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    I see the revelations by Snowden as a huge...

    I see the revelations by Snowden as a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop secure communications systems for ordinary people. That fat-headed quote from a Google spokesperson about "maybe...
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    If you have a proper visa and a work permit, you...

    If you have a proper visa and a work permit, you can open a foreign currency account at Krungsri Bank. Don't know their charges, though 'cos I've never tried depositing a cheque.
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    Nothing sadder than walking into a conversation...

    Nothing sadder than walking into a conversation class to find six students sitting quietly looking at their phones. FFS, if you don't even converse with classmates in Thai, what are you doing trying...
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    I think RickThai missed an opportunity to at...

    I think RickThai missed an opportunity to at least quadruple gun sales at a stroke. What he really meant is that everyone should have a gun in the living room, a gun in the master bedroom, a gun in...
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    Anybody been watching The Fall? Good, grown-up...

    Anybody been watching The Fall? Good, grown-up UK crime drama in the mould of Prime Suspect.

    The Fall (TV Series 2013

    Gillian Anderson (from The X-Files) is actually very good in it.
  6. I am no longer 12 years old, so relationships...

    I am no longer 12 years old, so relationships don't end in name-calling any more.

    :mid:
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    There's a Java removal tool, called javra I...

    There's a Java removal tool, called javra I think. Will remove obsolete versions or leftover fragments and will install up to date version.
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    I fancied a change from CCleaner, and got one...

    I fancied a change from CCleaner, and got one called SlimCleaner. Nice.
  9. I like the idea that US officials are "calling...

    I like the idea that US officials are "calling into question Hong Kong's commitment to the rule of law..." because they gave Snowden a boarding pass. This, from a government which:

    - invades other...
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    Yes, Thetty stickied it after I posted the link....

    Yes, Thetty stickied it after I posted the link. :D
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    Obviously, the writer is well-educated and...

    Obviously, the writer is well-educated and hard-working, but all the others are wasters. :mid:
  12. So, Thailand's tourists flock here because of...

    So, Thailand's tourists flock here because of some government campaign that no one's ever heard of. If that's true, I've learnt something today.

    :mid:
  13. Thread: Boys name

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    Wasn't trying to be funny, Fluke, but you said...

    Wasn't trying to be funny, Fluke, but you said you'd been told you can't call him Tai, so I just wondered who told you this.
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    Who has told you you can't call him Tai? And why...

    Who has told you you can't call him Tai? And why did you ask permission? When my son was born, the hospital administrators just asked me what his name was, then went away to prepare the documentation...
  15. I was just thinking - and I'm sure I'm not the...

    I was just thinking - and I'm sure I'm not the first to do so - that this would make a good plot for a futuristic novel. Perpetual phony war, total state surveillance. We'd need a protagonist,...
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    Those new Facebook settings at a glance... ...

    Those new Facebook settings at a glance...

    http://teakdoor.com/Gallery/albums/userpics/10212/fb_settings.jpg
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    Iain (M) Banks was two of my favourite authors. :(

    Iain (M) Banks was two of my favourite authors. :(
  18. Thanks for the correction. Is it true that...

    Thanks for the correction.

    Is it true that Facebook, Google and Microsoft are now amending their privacy policies to read 555?
  19. I seem to remember widespread celebrations when...

    I seem to remember widespread celebrations when the Berlin Wall came down and Easy Berliners made bonfires out of Stasi files...
  20. Poll: Sentence case, please. Easier to read. Although,...

    Sentence case, please. Easier to read. Although, idiots should use title case to make their threads threads easier to avoid. :-)
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    Can't green you, but you made me feel a little...

    Can't green you, but you made me feel a little homesick. :)

    My hometown.
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    If you wanted to Romanize (is that a real word,...

    If you wanted to Romanize (is that a real word, BTW?), you could do it very simply, I'd have thought.

    'khao - high tone
    ,khao - low tone
    khao - mid tone
    /khao - rising tone
    \khao -falling tone...
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    Standing by cheering, bung.

    Standing by cheering, bung.
  24. No, not quite. But we're on something of a...

