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  1. I just finished a course for neglectful drivers and the teacher hammered into our heads the only important thing regarding tickets--whether it costs over 60€ or not.  If any tickets are <60€, it won't affect your license except in rare cases where they catch you for the same offense 20+ times.  If it's >60€, it's a point on your driver's license.  So.. does anyone know how much the fine costs?     Helpful tip: riding a bicycle with a cell phone costs <60€ (though not so with a car).  Running a red with your bike will score you a point, and costs >60€.      
  2. Sorry, I don't fully understand.  Is the approval only that they don't go > 20km/h or is there another standard that's required to be met, and if so, how are we going to know if our model x that we're thinking of getting is allowed or not?     That aside, are we expecting the police to really be on top of what models are allowed, carrying a list or something of the sort, at all times with them?  only half-joking with the second question.  
  3. Replacing a lost German driver's license

    For the necropost, I was wondering if anyone knew if you need to have any papers confirming that you've got in touch with the police reporting your license as lost, stolen, or anything of the sort.  I don't see it on the website, but you never know with these places.  fyi I haven't reported with the police that it was stolen.
  4. Tax on loan

    Sounds fishy.   I'm assuming that you can't be guarantor because they're outside the country and have all ready tried.  Maybe you can arrange multiple people to gift money to the person?  Also, family can gift more I think, but don't have a source.   I'm no lawyer and this isn't advice because I've no idea if what I'm saying is legal or not.    
  5. Tax on loan

    3. Pretty sure it's 10 years, so you reset every 10.   2. unclear how you're getting 'additional income'.   person a lends to person b.  Does B pay interest?  What is 'monthly rate'?  loan repayment?  Are you the bank who charges fees?  You're making it sound shadier than it needs to sound imo.  But maybe it is actually really shady, who knows.   1. good question.  probably.  
  6. Streaming Laws in 2019

    My understanding of the situation: Netflixing / Youtubing - aka legal streaming, where you have paid for the content (netflix, amazon video, hbo, etc.) or are paying through ads (youtube, vimeo, etc.) Streaming - Almost always 'ad'-based (like youtube is) but, you think, probably not allowed.  The site you're watching this (just released!) film might change url's not infrequently, and sometimes advertises alternative url's directly on their home page.  They have high quality videos of all the new films and some cams, perhaps, of videos still in theaters.  The web site owner (think kim dotcom playing video games in his mansion) is benefiting from the ad revenue while not giving any of that money on to the original content creators (dustin hoffman).   Torrenting -  is where you swap the file with a whole bunch of other people.  So essentially, you're sharing the film to other people while you download it.  This is done between individuals, and doesn't utilize a web site which pays for the bandwidth.  There is no money being made, but the viewer is still not paying dustin hoffman to watch his film.   Streaming is definitely not allowed.  As in illegal.   I've never heard of a prosecution for it, however.   I have heard of a prosecution (fine), for torrenting.  'They' get you for torrenting b/c the mpaa guys and girls are actively sharing their own videos.  If they're part of the network, they can see who (which ip) is also sharing james bond 7 or whatever, and then get some lawyers to send out a letter to demand the person with the internet connection behind that gets a fine.  This takes a long time and then the back-and-forth between the 'accused' and the mpaa or film makers takes a long time too.  I'm not sure the initial period between torrenting and a letter demanding payment for illegal activities, but someone I know just had to pay off a 2014 'torrenting' fine (of almost 2000€).   That's the scoop as far as I know it.  
  7. Waldkita Experience?

  8. Waldkita Experience?

      Thank you for your input.  I fully understand that the decision is not to stroke my own ego.  I am sorry that you feel your mother wronged you.  
  9. Waldkita Experience?

    Thanks for the sanity check.  As a parent I think we come up with enough shit to worry about, and siding with convention is often easier but not always important or well-grounded.  My other legit fear was whether they'd get lyme disease.  Probable, but we can spend a couple minutes checking for ticks as part of our daily routine.  Went to the open house and it looked great.  We've got our fingers crossed.   While my kid will choose to like or dislike the experience, I wish I could've had something similar, and I think it's too cool of an experience to pass up on.  Speaking to my father, it sounds more in line with what kids of his generation did.  Outside, he said, everything you touch can be yours.  Whilst inside, everything around belongs to somebody and is permissioned.  
  10. Waldkita Experience?

    We're applying to a bunch of Waldkitas for our child because it sounds like a great idea and I wish that I had had something like that, but I'd like to know if anyone here has had direct or indirect experience with Waldkitas / Waldkita children.  Are there any questions I should be asking the Kita leadership which I wouldn't necessarily ask a normal Kita, or am I making a huge mistake?   Chime in!
  11. How to outsneak the Telekom Tricksters (and VDSL 250 supervectors)

      That's why I got telekom in the first place--thought it might be nice to be closer to the 'news' of the upgrade.     Anyway, I checked again today and it worked, so maybe it was a glitch on their end.  Hopefully did everything right and will soon have faster internet.  Thanks!
  12. How to outsneak the Telekom Tricksters (and VDSL 250 supervectors)

    Says who?  I'm on a contract with telekom.  Telekom will offer me 250 if i get a brand new line but not on my current contract.  Can i go straight to 1und1 legally?  I abhor telekom.  
  13. I'm on contract with telekom for 100mbps but want to go to 250.  From their website, it says that it's unavailable at my house when I'm logged in and want to upgrade.  If I change 'upgrade' (or whatever the translation is) to 'add a new vdsl line', then telekom will let me do it.   Dont get me wrong, I will call telekom and do my best to give me 250, but I was hoping someone had some tips when talking to them.  Every time I get off the phone with them I feel slimy and wish I had come more prepared.