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Need Directions? Might Not Want To Ask a Transit Rider

Jaden42 Obviously... (97 comments)

Unless, of course, you need directions on how to use the transit system.

about a year ago

Cell Phones As a Dirty Bomb Detection Network

Jaden42 Re:Dirty bomb detector (103 comments)

Is that you, Mr. Takei?

about a year and a half ago

Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

Jaden42 Re:Wrong mediocre 90s musician. (210 comments)

Ugh you are right. Apologies. My want to get that joke out there trumped fact checking. Do I get points if I am still laughing inside though?

about 2 years ago

Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

Jaden42 Irony! (210 comments)

Someone should inform Jewel that this is an appropriate example of irony!

about 2 years ago

US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

Jaden42 Re:Man, oh man! (582 comments)

No, but they could die (or at least suffer harm) if the mail was something like insulin or heart medication.

Merrly being snarky does not make a convincing argument.


The Postmaster General has already confirmed that mail-order medicine will continue to be delivered on Saturday.

about 2 years ago

Amsterdam Using Airbnb Listings To Identify Illegal Hotels

Jaden42 Re:Don't rent vacation rentals in Amsterdam! (141 comments)

Yes that is true but don't worry. Your kind usually go back to their home country at the end of your trip.

about 2 years ago

AT&T Won't Block Black Hat Eavesdropping Demo

Jaden42 Re:Street Creds (126 comments)

I wonder how many will actually cut AT&T some slack or give them credit for NOT interfering?

\insert is this your first time on slashdot joke here\

more than 4 years ago

Did We Lose the Privacy War?

Jaden42 Accept and enjoy! (521 comments)

I never understood why people didn't want to be catalogued. I think life would be lovely if everywhere I went, everyone knew what I wanted.

That can't *possibly* be a bad thing!

more than 4 years ago

Gun With Wireless Arming Signal Goes On Sale Soon

Jaden42 Re:Wait hold on mugger... (457 comments)

I believe the target market here is peace officers; so their guns cannot be taken from them and used against them. Not you and me.

about 5 years ago

China Slams Clinton's Call For Internet Freedom

Jaden42 Not answering the real issues (235 comments)

Talk about a non-responsive response: "Our rules don't allow for hacking and violations of citizen's privacy".

Considering the state of privacy there, they certainly aren't lying.

about 5 years ago

Twitter Says Your Tweets Belong To You

Jaden42 Re:And so... (102 comments)

Or gained...

more than 5 years ago

MS Excel Users Susceptible To New Vulnerability

Jaden42 Re:OO to the rescue? (64 comments)

Well, that, or not opening unexpected spreadsheets emailed to you by random strangers.

Or not have friends who do the same thing.

And they'll tell two friends... and they'll tell two friends..

more than 5 years ago

Why Not To Shout At Your Disk Array

Jaden42 Re:On colors of sound (125 comments)

And are those kept near the nuclear wessels?

Sorry, could not resist.

more than 5 years ago

If Not America, Then Where?

Jaden42 Re:The Netherlands (2349 comments)

I actually am an American living in the Netherlands. I didn't take the time to read the other posts (sorry!) to see if someone else had posted this information but I thought I'd do it anyway since I have a personal interest.

I moved here about 6 months ago with the help of the company I work for. Because of my salary I was allowed to get what is called a "Knowledge Migrant" (kennismigrant) visa. This is a special "fast track" visa that is granted to people who make over 45,000 euros if they are over 30 or 32,600 euros if you under under 30. It allows me to bypass most processes for migration (no requirement for degrees, language classes, etc) but does NOT allow me access to the public health or pension system. Because I was able to follow the kennismigrant procecss, it was fairly simple to get settled in. Also, since I will likely be subject to the 30% tax ruling (an beneficial ruling) I will be able to swap my US drivers license for a Dutch one without taking any tests or classes. Being that Dutch driving classes can run into the 1000s of euros this is a good thing.

Life in the Netherlands is nice and the country is great. They say that 80-90% of the Dutch people speak English which I find to be accurate. I am always able to get around with English and the few Dutch words I know. I am currently enrolled in classes to learn Dutch, but it's an incredibly difficult language because the two languages I already speak fluently (English and Spanish) have virtually no relationship to Dutch besides some common sounding words. The society here is fairly modern and you can get everything you need at any time, except Sunday. Everything is closed on Sundays except for restaurants, which generally open around 4 in the afternoon.

I found this article of particular interest because often time, especially from Americans, I hear things like "This country is stupid and I'd love to leave". After living in a few different countries now, I can honestly say I'd rather live no where else permanently but the US. The Netherlands and the the UK (the other place I spent considerable time) are great places, but it's not home. Life in other countries is very inconvenient (yes, I know, an American comment) and the people are generally much more orderly and nicer in the US. This may seem like a shock to people in the US (and a shock to people outside the US too) but I truly believe that is how it is. Simple things like standing in a line to wait for services or having a quick meal do not exist here. I know that for some people that is a charm, but for me it's an annoyance.

As a final note, I recently sent my entire team (10 Dutch guys) back to the US for training on our product. It was in the SF Bay Area and they all had a great time. The weather was perfect, the people were nice, and they all particular enjoyed Starbucks (the Dutch are huge coffee drinkers). When they all came back, each and every one of them pointedly asked me why the hell I would move here and leave San Francisco. It was nice validation for me and the US and makes me even more anixous to one day return.

I hope this post has given some insight to some people. Until you have truly lived somewhere else you won't understand how lucky we are in the US. Simply visiting a country on vacation does not give you the proper insight. You really need to experience daily life in other parts of the world to understand how good you have it.

more than 8 years ago


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