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  1. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

      The Nuremberg - Munich RE is one of the fewest, if not the only regional train using the fast ICE track. Yes, it is once every 2 hours because otherwise this track is used by ICEs. This is not the only way to get between the cities, but the fastest one: it takes 2 hours. Alternative trains use "normal" tracks, the travel time is 3 hours.   Of course, ICE is only 1 hour, but you pay much more for that privilege, unless you are lucky to get some discounted tickets.   This train was always full, and I don't think this will change for worse. It will be the same.
  2. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    Nope. IC/ICE are operated by DB Fernverkehr, RE/RB are operated by DB Regio (and a bunch of private railway companies), these are separate companies, and their business model is also different: DB Regio relies on subsidies from the local governments to keep the prices low, DB Fernverkehr is a for-profit company.     Now, it works like this: DB Regio will get a bigger subsidy from the local governments, and the latter will get compensated by the federal government. For rail operators nothing will change, for the local governments, it will be a big bureaucratic pain.       
  3. 3G in Restaurants?

      We remember, Mr. HIV. 
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  5. 3G in Restaurants?

    Let's bet, Mr. HIV?   I am over 30, and I am 4 times vaccinated (can attach a proof). If by Christmas I am not dead, you will eat your socks and upload the video on Youtube. Deal?
  6. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    Regarding idiot husbands: a German couple stop their car and ask for directions. I say "I have no idea, let me check Google Maps. I show the route on my phone to the lady and then I see that she is using Google Maps and has exactly the same route planned on her phone.   Her husband looks skeptically: "Should this route be trusted?"   I said, "Yes, follow it and you will get to the destination".   The husband thanks, and drives forward.   This is how "I do not need a smartphone" people usually function: they rely on other people using smartphone. It's a bit similar to antivaxxers, isn't it?   P.S. I am not against old school paper map and compass, but in Germany only mountaineers seem to use it.
  7. 3G in Restaurants?

    We are not accepting a huge number of deaths in traffic as part of life, and as a result of road safety policies - guess what - the number of accidents goes down. Precisely because we do care, they are going down.    I do not agree with all those policies, e.g. the Greens wanting to introduce a speed limit on the Autobahn. But you cannot deny those policies work.     
  8. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    Since some of you might travel to the Alps or other places with poor or non existent mobile reception: the 112 emergency number works even when you do not have reception. Put your phone on airplane mode, but take it with you so you can call the emergency services (even not for you, for someone else!)   The 112 calls use the networks of all operators (near the border also Austrian networks), and these calls have priority over all other calls.    I needed to call it once in 2017. They said to wait 10 minutes if nobody calls back, call again. I did it, and they connected me to the helicopter rescue team: they were trying to call me, but they couldn't reach me. So, we connected with each other via a 112 call.     
  9. 3G in Restaurants?

    So you are doing your best to reduce the chance of dying in traffic, but you are against reducing the chance of catching a disease? Why?   Should we wait until it becomes an epidemic and do nothing? Why?
  10. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    When I had neither a phone nor a computer I was addicted to books. Reading 24/7. Did I talk to people more because of this? No.    Was I more focused when crossing the road with the book in my hands? No.    But books are not "like drugs" because it is not EVIL TECHNOLOGY. 
  11. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    No need for coins and change = pay with the credit/debit card.    Prices like 9.99 or 89.70 suppose to encourage the use of credit cards, but in practice, Germans love their buckets of 1-Eurocent coins.   
  12. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

      That's because Monatskarte AB costs 86 euro/month. That's a lot of money for at least 10% of Berliners.    Now, how many Berliners will risk Schwarzfahren fine for 9 euro savings? I speculate, a few of them. My speculation is that BVG will hire much fewer ticket controllers: they get the money covered from the federal government anyway. 
  13. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

      My assumption is they will not. Deutsche Bahn is very sad when discounted tickets like Bayern Ticket is shared by people who are not traveling together, e.g. Bayreuth students traveling from Bayreuth to Nuremberg and then giving this ticket to Nuremberg students traveling to Munich, so the required the names of all travelers to be written in the ticket to stop this. But in practice ID was asked once out of my 1000 travels.   Bayern Ticket was 20-25 euro per DAY, and here it is 9 euro per month, or 9 euro per 3 months? It's peanuts, so they will be even less motivated to check IDs, and even when they do check they will accept whatever card you have with you. 
  14. 3G in Restaurants?

