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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Posting here additionally, in case anyone missed it:
  2. PS: Not sure if anyone knows this, but recently a no-deal brexit law started to get proposed:
  3. Hi all,    fyi - Tomorrow there will be an online brexit Q&A direct with the British Embassy Germany (which is "meant" to represent Brits abroad...)   On Facebook at 13:00-14:00 tomorrow.   Start thinking up those questions :-)
  4. O2 new prepaid sim card

    ^ The residency status shouldn't apply, as tourists won't have proof of residency on them anyway. I am actually intrigued though, and will try to find out what data sets are required as minimum for that SIM card law. My gut feeling is that by taking and retaining a copy of the physical ID, they are collecting more data sets than they actually need.   Sure you could object to that in-store, and say you will "show" your ID, and they have the opportunity to note down in their computer field 1, field 2, field 3, but that's all. I highly doubt you would get your prepaid SIM card though. 
  5. O2 new prepaid sim card

    Update: Vorlegen = only show / present ID.   This is not the same as showing your ID *AND* allowing the staff to then photocopy it, and store it, on servers of their choice, even after you have ceased to be a customer, and long after you have died.   (Just been watching a documentary about your digital identity and footprint after you have died. Digital IDs of the deceased will eventually outnumber everyone living on the planet.)
  6. Urlaubsbescheinigung from former employer

    I've never been asked to present an urlaubsbescheinigung of the former employer when switching to a completely new employer. Neither have any of my friends.   However, I HAVE especially asked for this when switching internally between company subsidiaries. I thought I "might" have needed to use it for a battle in case of HR mixups, but that never happened, and the ducument basically festered in the back of my cupboards, gathering dust.   I've seen "urlaubskartei" and "urlaubsbescheinigung" purely only used WITHIN a company and connected to disputes.   Personally, I don't see what business it is of a completely new employer. But that's a different matter.    Ultimately, if you were in MINUS vacation days (taken too many) in your old company; your final salary will be ajusted and - either your pay docked - or occasionally - kulanz is given and they don't dock your pay (or dock only a fraction of what they could have docked)   If you were in PLUS vacation days in your old company (taken too few) your final salary will be adjusted and you'll either be paid out for remaining vacation days, or occasionally the employee out of their own volition will tag the unused vacation days to the end of their last working month.    In ALL situations, taxes are paid by the outgoing/incoming employee/employer anyway.    Betriebsferien though. Now THAT'S interesting. If a new employer thinks they need to carry over vacation days from a previous employer, one would assume that includes not yet taken Betriebsferien. Or Weihnachsgeld (not so common on new contracts).
  7. O2 new prepaid sim card

    My gut feeling is taking a photo using his mobile phone is not acceptable. A (smart)phone is a high value small item that can go missing / get stolen - with YOUR DETAILS on it. Taking a photocopy/scan is however likely if you go for billing option that ISN'T prepaid. I haven't attempted to get another prepaid sim in DE for a while now, but from what I remember at the time, they either just looked at your ID and didn't do anything, or typed into their computer the text info on your ID (i.e. no copies / photos)   However, since then, under the premise of terrorism prevention, DE introduced a new law that made it tougher to obtain even prepaid SIM cards without forking over even more personal details and documents to be copied - and, potentially, making said data more valuable and attractive for terrorists and hackers to intercept.    As far as I know, only Germany is going to these great lengths for prepaid SIMS. Many other EU countries either take a more relaxed approach, or none at all.
  8. is it generally safe to share one's birth date?

    ^ It is about data mining. Once you get hold of the first bits of info, it's easier to unlock more. If you have a name and birthdate, you can sometimes e.g. find out a telephone number, or address. You can then call the individual, posing as a bank, Microsoft, whatever. You don't even need to know whether the persun has any cunnection to that bank/organization. You try your luck.   Make enough calls, and you eventually stumble across someone who takes the bait and volunteers more info about themselves. That's a very old skool form of fraud, but is often used in combination with digital. Gangs operate all across the world selling bundles of data on the web, dark web, take your pick.   First question a card company asks is "Zur Absicherung, bitte sagen sie uns Ihr geburtsdatum und ..." 
  9. is it generally safe to share one's birth date?

