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  1. Comment on Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years in ~tech

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    Oh! That's cool! I really don't have an account logged on so I don't do any of those things. Thanks, I'll check them out.

    Oh! That's cool! I really don't have an account logged on so I don't do any of those things. Thanks, I'll check them out.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years in ~tech

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    Actually, I think what's hardest to replace is really to stop using YouTube (no alternative at all) and Google Maps (somewhat doable). I always use OpenStreetMaps for directions but to look at...

    Actually, I think what's hardest to replace is really to stop using YouTube (no alternative at all) and Google Maps (somewhat doable). I always use OpenStreetMaps for directions but to look at reviews / opening hours of certain places / stores, Maps is quite useful.

    For e-mails there are many alternatives, to be honest. You simply have to search well enough what you want. It took me sometime, but eventually I chose Tutanota. Until now, no complains at all. Clean UI, fast and reliable e-mail provider with encryption, no logs or tracking.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Don’t Blame the Babies in ~enviro

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    Like I saw somewhere else, depriving yourself of having children, is in a way depriving the human society from having a next true genius like Einstein. Your children could be the ones that save...

    Like I saw somewhere else, depriving yourself of having children, is in a way depriving the human society from having a next true genius like Einstein. Your children could be the ones that save this planet from climate change, for example. Basically we are depriving ourselves from our reaching our true human potencial. If everyone only has two childs is enough to "replace" the population that dies and eventually it will balance itself out.

    All of these stories are only to shift the guilt and responsibility to us.

    Corporations make most of the polution, making personal changes doesn't help much if corporations don't change (goverments need to force them, probably). This is exactly the problem with plastics. You can reduce and recycle all the plastic you want but nothing will change if the corporations don't stop selling so much plastic products.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    Thank you! I'm going to check it out.

    Thank you! I'm going to check it out.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Why is my SCHUFA information contradictory? in ~misc

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    Thanks for the reply. I talked to some people and also wrote on Reddit (I really created my first account on Reddit because of schufa, ugh) and it seems that giving only the certificate...

    Thanks for the reply.

    I talked to some people and also wrote on Reddit (I really created my first account on Reddit because of schufa, ugh) and it seems that giving only the certificate diploma-like should be enough to my landlord. The more detailed information should be just for me. But, well, let's see how does he respond.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    I also use NordVPN and I was always happy with them, but, after reading some troubling news about them being related to a data-mining company (Tesonet), now I'm not so sure. I think I'll just let...

    I also use NordVPN and I was always happy with them, but, after reading some troubling news about them being related to a data-mining company (Tesonet), now I'm not so sure. I think I'll just let it expire and use another service (maybe AirVPN or Mullvad, but I have to research better). They really went to a lot of trouble to make other blogs to take down these news and give excuses (on hacker news discussions) when to me, the evidence seems pretty clear. You can read it in some blogs or you can read it more on hacker news: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17258203
    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18609655

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Why is my SCHUFA information contradictory? in ~misc

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    Yes, I've been living and working for 4 years in Germany. Yes, I'm employed with a German company so all of my taxes are filled already. I changed jobs 6 months ago, so my probezeit ends now in...

    Yes, I've been living and working for 4 years in Germany. Yes, I'm employed with a German company so all of my taxes are filled already. I changed jobs 6 months ago, so my probezeit ends now in March. So, in these 4 years, I've been employed by two german companies. I only changed apartments once, when I arrived to Germany I moved from my temporary 6 month apartment to my current apartment. I read the moving a lot also affects the risk (crazy, really). So yes, I also find it very strange.

    But, I have one guess. I currently have 4 bank accounts. My old account when I was not married (I still have to close it, no money there actually), my N26 account that I use for travelling abroad only, my Commerzbank account that I use for my current salary and then I'm my name is also on my wife's account. If this is the case for the risk, I find it very stupid. I could have 100 accounts and still pay everything and have not debts or loans. Bank accounts to be used for debit only make no sense to increase the risk.

    I thought SCHUFA was a private company that have their stupid secret risk algorithm calculator that no one knows. So that's why I thought this doesn't have to do with the Finanzamt or my banks.

  8. Hi everyone. I'm in a more or less of a dilemma here. For the ones that don't know, SCHUFA is monopolistic credit agency in Germany. The good news is that my wife is pregnant and now we need to...

    Hi everyone.

    I'm in a more or less of a dilemma here.
    For the ones that don't know, SCHUFA is monopolistic credit agency in Germany.

    The good news is that my wife is pregnant and now we need to move to a new apartment with one extra room. Luckly, a friend of us is also moving and we simply got in contact with his landlord. We sent the information about our salaries and answered a few general questions and all is well for him. But, the landlord also wants our SCHUFA score.

    We weren't worried at all because we don't have any credit cards or any loans and we are very frugal with our money. We really only spend money for our basic necessities and doing our holidays. We don't have any debts; we pay everything in a timely manner.

    Then, my SCHUFA-BonitätAuskunft arrived. I look at the first page, which is in this diploma-like format and it says: "We had only positive contractual information at our disposal." (Es liegen uns zum XX.XX.XXXX ausschliesslich positive vertragsinformationen vor.)