    I am not a reckless driver like you (ask my insurance company).   If you want to die there are much better, painless ways to do so. Catching an infectious disease is the worst way to die.    
  15. 3G in Restaurants?

    Documentation. I have a vaccine card, but it is written with a doctor's script, unreadable. I was trying to find a scar on my left hand but to no avail. 
  16. 3G in Restaurants?

      I was waiting for you. So, you lied about being an "I support all vaccines except COVID-19". You are an anti-vax with zero education. You do not know what is addiction, so you probably thought you offended me.    Yes, I am a life addict, I want to live at least until 75 y.o. so I can get back all the money I gave to the German pension system.    You are looking to win the Darwin award? Your choice, your pension money will be used by the government very well. 
  17. 3G in Restaurants?

    Mr. "vaccine causes HIV" is discovering stock photos 
  18. 3G in Restaurants?

    I wouldn't count on it. It can transmit through eyes and skin contact, as well as through clothes. There are two cases in Israel, both returnees from Western Europe, who got it at some parties. Good that I hate clubs and parties anyway.    My mother claims I am vaccinated against smallpox, and this vaccine is good for monkeypox, too.    But there is no documentation of this. I think I will revaccinate anyway when possible.
  19. 9€ Transit Ticket: where are you going?

    I would doubt that. I am one of the few persons on this forum (if not the only one) who used Nahverkehr to as far as Rostock (from Nuremberg). I loved it, but I don't think this is something many people would like to do just because you pay 9 euro instead of 40.   Rather, this ticket will be used by people who are buying Länder Tickets every weekend anyway. I also don't expect anyone to stop driving because of this. It's not money that motivates people to drive, it's lack of trains and buses. 
  20. The War in Ukraine

    Smart people wrote an article on the obvious: We Should Say It. Russia Is Fascist.  
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  22. The War in Ukraine

    I would agree if we had only electric/hybrid cars on the roads. But for now, we have pollution. BTW, buses and trains also need steel, and the railway lines, too. 
  23. The War in Ukraine

    While Germans will drink fewer beers, Africans will die of hunger.   Ukraine is a major wheat producer and exporter to African countries. Despite the situation, there is enough wheat to feed everyone. The problem is logistics: the Russians are blocking all Ukrainian ports. The EU has offered help, but you need a railway to transport to the border, then a lot of trucks to the ports of Romania and Bulgaria.    But: those EU countries do not have enough transportation capacity, so only a fraction of Ukrainian wheat reaches the ports. It will be also more expensive due to this.    The top priority of Ukrainian wheat producers is to feed Ukrainians.    Expect a world hunger crisis and another wave of refugees which Germany will accommodate because it does not want to help arm Ukraine.  The greedy will pay a double price in the end.    You know what else will cost more? Steel. The Russians destroyed a major steel plant in Mariupol as well as other plants. The cost of steel will skyrocket, and so will the prices of cars, apartments etc.   
  24. First, you apply for permanent residency. Once you are done, you apply for citizenship. This process takes a lot of time, and if you lose your job in the meantime, this will be a problem. Basically, the law wants you to be able support yourself without any assistance from the state, if you prove you are able to do it, no problem. 
  25. The War in Ukraine

    You are talking about chemical weapons, people in Ukraine are talking about tactical nuclear weapons. The Russians still hold the largest nuclear power plant in Europe (6 GW power, now working at 20% capacity). It is not easy to blow up it, but they will definitely try to do this when forced to leave the station.    Now, will Putin use nuclear weapons against Ukraine as an "end game"? The probability is not zero.    A very German way of thinking: Russia has signed a treaty, and therefore, it will not use chemical or nuclear weapons.