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  1. Legal question about employment

        You are right of course, but it might be better than the alternative of not earning anything and living on state handouts.   My father in law was fired illegally many years ago, went to court, won, and went back to his old job. His theory was that he anyway had a bad relationship with the boss (a small company) so this was no different.  And at his age he would not have found a new job but still had bills to pay.  So he went back to work for just a couple more years, after which he had paid off all his debts and then left the company.  He was (as expected) unable to get a new job so was officially unemployed for a couple more years before he officially retired.  
  2. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

    BTW:  This is not the first time that the 737 has had a major design problem which result in multiple accidents and several close calls!    
  3. Freelancer pension and citizenship

    It might be worth putting off going back to freelancing until after you get your citizenship. It is known that freelancers have more problems proving such things and this can be read in other threads here (such as Brexit & German citizenship thread), and hence getting citizenship for them is more difficult.  Even if they have been here 10+ years and earning the whole time!   Normally they want you to prove that you can support yourself and your family, now and in the future. (if your wife works, this might help your case). It does not matter if you were legally required to pay into a pension or not, a "good responsible citizen" would be making provisions for the future and that is what they want to see.  Some gaps are OK providing that you are currently making such provisions and they appear to be adequate.  But as others have said, it appears not to be black and white and could depend on who processes your application.    
  4.   There was some other post on here which discussed it.  I think last year a judge ruled that in court dashcam footage can be used but only if there is no other method of determining what happened (e.g.  conflicting statements).   But I think that insurance companies would always be happy to see such "clarifications!"
  5. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

      I don't know if there is more than one centre nationally, but certainly it is not done locally.   They normally say 4 - 6 weeks.  Mine took 5 weeks.    
  6. Air Berlin and now Germania

  7. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

      Yes you are eligible for a refund of the cost of the seat reservation.   But if you refuse to fly, demand to be re-booked, or "no-show" then you will not get a refund for the cost of the ticket and may have to pay additional costs for re-booking/re-routing which when doing last minute are often significant.  Especially if you are on a cheap ticket.  (As stated by AA above).   Like I said, airlines will try to accommodate you if you have concerns about the type of aircraft after an incident.  Like the Q400, 737 MAX etc.  But ordinarily they don't have to do that and it is luck if they can/do accommodate you and you might also have to adjust.  e.g.  Yes you can fly a different route on different aircraft, but there are no seats available today!    
  8. Air Berlin and now Germania

      This is actually one of the ways that Turkish distinguish themselves, and they are well known for good food in all classes.   Istanbul airport is always like that.  Of course the new airport should have fully opened by now, but it will still take some time but should probably be open this year (well before Berlin!)
  9. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

          No this is not a guarantee and does not make up part of the contract.   There is a difference from informing you which aircraft type you "should" have and allowing to to select a specific seat (often for a cost) and what is actually in the contract. The airline reserves the right to change any of these details at anytime (operational reasons), and they have no obligation in regards to them and this is clearly stated in the T&C.  And if they are not provided, then tough luck!   An airline which operates fewer types of aircraft with fewer configurations will however means a lessor chance of a significant change in these regards.     There are many stories of people paying for a specific seat and the aircraft changing and them being assigned another seat, and all they get back is the cost of the seat and barely an apology!  I think in your case you were lucky and they could rearrange things, but legally if you demanded a refund or re-booking then they could have said no and you would have been stuck!  But of course it is not in there interest to piss off all of there passengers, so they try to accommodate as much as possible and according to what is reasonable.
  10. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

      Yes you would lose your money!   The airline sells you a ticket from A -> B, as part of the contract are the times, the price, and the class of travel, and any stated services (baggage, meals, etc.) The contract does not include: A specific seat A specific type of seat A specific aircraft   For most people it makes no difference.  But when you are travelling in business or first class then some airlines have different "versions" and variations of the products on different aircraft.  So people might prefer one over the other and book that exact flight expecting that aircraft, but then it is changed by the airlines. (This happens a lot when an airline introduces a new product.  For example:  British Airways this week announced a new long-haul business class product.  It will be first introduced in the Autumn, but it takes many years before all long-haul aircraft will have this.)   I have read many cases where customers have complained to airlines because of this and tried to get flights changed or get refunds because they expected a specific aircraft or type of seat but didn't get anything because of this.     However, in such a case like this a good airline would allow you to re-book onto another flight for no charge (assuming this is possible).  Which I believe Southwest were allowing people to do.  But this might not always be possible.  
  11. IMHO   For current vehicles then the technology should augment the users capability.   This means that it should take action when the user fails to take any action or fails to take action in time.  Technology can (in cases like this) react quicker than a human.  But humans can anticipate situations better than technology (at the moment). This for me means that we as drivers should (as @fraufruit is basically saying) not rely 100% on the technology and still react in time as much as we can, but in cases where we can't react in time, or can't see fully then the technology helps. But if you kill somebody then the technology will not stop you going to jail if you are at fault (e.g.  driving too fast, overtaking dangerously etc.)     But in the future, if cars are fully autonomous then the technology will be the only method of taking action and this is where things get more complicated.      
  12.   I did not say that the system does not work at all. I did not say that all cars failed. I did not apply a general rule to anything.   I simply pointed out that in this article there are failures and in Top gear on Sunday there were also failures.   1 failure = 1 avoidable death.   In fact you have implied in your statement that this technology will be a 'saviour' and that there will be so such problems in the future.  This I would argue is not true.  As even if the technology worked perfectly every single time, there are still cases where there is simply not enough time/distance for the vehicle to stop.   So there is NOTHING in my statement that is bullshit and I resent you stating as such!      
  13.     I assume that you didn't watch Topgear on Sunday, when they tested just such a system and it did nothing!   (No clip online so I can't post it)   And there is also this:    
  14. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

      Actually, I don't think that this will be a big problem for Boeing.   It is not the first time that an airliner has crashed due to a fault/failure of a manufacturer and it won't be the last, it is just that because the two crashes have occurred so close together and are being linked to software which makes it unusual.  But as software will do more and more then it could become a more common occurrence.   Example of Airbus software bug causing a crash:     And I think that as time goes by, that changes will be made to the software and maybe also to the senor(s), tested, proven OK, and everybody will forget about it and move one.   I bet most people don't know in advance what type of aircraft they are going to board on there next trip, or could even tell the difference in most cases.  So they are unlikely to avoid a flight that uses a certain type of aircraft once the hype has died down.   Likely outcome is that Boeing and the FAA have to implement changes, Boeing will have one off costs associated with this and making the changes to already produced aircraft, and costs related to delays to new aircraft (which often include compensation to airlines!), and then in a couple of years everything will be fine again.    
  15. Fiber optic wired internet

        I am not up to date with the situation in Germany, but isn't it that in most cases they only provide FTTC (cabinet), which can still be up to 300m from the house? Does anybody offer FTTH/P for residential subscribers in Germany?    I am right in thinking that for FTTC that this is still good enough for up to 100mbit/sec (more?), and that FTTH/P would be need for more than this with 1gbit/sec or more possible?   Of course cable providers can offer more speeds as it is there own network.