Malcolm Spudbury

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  1. Help me choose a company name (UWB radio tech product)

      Ah, come on, man.  Don't leave us hanging like this.
  2. Google suspends Huawei's Android license

      The problem is that Android isn't fully "open source".  A lot of its development is done internally at Google, and it's only open source insofar that they accept external contributions and then every so often dump a whole new version out.  What's really going to hurt Huawei is not having pre-access to the development version, meaning they can only do any development and adaptations after it's publically released.  
  3. Cancellation of an apartment rental contract

    Here's something I found out recently that I thought might be useful for people to know.   The laws regarding the termination period (Kündigungsfrist) of a rental contract were changed in 2001. Previously the termination period depended on the length of the tenancy, but now it is fixed at 3 months.   More information in German here: Mietrecht FAQ. Click on "Kündigungsfrist" on the menu at the left.   Any rental contract that was signed before 2001 may still have clauses stating longer notice periods (see below), but according to the information on the linked page, these clauses are no longer valid and the landlord is legally obliged to accept a 3 month notice of contract termination.   There are some caveats, but it looks like for most contracts this will be the case.   Old law (for both tenant and landlord): 0-5 years tenancy: 3 Months 5-8 years tenancy: 6 Months 8-10 years tenancy: 9 Months more than 10 years tenancy: 12 Months   New law: For tenant: always 3 months For landlord: 0-5 years tenancy: 3 Months 5-8 years tenancy: 6 Months more than 8 years tenancy: 9 Months
  4. "Impressum" on websites in Germany

    I just read this on slashdot:     I know that t-online will automatically generate the impressum page for sites located on their servers, but I didn't know there was a law related to it.   Does anyone know more about this? Is it really required by law?
  5. I did this recently and thought I'd mention it here because I was suprised by how easy it was, considering we're in Germany:   I'd put off exchanging it for the last 3 years because I thought I'd probably have to fill in loads of forms, and it probably wouldn't be worth the effort anyway since the address on the british one was still valid.   That all changed recently when the address became invalid, so I braced myself for the bureaucracy and headed off down to the Führerscheinstelle at the KVR in Implerstrasse. After waiting around 15 minutes in the waiting room my number came up and I went into the office... only to be told I was in the wrong place - they only exchanged German licenses and I should have gone to the office in Eichstätterstr on the other side of town!   The woman was quite nice about it though - she gave me a little note saying I didn't have to wait again and I was allowed to go straight in to the other office ahead of the 20-odd people who were already waiting there.   In the end, all I had to do was give them a photo, my passport and my old license, pay the fee (35 euros) and sign in the box. I didn't have to fill in any forms - they got all the info from their computer with my passport number - so I was in the office for no longer than about 10 minutes.   I got the new license about 4 weeks later. They took my old one off me, but I kept a photocopy of it just in case. I'm wondering if it's worth contacting the UK authority and telling them I've lost it...