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  1. And the Darwin Award goes to..... Oh, it's a tie!!! Sent from my SM-G935T using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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    Personally, I prefer paving stones over cement or gravel Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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    Bank of England meeting 'key' to baht's value

    Why not ask for a pony, while you're at it. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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    Thailand attracts huge Chinese investment

    Love the math .... $630mm for the first 7 months, so on target to acheive $25 billion this year. One hell of a hockey stick graph! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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    Smart House & Internet Or Things in Thailand

    May I ask who your supplier was?
  6. Hi all I am currently in the midst of a new build (abut 25% complete), and I have been contemplating installing (or preparing to install) things like: Smart lighting - being able to program lighting "scenes", and control remotely via smart phone app Smart door locks IOT security system Smart AC control The offerings have recently, in the last year or two, become more robust. Plenty of options in the US and UK. But seemingly little so far in Thailand. Now before we get too far here, I can already hear the chorus of "Thai electricians are too dim-witted to do this" replies. I actually have a very good electrician, and I have no qualms about his ability to do the necessary wiring. Here is what I do know .... all wiring must be 3 wire back to the source/junction box .... Live, Neutral, and Ground. Also, switch junction boxes need to be large enough to accommodate the smart dimmer/switch modules. I am curious if anyone has experience with these systems thus far. Any local suppliers? Any real experience here installing and owning? Do I need to source from the UK (US is the wrong voltage)? Thanks
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    Full Flat Bed

    Hard to blame Boeing for an airline fitting out a plane with a cramped seating plan. There are comfortable business class 787's (ANA, Qatar), and not so comfortable ones.Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. I "think" what hubby is saying is that, where he to cover the 30mm baht over the time period suggested, he would be $1100 short of the mortgage repayments. And the Thai wife is an "Instructor" at Harvard Dental School, not a Professor, or an Assistant Professor. And who knows if her small (1-4 person) dental practice makes any money at all? I can envision a scenario where she really makes next to nothing at the moment. I'm not trying to defend her, but the University is being foolish not to negotiate with the couple. Despite the speculation on this forum, we have no idea what the couple can and cannot afford. And there is little legally that a Thai can do to enforce this debt agreement in a US court of law. Especially if the husband is the primary wage earner, there is even less leverage. And no, the US will not deport her. Don't be silly. As to those that co-signed the loan ... I have no sympathy. The whole point of having a co-signer is to guarantee a loan if it goes south. Don't sign if you are not willing to pay.
  9. Was not HM the King born at a Harvard teaching hospital? Was not his father a student at Harvard Medical School? Would not such criticism potentially constitute a violation of LM laws? Just asking .....
  10. That seems so much higher than what dentists usually make. http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Dentist/Salary From several sources I saw, the average is about $125,000 or therabouts. The $500,000 - $1,000,000 is probably gross receipts for the entire dental clinic. Maybe it has other dentists practicing there as well. The link from manta.com says that the annual estimated REVENUE is $500k - $1mm, with 1-4 employees. Pretty wide guess. Obviously a very small practice. And she's an "instructor" at Harvard. The puts her pretty much at the bottom of the totem pole. No six figure salary there. No way Harvard gets involved in this dispute. Not unless US media picks it up. And so far its all quiet on that front.
  11. Well, you could download the report and read it for yourself. See the link on page 2.
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    Tesla Cars Thailand

    First off, the Tesla is not a hybrid. It is 100 percent electric. Hybrids have a dual power source. A hybrid will run the a.c. on the battery until it runs low, then the engine will kick in. In practice this almost never happens. A.C. will go a good 10 minutes on a small hybrid battery. In comparison, the tesla battery is huge. The hybrid battery will power the car about 2km at moderate speed. A Tesla's range is in excess of 400km, and it has amazing power.
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    Built in O.E. GPS.

    GPS system arrival times work off of a set of assumptions about average speeds based on the type of road being traveled on. Some systems allow you to change those assumptions. Go into your settings menu and see if there is an option to change the assumptions.
  14. If the PM was actually serious about fighting corruption, he would use this case to make a big statement. He could appoint an independant prosecutor to investigate the deal, and find out who spec'ed this gold plated attrocity, and then find out who bribed who. Include prosecution for the vendor and for the recipient of the bribe. Let Bosch know that they are off all bid lists until they cough up the individuals paying the bribes. Then swiftly sack and prosecute the offending parties. Make a "public hanging" out of it. Naturally, i have zero confidence that any of this would actually happen ....