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  1. 22 hours ago, yesterday said:


    Sure Ireland would be a very good place to put a factory for many of the same reasons, but it does not reallly have that history of making cars behind.

    The first Ford factory outside America was in Cork as far as I know. But you are right in general, there has been little or no auto manufacturing in Ireland in the last 40 years. 


  2. 12 minutes ago, Fietsrad said:

    I remember Schlecker as a good no-nonsense retailer, not fancy like the two that dominate the market now.


    But I did notice Schlecker stores in places with no food store, that did not seem right.

    Also to maximise usage of space, they made their aisles the bare minimum width, which was awkward for people with buggies.

    I think they underinvested for a long time to maximise cash flow and it eventually caught up with them.


  3. 4 hours ago, jeba said:

    I don't see a contradiction. As I said, it depends on the risk/benefit ratio. And that is very unfavourable for Ukraine. If I was Ukrainian, I'd want Selensky to surrender, even if it meant losing the Donbas and Luhansk provinces. I wouldn't want my country to be turned to rubble as Germany was in 1945 and the suffering and loss of life.


    Nobody wants their country to be turned to rubble, but some things are worth fighting for. Nazi ideology is not one, so your comparison is worthless.


    Nobody is going to argue that Nazi Germany should have kept fighting.


  4. On 6/3/2022, 14:09:55, klingklang77 said:


    I like quiet places, but not too quiet. I did not like Delitzsch. It was too quiet. A quiet suburb in a city, so I am not too isolated is what I want. I live in a quiet area in Munich and I could never live in the center of the city. Hopefully that clarifies things. 


    I am hearing good things about Gohlis is Leipzig.

    Gohlis and Eutritzsch are both fairly quiet.


  5. 1 hour ago, yourkeau said:

    Not only in Germany, it is everywhere in the capitalist world. 

    Grundsicherung is not only for those who lived off Hartz IV. 


    Single mothers, divorced women who work part-time on crappy jobs, some low-paid blue-collar workers, etc, do not earn enough to get a pension which is enough for living. Or they do earn, but their pension is exactly as Grundsicherung+rent. 


    A single mother gets 800 euro pension, 400 for the Wohnung, 400 for food. 

    A Hartz 4 punk gets 0 pension, Grundsicherung pays for his Wohnung, and gives 400 for food. 



    Now let's put unconditional basic income. The idea behind it is that we can fire the whole Arbeitsamt which checks if the pensioner does not get a gift. We pay hefty Beamte salaries to these people. Instead, we pay everyone, say 800 euro per month. Without any conditions attached, every citizen and permanent resident gets it.


    Now, a Hartz 4 punk gets only these 800 euro and continues punking. 


    A single mom has a choice: work and get a 800 euro pension on top of basic income, or raise a child and get no pension, just unconditional basic income. 






    It makes sense to an extent but if applied across the board, I think it would drive up wages and prices.


    If the bakery worker now has to work 10 hours a week to get 1000 euro, then he or she might do that; reduced supply of labour means cost of labour goes up so the price of bread goes up.


    And because everybody has a guaranteed basic income, they can buy more bread or nice cakes anyway ‐ meaning demand goes up, so price also goes up.


  6. 35 minutes ago, Catastrophe said:

    the german name for Oncorhynchus keta is 'Hundslachs' - therefore I guess it's theoretically okay to sell it as 'Wildlachs'. But it's not Salmo salar. It's up to you wether you want to call it salmon or not.


    This is the right answer. Salmo salar is the nice sort of Atlantic salmon. The Oncorhyncho-whatever is Pacific salmon and not as nice at all.


  7. I usually go for lunch in restaurants in the city centre in former East Germany and I usually pay between 5.50 e.g. for a chickpea and potato curry and 9 euro e.g. for Bun Bo Nam Bo or a falafel plate.


    I'm not sure how you define restaurants though; maybe these are bistros rather than restaurants i.e. usually I order at the counter and they don't have tablecloths.


    I have noticed that prices in quite a few places have gone up in the New Year e.g. a nice Thai-style vegetable curry that was 5.50 last year is now 6.50.


  8. On 30/12/2021, 17:42:57, Fietsrad said:

    Apparently there are some changes to Vertragsrecht, Contract Law, from January 1, 2022, said to favor and improve the situation of consumers/customers.


    A bit complicated, not sure I understand them. Besides, I do not belong to a gym.



    According to the linked info contracts signed from 1st of March will have a 1 month rather than 3 month notice period and they will automatically roll over for 1 month at a time, not one year, if I understand it correctly. Insurance contracts are excluded. I am not a lawyer, and I detest working out and jogging, though I do both intermittently, but not at a gym.


  9. 11 minutes ago, john g. said:

    Is it legal to ask for ID as an adult going to a restaurant? 