    Age verification / minors aside, date of birth, combined with a name is valuable information for fraudsters. On name and birthdate alone, this helps get the first foot in the door for larger and more elaborate fraud activities.   I've seen many a consumer documentary where either with just a name and address, or just a name and birthdate, great damage can be done. It's also quite easy to go through your rubbish bins and piece together a birthdate based on arbitrary information (discarded birthday cards, birthday related gift / spa bookings etc...) And as for social media - would you give your name and date of birth to a newspaper or for a BBC programme? No? Well stop including it in your tweets, facebooks etc...   Saying all that, the Betriebsrat in most companies does what it pleases and advertises EVERYONE's name and birthdate on a Waehlerliste in a pinboard where anyone can see it - including visitors!
  10. Do you believe in telepathy

    What would today's Scully say? Keeping an open mind, and considering in 2019 we now have direct visual evidence of a black hole that scientists laughed out of hand a decade or so ago. And given the single particle double slit experiment, I don't think I could rule out something similar to what telepathy might be. I believe in connectedness. Of energy, of matter, of particles, whatever you want to call it.    What I don't believe, is humans can master, initiate or control of their own volition whatever equates to telepathy and the transfer of that energy through to another person. I'd like to think of it like a constant stream of telepathic energy - like a Paternoster. You can't control it - it runs continually - but if you time it just right you can hop on it and see where it takes you. If you're lucky you hop off on the right floor, and with the right person, but it's very chaotic, random and spontaneous.   Or maybe that was my inner Mulder talking. Hmmm. I don't know... ;-)
  11. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    Intermittent residency is allowed, as long as absent from Germany for no more than 6 months.
  12. Question for people who wear glasses

    Another tip: Don't let the opticians automatically add on special lens coatings for blue light or reflection etc.. without asking a hugely influential question:    "Will the lens coatings stop the lens from being crystal clear?"   I had coatings automatically added despite specifically asking for EXACTLY the same lens specifications as last time (i.e no coatings).   When they came back from the lab, I compared old and new glasses against the background of a sheet of pure white paper. The new ones with coatings were considerably darker - when I put them on, it made a sunny day look like it was overcast and about to thunder + lightning. Honestly - they were so dark, you'd think they were tinted, not "crystal clear"!   Over time, most glasses go through a yellowing or "vergelbung" that turn the lenses darker/discoloured. I shudder to think how dark my brand new glasses with unwanted coatings could have gotten if they were additionally allowed to yellow with time. Needless to say, I told them to take them back and give me the glasses I asked for - crystal clear. Which worked out cheaper in the end anyway, as I got refunds for the coatings they assumed I wanted but never asked for.  
  13. Getting a job from abroad

    If they're already offering to pay flights etc. for you because your cv impressed them so much, they're willing to go spend money getting you there, maybe it's HOW you speak to them that's the problem. If you flat out refuse to travel, you've already proven yourself inflexible. If you SUGGEST/enquire might it be possible to have an initial phone/web interview, that's a different matter.   At some point you're usually going to have to travel to a final interview.    If it's a startup doing this, frankly I'd be quite cautious:   A) (failing) Startups may have had a sudden cash injection from an investor, but some can act like they have money to burn. Until they go bust very quickly...   B. Precisely because of A) you would think startups would do 1st interviews via web/phone to conserve funds, and only shortlisted 2nd+ interviews at-location.   PS if you are constantly getting shortlisted from 1st to 2nd interview in most Berlin jobs you are applying for, I am extremely jealous :-)
  14. Find out the name of your bank manager, not your account representative. Most bank websites list their hierarchical structure. Then find out the equivalent of the CEO (well, in stadtsparkasse's case, something like regional manager). Copy in an email/letter to all of them. Explain your situation, mention (apparent lac of) training of staff / understanding the non-EU transfer element, explain the hardship you've suffered. Give them a short time window to reply - 7-10 days.    In the meantime contact a verbraucherzentrale - at the very least they will give info on who to contact if they can't help.   The ombudsman is just not sure if this is for sparkassen (mentions private banks) 
  15. Wonderful Chicken Pox!

    I got chickenpox as a kid. As an adult, I've had 2 "reactivation" episodes, which of course are nothing like full-blown chickenpox, but still annoying :-(