the other hand, the government starts with no rights and requires specific laws to give it specific rights and powers. It can do nothing without previous legal authority. Anyway that's how it's SUPPOSED to work. The US has perverted this beyond all recognition.

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