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by Aesma
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 181
Views: 29310

Re: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest

Shutting down a major international airport is a strong way to get attention to a cause, that is why the HK airport has become a major site of protests. Of course it is counterproductive, hurting the business and tourist travelers who in turn support 1000's of jobs in restaurants, hotels, and other...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Career change - how old?
Replies: 17
Views: 1316

Re: Career change - how old?

The other day I saw a couple on TV, they just hit retirement age (probably 60-62) and were selling their home and packing to open a cookie shop or something like that in Japan. I must say I found the idea a bit crazy. At least they have their French pension to fall back to. It's quite common it seem...

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by Aesma
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil industry after transport sector go electric
Replies: 73
Views: 2360

Re: Oil industry after transport sector go electric

Airliners will still use oil for sure, there might be short haul electric planes but that's it. Cars will go mostly electric, with oil burners becoming niche. I'm quite skeptical about hydrogen. The tech will be there, but producing it, and stocking it, is a big problem. Petrochemicals are also bein...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if Next Summer....
Replies: 25
Views: 1554

Re: What if Next Summer....

Obama is a politician. A good one, that managed to pass a signature legislation in his first term. There is no real incentive for him to seek power again. In France former presidents are said to be at the ready to get back in power if the "people call them". All these former presidents wer...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Moscow
Replies: 154
Views: 6048

Re: Unrest in Moscow

Never a good sign when you need to play such tactics to "win" an election.

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Socialist Democrats of America - Cringeworthy
Replies: 52
Views: 2334

Re: Socialist Democrats of America - Cringeworthy

I'm sure watching conventions of fringe GOPers is all fun and games. In fact I've already seen videos of them, with nazi salutes, or pastors advocating massacring the gays, etc. About the Mediterranean, the problem isn't saving lives, the problem is picking up people a few miles from Libya, and then...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private jet carrying Pink singer crew team crashlanded in Aarhus
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

Re: Private jet carrying Pink singer crew team crashlanded in Aarhus

Was it an emergency landing, or a normal landing gone wrong ?

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indian Constitution - Proposal to revoke Article 370 - J&K to no longer have special status
Replies: 180
Views: 6973

Re: Indian Constitution - Proposal to revoke Article 370 - J&K to no longer have special status

I don't know enough to really have an opinion. Obviously what China is doing in Tibet (and now in its Muslim parts) is wrong, but that's not just letting people relocate freely to these regions. It's above all oppressing the "native" population, banning their culture, etc. If that isn't do...

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by Aesma
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2942
Views: 142459

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

So on the one hand, the EU tells the UK that the WA is not up for re-negotiation and the only reason they grant the UK an extension to October 31st is to get the WA ratified in parliament. Yet on the other hand, I read in the Guardian article: "It was clear UK does not have another plan,” a se...

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by Aesma
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends
Replies: 143
Views: 8771

Re: Do NOT travel to Hong Kong, in particular on weekends

Considering their opposition can mobilize millions upon millions of soldiers, I don't think an armed citizenry would help in this situation, unless the end goal is a massacre. What I don't understand about the situation is what does the government/China wants. If HK becomes just another Chinese city...

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Verizon Being Verizon
Replies: 10
Views: 1012

Re: Verizon Being Verizon

I'm over 1TB this month on my plan !

OK, I put the SIM card in a router.

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by Aesma
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Effect of hub airports being for-profit
Replies: 22
Views: 3096

Re: Effect of hub airports being for-profit

ADP is a public company, but 50,6% owned by the French state. In practice it's run like a private company, AFAIK, but a number of French people don't seem to agree, as the government is planning a privatization (basically selling it to Vinci), and parliamentarians have stopped the move, calling for ...

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by Aesma
Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C5 nosewheel
Replies: 18
Views: 2022

Re: The C5 nosewheel

The pictures of the plane don't look so bad, then reading your discover that engine 2 was destroyed, and 3 out of 4 hydraulic circuits taken out, yikes !

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by Aesma
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Antifa Violence
Replies: 167
Views: 14564

Re: Antifa Violence

In the US you like to have labels for everything and everyone. When talking about neonazis, kkk members, gang members, you can actually find out people are part of a chapter, an association, something, local usually. But "Antifa" are just "antifa". Do you think one antifascist in...

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by Aesma
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 55
Views: 5096

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

Germany has said that they would be in favor of building an EU aircraft carrier, so I don't see them opposing a carrier capability !

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by Aesma
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2942
Views: 142459

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

About "project fear", especially from economists, I'd like them to answer with a similar list of things that Brexit will bring : what will the Pound do ? Unemployment ? Investment ? GDP ? Debt ? That way, we can confront them with it when Brexit has happened, to see who was closer to the t...

