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    elmer

    I know I've mentioned this before, but I'm still none the wiser.

    Technet Subscription Professional - USA:  US$349

    Technet Subscription Professional - AUS:  AU$618

    Currently, the FX-rate US-AU is 1.10+ in Australia's favour.

    True enough, we have a 10% GST, which may or may-not be applicable, but otherwise, this is the same electronic download service... with the account management being handled in Singapore.

    I don't understand the huge disparity... does it really cost that much more for electrons to make it to Australia ??

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    beerinbelgi​um

    I have actually noticed how much more expensive and inconvenient everything is in Belgium.

    I have been to Europe 4 times now, and to Asia 3 times, and have taken notice how expensive and inconvenient other countries are compared to the USA.

    No free Amazon shipping, no Netflix, not even Pandora. The gas here costs a fortune.

    In communist countries, it's even worse. A little Acer netbook made in China will cost about 3-4 times more on average than if you buy it from Newegg in the USA. And it's made there.

    It's almost as if the whole world is set up to serve the Walmart buying American public. The Europeans here even want to fund American businesses. Not because our ideas are better or because we're smarter, but simply because we can sell whatever the hell we make so easily.

    Americans will just buy stuff with very little diligence and a lot of faith and brand name brainwashing.

    I guess in the end it is better that way though, because we do have lower prices, and more affordable and better life choices.

    BTW, to the poster that made the comment about English in Arlon, I speak 4 languages, 2 non-latin, 3 fluently including Belgium's national language, and I know 2 alphabets including a non-Roman alphabet.

    Although, It seems to me that countries could make their own version of Technet or whatever product and charge a reasonable price rather than fattening up American multi-nationals blindly as they have been for the last 50 years.

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    Sven Groot

    Belgium's national language

    If what you say is true, why can't you see what's wrong with that statement?

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    Dr Herbie

    @Sven Groot: At least he didn't say he spoke 'Belgian'.

    Herbie

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    beerinbelgi​um

    @Sven Groot:

    OK, Sourthern Belgium's national language.

    Thank god I'm not traveling to the northern Sven Groot region of the country. I may have had to use Android's live conversation mode translate features, and they're only in a few languages right now which I think does not include Dutch.

    I could however use the regular Google translate Android app which now has a lot of languages:
    http://googlemade.blogspot.com/2011/04/more-language-support-in-google.html

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    Bas

    There's a Sven Groot region of Belgium?

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    Dr Herbie

    @Bas:He didn't mention it when we met up in Vegas.  Come on Sven -- do you own part of Belgium?

    Herbie

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    beerinbelgi​um

    I saw Sven's family crest on a road sign and did a u-turn back to the Luxmbourg area.

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    Sven Groot

    @beerinbelgium: Wow, you saw my family crest? Could you tell me what it looks like, since I've never seen it before?

    And if you do travel to Flanders or indeed the Netherlands, you'll find that most everyone speaks excellent English, so you won't need to resort to machine translation. Unlike the Walloons or the French, we are quite internationally oriented.

    And I'm afraid I don't own any part of Belgium, although I can do a fairly convincing Flemish accent. Tongue Out

    Also note that French and Dutch aren't the only languages spoken in Belgium. There's also a German speaking part, and in some parts of Wallonia they speak Picard (which I assume means they all sound like Patrick Stewart).

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    beerinbelgi​um

    @Sven Groot:

    And I'm afraid I don't own any part of Belgium, although I can do a fairly convincing Flemish accent. Tongue Out

    I bet that really impresses hot Japanese chix too!

    There's also a German speaking part, and in some parts of Wallonia they speak Picard (which I assume means they all sound like Patrick Stewart).

     

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    beerinbelgi​um

    I almost forgot. Today I will grab every Begian I see by the shoulders, shake them appropriately and yell in their face:

    "WE DID IT, WE DID IT, YIPPEE, WE SHOT BIN LADEN RIGHT THROUGH THE SKULL, HOORAY!!!"

    "Yess........., score one for America!"


    I am expecting some great reactions of sympathy and support and if I don't get them I will start cursing at the foreigners in a southern confederate accent!

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    Sven Groot

    I bet that really impresses hot Japanese chix too!

    Rather unsurprisingly, it's quite difficult for someone who doesn't understand Dutch to distinguish proper ABN and Flemish.

    I do hope that you're making use of the opportunity to sample some Belgian beers. They're among the best in the world, alongside German beer.

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    spivonious

    Hang on a second, Belgium is a separate country from the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Maybe you're confused about "Benelux" (which I always think sounds more like a vaccuum cleaner than a collection of countries)? Too much sampling of the beer methinks.

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    kettch

    @spivonious:I thought Belgium was a myth.

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    beerinbelgi​um

    @kettch:

    I had to go to the CERN large Hadron collider, get in a podule, and ride the graviton particle through a gravitational, trans-dimensional worm hole to get here.

    Belgium was made possible thanks to M-Theory.

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    PaoloM

    , beerinbelgi​um wrote

    I almost forgot. Today I will grab every Begian I see by the shoulders, shake them appropriately and yell in their face:

    "WE DID IT, WE DID IT, YIPPEE, WE SHOT BIN LADEN RIGHT THROUGH THE SKULL, HOORAY!!!"

    "Yess........., score one for America!"


    I am expecting some great reactions of sympathy and support and if I don't get them I will start cursing at the foreigners in a southern confederate accent!

    I didn't realize that it was a Canadian team that executed the operation.

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    beerinbelgi​um

    @PaoloM:

    I didn't realize that it was a Canadian team that executed the operation.

    Canada is gone, it's the Harper government now.

    The Harper government, the country north of the United States, sent a special CSIS team with CIA ball caps to throw you off specifically.

    They tried to reason with Bin Laden, but shot him when he spat out the Tim Hortons coffee they gave him and said "what's this sh1t?"

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    Bass

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