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(22) Vennbahn: The World's Weirdest Border? - YouTube
Hidden away in the rolling Eifel hills is one of the world's weirdest international borders: a long, string-shaped piece of Belgium that runs through western Germany. Why is it there, and what does it have to do with an abandoned railway? I went to investigate the story of the Vennbahn...
borders  Geography  Germany  Belgium  video  YouTube 
4 days ago by pierredv
How Politicians Bend Time - The American Interest, Mar 2019
“As gravity bends light, so power bends time,” writes renowned historian Christopher Clark in his ambitious new book Time and Power: Visions of History in German Politics, from the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich.

Looking at four successive regimes in four successive epochs in one country, Clark describes how individual leaders are both shaped by their moment, and how their understanding of their circumstances allows them to sculpt their destiny and legacy.
AmericanInterest  podcasts  Germany  history  time  politics 
june 2019 by pierredv
Germany Nearly Catches Korea as Innovation Champ; U.S. Rebounds - Bloomberg, Jan 2019
"South Korea retained the global crown in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, though improvements by Germany in research and education brought Europe’s largest economy to near-parity in the annual ranking. The U.S. moved up to eighth place, a year after cracks in education scores pushed it out of the top 10 for the first time."
innovation  Bloomberg  South-Korea  Korea  Germany 
january 2019 by pierredv
German startup takes Kymeta-like LCD approach to flat panel antenna manufacturing - May 2018
"Backed by fleet operator SES, the German science and technology conglomerate Merck Group and the Beijing Singularity Power Investment Fund, Alcan Systems of Darmstadt, Germany, is nearing completion of a phased array antenna for satellite broadband links. "

"Alcan Systems, whose name stands for “Adaptive Liquid Crystal ANtenna,” is designing modular antennas to bring internet to mobile platforms (cars, planes, boats, and other vehicles), business networks and consumer broadband service — target markets for high-throughput satellites in any orbit. "

"Sibay said the company is aiming for prices “for the enterprise version under 10,000 euros and for the consumer version under 1,000 euros.” Each electronically steered antenna should reach throughputs of 250 Mbps, and have switching speeds between satellites of 5 milliseconds, he said."

"The fundamental difference between the two antennas is that Kymeta’s is based on a metamaterial it describes as “a glass structure similar to a liquid crystal display.” Alcan Systems’ product is a phased array antenna that uses liquid crystals in lieu of traditional semiconductor technology. Kymeta’s antenna is also designed to work with Ku-band satellites, while Alcan Systems is simultaneously creating antennas for Ku- and Ka-band systems. "
SpaceNews  antennas  Germany  satellite  Kymeta  Alcan 
may 2018 by pierredv
Many U.S. wireless devices not allowed in Germany | Article | The United States Army
"Most American baby monitors run on the 900MHz frequency- which is what emergency groups (ambulance, police, and firemen) use in Germany."

"These same baby monitors are also responsible for creating interferences with Vodafone Germany GmbH (mobile communications provider in Germany) signals, as they fall into Vodafone's assigned communications bandwidth."

"In past incidents, the Bundesnetzagentur has discovered and fined U.S. Army base housing units in Germany, where baby monitors were found to be interfering with German emergency frequencies."
Interference  900MHz  Germany  BNA 
april 2018 by pierredv
Coverage, not revenue, is increasingly the goal of spectrum assignments | PolicyTracker Feb 2018
"After 20 years and three or four generations of mobile technology, governments and regulators are starting to recognise that there is a contradiction between extracting large amounts of money from mobile operators for spectrum licences and then demanding costly network deployments to cover 100 per cent of a country. That’s according to Gérard Pogorel, Emeritus Professor of Economics at top French graduate engineering school Télécom ParisTech."

"It took the French government six months to arrive at a comprehensive contract with operators to renew 4G licences without new auctions but with strong commitments from them to deploy new networks quickly, Pogorel said. . . . By contrast, the Japanese government, which has never held a spectrum auction, is planning one for March, said Pogorel. "
PolicyTracker  Gerard-Pogorel  cellular  spectrum-auctions  ARCEP  France  BNA  Germany  Japan  Mischa-Dohler 
february 2018 by pierredv
The Chaos Computer Club Is Fighting to Save Democracy - Bloomberg
"All this has made CCC into something that sounds alien to American ears: a popular, powerful, tech-focused watchdog group, one whose counsel has been sought by both WikiLeaks and Deutsche Telekom AG."
Bloomberg  hacking  cybersecurity  Germany  history 
july 2017 by pierredv
Update on Annual licence fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum: German 2015 auction | Ofcom
"This document provides an update on the German auction for the award of licences for the 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 1500 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, which concluded on 19 June 2015. Ofcom considers that this auction provides relevant evidence for the purposes of estimating the market value of the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz licences in the UK."
Ofcom  Germany  spectrum-auctions  auctions 
july 2015 by pierredv
§ 2 Regulierung, Ziele und Grundsätze -- TKG - Einzelnorm
Via Andreas Achtzehn, Feb 2015 "regulation goals" for Bundesnetzagentur General term is in §2 (2), 1 and 2: "" "(2) Regulation goals are: 1. to protect the user, particularly the consumer interests with regard to telecommunications and protect the privacy of communications... 2. to ensure fair competition and foster sustainable competition-oriented markets ...". Also important: §2 (3), sentence 4 "[BNetzA aims at...] protection competition for the benefit of the consumers, and, where appropriate, support infrastructure-based competition." Spectrum regulation then picks up on this §52 (1) telling that frequency regulations is necessary for coexistence, and that principles defined in §2 are followed.
BNetzA  Germany  regulations 
february 2015 by pierredv
Working hours: Get a life | The Economist Sep 2013
"For the countries for which data are available the vast majority of people work fewer hours than they did in 1990. And it seems that more productive—and, consequently, better-paid—workers put in less time at the office. The Greeks are some of the most hardworking in the OECD, putting in over 2,000 hours a year on average. Germans, on the other hand, are comparative slackers, working about 1,400 hours each year. But German productivity is about 70% higher."
employment  Greece  OECD  TheEconomist  Germany  productivity 
november 2013 by pierredv
The Holy Roman Empire: European disunion done right | The Economist
Tag: The “old empire” offers surprising lessons for the European Union today Story of Holy Roman Empire ca. 1648
history  economist  Holy  Roman  Empire  Europe  Germany 
february 2013 by pierredv
Logging Off: The Internet Generation Prefers the Real World - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"They may have been dubbed the "Internet generation," but young people are more interested in their real-world friends than Facebook. New research shows that the majority of children and teenagers are not the Web-savvy digital natives of legend. In fact, many of them don't even know how to google properly" Via Martin Weiss
internet  Germany  culture  DerSpiegel 
august 2010 by pierredv
A Quarter Century after Chernobyl: Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"Wild boar are particularly susceptible to radioactive contamination due to their predilection for chomping on mushrooms and truffles, which are particularly efficient at absorbing radioactivity" Via Martin Weiss
Germany  environment  health  nuclear  DerSpiegel 
august 2010 by pierredv
Curse of the Communist Mummy - Reason Magazine
A developer in Leipzig has uncovered a one-bedroom apartment abandoned in the waning days of East Germany
via Matt Corwine
europe  history  architecture  Germany  lifestyles 
january 2009 by pierredv

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