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Hardy641

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  1. I will keep my fingers crossed that this taxi driver has been right. Only then Thailand can start the reconciliation process and finally find peace.
  2. As you are using True High Speed Internet, just try the following to fix your IP: For your IP 192.168.1.xx with xx being between 31 and 60 (can actually be up to 256). You might get an IP conflict, if other computers are using the same IP. If so just change the last 2 digits until no IP conflict warning appears. Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1 DNS Server: 192.168.1.1 You do o by changing the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) under Networking. Hope it helps.
  3. Facing the same problem from time to time. I have 2 laptops, 1 desktop and 1 Google phone. For unknown reasons sometimes one or both 2 laptops just won't connect to the Internet. Restarting the router, network adapter or rebooting does not help. After a while (sometimes less than an hour, sometime up to a whole day) it will just connect again. My observations so far are that it only happens with True as IP provider and when connecting wireless. Never had any problems on my desktop using LAN, neither on my Google phone. It never happened in any other country but then I spend of course most
  4. The numbers of ME visitors have been increasing constantly over the last years. Especially during the two months before Ramadan there presence can be seen. Walking Street in Pattaya is full of 'Arabs' and a steady growing number of Indians. My guess is that they currently account for ~70% of all visitors promenading up and down walking street. They completely took over Tony's, most of Mixx (the rest are Russians)and even in Lucifer I see more Arabs than White guys these days. If this trend continues, Pattaya will be soon be a town for Arabs, Indians and Russians only.
  5. Yeah, for them Thaksin is more than just a political leader. They admire him like a half god who is infallible. I gave up talking to taxi drivers about politics. They are not only biased but also lack the education to really understand the bigger picture. Most are completely brainwashed by redshirt propaganda, not willing to listening to any other points of view. If Abhisit wants to leave Yingluck a bombshell, he should exploit the redshirts to lay siege to the German embassy until the jet will be released. Would be a nice hot potato for Yingluck to resolve.
  6. Yes this scenario is very likely. Typical Thai sloppiness as nobody ever thought that the registration of the jet could be of such importance. Thaksin claiming credit for solving the crisis? Great that's like setting the fire first and then claiming credit for having called the fire fighters. I hope the media won't forget who actually caused the mess by a single handed decision disrespecting existing contracts in 2004. But again this is Thailand (or should I say Thaksinland) and he will probably get away with it as he has done before.
  7. In one of the first articles about the impounding of the plane was a quote of the liquidator saying he had to prepare the whole mission extremely carefully. One part was clarifying the ownership of the plane and according to its registration papers he could identify it as Thai state property. Only later Thailand claimed the plane has been presented to the CP. However, it took a week to come up with documents. Looking at the court's decision these papers couldn't clear the ownership 100%. I still believe that the courts in Germany are really independent but of course also an independent co
  8. I don't think that a name painted on an aircraft has anything to do with its ownership. Only the airplane registration documents do matter here. As a student I made some money by having some advertisement (logo and name) of a local club printed on my car. However, I have still been the owner of the car.
  9. A link to the German view of things.... Does not look like the matter will be resolved anyhow soon. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,776718,00.html It is in English.
  10. Does Thailand really believe that Germany will bow to these childish threats? Germany is part of Schengen and a key member of the European Union. Threatening Germany will always trigger an unified answer of the European Union. I guess Thailand is greatly overestimating its power in this case. Especially as Germany is acting only according to internationally accredited rules. I don't understand the remark about Thaksin entering Germany. Is it linked to a recent visit? If yes, it will be very interesting to see what will happen if Germany indeed arrests him and extradites him to Thailand aft
  11. Indeed, German law is based on the Roman law. Thai and German law are actually very similar, because Japan copied German law in the late 19 century and then Thailand copied the Japanese law. Thus, German and Thai law, both based on Roman law, are a way closer as e.g. German and American law.
  12. Well that's exactly my experience. Government contracts contain standard paragraphs which can't be changed amended except for a via very long and complex procedure that requires approval from various government agencies and ministers. I did IT projects and these standard clauses often don't cover the complex rules of intellectual property rights.
  13. Why above quote makes the case controversial? Like in many other cases Thaksin shot from the hip; clearly disregarding contractual commitments that cost the company millions of Euro. If a government decides to subsidize, fine but it can't be done at the cost of the investor. The Thai government should have paid the difference. So to me it is a one sided breach of contract by the Thai government, very clear and nothing controversial at all. I also agree with Gadfly that Thai courts can't be trusted, especially in cases Thai government against foreign investors/companies. Another freque
  14. Nice try but I can't see German authorities buying into this crap. Next time if I have an accident with my car in Thailand, I will do a runner. If they find me I will just tell the police that it isn't my car because I gave it to my ex-Thai GF 2 years ago as a birthday present. Who cares about registration papers anyway.?! TIT at its best.
