Not necessarily. I think the way the sentence was originally worded is also correct. It means in general, Germans are stopping at traffic lights on an ongoing basis. I don't think the immediacy on the part of the speaker. is a strict requirement.
Are you describing something happening right now, posessively (i.e. right in front of you?) Then the sentence "they are stopping in front of the traffic lights" is correct.
But are you describing a general activity, which you have observed, and which you do not currently possess, in front of you, at the moment? In which case referring to the definite possessive form "they are" is incorrect - who are 'they'? Are you observing this activity immediately?
The correct way to say this sentence: "Germans stop at traffic lights." They're not doing it right now, they're not in front of you - its a general case.
There is a reason to understand and use language properly. I happen to live in a German-speaking country, and this mistake is made often because it is, simply, not taught properly. (I also get my German corrected in the same way, and OFTEN, so lest you feel I'm being curmudgeonly for any reason other than revenge .. ;)
The sentence: "yes, because we are actually stopping at them" is in reference to the subject: "the traffic lights". The originator of the sentence was intending to convey the meaning that Germans - in general - stop at the traffic lights, whereas non-Germans, generally, do not.
Ask yourself this question: Are they stopping at the traffic lights right now in the present-progessive sense? Is the speaker talking about doing this 'right now'?
In that case, the sentence would be properly formed thus:
"The Germans do stop at traffic lights. Non-Germans, do not."
Notice the difference?
Final Edit: the German-formed sentence I was correcting:
"Yes, because we (Germans) are actually stopping at them!"
"Yes, because we (Germans) do actually stop at them."
Now, we can certainly look at the downvotes I've earned as a result of my personal foul use of language, but for the German-native speakers who make this mistake, it makes a huge difference in how well they are, actually, understood by English visitors. Please re-read, and see for yourself.
This is off-off-topic, but I wish forums allowed users to state that they would be happy to have their grammar and spelling corrected by ticking a checkbox, and that every comment could have a sub-discussion just for that, on its own page. That would be useful, or? (<-- joke :P) Because otherwise whatever you do, it's wrong: making a correction makes you seem like a jerk, and not making a correction makes you feel like a jerk (because you know something they don't, and you're not sharing it).
I agree that this would be the best option, but what is the point of remote deployment APIs then? Eg my CI deploys war files on a tomcat using tomcats remote deployment API, so tomcat must be able to write in its webapp directory. Would you suggest to deploy wars always via scp and a restart of the tomcat instance instead?
I started my career because I love programming. That was a big mistake for me. Not because it didn't pay well, but because I lost the passion.
When I spend 8 hours a day programming, I don't want to do it at home. It's probably because I don't want to sit in front of a computer all day, or I am lacking social interaction at work. That's why I am currently trying to change my position. While I still love IT and everything tech-related, I want programming to become a hobby again.
I admire everyone who is programming after work, tinkering around, building stuff. I promised my nephew to build a quadrocopter with him, but I haven't done so, just because I am already programming and doing techy things each day again and again.
I seem to have managed a mental separation between 'programming I have to do' and 'programming I want to do'.
The latter category only happens sporadically because, like you, I don't often have the energy to code all evening when I've coded all day. But I do find some time for it. Social interaction definitely takes precedence though.
I am actually surprised though, that the car sales man didn't ask how much he could pay. If the FBI negotiator still stuck with his initial offer, I guess he would have suggested some kind of monthly rate or a similar kind of loan that would "fit his lifestyle better".
The way we bought our last car was much simpler (not sure it was better, but i don't know if i could pull it off). We picked the car we wanted and then emailed every dealership within a hundred miles what we wanted and asked for quotes. Once we had quotes we liked we treated the tradein as a nibble. Best car buying experience ever.
Did you use CarWoo or did you do it manually? This is a smart approach because it's the only realistic way to comparison shop with dealers who are trained to slow you down and drag out the process before giving you a number.
Did it myself on the advice of a friend. It worked like a charm, no bullshit involved on either side.
Funniest thing was we had gone to a local dealership to attempt a test drive and they wouldn't even talk to us. The guys who won our business then sourced the vehicle from that same dealership -- they drove it up to our house with the local dealer's plates on it, for something like $6k less than the dealer's sticker price.
I left out one detail -- we ran our offer past the other dealers who had responded and none would match it.
This is probably why Cook said that they will "double down on secrecy".
The event is really boring if you have seen all of the parts on the internet prior to the event (might be different for people not following the rumor mills).
Blaming it on the others again (copy cats, spies, and so on...)? I think Apple benefited a lot from all the rumor buildup before their presentations. What if there were no rumors at all - would people even still notice that there is a new Apple launch event?
If the rumors were exciting, people wouldn't be able to contain themselves with excitement for the actual launch.
I wonder if Apple should introduce an abo model, that automatically sends their new products to their fans (charging their credit cards).
> If the rumors were exciting, people wouldn't be able to contain themselves with excitement for the actual launch.
Why would people be excited for the announcement of something they already know. And if you're talking about the release date of the product, people still line up outside apple stores for days ahead of time when new devices come out.
> Blaming it on the others again (copy cats, spies, and so on...)?
How is saying that you're "doubling down on security" blaming others? Note that Tim Cook said this in response to the question "What have you changed? What's different?"