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Und es gibt den Flughafen wirklich. :o

(Nein, nicht Bielefeld. Aber close enough.)
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:) Ja sie haben ja sogar einen Fluggastfinger. Der Flughafen wurde in den 90ern kraeftig ausgebaut. Hauptsaechlich fuer den Urlaubsverkehr. Bezahlt wurde das Ganze von Siemens/Nixdorf - also indirekt, dadurch dass die die Fluege Muenchen-Paderborn praktisch alleine auslasteten :))

Und das er ueberhaupt gebaut wurde geht auch auf Nixdorf zurueck - der wollte einen Flughafen fuer die Firmenjets.

Von den kleinen Flughaefen ist er einer der groessten. Was die Bauten anbelangt schon fast grosspurig :)) 1990 hielt der Flieger  direkt vor dem Abfertigungsgebaeude (einstoeckiges Ding mit dem Charm einer Autovermietung im Industriegebiet). reingehen und fliegen :) Dann haben sie glatt parkpositionen eingefuehrt. Und noch spaeter das erste 'grosse' Abfertigungsgebaeude... und dann das Termina A. sogar mit Gepaeckbaendern (eigentlich nur ein Foerderband von der tuer im Untergeschoss zum 'Arival' geschoss und 2 Tueren fuer zu verzollen und nicht ... war wirklich Spassig.

Na ja, bei allem Lachen, es ist definitiv keine Provinzposse mehr, sondern ein richtiger Regionalflughafen der Sinn macht.
Und er funktioneirt erstaunlich gut. Wohl gerade weit genug von den grossen Flughaefen weg, als das es sich lohnt.
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Also ich habe das im Führerscheinunterricht gelernt.

Auf der anderen Seite fühlen sich manche Autofahrer so sehr im Recht, dass ich in Karlsruhe sogar schon während des Abbiegens hupend angeschnauzt wurde. Mein "Vergehen"? Einen Fußgängerüberweg fahrend mit dem Rad benutzen. Warum ich das getan habe? Weil er asymmetrisch beschildert war: In meine Richtung grün für Rad- und Fußgänger, in die vom Autofahrer einsehbare nur für Fußgänger.
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Nur die wenigsten Radwege müssen benutzt werden - aber kaum jemand weiß das. Um das zu ändern, hat ein Berliner sich an den Bundestag gewandt - mit Erfolg.
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TL;DR: Changes are coming to revert the requirement to opt into Google+ to get access to certain features.

I'm curious how circles will evolve as a sharing tool with raw Google accounts. That was at least one reason where the tie-in might have made sense. I guess we will see. I know some who will be happy about this change. :)
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Da war ich 17. Hm.

#showmeyourfirstamazonorder
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Was aus Hedi, Ruckert und Gruber wohl wurde?
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I can fully subscribe to that. The amount of flak leaders can get if their decision is perceived as wrong by Googlers is mind-boggling. Nobody is afraid to speak out. That doesn't mean that Google does not do mistakes, as Brian says. And there are legitimate product decisions where you can argue one way or the other. Where you are bound to upset some users. But in general there is a large collective corrective within Google. There is also a motivation to keep your employees if they can as easily switch in tech as they can in the bay area. ;-)
 
If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

I have to admit, this is a catchy line.  It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.

But it's hog-wash.

I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through.  It does not work that way!

Yes, Google is a company.  And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.).  But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that.  Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain.  I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things.  I've done it twice myself.  If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.

Everything Google does is done for our users.  Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads.  (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.)  You are not product; you are our customers!  That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top.  Everything is done to make a better service for you.

Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users.  Random ads are garbage.  Useful ads are a benefit.  Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders.  Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?

I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes.  We don't and we have.  And we admit it.  And it will happen again.  Sorry.  But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped.  Hindsight is perfect.

Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked.  But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense.  If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.
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Aww. Didn't + for once and it comes back to bite me.
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Es gibt ein Versuchsangebot des MVV, um mit Zeitkarte günstiger an ein Anschlussticket zu kommen. Es funktioniert nur mit dem Handy und man kauft die Ringe, die einem zur Zeitkarte fehlen. Zumindest zum Flughafen wird es deutlich günstiger, wenn man keine Innenraum-Zeitkarte hat. Aber die Beschreibung, wie viele Ringe man lösen muss, ist wie alles vom MVV sehr konfus.
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I never tried online. I went in person and talked to them until I got what I wanted. In general they are friendly even if getting an appointment is rather confusing :)
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The old technology is also being shown at the New York Transit Museum. I have sympathy for the old technology. New technology can't hope to run that long. And there were good mechanical interlock protections in place to ensure that no collisions can happen based on the signals.

On the other hand I don't know if they actually employ any sort of positive train control over there in the subway. Apparently https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Union_Square_derailment was one of the the many reasons to deploy communications-based train control. Germany has a low-tech solution for this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punktf%C3%B6rmige_Zugbeeinflussung
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There's a retired steam locomotive by the Ingolstadt Hbf that (from memory) ran 57 years and 1.5 million miles.
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Ein Google Search Selbsthilfe ABC...
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hmm. Analphabetin would have fit in there.
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The Talos Principle is still on sale on Steam today. If you like Portal, you'll also like this one. If your graphics card is made for it. ;-)
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I'm waiting for the PS4 version... Whenever it'll be released.
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What just happened to Google stock? I'm confused.
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I doubt it'll go down nearly as far down as where it was before. While some Googlers might capture profit by selling, external investors could have done so today already (only insiders are bound by the trading window), and I expect that most Googlers who don't want to hold some GOOG/GOOGL over the long term elect the automated sale program which Google provides for that purpose. Some Googlers might sell manually, but none of that would change the analysts' reason for being happy, so selling now will limit their upside if they want to hold GOOG/GOOGL in general.

Indeed, an expectation of dividends to stockholders will boost a stock, and even more so once it's officially announced. One might want to wait for that if you think it's likely to happen in the near term. I have no idea myself and haven't listened to the earnings call nor read its transcript.

(To be clear to any investigators reading this: I have absolutely no inside info on this matter. Please do not comment here on the likelihood of Google dividends if you have inside info about that.)
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Der Milliardär fordert die unumschränkte Freiheit, durch seine privaten Entschlüsse mit der Weltlage nach Gefallen zu schalten, ohne einen ethischen Maßsta
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  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Diplom-Informatiker, 2006 - 2013
  • Grimmelshausen-Gymnasium Offenburg
    Abitur, 1997 - 2006
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Disclaimer: Although I work for Google, my opinions and comments are my own and must not be interpreted as official statements.
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Site Reliability Engineer
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  • Google
    Site Reliability Engineer, 2013 - present
    Corporate Engineering
  • Steinbuch Centre for Computing
    Studentische Hilfskraft, 2009 - 2013
    Network administration, IPv6 evangelist
  • Proventa AG
    Junior Consultant, 2011 - 2012
    Linux system administration
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Studentische Hilfskraft, 2010 - 2011
    Mainframe administration (z/VM and Linux on a z10)
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