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Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 6:55 pm
Replies: 113
Views: 7,573
Posted By Plato90s

(bolding mine) We have already seen...

(bolding mine)

We have already seen Boeing's defense. It was presented after the LionAir crash. Boeing claimed that the pilots should have recognized the problems and recovered by themselves. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 3:36 pm
Replies: 113
Views: 7,573
Posted By Plato90s

Wow.... just wow... The engineers who wrote...

Wow.... just wow...

The engineers who wrote the MCAS software have major blinders if the software worked as noted by the SeattleTimes reporter.

In enterprise IT software, it's expected that...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 14, 19, 9:53 pm
Replies: 113
Views: 7,573
Posted By Plato90s

Yes, I agree that modern fly-by-wire is better...

Yes, I agree that modern fly-by-wire is better than the old mechanical systems.

By the same token, IT infrastructure has come a long way from the days of floppy disks, CD-ROM's, etc...

It...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 14, 19, 2:43 pm
Replies: 113
Views: 7,573
Posted By Plato90s

Yes, I got that from the existing coverage of...

Yes, I got that from the existing coverage of what MCAS is supposed to do.

It's a software-compensation approach to the changes that Boeing introduced with the 737-Max in order to create better...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 14, 19, 10:41 am
Replies: 113
Views: 7,573
Posted By Plato90s

Is it possible that with the 737-Max design being...

Is it possible that with the 737-Max design being more prone to higher-than-wanted AOA than previous models (hence the need for MCAS), problems with sensors like the ones involved in the LionAir...
Forum: Thailand
Mar 11, 19, 12:48 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By Plato90s

day 1 - 11:00 (11:00am) day 2 - 04:00 (4am) ...

day 1 - 11:00 (11:00am)
day 2 - 04:00 (4am)

that's 17-hours (13hr in day 1 and 4 hrs in day 2).

Unless you actually meant to same 11am - 4 pm, which is actually 5 hours.



If your only...
Forum: Asia
Mar 4, 19, 8:28 am
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Plato90s

It's one of those good habits to get into -...

It's one of those good habits to get into - always renewing passports well ahead of expiration.

That way you avoid getting into a situation where you might need to travel on short-notice only to...
Forum: Asia
Mar 3, 19, 9:14 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Plato90s

You should always renew if you'll have...

You should always renew if you'll have 6-month-or-less before travel.
Forum: Thailand
Mar 2, 19, 11:24 am
Replies: 143
Views: 52,312
Posted By Plato90s

The open-air garden in Miracle concourse D is...

The open-air garden in Miracle concourse D is still there as of mid-Feb 2019, and smokers are indeed still using it.
Forum: Thailand
Feb 1, 19, 8:07 am
Replies: 516
Views: 71,739
Posted By Plato90s

Yes, I always specify transactions should be...

Yes, I always specify transactions should be conducted in local currency (both ATM/CC) because letting someone else do the conversion usually gets crap-rates.

One time, many years ago, I...
Forum: Thailand
Jan 29, 19, 12:27 pm
Replies: 516
Views: 71,739
Posted By Plato90s

Yeah, that's unlikely to happen given Forex is a...

Yeah, that's unlikely to happen given Forex is a money-maker for banks. :D
Forum: Thailand
Jan 29, 19, 11:41 am
Replies: 516
Views: 71,739
Posted By Plato90s

The teller-assist BankofAmerica ATMs in the...

The teller-assist BankofAmerica ATMs in the Boston area will dispense $100USD bills.

That was my approach for a couple of years before switching to CitiGold ATM.
Forum: Thailand
Jan 27, 19, 1:34 pm
Replies: 516
Views: 71,739
Posted By Plato90s

I have no idea what interchange network is. :D ...

I have no idea what interchange network is. :D

I just take out the card and swipe/insert. In past years, I've brought cash to exchange but since CitiGold went to global ATM fee-refund, it's been...
Forum: Thailand
Jan 25, 19, 8:08 pm
Replies: 516
Views: 71,739
Posted By Plato90s

I'm not sure how the rate is determined, but I do...

I'm not sure how the rate is determined, but I do know that Citibank gave me a slightly better rate for ATM withdrawal than Chase Sapphire Reserve did on purchases made the same day.
Forum: Thailand
Jan 18, 19, 7:05 pm
Replies: 516
Views: 71,739
Posted By Plato90s

Sure - CitiGold will give global ATM refund. ...

Sure - CitiGold will give global ATM refund. Last time the per-withdrawal charge was 220bht but Citibank covered it.

The exchange rate was also solid.
Forum: Asia
Jan 13, 19, 5:27 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By Plato90s

Hmm, can't say that I've ever noticed ATMs in the...

Hmm, can't say that I've ever noticed ATMs in the convenience stores. I've seen those kiosks used to pay bills, etc... Are those also ATM's?

Then again, I stay with family so I don't really stop...
Forum: Thailand
Jan 13, 19, 5:22 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 685
Posted By Plato90s

It's cheap. I remember Singapore was...

It's cheap.

I remember Singapore was something like $12 SGD, which would be twice the price of Bangkok.
Forum: Asia
Jan 9, 19, 8:58 am
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By Plato90s

I generally notice them only in bank branches,...

I generally notice them only in bank branches, and the suburban districts (still within Taipei metro) have a lot lower density of ATM's than the downtown/business districts.
Forum: Asia
Jan 7, 19, 5:49 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By Plato90s

Uber is relatively easy to use if you want to pay...

Uber is relatively easy to use if you want to pay via credit card. The app will take the location of the hotel, and direct the driver accordingly.

Alternatively, you can use Klook.com to book a...
Dec 21, 18, 9:44 pm
Replies: 655
Views: 62,868
Posted By Plato90s

I do wonder whether the delay in using measures...

I do wonder whether the delay in using measures like a shotgun-from-helicopter included calculations on being more interested in locating the operators versus simply shooting down the drones. ...
Forum: Asia
Dec 19, 18, 10:35 am
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By Plato90s

August - sure. Just remember it'll be quite hot...

August - sure. Just remember it'll be quite hot and August is in the middle of both rain/typhoon season and school vacation season.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Dec 17, 18, 9:47 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,541
Posted By Plato90s

Think through this scenario a bit. ...

Think through this scenario a bit.

Hypothetically, the captain agrees that the FA is not (mentally) stable. That means this person must be removed from the plane. Now the crew no longer meets...
Forum: Asia
Dec 12, 18, 8:48 am
Replies: 28
Views: 820
Posted By Plato90s

To my knowledge, Valium and Xanax are fairly easy...

To my knowledge, Valium and Xanax are fairly easy to obtain in SE Asia, including Cambodia. At most you have to walk to a few different pharmacies. The ones clearly serving tourist trade (multiple...
Forum: Asia
Dec 12, 18, 8:40 am
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By Plato90s

Unless you're well practiced in driving on very...

Unless you're well practiced in driving on very narrow roads with cars passing within inches of each other, I'd suggest you go with the bus/taxi option.
Forum: Thailand
Dec 12, 18, 8:37 am
Replies: 30
Views: 1,547
Posted By Plato90s

The air quality in the central areas of Bangkok...

The air quality in the central areas of Bangkok is pretty bad at street level given the huge amount of traffic snarl and imperfectly maintained engines.

If you were there for a month, I'd invest...
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