    "Great!", I thought. Then, I turned to the next pages and I see "Explanatory informations for your certificate" and there it says that I'm a high risk person. Basically, my result is 335, right in the middle (scale from 100 to 600).

    We have a high netto salary and it seems this doesn't count for anything. My guess is that they don't have almost no history about me (I'm only living in Germany for 4 years) and since we are not big spenders, basically we are high risk because they don't have data to infer the risk. A few months ago I opened a new bank account on Commerzbank and I guess my SCHUFA score was good enough to open a new bank account, so I don't understand.

    How is it possible that in my certificate diploma-like paper says that they have only have positive information about me and then on the explanatory pages say that I'm a high risk person in basically every sector (Banken, Telekommunikation, etc)?

    Now we also asked the SCHUFA score only for my wife and let's hope for the best.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    I also agree on this one! I started watching this anime just out of not having nothing else to see and I was also suprised that it kept me hooked. The art style was probably one of the things that...

    I also agree on this one! I started watching this anime just out of not having nothing else to see and I was also suprised that it kept me hooked. The art style was probably one of the things that put me off at the beginning but then it grows on you. You really start seeing how beautiful it is. It really has a charm that I can not explain, I think. Not sure about the girl, but I liked the characters also, even though, they don't have the most complex character building around. Again, not sure why, but it left a good impression on me. :)

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    Like @masochist said, not legally. But you can definitely find it in one of the most popular anime streaming websites.

    Like @masochist said, not legally. But you can definitely find it in one of the most popular anime streaming websites.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    I never got the feeling of being popular just because I never saw it recommended anywhere along these years. Usually, I base the popularity of something by how many times I see the anime suggested...

    I never got the feeling of being popular just because I never saw it recommended anywhere along these years. Usually, I base the popularity of something by how many times I see the anime suggested in anime lists around the web.

    Yes, I also really enjoyed the accuracy of depecting space, or at least, how a society / community in space would be in reality. Sometimes movies or tv shows exaggerate a bit on the futuristic side of things.

    I totally forgot about that someone, but you are right. It got slightly annoying but nothing too serious to ruin the show, at least for me. Sometimes people with a big dream act erratically, just look at Elon Musk :)

    Another promising (that I'm still yet to see) space-related anime is Space Brothers. But I think this anime doesn't fit this post. I have the feeling is somewhat popular, since, I've seen recommended here and there.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What are some anime/manga that are underrated and/or not so popular? in ~anime

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    Planetes, I found this sci-fi anime completely by chance and I was suprised by how good it was. At first it seems a simple story (and starts somewhat slow), but then, it shows its "real face"...

    Planetes, I found this sci-fi anime completely by chance and I was suprised by how good it was. At first it seems a simple story (and starts somewhat slow), but then, it shows its "real face" towards the middle of the series. It makes an analogy to a lot of problems that we face today as a society but also on our own personal lives. It also includes some romance, just so you know. In a very very simplistic overview: it's a story about garbage men in space. But you really have to find more by yourself :)

    9 votes
  13. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

  14. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Man, what a great story! I definitely have to try Pandemic Legacy, I really like the original Pandemic. Luckily, my company has a board game group and one of these days, I'll try it also. I just...

    Man, what a great story!

    I definitely have to try Pandemic Legacy, I really like the original Pandemic. Luckily, my company has a board game group and one of these days, I'll try it also. I just hope it's not in German. :)

    Probably, you already know it, but Spirit Island also seems a very awesome co-op game! In case you don't know, check it out!

    2 votes
  15. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Thanks for the great write-up :) Yes, maybe I'm confused. I always had the impression that deck building would be something like "building" a strong hand to defeat your opponent. Be it by, taking...

    Thanks for the great write-up :)

    Yes, maybe I'm confused. I always had the impression that deck building would be something like "building" a strong hand to defeat your opponent. Be it by, taking cards from a deck, from the board or stealing from your opponent.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Still, it really looks an interesting game, I'll see if I can try it somewhere in the future. Thanks for the recomendation :)

    Still, it really looks an interesting game, I'll see if I can try it somewhere in the future. Thanks for the recomendation :)

  17. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Ah, that's the shame. Any way, I'll keep a look on it for the future if I want to play something different with more players.

    I've only played it twice with 4 players, but my friends that own it and that have played it as a 2 player variant say it's a bit less fun, IIRC.

    Ah, that's the shame. Any way, I'll keep a look on it for the future if I want to play something different with more players.

  18. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    I heard of it before. But it didn't sound interesting when I read about the game. Maybe I really have to watch a "how to play video". Thank you ;)

    I heard of it before. But it didn't sound interesting when I read about the game. Maybe I really have to watch a "how to play video". Thank you ;)

  19. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Sounds interesting. I'm going to check it out with the wife. Thank you.

    Sounds interesting. I'm going to check it out with the wife. Thank you.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Interesting game! Thank you for the recomendation :)

    Interesting game! Thank you for the recomendation :)