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Software developer by profession, smalltime hacker and gamer by interest. Look at my website to learn more about me

Aug
18
comment Is there an obligation to renew a small child's passport before its expiry date?
The immigration officer being German is relevant. It probably ran against his innate sense of orderliness that a document that exists to identify persons fails to fulfill this purpose and could be fixed but isn't- even if this state is widely tolerated and legally allowed for practical reasons.
Jun
10
comment What happens if you are caught (accidentally) not declaring something at customs?
The "honest mistake resulting in a warning in the form of half an hour of stern talking-to" thing happend last year to my girlfriend in Chile.
Jun
8
comment What tips or tricks can you use to get an upgraded/better hire car?
@DJClayworth: In this case definitely not, I think the satnav was just 6 EUR/day. But yeah, of course that has to be factored in: some rental companies try to lure you in with cheap basic rates and then gouge you on each and every extra.
May
29
comment Japanese 'SU' hotel room classification - enough for two people?
I may be wrong, but I think the SU category is not really for people wishing to have a larger room, but to deal with the case where there are more single travellers than actual single rooms. As a hotel, you don't want to charge them the full price of a double room because that would seem unfair (it's not their fault you don't have enough single rooms). But of course you still want to charge fully when there are two people in the room!
May
29
comment Japanese 'SU' hotel room classification - enough for two people?
I'm pretty sure the resources are irrelevant, what matters is that SU is specifically intended to give a double room to a single person without making them pay for a double.
May
14
comment Student dorms in Stuttgart (Germany)
Just for clarification: will you actually be studying in Germany?
May
8
comment Change itineraries in Munich do I need a Schengen visa?
@veebee: no, it's not possible for a practical reason: in Munich, Etihad and Lufthansa operate on different terminals, so you 'll have to leave the transit area anyway.
May
7
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
I think many people who write real reviews don't want to spend much time on it either....
May
7
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
Interestingly, "mini stories" are actually a strong indication of a fake review, according to a study (see my answer). People who write them also try to fake authenticity...
Apr
25
comment Why are postcards of Cologne in ruins following WW2 bombing sold in the city?
@Nobilis: as for how they are perceived by Germans: while it's true that for NPD types it's often "look what they did to us" and all the implications you can draw from that (often along the lines of "so what we did wasn't all that bad either"), for mainstream society it's more "look what happens in a war; let's avoid those at all costs". For example, one reason why the not-too-popular Schröder government won the 2002 elections was that they clearly refused to join Bush's "coalition of the willing" for the Iraq war.
Apr
20
comment Will the city of Prague be accessible during a marathon?
@TomDoes: here's a video of that event last year: youtube.com/watch?v=DYNz7C7oVec - looks like neither the number of runners nor of spectators would make the city inaccessible and you could cross the track without problems in most places
Apr
17
comment Trip booked through Vayama: Can I travel without the credit card used to book it?
@Annoyed: Nah, it's fine. As a programmer, I'm used to have a history full of mistakes visble :)
Apr
17
comment Trip booked through Vayama: Can I travel without the credit card used to book it?
@Annoyed: looks like you're right, I tried to fix the answer.
Apr
14
comment How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?
@Doc: yes, it matters, because MPG is the inverse of fuel efficiency, which leads to counterintuitive behaviour whe you use it to reason about the latter. See my link for details.
Apr
14
comment A hotel wants my card details (for payment). Is this safe?
@jwenting: they can't charge you the full rate for the risk though, only when it actually happens. And I've never heard of a hotel offering rooms at below-market rate; there is no transparent "spot market" where that would make sense.
Apr
14
comment A hotel wants my card details (for payment). Is this safe?
@jwenting: No. The point is: if you don't show up and they give your room to someone else, they did not in fact "hold that room for you"; they lost nothing and thus have no grounds to charge you. A contract that states they'll charge you anyway is not enforceable, at least here in Germany.
Apr
14
comment How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?
note that MPG is a notoriously bad metric for comparisons: datagenetics.com/blog/april12014/index.html
Apr
13
comment A hotel wants my card details (for payment). Is this safe?
Note that hotels are actually not allowed to charge you anything and also give your room to someone else - if you show up late you can at the very least get your money back.
Mar
19
comment Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?
@Tor-Einar Jarnbjo: perhaps not to the same degree, but in many (if not most) jurisdictions, people are held liable for damages incurred by gross negligence, and the standard for what constitutes gross negligence when providing first aid are different for doctors than for laypersons.
Mar
17
comment German National Visa - Internship or guest researcher?
Why not send an email to the German consulate and ask them?