  15. Two arbitration courts ruled in the favor of the Walter Bau, so I just trust that their claim is valid. In several German articles it has been stated that the airplane registration papers clearly disclose the Thai government as being the owner of the airplane. Maybe Thailand should start to accept that different countries have different laws and the typical Thai way can't be applied everywhere.
  16. Michelle Obama using the Airforce 1 for private shopping sprees? If true I am really surprised. In Germany several careers of high ranking politicians have been destroyed because they only used their bonus miles accumulated during official flights for private trips. So many countries so many customs....
  17. Yeah, typical clash of two different/opposite world views. Incompatible, one side struggles to understand the thinking of the other. Let's assume the plane really still belongs to the Thai government.... The scandal here in Germany wouldn't be the actual seizure of the airplane but the fact that tax money is squandered for private pleasure trips using government property.
  18. Why did they let it come that far? There is only one answer....TIT. Typical behavior of Thai Government authorities. Last year I worked at the Airport Link Project and warned SRT about a particular paragraph in the contract with German Rail (DB). The SRT deputy governor smiled and said there has never been any SRT supplier making money and there will never be one. Well after 1 year of not getting paid, DB stopped all activities and closed its offices in Thailand. Today the trains are operated without expert support and IT systems. Go figure.
  19. For all I read about this incident, it is pretty obvious that the liquidator of Walter Bau got all necessary information and approvals before seizing the jet. Looks like pretty water proof. The Thai answer...at least what I can read from the local press...is a typical case of TIT. No admission of any fault (like not paying a debt for many years and disregarding several international arbitrary courts seems to absolutely Ok) but blaming the Germany for a big mistake and threatening that relationship between both countries will affected if Germany does not release the plane immediately, show
  20. Haven't read about this in the local media yet. Maybe too hot to be in the news here in the LOS. It is quite a scandal and huge loss of face for Thailand. Unfortunately, the link is in German only. In a nutshell it says that the insolvency trustee of the former construction company "Walter Bau" (3rd biggest in Germany) has seized the private jet, a Boeing 737-400, of Thailand's crown prince while he is visiting Germany. The reason is that Thailand is still not paying ~30 Million EUR from tollway project ( 20 years ago!) despite the ruling of an international arbitral court in favor
  21. Anybody expected otherwise? Next will be that Thaksin returns triumphant and you will see that his confiscated assets will be returned to him of course including interest. The government will definitely go into the Guinness Book of records. Headed by a novice, first female PM who rules the country via remote orders from a fugitive criminal turned ex tyrant plus several ministers with criminal records. Not to mention the usual greedy crooks in important positions which will guarantee their pockets will be filled to recover the campaigning costs multiple times. Amazing Thailan
  22. Wow! Only 24 hours have passed since the exit polls indicated a PT victory and the 'Clone' managed to assemble a 5 party coalition government including several parties that have been part of the Abhisit government. Honi soit qui mal y pense! Amazing Thailand once again! Guess the 1 Million + tablets are also already shipped to the north and north east. I can't remember that the board has ever been as unified on a topic as concerning PT and Thaksin.I guess Thaksin wouldn't get 5% on Thai 360 but still 50+% of Thais thinking differently. Another example TIT.
  23. They did it the "Thai way" and utterly failed because Thaksin did not play by these rules. They let him of the hook twice in the belief that he would accept his fate and live a quiet life in huge wealth abroad, like many other ousted PM before him did. In the night of the coup my first thought has been how could they do it while Thaksin was abroad. If you do a coup to overthrow a tyrant you have to do it right. They had 5 years to silence him but they didn't. Now they and the middle/upper class of Thailand will have to pay the price.
  24. So then tell me where Thaksin is interested in real democracy? Back in 2002 he famously sated that democracy isn't the goal but just a vehicle to reach his goal. True democrat huh?! While the Abhisit government was a disappointment, I prefer it 100 times over Thaksin, Samak, Chalerm, or Somchai. In the first years of Thaksin's rule corruption rose by 30%. It has been Abhisit who gave them free education but that isn't what they want. They want money or gimmicks (e.g. mobiles, tablets...) which PT promised them. Just wonder who gonna pay all this? Fully agree and so the
  25. I don't know of any farang being pro Thaksin. Some have sympathies for the red cause, however they also say they should cut their links to Thaksin before they can be taken seriously. I am pretty sure that PT would have been marginalized if the foreign community would have been the electorate. Still they have been able to win by a landslide if the exit polls can be believed. They achieved this victory without a proper program just with the slogan "Thaksin thinks, PT acts" and outrageous freebies, which will definitely bankrupt Thailand if only implemented in parts. What does this tel
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