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  • Location Munich
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  • Year of birth 1979

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  1. The War in Ukraine

    😂😂  love it.
  2. In all fairness neither does Renegadefurther.
  3.   And in the meantime, I just got the biggest dividend payout ever from my Vanguard ETFs as compensation for doing precisely nothing. Enough for a lot of gas 🥂 
  4. I've just posted a silly photo

      Still, boobs. It could be worse (no boobs).
  5. Difficult landlord

    These are two separate things: first, I’m sorry for your difficulties with your landlord. When my tenants tell me stuff like a toilet is not working I get it fixed asap, as it should be. However, your problems with the electricity provider are of your own doing and you have to solve them yourself, if your German is not up to scratch get a friend to help you or whatever. I couldn’t care less about my tenants electricity or gas contracts or problems - they’re not included in the rental contract for a reason.  The meter number information must be available somewhere in the building, or the Hausmeister has it. To be honest, I don’t know the meter numbers of my rentals - I’d really have to dig to find them. 
  6. Buying power, inflation and others

    I’d wager that bond rates of 4% when inflation is at 8% is absolutely not a problem for governments - specially considering that older bonds are at 0% or something. Inflation is after all a time tested tool to pass wealth from bond creditors to bond debtors. 
  7. The War in Ukraine

        I prepared a graph for you: Greece had a sharp growth bubble in part by playing with the numbers, and when the big crisis hit they couldn't swim. Their economy is not destroyed, it just popped to a lower level. Their GDP ist still 13x bigger than in 1970. Germany or no Germany the bubble would have popped, as the world doesn't owe Greece the kind of growth they had between 2000 and 2008.  
  8. Oktoberfest poster 2022

    Like always with these graphs a log plot is better. An inflation of “merely” 3.5% per year will give us this price evolution. The price of a six pack of beer in the USA has gone though a similar (though not quite as steep, possibly because it’s supermarket prices) evolution from $1.5 in 1950 to $9 in 2018. It’s probably around $11 nowadays.   that said, I also demand cheaper beer   
  9. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

      In the office he can be reached with 100% certainty, that's the big difference. 
  10. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    yeah, or if you are a policeman, or doctor, or plumber, or shop assistant. We are nothing but the sum of our life choices and there's nothing  wrong with that, but no reason to be jealous or intolerant of one another either.
  11. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

      Yep, though I'm against home office as a basic right- because I see some people abusing it at the moment, not in my team but in a couple projects I manage or am part of.  As long as someone is generally reachable during working hours (over skype/Laptop, not only phone) and reach the targets on a reasonable schedule I can't care less about his or her workplace or schedule - my team knows this and they're all good. But that's a privilege that must be  easy to revoke when someone repeatedly doesn't play along. We have this problem with a few idiots, unfortunately, and it pisses me off for many reasons.
  12. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

      I manage the electrical engineering and control team at my company. I was there Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-10 hours/day mostly debugging hardware, Tuesday and today in homeoffice doing videocalls, analysing trials results and writing reports. There's no reason to be at Tesla everyday, car industry or not, besides Musk being slightly autistic and wanting everybody to have his works ethics. Small facts like work-life/family balance (he doesn't have any), or that 99.5% of his workers are never going to become multi-millionaires or bankrupt for that matter through their jobs and thus do not really have that added motivation to sleep on the office floor don't interest him.    I actually met (in the sense of being in the same room) and heard speeches from the guy several times in 2009 - 2011 when SpaceX was still a fledging company, and Musk a regular presence at AIAA conferences. He's obviously inspirational and very driven, more still in person, but I still have no interest in working under him. It sounds very, very tiring and I have better things to do besides working.
  13. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

       My post-covid goal is two to three days per week at home. You're forgetting the corporate advantages of home office: a much bigger talent pool to hire from (this is the biggest one for me, we just got an extremely good engineer from Bad-Wuttemberg on board, he wouldn't have come without this flexibility), smaller offices, smaller parking places, and a more motivated workforce -> I've been doing some home office for years, basically since my first child was born, and love/need the flexibility. Then come the advantages for the environment, for city planning, etc.   Some in our Production department are also pissed: to those I can only tell life is made of decisions and they are what they worked for. They also have some advantages I don't have, including clocking out at 15:00 o'clock and not think about their job for the rest of the day or weekend. My wife can't do home office as well and she has studied more than any of those guys (and me).  
  14. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

      Yes, but if my boss told me I had to work 40 hours/week minimum in the office if I want to do home office I'd be left wondering about his mental health - given that I have a 40 hours/week contract and don't intend to work a single hour more*    *averaged through the year, if a deadline bites it bites.
  15. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

      40 hours per week is full time (in Germany, of course).