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  1. Ordering from Amazon with Amazon Prime

    Well they're trying make those as well.    
  2. Ordering from Amazon with Amazon Prime

    I'm not defending Amazon but suspect that for them and some other large companies, the choice is either paying low wages or go with the route of total automation.   It's like what happened in the US. The moment minimal wages went up, McDonald's and some other fast-food joints started to cut personnel and replacing people with self-service kiosks.    
  3. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Before starting with the Uni, I worked a very peculiar profession that sometimes brought me to the fringes of the civilized world. I still refrain from generalizations. Lumping millions of people into the same group and then proceed to denigrate them is generally a bad idea.   As with your local crime issues. Are there no local criminals? Also, where's the police? Are those illegals? Where's ICE (or whatever it's called in the UK) then?
  4. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    In fact, I am. I worked overseas even before I got to Germany. And now in the Uni I get to see people from all over the world in the same lecture hall. That's including Asians, Indians, Eastern Europeans, Germans of course. There is no way to generalize people even within the same faculty, yet here people place labels over entire nations.
  5. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Wow. What is this topic? And exercise in generalizations over entire nations? Especially funny when the said generalization is done over a nation consisting of 100+ million people. Some statements here sound very similar to the cold war era propaganda leaflets.
  6. Freiwillig Versicherung while unemployed

    Thanks for the reply john g.! This is very helpful. At least I can more-less plan my budget for the next few months.
  7. Hello. Right now I'm finishing up with my degree in a German Uni. I'm older than 30 so I'm insured on Freiwillig Versicherung at AOK.  Currently, I have no income above 450 Eur per month, so my premiums are at around 180 Eur per month. As far as I understand it's as low as Freiwillig Versicherung goes.   I already have a signed contract for a job, but the problem is that between me finishing up with my degree and me starting at work there will be 3-5 months gap. Unfortunately, the thesis defense date still hangs in the air, so there is this 3 to 5 month range. The question is what kind of contributions would I be expected to pay to AOK in the case when I'll be basically unemployed (on a job search visa most likely) for a few months yet no longer a student? Can I even stay insured at AOK?   And yea, I called AOK and even went to their office, and they somehow refuse to give an answer. Basically "come over when you're done with your studies and we'll see" is all they say.   I'm trying to figure out what to expect.
  8. German practice

    Not my topic but I can answer this question. In my experience, native speakers go out of their way to practice their English with me, that's if we talk about people I know a bit closely than just random German on a street. Random Germans, tend  to do the opposite, pretend they don't understand you due to simplest mistakes. Language chauvinism is alive and well around the part of Germany I'm in. This leads to an interesting phenomena, I barely get to use German in Germany at all and this is a real problem for me.
  9. Hm. Guess shipping the keys is the only way. Ah well, thanks for the answers anyway!   I'm just a bit surprised about all of this. In LA they have key cutting kiosks all over the place, even automated ones and nobody asks any questions about the origin of the key, so I've never paid any attention to the fact there are serial numbers on the keys at all until the employee at the local mr.Minit pointed it out.
  10. Before I moved to Germany I've made a set of key copies for my apartment, garage, shed, etc. and left it with my parents. Long story short, the said set of keys is somehow misplaced.   So, I thought that I can make a new set of copies and mail it to my parents. However, when I showed up in a local mr.Minit, I was told that they can't copy 3 out of 4 keys because these are "numbered keys", if I understood them correctly. I guess they're referring to the serial numbers on the keys. So they can make a copy of a key from the shed, which is not very useful to me. After some googling it seems like making key copies is a lot of a hassle in Germany somehow.   I tried to convince the employee in mr.Minit that these are keys from an apartment located in another country, even another continent and not from some local door but to no avail. Is my only option to send the keys across the pond via some shipping service? I'm a bit reluctant to do so considering that it's now the only set I have and if lost a bunch of locks will have to be replaced completely.
  11.   Even with my little hobby playing in a hobbyist orchestra I go the local Opernhaus, you can easily reserve the auditorium there for either group or solo practice.   What can you even even practice at home with the acoustic of a concrete apparent block?
  12. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    Did you look into the link I've provided? Seen software engineering positions directly relating to SAP landscape? Or it's HQ or bust for you?
  13. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    SAP Berlin   Any other remarks from the resident IT professionals? Or did you really think that SAP had only one office?
  14. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    Never heard about SAP?
  15. Ageism and sexism in Germany

    Every time I hear a heartbreaking story like this, I always tempted to ask someone else from the company. Because when you think you do a great job is not the same as actually doing a great job. And in Germany, as I've noticed, this problem is amplified by the seeming inability of Germans to tell you straight that you're not doing your job well or fast enough. It's some misplaced politeness. Sometimes it's good but often it leads to some people becoming delusional. I work in IT for many years and not even once I've seen that anyone would be payed less because of their gender. IT is a skill based field, it's as simple as that. You're getting payed according to your skill set, grade and KPI.