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by Aesma
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Steelmaker suing US Government over tarrifs
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: US Steelmaker suing US Government over tarrifs

I'll add that tariffs don't make the US more competitive. So unless you put the same tariffs on everyone else, they might not work at all. Then you have retaliatory tariffs, then when you want to export, you have tariffs on top of uncompetitive products => no buyer.

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Steelmaker suing US Government over tarrifs
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: US Steelmaker suing US Government over tarrifs

Unless you have a decade or two in front of you, like China has, the only way to really restart coal and steel production in the US would have been to directly subsidize it. Maybe on top of the tariffs. Instead, with just the tariffs, and the bumbling policy moves, and other factors, companies just ...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 37717

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

In TV series they take all such data and the computer figures it out in minutes !

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Missile launcher found in baggage at BWI
Replies: 44
Views: 6935

Re: Missile launcher found in baggage at BWI

This seems like security PR without real substance. The fact that he was not charged with anything regarding possession is telling. If the thing was inert (non-functional) and there were no charges, actual missiles, or othwise hazardous materials involved, it’s far less dangerous than the thousands...

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Steelmaker suing US Government over tarrifs
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: US Steelmaker suing US Government over tarrifs

Just look at what happened to the stock market after Trump announced a new salvo of tariffs yesterday...

And he still claims China is paying.

It's one thing to have such a policy, but at least own it. There is always the possibility he doesn't understand what he's doing, of course.

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by Aesma
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax reform win.
Replies: 611
Views: 45158

Re: Tax reform win.

anrec80 : plenty of billionaires agree that there is a problem and want to pay more taxes, how do you explain that ?

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by Aesma
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?
Replies: 55
Views: 5229

Re: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?

About the DC-10, there was also Turkish Airlines Flight 981, and the FAA played a dodgy role back then in not grounding, and not issuing an AD, after an almost crash with the same cause.

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by Aesma
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?
Replies: 55
Views: 5229

Re: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?

Rebranding might make matters worse, like if Boeing was trying to obfuscate things.

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by Aesma
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Trump get primaried or will the GOP continue to lose grip on core values?
Replies: 186
Views: 8121

Re: Will Trump get primaried or will the GOP continue to lose grip on core values?

An Iranian president said that one time (in fact there are various interpretations of what he said).

Of course since then a US president has talked about wiping half a dozen countries off the map, but who's counting ?

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by Aesma
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GippsAero GA8 Airvan Grounded in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 2306

Re: GippsAero GA8 Airvan Grounded in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe

9 people on board should have been wearing a parachute, the aircraft was at altitude, yet none made it out. A strong giveaway that something very violent happened, probably knocking everyone unconscious

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by Aesma
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FDR Solves The Mortgage Crisis
Replies: 23
Views: 1221

FDR Solves The Mortgage Crisis

I'm watching more and more economic programs, mostly about finance and markets, confirming that everyone has his own opinion of what's going to happen, so no surprise there. I just heard about what was done by FDR in the early 30's : he had the government buy back loans from banks, and changing the ...

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by Aesma
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2692

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

This thread wasn't ambitious enough, I propose to use the ISS instead !

I think someone has already worked on the idea to put it in Lunar orbit.

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by Aesma
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The C5 nosewheel
Replies: 18
Views: 2022

Re: The C5 nosewheel

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Gee, I wonder what happened there??

GF


Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing !

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by Aesma
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?
Replies: 32
Views: 3120

Re: Potential Turkish F-35 Replacement?

Add France to the list (stake in both Rafale directly, and Eurofighter via Airbus). The PKK isn't even really seen as a terrorist organization in France, they cause too much trouble to be completely ignored, but they're not exactly a priority.

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by Aesma
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A full day later and no posts after Gilroy Festival shooting?
Replies: 54
Views: 2105

Re: A full day later and no posts after Gilroy Festival shooting?

You're talking about countries with a million times less guns than the US...

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by Aesma
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of Paris de Gaulle Airport
Replies: 33
Views: 6434

Re: History of Paris de Gaulle Airport

Nice article. I like architecture, however with airports you rarely get to really see the buildings, with all the roads around, especially Paris' airports.

I noted a small mistake, I think you meant "invasions from the northeast", not northwest.

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by Aesma
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2942
Views: 142459

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

UK always talking about their deficit in trade against EU27. How big is this today if you include services like financial services? I for example works for a big international company that has a office in London aónly to be close to financial markets. Now there is considerations that another one in...

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by Aesma
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?
Replies: 65
Views: 6725

Re: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?

Personally I think there is no majority. A vote of confidence should have been called before BoJo was allowed to go see the Queen.

