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BANGKOK 16 February 2019 06:38


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  1. Pfft, I've been working in IT since 0 said hello to 1. God himself couldn't break my safeguards, even if anyone did give a hoot. If the lawyers ever give me the chance, I'll hand them the low hanging fruit on a plate, for fun, not money.
  2. No. If so they'd be cutting every hotel corporate client off from the internet. For example, at any one time there may be 50 or 100 users on our connection from CAT. Contrary to popular myth, copyright laws and punishments in Thailand are pretty harsh. However, ISPs don't want to keep records, and don't want to stop copyright infringers, not because they willfully neglect their civic duty, but because it costs them resources and money. They'd have to come to me to go through my system logs, pull up the MAC of whoever was doing something wrong, only to find they checked out and left the country 2 weeks ago. Myself I use the BBC iPlayer. I have a background in IT and know how to get the very finest connection to the UK. My connection, which goes via one of my servers in Singapore, consistently gives me round trip ping times of 190 milliseconds, close to the theoretical best case for that distance, and I enjoy British public broadcasting at an unbuffered HD reliability most British expats can only fantasise about. . . completely illegally of course, but seriously, who gives a $#!t. Your ISP doesn't.
  3. Learning Thai over the decades has been an uphill struggle for me because my wife and kids speak English, as do my staff. My Thai stepdaughter speaks English like she was raised in Richmond Upon Thames. I'll never forget her taking the oath during her British citizenship ceremony in her received pronunciation. This has not removed the motivation to learn Thai, but provided and easier way forward in conversation. What you really need is no option but to learn Thai. I managed to learn, but I'm still illiterate in Thai. Nevermind, I guess.
  4. I think the purple is the 2.5 rated product but be careful, they only capture a percentage of particulates. When particles become that size or even smaller, like the smoke presently blowing over from Cambodia, the haze behaves more like a gas and won't be arrested by these filters. You need activated carbon in unison with the filter to remove VOCs like those released by burning and you need to replace the carbon OFTEN. It's cheaper, and pretty easy, to build your own air filter system with activated carbon (the same stuff in water filters), a HEPA filter, and duct tape.
  5. I've heard the culture excuse used for this before but I just don't buy it. Culture is used often as a BS excuse for the misfires in Thai society. People in my home country go to the doctor with a cold and expect to be given something for it too, but our doctors have the professional wherewithal not to over medicate. If you want to use the word 'culture', use it for the culture of indifference within the medical community towards malpractice.
  6. No I meant fraudulent. Medical incompetence a plenty can be found in the 'beloved' NHS and in Thailand, but there is no doubt in my mind fraudulent diagnoses are rampant in Thailand, from the most serious diagnoses, to the mundane i.e. leaving with a bag of unnecessary pills for a cold.
  7. Every colour of the rainbow is used for 3-phases here. The only safe option is to verify the sequence yourself.
  8. I had a similar experience around 12 years ago, diagnosed with blocked coronary artery, immediately put on bags of meds and booked for further diagnostic procedures. I IMMEDIATELY went for a second opinion at a well known private hospital, the cardiologist scoffed at the diagnosis and the meds I'd been prescribed, stating it was absurd as I was in my mid-30s. Nevertheless I wanted checking out and fast, so I was in a CT scanner within a hour of walking into the place. Diagnosis, everything normal. Blatantly fraudulent diagnoses are rampant in Thailand. If you find a doctor you trust, hang onto them. There are plenty of good ones too.
  9. The translations are in my daughter's queue of things to do Note however that the technical requirements and bespoke specs I get from equipment suppliers are ALWAYS in English, perhaps because they know a farang is on the receiving end, but I don't think that's the case. I accept that staff on the ground will be better suited with Thai script.
  10. I've just completed a commercial kitchen electrical system. It's high current, with three phase motors in pot washers etc etc. Each pot washer has it's own 3 phase RCD. I decided to spread the load for sockets over the phases, each bank of sockets with a separate RCBO for that phase in the kitchen MDB. A local 'spark' visited to plan his equipment installation and he rubbed his chin, telling me my system was dangerous. Obviously I'm not going to agree with him, but it's got me wondering if there's something I missed in the Thai code. I clearly mark thing like the attached images. Mixing phases on sockets in the same room has not been an issue since the ancient history of the 14th edition if I remember correctly (I'm British). In Thailand, Thoughts?
  11. Meh, reading through these retarded comments I'm reminded of a time I was on a flight during preparation for take off. A Malaysian woman was busily tapping away on her cellphone sending messages and ignoring the requests from cabin crew to turn off the phone. She was warned again and again and she just ignored them. Eventually a flight attendant snatched the phone from her, switched it off and handed it back. The attendant earned my respect for keeping the cattle under control. In your world this flight attendant was rude and the 'customer is always right'. Let me bust your bubble, the customer is nearly always a needy jerk and most of the time staff are forcing themselves to keep up appearances. Like airlines, if you show up without the correct visa for your destination, you will be refused boarding, as the airline would have to bear the cost of repatriating you. Large hotels like mine are under immigration's spotlight and we will NOT bear the cost of you traveling without a passport. It's not hard to understand, unless you're you. Take this comment for example. You're not reading what I'm saying. You're reading what you want to see. These guests simply don't accept they can't check in without a passport, become belligerent, and are thrown out of the hotel. If they complain they have nowhere to stay, it pleases me that they have to sleep in their car, they only have themselves to blame. This is the real world, not the cosseted world you grew up in. Hotels are private enterprise, not a public service.
  12. Reality is my opinion is the only one that counts. No passport, no check in.
  13. Just on an unrelated note, not wishing to drag off topic. . . but 'Permenent Residency' where you're still forced to get a re-entry permit. This is just psuedo-PR IMO.
  14. We were indeed fined a few years ago, and substantially. I've yet to find a gobby Thai DL holder that can explain to me why our hotel should subsidise his/her decision to travel without a passport. Why I'm posting this topic, maybe a few of them will read it and wake up, because they all seem to wind up in my front of house to exorcise their attitude. After having it explained to them, and them rejecting the explanation, the conversation usually goes south from there.
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