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    Communication breakdown

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 20/06/2016

    » It has been an uncomfortable several months for internet users the Kingdom over, as the government released the drafts of its eight new digital-related bills. The bills immediately became the source of much controversy, as many critics and pundits criticised the new regulations and laws included in the drafts to be a step back into the days before the 1997 media reforms, giving government agencies absolute control over the surveillance, management and oversight of digital data.

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    Wall street staggers but set powers past 1,600

    Business, Published on 29/09/2014

    » Recap: Wall Street pulled back last week after disappointing US durable goods orders suggested the recovery might be weaker than thought. However, the Thai stock market continued to march up and finally passed 1,600 points — a level not seen since May last year — on Friday on investor hopes that economic stimulus measures will soon take hold. Window-dressing as the quarter-end approaches also lent support.

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    NBTC explains 3G auction

    Online Reporters, Published on 19/10/2012

    » The 3G spectrum auction was carried out under the Frequency Allocation Act of 2010, not the e-auction rules cited by some critics, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) member Suthipol Thaweechaikarn said on Friday.

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    Worse first, better later

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 04/01/2011

    » Bangkok commuters will suffer through three years of major public transport construction projects, but then the city will be a "better place".

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    Worse first, better later

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 04/01/2011

    » Bangkok commuters will suffer through three years of major public transport construction projects, but then the city will be a "better place".

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    The virtual world of fashion

    Muse, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/05/2010

    » Having been best friends since they studied communication art together at Chulalongkorn University, actress Chayanan Manomaisantiphap, Panvad Nirunkul, a daughter of media mogul Panya Nirunkul, Rattikan Takomuang and Chatree Chokmongkolsatian fulfilled their collective dream when they started a clothing brand for young fashionistas, "de Veen", at fashion hub Siam Square two years ago after graduating.

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    AI deserves our human paranoia

    Life, James Hein, Published on 14/08/2019

    » For most of my IT career I have seen promises of the "silver bullet" application. The modern iteration of this is the overused promise of Artificial Intelligence. Every man and his dog are jumping onto this marketing bandwagon and Microsoft has been no exception making it part of their database offerings.

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    The problem with censoring social media

    Life, James Hein, Published on 27/03/2019

    » In the aftermath of a recent violent event, there are calls to apply greater censorship to commentary on all social-media platforms. Those living in some Asian nations and elsewhere will already be used to the concept of censorship. That does not mean that others should follow this trend but instead should actively resist, as the ability to freely debate and exchange ideas was the original reason the internet was brought into being. The biggest problem with censorship is perspective. Consider two nation states with completely different cultures and perspectives. Which one and who gets to decide what is a valid opinion when the two are so different? This is the danger that now faces a number of Western nations, and apart from the US, where rights are enshrined in the Constitution, there is little protection. If you live in such a nation, let others know that freedom of speech and debate is a much better option than the alternatives.

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    Facebook data breach: what's next?

    Associated Press, Published on 29/09/2018

    » NEW YORK: For users, Facebook's revelation of a data breach that gave attackers access to 50 million accounts raises an important question: What happens next?

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    A lot of money for fairly little phone, Apple

    Life, James Hein, Published on 26/09/2018

    » So, the news of the week, or at least as I write this, is the release of the new Apple iPhone range. There are three models ranging from the 5.8 and 6.1 inch models up to the XS Max at 6.5 inches. The latter is a real departure from the early days of Apple declaring that no one needed a large-screen phone. Compared to the latest phone specs across other brands, the features in the new iPhone range are not so special. They do all have very special prices and the bottom of the line starts at US$749 (Thai prices are TBA) and goes up from there topping out at $1449, which would make the whole range easily the most expensive phones per feature on the market today. For this you get no fingerprint reader, no headphone jack, average pixel density and cameras, no expansion memory port but dual SIMs, wireless charging and face detection. Even my most ardent Apple-lover friend will not be forking out their cash for those kinds of prices. I don't expect this range to sell anywhere near as well as earlier models. Seriously, what were they thinking?

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