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by Aesma
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2942
Views: 142459

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

French people are not considered very patriotic, and don't consider themselves such either. People usually don't own French flags, for example. Until recently when we were invited to display one after the 2015 terrorist attacks (I still don't own one). I can't imagine French politicians accepting so...

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by Aesma
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts

Becoming rich and buying a ticket for space is probably much easier now than becoming an astronaut, anyway.

When Mars One asked for candidates for a dubious one-way trip to Mars, more than 200 000 people expressed interest, that's not a small number.

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by Aesma
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2692

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

The concept of the shuttle is now proven to be a bad idea. SpaceX (and others) provide true reusability of ALL components, and will get people in orbit/to the ISS.

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by Aesma
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Updated: Bulgarian parliament clears F-16V buy for second time
Replies: 29
Views: 6412

Re: Updated: Bulgarian president vetoes F-16V purchase

Yeah it doesn't make sense, especially considering the four contracts are not for things you get right away, services and maintenance is over a period of time, you're not going to pay for that in advance, at most agree a price.

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by Aesma
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?
Replies: 29
Views: 2692

Re: Why couldn’t the space shuttle fly to the moon ?

You send the bare shuttle in orbit (well not bare, but with everything it needs, and all the fuel possible, and the crew), then you find a way to send an external tank in orbit (strap 4 or 6 boosters to it ?) and assemble the two, and that should do it. The real question is why ? The Shuttle is a sp...

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by Aesma
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ilhan Omar GOP Challenger Accused
Replies: 6
Views: 1023

Re: Ilhan Omar GOP Challenger Accused

The cops must have written that one down in their almanac of BS excuses.

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by Aesma
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2019 Tour de France
Replies: 34
Views: 2820

Re: 2019 Tour de France

Nobody will win that stage as per the rules, as it wasn't known in advance that the top of the climb would be the "finish line".

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by Aesma
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman
Replies: 365
Views: 27274

Re: Big trouble in the Gulf of Oman

Those peace loving Iranians seized two British oil tankers today. Seems to be retaliation for those peace loving British seizing an Iranian tanker. Complying with EU sanctions. The British vessels are not violating any known sanctions. With the seizure of multiple vessels and the shooting down of a...

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by Aesma
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: External Design of Cruise Ships
Replies: 51
Views: 2507

Re: External Design of Cruise Ships

People complaining about cruiseships should think about the internet. Particularly streaming (movies and music) already today is responsible for more pollution than all airplanes of the world together. And internet streaming is by far the fastest raising single source of pollution worldwide. Stream...

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by Aesma
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tour Companies Reinstating Egypt
Replies: 12
Views: 1109

Re: Tour Companies Reinstating Egypt

How do these resorts even survive? At its worst, SSH seats were down 80% from their recent peak, and they're still a fraction of what they were only a few years ago. They survived by lowering prices and trying to hold expecting for better times, some properties exchanged hands and some local promot...

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by Aesma
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: South Korea fires 360 warning shots at Russian military aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 1821

Re: South Korea fires 360 warning shots at Russian military aircraft

The dispute doesn't include China or Russia, so they were violating someone's airspace anyway. You might argue the US is doing the same because it doesn't claim the contested islands it flies over, but at least the US does this for the benefit of the claimant countries (I still think it shouldn't re...

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by Aesma
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin's Pawns are in Place
Replies: 15
Views: 886

Re: Putin's Pawns are in Place

A war was fought long ago over Crimea, after that it was pretty obvious that nobody would want to fight there, especially since Ukraine isn't part of NATO. The Baltic states are another story. I really can't imagine Putin invading them, too much hassle for nothing to gain, and even if it killed NATO...

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by Aesma
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: External Design of Cruise Ships
Replies: 51
Views: 2507

Re: External Design of Cruise Ships

Cruise ships are polluting monstrosities. If they are going to make them, the least they can do is pack as many rooms into the footprint as possible. This. Cruise ships pouring far more pollution into Europe’s air than road vehicles, study finds Luxury cruise giant Carnival claimed to be among bigg...

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by Aesma
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2942
Views: 142459

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Interesting theory heard on Channel 4. ERG and brextremists are fine with the WA, because that delivers Brexit, and after that, they can go for a minimalistic trade deal with the EU. However to be able to attain that goal, they needed to get rid of May, who wouldn't have gone with the plan. So now B...

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by Aesma
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AT&T cancels CBS programming due to contractual dispute -- millions of viewers nationwide lose access
Replies: 38
Views: 1970

Re: AT&T cancels CBS programming due to contractual dispute -- millions of viewers nationwide lose access

Here a basic unlimited cable or DSL broadband connection is about 20€/month. With TV and unlimited phone to plenty of countries, it's 35-40€/month. With my aforementioned ISP, that is also in the mobile network business, I have a mobile plan (in fact all my family has it), with everything unlimited,...

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