    Yes, as they weren't sure whether Murph was a customer or a delivery of spuds 😉


    I was also asked for ID this week at 5 guys at Alexanderplatz and the doorman was also walking around and reminding teenagers to put on their masks when they go ... while they were still eating! Obviously a petty bureaucrat who missed his calling as a ticket inspector on the S‐Bahn...


  10. I was on AG a good few years ago so I don't know if it's still the same but they would pay reasonable travel expenses to get one or two job interviews per month. You can do your interview in the morning and then sightseeing/shopping before getting the train back. It's also good experience for learning German, hearing different dialects etc!


    I had interviews in Furth, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Wurzburg and maybe a few more :)


  11. Another point in favor of consoles is that they are more social. You can play online pc games with people all over the world, but you're still sitting at a computer by yourself, whereas console games allow more social interaction and a shared experience with the people in the same room.


  12. Console games can also be educational.

    Zelda, for example, has lots of puzzles, though it also has cartoon style fighting.

    Human Resource Machine is a great programming game available on Switch, also on other platforms.

    The Switch also has some sort of kit for building robots out of cardboard iirc.


  13. If she has administrative skills she could consider:

    1. International schools may have vacancies for admin/librarian etc

    2. Call centre/tech support ‐ not the best type of work but possible if she has reasonable computer skills 

    Tbh, I don't know any native English speakers who have done Ausbildung, except perhaps in childcare for working in a kindergarten.


  14. You have to give notice formally in writing for it to take effect but it may be no harm to tell your team leader informally beforehand,  as it gives more time to find and train a replacement.


  15. How come no-one has mentioned Tatort? I've only recently started to get into them. I guess they're sort of an acquired taste. They can be all sorts: social commentary, black humour, soap opera etc.


    Football coverage is also pretty decent, but the commentary annoys me. There are two commentary channels usually on ARD, one (the standard commentary) sounds like a guy sitting on his couch and trying not to fall asleep, who namechecks maybe one player in ten, the other commentary is the audiodescription which gives a lot more detail, but neither one has any personality, humour or analysis.


    Kids tv is pretty good, particularly news for kids.


    Comedy is sorely lacking. Occasionally there's a sketch show that's watchable.


    There are a couple of quiz shows with fast questions that are pretty good.


    And there seems to be an infinite number of execrable talk shows where people sit in a circle and talk about whatever it is Germans talk about when they're having coffee and cakes.


  16. 12 hours ago, Krieg said:


    No, no and no.


    5:3 only changes the month to month calculations.  But the final amount of tax will be calculated when you file taxes.  That amount will be exactly the same amount of taxes you will pay if you file taxes as 4:4.


    The only advantage of 5:3 is that you will have the money in your pocket every month.  Provided you do not have to pay it back, because then they will assign you tax prepayments and there will be no advantage.

    My apologies, you are right. Did this change at some point in the past?


  17. 12 minutes ago, balticus said:


    If you have a Swiss/Cayman Islands/Panamanian/Uruguayan bank account and you want your pass on the contents to your heirs, record the details sufficiently so that the right people can extract anything of value.   


    Not a new problem and not a new solution.  

    7 hours ago, MadManEarle said:



    It's a solution in need of a problem I don't have. If I want my cash I'm happy going to the hole in the wall or the bank around the corner, rather than flying to Panama or Cayman Islands.


    But my point is that bitcoin is one-factor authentication, which people don't even rely on for their Facebook accounts nowadays. Banks provide 2-factor authentication e.g. card and pin. 


  18. 7 hours ago, MadManEarle said:


    This attitude baffles me completely. You are saying that you trust a stranger more than you trust yourself, to do what is best for you.


    I will never understand this kind of rejection of personal responsibility for such important things.


    No, I don't necessarily trust my future memory. What if I don't write down the bitcoin key, get a bang on the head and lose my memory? Unless I have the key written down somewhere, then the access is gone. If the key is written down somewhere, then someone can steal it. 


  19. 6 hours ago, MadManEarle said:


    Not your keys, not your coins.


    You trusted a central authority with your money, and they took it from you. Why would you want to trust a different central authority instead?


    This is why I personally don't like crypto. If I lose my bank card, forget my pin and online password and bank account number, then I can go into the bank and show them my passport and utility bill or whatever and they can issue me a new card or pin or whatever else I forgot or lost.


    Whereas with crypto if you lose or forget the key or password, it's gone for good.


    So I trust a regulated bank as a central authority more than I trust a crypto or exchange or even my own memory.


  20. On 5/21/2021, 4:06:59, catjones said:

    Predicting Musk is perilous.

    Not on your list:

    Teslas Made in Russia? Elon Musk Says It’s Possible

    Tesla CEO says electric-vehicle maker is considering opening a factory in Russia

    “I think we are close to establishing a Tesla presence in Russia, that would be great,” Mr. Musk said Friday, adding that he was also looking at expanding to the former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan, and other neighboring states.


    Sounds like somebody is shopping for government subsidies to build a factory. This may explain the bitcoin u-turn. The lustre may be beginning to wear off though.