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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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?
Mar
17
comment What were the loud sirens I heard in South Korea?
The blog post you cite seems to explain it quite detailed: "Civil Defense Drill. It occurs five times a year nationwide in South Korea." - what more do you want to know?
Mar
12
comment How to drive a car from Australia to Europe?
The previous answer claims that going through China would not be possible since foreign license plates are not allowed there. Is your experience different, or did you get Chinese license plates?
Mar
10
comment How to overcome depression when relocating?
re girlfriend: don't underestimate the "exotic bonus": to many, many girls you will in fact be more interesting than a compatriot of otherwise similar characteristics.
Feb
22
comment Can I use a USD travel card in Europe
@Annoyed: actually, it's not necessarily true that you can use a foreign VISA card at any ATM that accepts VISA cards. For example, in Japan 10 years ago it was common for ATMs to accept only domestic credit cards. This may have changed in the meantime, but it's a valid concern.
Feb
17
comment Options for sending a message while on a Shinkansen
@fifaltra: Japanese people are generally very helpful. And instead of asking for their phone, you could write down the message and recipient number and let the phone's owner send the message.
Feb
3
comment How does data roaming work with prepaid SIM cards in Europe?
@mattdm: well, I exaggerated a bit there, due to EU regulation €10 will last for about 20MB , but still less useful than 40 minutes of voice calls, I'd say: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Jan
22
comment Partial travel insurance
@AakashM: depends on the kind of insurance. In the case of travel insurance, I doubt that's a factor. And in any case, their investment gain is your investment loss.
Jan
21
comment Apartment in Munich
@Karlson: they're not being entirely honest there. The federal court decision is about subletting, while the government statement they refer to is about a local regulation's impact on providing living space that's also used to work in. Completely irrelevant. And the second point - Airbnb "asks hosts to seek permission from their landlord" - but does nothing to ensure this is actually done.
Jan
21
comment Apartment in Munich
Note that a very recent court decision ( fr-online.de/wirtschaft/… ) will probably drastically reduce the Airbnb offers in Germany - the federal court decided that a permission from the landlord for subletting does not cover tourist stays.
Jan
9
comment What happens with checked luggage with an airport change?
Definitely not worth the hassle, I'd say.
Jan
7
comment Bringing cooked meat to Germany?
@JonathanReez: it's not illegal, but at least in theory shouldn't make a difference since all EU contries have to implement the same measures.
Jan
7
comment Bringing cooked meat to Germany?
@jpatokal: I think you underestimate the conscientiousness of German customs agents. I have seen several documentaries where airline passengers carrying meat and fish were stopped and severely reprimanded and fined.
Dec
30
comment Do roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ships take passengers and their car?
@DJClayworth: you've got it completely wrong. New cars are transported pretty much exclusively by RoRo ships so that they can be driven - because that's faster than unloading and handling containers. However, those are special RoRo ships quite different from ferries.