    So you think that taking out one or more of these murdering scum with a hell fire missile from a Drone is somehow "acting like them" ,how odd!!:)[/QUOTE]

    No, not quite. But we're on something of...
  25. Lethal autonomous robotics will be here sooner...

    Lethal autonomous robotics will be here sooner than we think. :(

    'Killer robots' pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned

    'Killer robots' pose threat to peace and should be banned,...
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    I don't know why religions insist on rules that...

    I don't know why religions insist on rules that are just begging to be broken. Why not have a set of practical prohibitions, like no stepping on the cracks in the pavement when it's raining, or no...
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    We buy the cheapest uncooked rice from the market...

    We buy the cheapest uncooked rice from the market (about 22 Baht a kilo, I think) and fresh chicken livers and hearts (about 100 Baht for 1.2kg). Chop the chicken, divide into about 12 portions, and...
  28. I'm a little uncomfortable that some posters...

    I'm a little uncomfortable that some posters think that, because the Taliban are an immoral gang of murdering thugs, it's ok for us to start acting like them.
  29. So which law did these people break?

    So which law did these people break?
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    Broadly agree with both Davis and Looper, but I'm...

    Broadly agree with both Davis and Looper, but I'm not sure that experience is the only factor. I think we probably have an evolutionary pre-disposition to be more trusting of people who resemble...
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    I have the same issue. Will try that lassoo...

    I have the same issue. Will try that lassoo thing...
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    IMO massive and increasing wealth inequality is...

    IMO massive and increasing wealth inequality is the single biggest threat to us all. Doesn't matter which country we're talking about.
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    Are we sure the diapers weren't for Beck himself?

    Are we sure the diapers weren't for Beck himself?
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    In 12 years here I've heard falang or farang...

    In 12 years here I've heard falang or farang about a million times, and falong precisely zero times.
  35. I think it's great that gays can now have their...

    I think it's great that gays can now have their living arrangements blessed by completely imaginary deities.
  36. Travel threads should be front and centre. Agree...

    Travel threads should be front and centre. Agree with Tel.
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    Yup. Wouldn't mind picking up a 5 year old Honda...

    Yup. Wouldn't mind picking up a 5 year old Honda CRV for less than 20k. Can you point me in the right direction?

    :mid:
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    A bit boney, but not at all bad deep fried and...

    A bit boney, but not at all bad deep fried and served in a steamboat with spicy soup and herbs. Gaeng som beh-sa or something like that..
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    Sweeping generalisations are usually off target,...

    Sweeping generalisations are usually off target, so I'll confine myself to an individual, privileged Thai graduate of one of the better Bangkok universities I was talking to not long ago in class....
  40. I missed a golden opportunity the other day. On a...

    I missed a golden opportunity the other day. On a three-lane stretch of highway, a red car was stopped in the left hand lane. Half a dozen were blocking the middle lane, queueing up to pay the...
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    I have lost count of the number of times I've...

    I have lost count of the number of times I've said that exact same phrase. And - weirdly - people look at me as if I'm speaking Titanese or some other strange alien language. It's gratifying that I...
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    Sorry, Davis. :(

    Sorry, Davis. :(
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    I am particularly proud of #1,436. :mid:

    I am particularly proud of #1,436. :mid:
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    Corruption.

    Corruption.
  45. Absolutely no sign of that website - portraittrip...

    Absolutely no sign of that website - portraittrip - on the interweb. Not that I've looked. :mid:
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    Well, we've had power cuts, and water cuts, but...

    Well, we've had power cuts, and water cuts, but never both at the same time. Maybe we're just lucky. I don't have a pump to help the mains pressure any more, 'cos they renewed the mains and the...
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    Award?

    Award?
  48. Looks like one of those victimless crimes to me,...

    Looks like one of those victimless crimes to me, your honour.
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    You have a nasty, suspicious mind, pseudo. ...

    You have a nasty, suspicious mind, pseudo.

    That's exactly what I thought. :D
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    My biggest problem is my house needs a new cost...

    My biggest problem is my house needs a new cost of paint. Not sure how dips from the middle east are gonna help, though.
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